InterContinental Miami announces $30M upgrade

The InterContinental Miami is rolling out $30 million in upgrades. Included is a 19-story “digital canvas” that illuminates the downtown skyline each night, multimedia features that showcase Miami’s culture throughout the hotel, fully-renovated suites designed by tennis star Venus Williams' V Starr Interiors and a new destination restaurant.

The improvements, set to debut this fall, are the brainchild of hotel owner Strategic Hotels & Resorts.

Rising 34-stories in the downtown Miami with views of the Atlantic Ocean, Biscayne Bay, and adjacent Bayfront Park, the InterContinental Miami features 641 guestrooms including 34 suites, and 33 meeting rooms with more than 101,000 square feet of conference and exhibition space. A flagship property within the Strategic Hotels & Resorts portfolio, the InterContinental Miami is a hotel of choice among heads-of-state, public figures, celebrities, and executives.

The InterContinental Miami’s transformation will be visible before guests even set foot inside. A “digital canvas” encompassing thousands of LED lights will tower above Miami’s urban core and will be visible from miles away. The canvas will project digital images and animations on the hotel’s east and west facing facades, highlighting current affairs and community events. Interactive functions will enable guests and the general public to curate content through social media and online engagement.

A fully renovated entrance area will feature customizable lighting and sound elements, along with a Times Square-style LED marquee to welcome guests, large groups, and special events. Upon entering the hotel's new lobby, guests will be immersed in a multimedia environment featuring 18 LCD screens showcasing streaming content ranging from digital works by local artists and information about Miami-area attractions. Touchscreen coffee tables throughout the lobby will allow guests to order cocktails, plan local outings, book dining reservations and spa appointments. Nearby, a live camera feed will display real-time video of Biscayne Bay.

Upstairs, each of the hotel’s 641 guestrooms and suites are being remodeled to keep pace with the latest trends in amenities, technology and comfort. The guestroom transformation includes new carpeting, new furniture, new bedding, linens, bathroom fixtures, wallpaper, and motorized window treatments. Additional upgrades have also been made to the hotel’s corridors, elevator landings, meeting spaces and other common areas. The project marks the hospitality debut for V Starr Interiors, tennis star Venus Williams’ interior design firm, which has redesigned the hotel’s two Presidential Suites and enhanced the designs of six Executive Suites and the hotel’s 29th floor Club Lounge.

 

The InterContinental Miami will also open a new restaurant by a celebrity chef in the fall of 2012. The restaurant and adjoining bar specializing in Latin-style cocktails and spirits will be located in the hotel’s lobby.

While the InterContinental Miami is introducing a series of changes, its other amenities will remain in place, including mySpa Miami, the hotel’s luxury spa and fitness center, and its rooftop pool deck overlooking the bay. Additionally, the InterContinental Miami’s signature work of art – Henry Moore's 18-foot, 70-ton “Spindle” sculpture – will remain as the centerpiece of its newly-designed lobby.

The hotel is situated just steps from Bayfront Park, AmericanAirlines Arena, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, and the future homes of the Miami Art Museum and Miami Science Museum at Museum Park.

Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Inc. is a real estate investment trust which owns and provides asset management of high-end hotels and resorts in the US, Mexico and Europe. The Company currently has ownership interests in 18 properties with an aggregate of 8,271 rooms and 851,600 square feet of multi-purpose meeting and banqueting space.

The InterContinental Miami is located at the crossroads of Miami's Business and Arts & Entertainment districts. It rises 34 stories over the city with views of the Atlantic Ocean, Biscayne Bay and the Port of Miami. The hotel features 641 guestrooms, including 34 suites; 33 meeting rooms with over 101,000 square feet of meeting and exhibition space, including a grand ballroom; three restaurants, including Table 40, the only Chef's Table in Downtown Miami; full-service fitness center and spa at mySpa Miami; and rooftop pool deck with gardens.

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