Thompson Miami Beach to open later this year

 

hsampson@MiamiHerald.com

After a major renovation, the former Crown Miami Beach Apartments will reopen later this year as the Thompson Miami Beach.

The hotel opening will also include James Beard Award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein’s first restaurant in Miami Beach. The new 267-seat restaurant is still not named, but the menu will be built around locally sourced food with Floridian touches.

The 380-room property at 4041 Collins Ave. will be the only hotel under the Thompson brand in South Florida and the seventh Thompson hotel in the world. Other locations are in New York, Chicago, Hollywood, Calif., Toronto and London; Thompson is part of hotel management company Commune Hotels & Resorts.

A team led by Geolo Capital acquired the former apartment complex in late 2012 for $100 million; renovations are expected to cost between $67 million and $75 million.

The hotel’s rooms as well as other indoor and outdoor areas will be completely redesigned, though the original architecture will remain. When the hotel opens, it will include two restaurants, two pools, the Library Bar, a prohibition-inspired lounge, a spa, a fitness center and roughly 47,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

Kobi Karp Architects and interior designer Martin Brudnizki, whose projects include Soho Beach House in Miami Beach, are handling the architecture and design. Karim Masri and Nicola Siervo of KNR Hospitality Group will work with Bernstein to create the food and beverage offerings at the hotel.

Previous reports said the hotel was going to be the East Coast version of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, another Thompson property. But a spokeswoman said the decision was made to use the Thompson brand because it has strong recognition in New York, a major source of visitors to Miami Beach.

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