An oceanfront guestroom at The Miami Beach Edition // © 2015 The Miami Beach Edition
Feature image (above): Thompson Miami Beach, which opened in November 2014, has two outdoor heated pools. // © 2015 Jimmy Im
PortMiami sees four million cruise passengers a year, with 15 cruise lines sailing away to tropical destinations. Considering Miami’s top hotels, buzzing restaurants and myriad attractions, cruise passengers spend several days exploring the city pre- and post-sail.
To help your clients plan the perfect Miami visit, we rounded up three of Miami’s newest properties, all very unique in the hotel landscape.
The Miami Beach Edition
Take three household names, give them a prime location on South Beach and prepare for the most game-changing hotel the destination has seen in 20 years: The Miami Beach Edition.
Hotelier Ian Schrager, who put Miami on the map with the highbrow crowd more than 20 years ago with the opening of Delano Hotel, returns with an over-the-top, outside-the-box, whimsical hotel that defies all expectations of a Miami luxury property.
For one, it’s the first hotel on the beach where you can see the sea from the lobby. It’s also the first hotel with a separate, exclusive wing featuring one and two-level, ocean-view bungalows. In the basement, there’s ice skating and a bowling alley. And two outdoor pools are linked to a sprawling lawn, separate on-site beach area with beach bags and, of course, a snazzy outdoor bar.
Additionally, the spa is a highlight with steam rooms, a sauna and a massive fitness center. The hotel is glitz and glam in all the right places, particularly for money-is-no-object, Instagram-bragging travelers. Standard rooms with no view and no balcony average $600. Internationally-acclaimed Yabu Pushelberg design firm was careful with the interiors, preserving architectural details from the historic building while staying true to Schrager’s vision.
Schrager also partnered with world-renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten to handle all food and beverage. Clients will enjoy getting all dolled up for the signature restaurant Matador Room, a scene-stealer thanks to the unique, oval-shaped dining room. Here, Vongerichten offers his modern take on Latin cuisine inspired by Spanish, Caribbean and South American flavors.
Rooms at The Miami Beach Edition start at $429.
Thompson Miami Beach
Thompson Hotel has been banging out cool properties across the country, and Thompson Miami Beach — opened November 2014 — is the company’s most ambitious. While Thompson typically panders to the hip, jet-set variety, Thompson Miami Beach is groovy for all types of travelers.
Young and old alike will appreciate the well-preserved art deco design for its unique, retro-modern allure. Most of the hotel is outdoors — from the rooftop spa to the Crown Room vista deck to the exclusive sunbeds on the beach — which ensures your clients will get loads of that famous Florida sun.
The 380 guestrooms are understated, artsy and comfortably spacious, but most visitors sprawl out at the hotel’s two outdoor (and heated) pools, where sunbeds on a tiered deck ensure that everyone gets a view of all the action. There’s also an open-air spa, which features six cabanas.
Another next-level on-property feature is the historic 1930s house. It’s an actual, vintage home that was moved across the street to the hotel and transformed into a swanky lounge for the perfect, craft-cocktail nightcap.
Foodies have raged in all the right ways at signature restaurant Seapgrape, helmed by Miami-born, celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein. The Florida brasserie has garnered massive attention from locals, who approve of Bernstein’s creative and refined spin on the locavore-friendly menu featuring local produce, fish and other ingredients.
Rooms at Thompson Miami Beach start at $359.
Yve Hotel Miami
Open since December 2014 in downtown Miami, Yve Hotel Miami (formerly B2 Hotel) is a terrific boutique hotel for travelers not looking to splurge. It’s also a preferred hotel for cruise passengers, considering its convenient location next to Port Miami.
This 243-room property truly stands out by plugging into Miami’s local culture as much as possible. It taps into the city’s strong Latin influence by placing a Cuban coffee cart in the lobby and offers a taste of Miami’s thriving art scene through a partnership with a local gallery, Art Bastion, to curate hotel installations. Guests especially enjoy Miami-raised restaurateur’s Jeffrey Chodorow’s Biscayne Tavern, which serves craft beers and elevated comfort food.
Chic, nautical-themed guestrooms (in seven categories) come equipped with bay and city views, high-end Nest toiletries and seriously cushy beds. But guests might spend little time actually at the hotel as some of Miami’s best attractions are literally steps away.
Yve Hotel Miami is easy walking distance to Adrienne Arsht Center for concerts, opera and Broadway shows; American Airlines Arena for sporting events; and Bayfront Park for leisurely strolls or work outs (Yve can provides a jogging route, and yoga mats are available upon request). The new, buzzing Perez Arts Museum is a 20-minute walk, and Wynwood Art District (chockfull of restaurants and galleries) is a short Uber ride away. Miami Beach is about a 10-minute drive.
Rooms at Yve Hotel Miami start at $130.