New management, new names, new bars, new hotel within a hotel… here’s the latest happenings in Miami’s hospitality world.
1. The Thompson is no more
Yes—one of the hottest hotel openings of Art Basel 2014 has officially shuttered and just as, it seems, it was starting to heat up. In April, The Thompson was acquired by Hyatt Hotels and was renamed The Confidante (pictured at top), part of their new boutique lifestyle Unbound Collection. Never fear, though. If you were a fan of The Thompson’s late night noodles at Talde, the retro-kitsch pool deck and MiMo-glam décor at Seagrape, not much, aside from the name, has changed. The only major difference is Hyatt’s management, marketing and reservation system. Also, Seagrape is in, but Chef Michelle Bernstein and team are out.
2. But The Hall’s still kickin’ it
The Hall opened its doors on Collins Avenue and 15th Street right before the New Year as a Joie de Vivre hotel, a sister brand to The Thompson. By renovating the former Haddon Hall Hotel and Campton Apartments (where Ace Ventura lived), they’ve created a chilled out, surf-inspired boutique hotel with an anchor restaurant, Sunny’s, by Top Chef star Spike Mendelsohn.
Last month, they opened the Washington Avenue-facing beer garden Campton Yard, adding another laidback, tropical-themed destination catering to locals. Swing by for Florida-inspired cocktails, Caribbean and local beers and a menu of hot dogs and sausages. Pick up a game of giant Jenga or ping pong while you’re there.
3. Viceroy’s out, W’s in
The longtime Brickell hotel titan, Viceroy Miami, underwent a swift management change when it sold at the end of May to Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company, a Qatar hotel investment firm, for $64 million (they also owns Bal Harbour’s St. Regis Hotel & Resort). It’s now under W management and is currently undergoing rebranding and renovations to add signature W elements, including a Living Room cocktail bar and WET pool deck.
4. Mondrian is now under Menin Hospitality management
You can no longer utter Delano, Mondrian and Shore Club in the same breath as the trio of Morgans Hotels in Miami. Mondrian is now being managed by Menin Hospitality, which includes The Gale hotel, as well as South Beach dining and nightlife hot spots Red Ginger and Bodega. From Menin’s point of view, Mondrian will add high capacity meeting and event space to its mostly boutique inventory. From our point of view, we’d love to see Menin breathe new life into the idyllic bayfront property’s nightlife and dining venues.
5. And speaking of Morgans Hotel Group…
Shore Club has also spun off from the group to become Fasano Hotel & Residences at Shore Club. Set to undergo renovations in early fall 2016, the hotel was sold to HFZ Capital in 2013 for $175 million and they selected Brazilian hotel group Fasano in 2015 for operations. The debut is slated for late 2017 with the plans to be uber-luxe.
6. The Epic opened a hotel within a hotel
Downtown’s EPIC hotel is kicking the luxury up a notch with the debut of their EPIC.29 hotel within a hotel concept, fittingly located on the tower’s 29th and 30th floors. The perks include a private lounge with a balcony, five daily complimentary food preparations and a dedicated concierge staff. Guests can also enjoy a Ferretti yacht experience on Biscayne Bay with a picnic basket prepared by Area 31 and a private Tiffany & Co. ring demonstration.
Shayne Benowitz is Miami.com’s travel editor. Follow her on Twitter @ShayneBenowitz.