Hotelier Peggy Benua Gives Her Insight on the Slew of Miami Beach Luxury Hotels Slated to Open This Year and Beyond…

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Peggy Benua, GM of the Dream South Beach and Vice Chair of MBVCA

As you drive north on Collins Avenue in Miami Beach, it can be overwhelming to maneuver through construction and blockage caused by buildings under renovation. Anyone can see that Miami Beach has definitely made a comeback from the 2008-2009 recession. The real estate market is at its all-time high, in particular the hotel segment. In fact, there is so much going on with new hotels these days it’s hard to keep up.

Let’s take a quick tour north on Collins Avenue starting from my neighborhood at Dream South Beach at 11th street.

Between 16th and 17th streets we find the Gale Suites at Kaskades, an extension of the popular Gale Hotel South Beach, which will open just in time for Art Basel on December 9th. The property will have 25 all-suite rooms; complete with oversize terraces, soaking tubs, 60” HDTV’s, rainforest showers and luxury Italian linens. The guests will have access to a rooftop with cocktails, cabanas and a small pool, as well as access to all the amenities at the Gale Hotel, which include a popular Rec Room nightclub and The Regent Cocktail Club & Lounge.

 At 17th street on the left we come to the construction site of the future Hyatt South Beach. Scheduled to open in 2015, the Hyatt South Beach will offer 105 guestrooms in addition to an outdoor pool, fitness center and 10,000 square feet of prime ground floor retail space.

At 18th Street on the right is the Nautilus South Beach which is heading towards a late winter 2014 opening. The hotel will feature 251 rooms in a renovated building designed by the famed architect Morris Lapidus. Under the management of SIXTY Hotels, the Nautilus South Beach will feature a new restaurant, lobby lounge, poor bar and extensive event and meeting rooms.

Images provided by: Peggy Benua/1 Hotel South Beach

Images provided by: Peggy Benua/1 Hotel South Beach

At 23rd street on the site of the former Roney Palace, Gansevoort Hotel and Perry South Beach, the 1 Hotel South Beach now reigns as a LEED certified ‘green’ luxury hotel which is scheduled to open in February 2015. The hotel is located on more than 600 linear feet of prime beachfront land and will feature over 417 guest suites, four pools and a restaurant by famed New York restaurateur Tom Colicchio. Directly across the street we can see the Aloft South Beach, a less pricey but still hip version of Starwood’s W Hotels, which will open in March 2015 with 235 guest rooms.

Traveling north to 29th street is the Edition Miami Beach, from famed hotelier Ian Schrager in partnership with Marriott hotels, opening on November 10th. While the hotel will feature 294 luxurious rooms, the main attraction will be its numerous amenities; a restaurant by Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, a bowling alley, an outdoor movie theater, a night club and a first for a Miami hotel, an ice-skating rink. Directly across Collins Avenue is the AC Hotel by Marriott Miami Beach, which will open in March 2015 with 150 rooms.

One of the most exciting projects in Miami Beach is the Feana District located near 32nd street and Collins Avenue. Developed by Alan Faena of Buenos Aires, the district will consist of a hotel, luxury condos, an arts center, bazaar, a park, gardens and a marina on Indian Creek. The Faena Hotel is scheduled to open in 2015.

Images provided by: Peggy Benua/1 Hotel South Beach

Images provided by: Peggy Benua/1 Hotel South Beach

On to 40th street we find the Thompson Miami Beach, which will open on November 21st. The hotel features 380 beach-inspired hotel rooms in a completely renovated 1950’s mid-century building. It will have two pools, three bars and a “Floridian Brasserie” restaurant by a James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef, Michelle Bernstein.

Other recently opened hotels worth noting include the Vintro Hotel in the new Cultural District of Miami Beach, The Hotel Croydon, The Metropolitan Como on Collins Avenue at 24th street, the newly renovated Shelbourne Hotel and the Hilton Cabana on Collins at 62nd street.

There is certainly no shortage of hotel rooms to accommodate the record breaking numbers of visitors to our city. Miami Beach has grown into a world class tourist destination with no signs of slowing down.

Images provided by: Peggy Benua/1 Hotel South Beach

Images provided by: Peggy Benua/1 Hotel South Beach

Peggy Benua is currently Vice Chair of the MBVCA. She has been a hotelier in Miami Beach since 2000 and is the General Manager of Dream South Beach, a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of South Beach. www.dreamsouthbeach.com

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