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Sleeping around South Florida: What’s new this summer

The PB Station restaurant at the Langford Hotel in downtown Miami.
The PB Station restaurant at the Langford Hotel in downtown Miami. wmichot@miamiherald.com

Close to a dozen new hotels have joined the Miami skyline since last summer. Here is a selection of some of biggest new additions available this year.

EAST, Miami

What’s new: The 352-room hotel opened at the heart of the Brickell City Centre development in May, blending Asian Zen with urban Miami in a sleek design that makes even going to the bathroom a memorable experience (The sinks overlook the Brickell skyline.) Amenities include a restaurant, gym, three pools (including a cold plunge), rooftop bar and sultry opium-den style bar. The hotel also has easy access to Brickell City Centre’s retail complex, due to open in fall.

Bragging rights: Quinto La Huella, a Uruguayan restaurant modeled after its award-winning seaside brother in Uruguay and Sugar, a rooftop Asian tapas bar on the 40th floor with 360-degree city views. Every room has a balcony and floor-to-ceiling glass views of Brickell, a walk-in rain shower and Panther coffee from the Miami-based specialty roaster.

Caveat emptor: The adjacent entertainment and retail complex is still under construction, as are several surrounding buildings. EAST, Miami is at the center of Brickell’s ever-changing development cycle so many of the views, while expansive, involve cranes.

Best for: Business travelers looking for a Zen working space — with what is likely the most distracting meeting room in Miami: a nearly all-glass 3,300 square-foot space with 270-degree views. Also good for urban hipsters and foodies who want to try the Miami interpretation of the Uruguayan restaurant.

Summer deal: Florida residents get a daily discounted rate (from $175), valet parking for one car, continental breakfast for two and one signature cocktail at rooftop bar Sugar or lobby bar Domain.

Details: 788 Brickell Plaza in Brickell City Centre; east-miami.com; 305-712-7000. Rooms start at $195 a night for a standard room and $545 a night for a one-bedroom suite through August.

The Langford

What’s new: The 126-room boutique hotel brings lodging to a corner of downtown with few hotels. Its location inside the 1925 Miami National Bank building mixes historic touches with city vibe. Opened in March, the Langford caters to business travelers and features a stylish, contemporary restaurant and rooftop bar.

Bragging rights: Rooftop bar Pawn Broker melds downtown views and the nostalgic charm of 1940s sailor tattoo-inspired wallpaper. The first floor PB Station restaurant, modeled after Grand Central Station in New York, features American craft cuisine by Miami-based Pubbelly Boys Group. Historic touches include the original post box, building facade and crown moldings. Rooms have 1920s-style sinks and 1950s Cadillac seat-inspired headboards.

Caveat emptor: Business people who come with families will be across the bay from Miami Beach and most of Miami’s traditional tourist attractions.

Best for: Business travelers and cruise ship passengers looking for price-savvy accommodations with charm and history in downtown Miami.

Summer deal: Florida residents get 15 percent off room rates through Dec. 22, complimentary valet parking, a room upgrade, welcome drink and continental breakfast.

Details: 121 SE First St., Miami; langfordhotelmiami.com; 877-969-5515. Rooms start at $149 a night for a standard room and $1,250 a night for the penthouse suite through September.

Nautilus, a SIXTY hotel

What’s new: Following a failed post-recession renewal effort, the 250-room Nautilus reopened last October under the SIXTY Collective brand, the newest iteration from hip hotel wizard Jason Pomeranc, co-founder of the Thompson Hotel Group. The 1950s Morris Lapidus-designed building was completely gutted, resulting in airy guest rooms fitted with the latest technology, a breezy dining patio and heated salt-water pool with underwater sound. The casual ambiance avoids the frenetic trendiness of some South Beach hotels.

Bragging rights: The spacious lobby features a restored terazzo floor, sunken circular bar, oversized columns covered in mosaic tile and contemporary art from the Depart Foundation. The Driftwood Room restaurant, where bandleader Ralph Font reportedly launched the worldwide cha-cha craze, is now under the direction of Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli. Many guest rooms feature a queen-size pull-out sofa that sleeps two. Rooms facing east offer long views across pool and cabanas to the sea. The “secret” library offers a surprisingly serene hideaway but is often booked by meetings.

Caveat emptor: While the hotel welcomes families (two can easily sleep on the pull-out sofa), it offers no children’s programs or facilities. Bathrooms and closets are on the snug size.

Best for: Couples who want to access to the South Beach action without the headaches.

Summer deal: The “Cool Off” summer package includes complimentary breakfast for two, two chairs and an umbrella by the pool daily, two frozen drinks poolside daily, two Cuban Philly cheese steak sandwiches from Blanco’s Food Truck, early check-in and late check-out when available. Florida residents get 15 percent off room rates, complimentary parking and two welcome cocktails.

Details: 1825 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; sixtyhotels.com/nautilus-south-beach; 305-503-5700. Rooms start at about $160 a night for a standard room and $1,200 a night for a suite through August.

Faena Hotel Miami Beach

What’s new: The creators of the iconic 1948 Saxony might not recognize it in its new incarnation. But they would appreciate the flamboyant, contemporary homage to Miami Beach’s heyday wrought by Argentine developer Alan Faena, who has restored Miami Beach’s once- forgotten mid-section to its full Miami Beach glory. The 169-room beachfront hotel, reopened in December 2015, is a stage set for the rich and creative, with elaborate floor-to-ceiling murals, ceramic seashell-crusted columns, zebra-print couches.

Bragging rights: Details throughout the hotel are painstakingly executed, from the burled wood lacquer tables in the Living Room to the herringbone tile pattern of the luscious guest rooms. The grab-a-selfie centerpiece is Damien Hirst’s Gone but Not Forgotten, gilded mammoth skeleton displayed in a glass vitrine on the deck. Restaurants include Pao by Paul Qui (adorned with a Damien Hirst unicorn) and Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann. Recently debuted is C’est Rouge!, a live show in the hotel’s opulent theater.

Caveat emptor: Not for the faint of wallet; cocktails will set you back $20 or more. At Pao, the wagyu Cote de Boeuf costs $195; at 3 pounds, it will serve four normal diners or a pair of big eaters. And the Faena Forum arts center across the street won’t open until fall.

Best for: Stylish couples who appreciate a visual feast.

Summer deal: Florida residents get 15 percent off room rates, complimentary valet parking, American breakfast for two, wet spa passes with a do-it-yourself scrub basket and 15 percent off all treatments at Tierra Santa Healing House.

Details: 3201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; faena.com/miami-beach; 305-534-8800. Room start at about $395 a night for a standard room and $6,800 a night for the highest-tier, three-bedroom suite.

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