The highly anticipated Faena Hotel officially opened its doors to guests on Monday after a high-profile preview period that commenced with Art Basel. The 169-room hotel, a sort of visual fantasia in gold, red and leopard print dusted with contemporary art, was conceived by Argentinian developer Alan Faena along with creative consultants filmmaker Baz Luhrmann and his costume and set designer wife Catherine Martin (at every turn you feel like you’ve stepped inside the set of Moulin Rouge, The Great Gatsby or Romeo + Juliet). The hotel, along with a neighboring residential tower and the boutique hotel Casa Claridge, are the first properties to open in the ambitious forthcoming Faena District stretching between 32nd and 36th Streets on Collins Avenue in Miami Beach. The six block, eight building project is slated for completion in the fall of 2016 with the addition of a cultural arts forum, shopping bazaar and more residential towers.
So what else is on the horizon for Miami’s hotel scene in 2016? As is so often the case, many of these hotels (The Langford, EAST, Playa Largo) have been on our radar for quite a while with the promise of opening in 2015. With the New Year just 10 short days away, they’ve missed the deadline on their original resolution. But new opening dates have been projected and this is the latest crop of hotels with promises to open in 2016, listed in chronological order.
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The Langford – Downtown
Slated Opening Date: January 2016
Downtown Miami will soon have its own luxury boutique hotel when The Langford (pictured at top; 121 SE 1st St., Downtown; 305-537-7040) opens its doors at the beginning of the year. A designated National Register of Historic Places, the 12-story building, which once occupied the Miami National Bank, was built in 1925 in resplendent Beaux Arts architectural design. When the $20 million restoration is complete, the building will be transformed into a 125-room hotel boasting a two-story penthouse and a restaurant and rooftop cocktail lounge by Pubbelly Group.
ME Miami – Downtown
Slated Opening Date: March 2016
Massive Spanish hotel group Melia has plans to open its first Miami property in spring 2016 downtown, a stone’s throw from the Adrienne Arsht Center and American Airlines Arena on Biscayne Boulevard. ME Miami (1100 Biscayne Blvd., Downtown; 305-350-9828) will feature a 14th floor rooftop pool and bar, as well as a high-energy lounge and an outpost of STK’s sister concept: STK Rebel.
EAST, Miami at Brickell City Centre – Brickell
Slated Opening Date: May 2016
EAST, Miami hotel (788 Brickell Plaza, Brickell) is set to open in May 2016 as part of Phase One of Brickell City Centre. The Swire Properties Inc. $1.05 billion, LEED-registered for Neighborhood Development project encompasses 5.4 million-square-feet of mixed-use space in downtown Miami, which will include a luxury shopping center, two residential towers, a wellness center, and office building in addition to EAST, Miami. The lifestyle hotel, designed by award-winning architecture firm Arquitectonica, boasts 352 guest rooms and a 20,000-square-foot poolscape. It will be home to Uruguay’s Quinto La Huella restaurant situated on the hotel’s fifth floor with a stone hearth oven, sushi bar and indoor/outdoor seating. Sugar rooftop bar will offer cocktails paired with Brickell views.
Playa Largo Resort & Spa – Key Largo
Slated Opening Date: Spring 2016
The first new construction to break ground in Key Largo in over 20 years, Playa Largo Resort & Spa (97450 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo; 305-853-1001) is set to open in Spring 2016. Part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, the resort is situated on 14 acres of waterfront property that was previously an RV park. The sprawling resort will feature 167 rooms, including 10 private bungalows and a three-bedroom beach house with private pool. Additionally, there will be a full-service marina, water sports, tennis courts, jogging trail, spa and multiple waterfront bars and restaurants.
Seafire Resort & Spa, Seven Mile Beach – Grand Cayman
Slated Opening Date: November 2016
Kimpton Hotels is opening their first Caribbean outpost in Grand Cayman with Seafire Resort & Spa, Seven Mile Beach (800-546-7866). It’s also their first new build project and first foray outside of the United States and into the resort market. With 266 rooms, two swimming pools, a communal fire pit, biking trails and beach, guests can expect Kimpton hallmarks at Seafire including inspired design, genuine service, thoughtful amenities and top notch culinary offerings.