THE NEWEST HOTEL AND RESTAURANT HOTSPOTS TO HIT UP DURING LE 2017

The show is almost here, your bikinis are packed, and you’re ready for another wild week of networking in Miami. But what’s new since you were in town last year? Don’t miss these hotels and hotel restaurants that have opened in the past 12 months…


THE LANGFORD

The Langford, Pawnbroker and Pubbelly Station [Photo: Juan Fernando Ayora for Lucky Frog Studios]
Okay: it opened early in 2016 so perhaps you did make it to The Langford during last year’s show. If not, we recommend checking out this Beaux-Arts gem that serves as a stylish oasis in not-so-fashionable downtown Miami. The rooftop lounge, Pawnbroker, is a good place to toast a successful day, and Pubbelly Station is a great spot for a leisurely lunch. We love the subway tiles and railway-themed signage almost as much as the avocado and egg toast (excellent with a glass of rosé).


NOBU EDEN ROC

Nobu Eden Roc

Two hotels in one, with a great oceanfront pool deck, next door to the Fontainebleau. The refresh of the Eden Roc was still underway last year, so make a point to drop in this summer and see what “Japanese beach house” really means. In addition to the new Nobu Restaurant and the indulgence of Nobu room service, the high-end hotel within a hotel (with 206 elegant rooms and suites) is home to Malibu Farm restaurant, COMING SOON. The larger Eden Roc Resort, part of this dynamic duo hotel, has 418 airy guest rooms and three pools.


SLS BRICKELL

SLS Brickell

Miami’s second SLS had its grand opening in November. Rebels will be familiar with SLS South Beach, and will be thrilled to have the brand’s signature playful-chic vibe in a downtown/Brickell location as well. Head to Bazaar Mar by José Andres for a sprawling seafood meal or their Sunday champagne brunch, and also make time to try Fi’lia, by Miami’s beloved Chef Michael Schwartz. Here, the local culinary star does his take on “honest Italian food.”


THE PLYMOUTH MIAMI BEACH

The Plymouth

This newcomer in the Collins Park area offers a more intimate South Beach hotel experience (without sacrificing on style). The restored Art Deco building was given the magic design touch by Fernando Santangelo, whose work you may know from the Raleigh Hotel and Chateau Marmont. The Plymouth is home to a breezy, covered poolside café as well as an outpost of Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill.


THE WASHINGTON PARK HOTEL

Washington Park Hotel lobby and guest room; Employees Only bar and restaurant

This clutch of four Art Deco buildings on Washington Avenue (opposite the 11th Street Diner, which we’re sure you late-night rebels are familiar with) has been a revolving door of hotel brands over the years, but last fall it relaunched as the Washington Park Hotel, with 182 rooms. What’s most noteworthy about the new incarnation is the arrival of New York City’s Employees Only bar and restaurant. Drop in for the best cocktails on the beach.


FOUR SEASONS SURF CLUB

Surf Club Miami Beach [Photos: Christian Horan Photography]
This new hotel is definitely worth the 20-minute drive up to Surfside. The historic club (where Harvey Firestone and Winston Churchill were members) has been restored into a beautiful hotel lobby and the new Le Sirenuse restaurant and Champagne Bar. Above, in a brand new tower by Richard Meier, are 77 spacious guest rooms (additional Hotel Residences will open later in the year). Parisian designer Joseph Dirand has created some of the most elegant, residential-feeling rooms we’ve seen in a long time, and the Spa is just as spectacular. Le Sirenuse, from Positano’s Sersale family, is bound to be a see-and-be-seen spot for lunch and dinner during LE. Our favorite spot here, though, is the verdant, sprawling Champagne lounge.


Other new hotel restaurants worth sampling during LE 2017 include Rafael Nadal and Enrique Iglesias’s Tatel Miami at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach, the health-conscious PLNTHOUSE at 1 Hotel South Beach, LT Steak & Seafood (with more focus on fish) and The Conservatory lounge at The Betsy Hotel. If you’re in the SoFi (South of Fifth) area, pop into the boutique hotel, The Meridian and check out The Food Marchand café for Miami staples, Panther Coffee and pastries from Zak the Baker. Plus, there’s our Lunch Date programme for an even longer list of amazing Miami restaurants where you can feast on our Limited Edition menu during the show lunch break (more details to come). So: feeling hungry yet…?

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Rebecca Wallwork

Rebecca Wallwork is a writer based in Miami Beach, although you’ll also find her checking out the newest hotels in New York City. She is a former contributing editor to HotelChatter, and loves dogs and books as much as she does hotels.