Nobu to open hotel, restaurant at Eden Roc

 

hsampson@MiamiHerald.com

After more than a year of upheaval, new changes are in store for the historic Eden Roc hotel.

A Nobu-branded hotel as well as a Nobu restaurant will open inside the 631-room resort in Miami Beach, officials with Eden Roc and Nobu Hospitality announced recently.

The move follows the departure last summer of Marriott International’s Renaissance Hotels brand. Eden Roc owners tried to kick the management company out in 2012, but the attempted early-morning ouster led to a court battle. The owners brought in Destination Hotels & Resorts to manage the hotel at 4525 Collins Ave. last year.

There are few details about the new hotel, but a spokesman said the goal is for both the Nobu-branded hotel and restaurant to be open by the end of the year.

According to a statement, the “hotel within a hotel” will be similar in concept to to the Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. It will have about 200 rooms and involve the renovation of an existing tower on the property.

Designer David Rockwell has been tasked with creating a new look and feel for the Nobu Hotel while keeping it “respectful” to the original Morris Lapidus design. Rockwell also designed the Las Vegas hotel.

Nobu, an upscale brand with Japanese restaurants around the world, also has hotels coming this year in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and Manila, in the Philippines. A spokesman could not say when the Nobu restaurant at the Shore Club in Miami Beach would close.

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