Slated to debut in December 2015, Faena Hotel Miami Beach will mark the first opening in the Faena District Miami Beach, a new neighborhood with art and culture at its core
Faena Hotel Miami Beach
Nestled in the heart of Miami Beach, Faena District stretches north from 32nd Street to 36th Street, between the Atlantic Ocean and Indian Creek, and will open in phases over the next three years. It will feature one-of-a-kind cultural, residential, hotel, retail, restaurant, and public environments that have been conceived as dynamic expressions of art, design, nature, technology and service. The fashionable district will debut already next month with the opening of Faena Hotel Miami Beach.
Faena Hotel Miami Beach features 58 rooms and 111 suites, crowned with two penthouses, start at $842 a night. The opulent interior was inspired by the opera houses and L.A.’s Chateau Marmont. The fusion of Fitzgeraldian Art Deco with South American hospitality (each hotel floor comes with a butler) results in a compound that includes a 3,000-square-foot cabaret, a 36-seat screening room, a wine cave, an Argentine-style veranda kitchen (helmed by Netflix’s Chef’s Table subject Francis Mallmann) and an ocean-view restaurant set in a dome (headed by Top Chef Austin tocque Paul Qui). The 15,000-square-foot spa features a Turkish bath, or hammam, featuring a slab of semiprecious amazonite. The property’s 22,000 square foot Tierra Santa Spa brings to Miami the first South American-inspired spa, while the hotel’s fire kitchen, Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann, will be the celebrated chef’s only restaurant in the United States, offering an authentic South American dining experience, complete with asados (outdoor barbecues).
Faena Hotel promises to be the center of attention at Art Basel Miami Beach, which runs December 3 to December 6, after which it will open to the public. The man behind the project is Alan Faena. The Argentine hotelier and real estate developer has joined forces with the film director and producer Baz Luhrmann and his wife Catherine Martin, a costume designer whose previous hospitality projects has included the development of the 1920s-style Great Gatsby suite at New York’s Plaza Hotel, to design and decorate the sumptuous property.
Faena District Miami Beach will include an arts center called Faena Forum (headed up by Caminos) when it opens in April; retail destination Faena Bazaar designed by Rem Koolhaas; a marina; a hacienda-style inn; and a residential building, Faena House, designed by Norman Foster and one to five-bedroom residences that will start at $2.5 million.