SLS Brickell (1300 S. Miami Ave., Brickell; 305-239-1300) is the latest high profile debut in Miami’s financial district, following the highly anticipated Brickell City Centre, which opened its doors in early November. Part of the Los Angeles-based sbe hospitality group, it’s the second SLS hotel in Miami, following the brand’s 2013 debut in South Beach.
Built from the ground up by acclaimed design firm Arquitectonica, SLS Brickell is a spacious and luxurious glass tower with 124 hotel rooms and 450 residences. Guests will find plenty of references to its South Beach sister property, thanks to fantastical interiors by Philippe Starck who designed both hotels.
Another familiar face at the Brickell property is James Beard Award-winning Spanish chef José Andrés, a longtime sbe collaborator. In Brickell, Andrés debuts Bazaar Mar, a high-flying seafood concept with a dining room swimming in immaculate marble and hand-painted white and blue tile by artist Sergio Mora.
Like his Bazaar at SLS South Beach, Andrés’ artful preparations and tapas-style menu invites diners on a surreal gastronomic journey. At Bazaar Mar, highlights include croquetas with lobster and béarnaise sauce, seaweed funnel cakes with avocado, blue crab and salmon roe, a po’ boy with fried baby squid and, for a sweet finish, his deconstructed key lime pie.
“SLS Brickell epitomizes what we stand for; an uncompromising, yet modern approach to luxury, infused with playfulness, spirit, creativity and world-class cuisine and design,” says Sam Nazarian, sbe founder & CEO. For this hotel, he decided to tap local Miami heavyweight talent for collaboration, starting with developer Jorge Peréz of Related Group.
As benefactor of the landmark Peréz Art Museum Miami for which he lends his name, Peréz brings an eye for contemporary art to the hotel and residences. The property’s collection includes site-specific installations by Spanish artist Ester Pargegás and German artist Markus Linnenbrink (pictured on the facade in the top image), as well as a Botero sculpture and captivating large-scale paintings by American artist Ray Smith.
As Starck says, the pairing of Nazarian and Peréz brings together “two ogres, two monsters” of their industries. “Jorge is cu-cu for art. Because they are partners, they are saying, I want art everywhere, which is good for me because I don’t like decoration. I prefer art.”
“Jorge, he sees an opportunity to move this design to art. That’s why SLS Brickell is not the new SLS in Miami. The location is in Miami, but before anything it is the realization of the vision of the life of Sam and the art of Jorge,” says Starck in a lilting French accent.
Homegrown talent, James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz joins Andrés in the food and beverage realm with his new Fi’lia restaurant, a warm, rustic Italian den serving pizza, pasta, salads and sandwiches. The menu ranges from the unexpected pistachio pesto pizza with ricotta and pecorino to classics like chicken parmigiana.
Guest rooms, as opposed to being constricted by the tight quarters of SLS South Beach’s historic Art Deco bones, have plenty of room for Starck’s design to spread out. He paints in a palette of white, slate and pale pink in a modern and minimalist design scheme with plenty of reflective surfaces, from the oversized, full-length framed mirrors resting against the walls to those mounted on the ceiling above the bed.
Bathrooms are modern in sharp angles with white tiles, chrome fixtures and an oversized shower. Abodes come standard with expansive private terrace balconies.
Starck’s oversized rubber ducky, as at SLS South Beach, makes a cameo on the ninth floor pool deck, with on-brand cushy striped cabanas and lounge chairs. The pool is designed on a grand, made-for-Brickell scale with a series of three swimming pools overlooking Biscayne Bay. The ninth floor is also home to a swanky, state-of-the-art fitness center, spa and private screening room with overstuffed leather recliners in warm butterscotch.
Owners of condo units also have access to a small 34th floor rooftop penthouse pool with vertiginous, panoramic views of the city.
From award-winning cuisine, museum-quality art and high design, SLS Brickell gives locals and travelers plenty of reasons to check-in.
Current rates from $232 per night.