Aloft hotel opening in South Beach next year

Rendering of the new Aloft South Beach, scheduled to open in early 2015.
Rendering of the new Aloft South Beach, scheduled to open in early 2015.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced Wednesday that a new Aloft hotel will open in Miami Beach early next year.

The 235-room hotel at 2360 Collins Ave. is being developed by JMH Development and Madden Real Estate Ventures. The project will use part of the old Motel Ankara and add a new eight-story tower.

Though not directly on the ocean, the Aloft South Beach is waterfront: It is adjacent to Lake Pancoast and the Collins Canal.

The property will include an outdoor pool, roof deck with lounge, 24-hour gym and meeting space. According to the hotel’s website, is it scheduled to open on Feb. 26, 2015.

The brand has been growing rapidly since its launch in 2008; by the beginning of next year, Aloft will have 100 locations around the world. Miami Beach will be the third Aloft hotel in Miami-Dade, following sites in Doral and the Brickell area.

Inspired by the higher-priced W brand, also part of Starwood, Aloft is designed to offer “style at a steal.”

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