Behind the scenes at Miami Beach’s adults-only Julia Tuttle hotel, opening Thursday

The lobby at The Julia, at 336 Collins Avenue. The adults-only boutique hotel opens Thursday.
The lobby at The Julia, at 336 Collins Avenue. The adults-only boutique hotel opens Thursday. The Julia

The Julia, a 29-room hotel named after Miami founder Julia Tuttle, will join Miami Beach’s collection of art-inspired accommodations when it opens its doors Thursday.

The hotel, in Miami’s up-and-coming South of Fifth neighborhood, incorporates the modern vibe of the neighborhood with the Art Deco building’s history: The Julia is built on the foundations of a former hotel built in 1932. And it’s adults-only, but that doesn’t mean anything R-rated — the hotel is just 18 and up.

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A commissioned shell-encrusted female bust in the lobby of The Julia hotel. Paul Stoppi The Julia

Located at 336 Collins Ave., The Julia’s common areas prominently feature modern artwork and portraits, Cuban tile flooring, a commissioned shell-encrusted female bust and Turkish pillows and throws that allude to the wealth of the 1930s. The design, by Seattle-based architect and interior designer Stephen Busto, plays homage to the old Miami — a nod to the city its namesake built.

Busto plays off a color scheme of coral and gray that incorporates eclectic decor and rocking chairs in a lobby styled after what Tuttle’s living room might have looked like. The lobby’s main art detail is a portrait wall with the paintings half obscured by a large gray stripe that bisects the walls.

Five two-story “Ibis” bedrooms feature paper-cut butterfly art installations by Japanese artist Yumiko Mizutani that hang from the vaulted ceilings in shades of blue, green and pink.

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The portrait gallery at The Julia, decorated to resemble a Victorian solarium. Paul Stoppi The Julia

Room rates start at $129 a night. The hotel is offering 15 percent off bookings made in August for stays through Dec. 15.

Chabeli Herrera: 305-376-3730, @ChabeliH