CHECK IT OUT EAST MIAMI
Hong Kong-based Swire Hotels, operator of the acclaimed Opposite House in Beijing and Upper House in Hong Kong, will open its first hotel in the US on Monday as part of a $US1.38 billion ($1.91bn) development in Miami’s financial district.
Forming part of the 3.6ha Brickell City Centre, the 352-room EAST Miami, designed by local architect Arquitectonica, features an outpost of acclaimed Uruguayan restaurant Parador La Huella, a 40th-floor rooftop bar and garden, 24/7 gym and a groovy deck area with lap pool, spa pool, cold plunge pool and hot tub.
The green-certified development has at its heart an innovative $US41 million Climate Ribbon, using natural wind currents to cool parts of the vast mixed-use complex, and the hotel has invested heavily in a curated art collection while sponsoring a local creative academy, the YoungArts Foundation.
All guestrooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies framing views of Miami and Biscayne Bay; the contemporary interior fitout includes a rain shower, coffee machine courtesy of Miami-based Panther Coffee and unguents by Australia’s own Appelles Apothecary. The one, two and three-bedroom residences offer full kitchen and laundry facilities. There’s free Wi-Fi and the tech-savvy guest experience encompasses keyless entry, paperless check-in, a sightseeing app and inhouse program of arts, music and design events.
EAST Miami offers ready access to the airport and South Beach but guests may never feel the need to leave the Brickell City Centre, set to include five levels of retail anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue, 30 restaurants and a “finedining movie theatre”.
DON’T MISS: Whooshing up in the hotel’s futuristic lifts to the rooftop Asian-inspired Sugar for sunset cocktails and tapas.
DINING IN: The hotel’s signature Quinto La Huella is led by executive chef Nano Crespo, while key kitchen staff have been brought straight from this famous beachside restaurant in Uruguay. Here on the fifth floor they work a smart room designed by the LA-based Studio Collective and dominated by an enormous parrilla grill, large outdoor terrace, ovens fired by red and white oak and a sushi counter featuring local fish. Try the arroz negro (squid ink and shrimp rice), crudo Siciliano (fish tartare) or mollejas (sweetbreads). The hotel also features a lobby cafe and poolside bar.
DINING OUT: Check out the River Yacht Club, El Tucan, Marion and Komodo.
ASK THE CONCIERGE: BEAST, the hotel’s state of the art gym, is set to feature a program of wellness activities; download the hotel app to view the calendar.
CHECKING IN: From $US219 low season. Opening specials from $US195. More: swirehotels.com.
ALSO TRY: Ovolo Laneways, Melbourne; EAST, Hong Kong; The James, New York.
Chef Nano Crespo, above; signature dish at Quinto La Huella, above right