The Vibe: Luxury yacht ashore.
The Area: In Coconut Grove, a charming neighborhood known for its lush, tree-lined streets, bayfront parks and laidback, bohemian atmosphere with sidewalk cafés and boutiques. It’s a bit off the grid from a typical South Beach holiday and traffic can make the drive upwards of 45 minutes. Still, for an experienced traveller, Coconut Grove is a worthy neighborhood for exploration and to see another side of Miami.
The DNA: Understated is not what comes to mind when thinking about Miami, and what makes the Mr. C Miami hotel even more remarkable. The luxury hotel, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, celebrates the city’s midcentury heyday as well as the idyllic ports of Venice with a foot in both the past and the future. “We wanted to recreate the feeling of sailing on the open waters,” says Martin Brudnizki, interior designer of the hotel. “The interiors have been inspired by the honesty and materiality of a classic yacht as well as a carefully layered style of midcentury Italy.” The stately interiors convey the nautical influence through timber-paneled moments in the lobby to a chic palette of blue and white that complements high-gloss and chrome surfaces. Soft curves also wrap the interior with circular forms further echoing the yacht theme. “We also included porthole-style windows, lending a whimsical touch to the scheme,” Brudnizki says. A maritime glamour too, reigns in both the midcentury-informed pool deck and the fifth-floor Bellini Restaurant and Bar. Here, views of the harbor are framed by floor-to-ceiling windows, while terrazzo energizes the venue’s high-gloss limed oak paneling, revealing a decadent interpretation of Italian luxury.
Suite-Me-Up: Guestroom interiors reflect the nautical motif of the common areas with lacquered wood millwork, blue leather headboards, curvilinear mid-century lines and oceanic shades of blue with photography of high-performance sailboats. At just four floors and 100 rooms, each boasts a private balcony overlooking Biscayne Bay (the higher the floor, the better the view). The suites are well worth the splurge for the residential feeling of the separate living area, some featuring wet bars, dining tables, a half bath and a lovely seating area.
✅ free Wi-Fi in public spaces • size matters: 87 rooms (28-32m2) (304-348 sq ft) & 13 suites (35-130m2) (375-1396 sq ft) • hotel opened: April 2019 • architecture: Arquitectonica • interior design: Martin Brudnizki • parking possible on-site (charged) • pets allowed • 24-hour front desk • wheelchair accessible