South Beach will soon have an eclectic new resident. JMH Development, Madden Real Estate Ventures and Starwood Hotels & Resorts on May 28 will open Aloft South Beach at 2360 Collins Avenue, featuring 235 loft-like rooms. The hotel also will feature Continental Miami, a new dining destination established by acclaimed restaurateur Stephen Starr.
The restaurant features a menu of continental classics and Asian specialties created from fresh, local and seasonal ingredients.
“As Miami continues to emerge as a leading international travel destination welcoming guests to a lively and exciting environment, Aloft South Beach embodies a trendy playground setting that is perfectly suited for a range of global travelers who are visiting for leisure or business,” said General Manager Leslie Weil.
Across from the Atlantic Ocean and a short walk to the legendary nightlife of South Beach, Lincoln Road’s shopping and iconic Ocean Drive, Aloft South Beach (www.aloftsouthbeach.com) builds on the foundation of the historic 1954 Ankara Motel. The Aloft South Beach has taken great care to preserve the Art Deco-inspired architecture on the exterior while breathing fresh life into a newly constructed interior with contemporary elements.
The design and furnishings, according to Weil, were chosen to strike a balance between the hotel’s relaxed spirit, its Miami Beach location, and the structure’s historic significance. Components of the hotel that have retained their original form include the classic brick walls of the Historic Wing, refurbished Ankara Motel signage and the pool shape. Inside, modern design takes center stage as a translucent staircase welcomes guests into a two-story atrium with custom leather wrapping and a striking light fixture inspired by drum cymbals. Additionally, the bar and lounge features a custom chandelier by Yellow Goat Design made of 1,000 colored acrylic lighting rods descending from the ceiling.
On the main floor, the “re:mix’’ lounge – home to the brand’s signature Live at Aloft Hotels on-going live music series and creative craft cocktails – is a hub for guests and locals to mingle over drinks or a game of pool, and connects to W XYZ Bar.
On the third level is the hotel’s Plunge deck, outfitted with daybeds under a canopy of Strawberry Guava trees and a four-sided infinity edge water feature serving as a visually intriguing design element. The Plunge Deck Bar features a variety of games including bocce, oversized tic-tac-toe, beanbag toss and a large dice game.
Adjacent to the deck are the guestrooms, including 22 suites, overlooking Lake Pancoast, most with private terraces peering over the lake and pool deck below. The third floor guestrooms in the Historic Wing each offer private lake-view balconies while the fourth floor has Breezy Suites with oversized private terraces. In the main tower, the 350 square-foot rooms overlook city views.
Sitting at the edge of the water, the enticing Dip hot tub offers a backdrop of an art wall, which displays rotating street art by rising artists from Miami’s artsy Wynwood neighborhood. The art program extends to other areas in the hotel as well, with a variety of photographic prints and murals. The lobby features an iconic series of black-and-white images of 1970s beach scenes and near the entrance, a large-scale aerial view photograph of models in vintage swimsuits is displayed. Each guest room has a colorful photograph by iconic British fashion photographer Miles Aldridge on view, while the corridors continue the theme with playful and fashionable interpretations of summer swimming pools, beaches and barbecues.
On the second floor, the Re:charge gym is a 24/7 fitness center featuring a well-rounded assortment of state-of-the-art resistance and aerobic equipment including stationary bikes, treadmills and elliptical machines. Additionally, the Aloft South Beach boasts 1,500 square feet of adaptable indoor meeting areas and 5,000 square feet of al fresco event space.