The InterContinental Miami inaugurated the completion of its $30-million renovation and redesign by previewing its year-round Art Program with the lighting of the 19-story LED “digital canvas,” as well as the official grand opening of Toro Toro, the property’s new Pan-Latin steakhouse concept by chef Richard Sandoval.
The InterContinental Miami’s 19-story “digital canvas” encompasses thousands of LED lights above Miami that are visible from miles away. The canvas projects digital images and animations on the hotel’s east and west facing facades, highlighting current affairs, community events, and local art.
As part of the launch, a specially curated exhibit, “Light Show,” by photographer Patrick McMullan, and Warhol “Superstar” Ultra Violet showcased one of her 9/11 sculptures for the first time in Miami, were put on display through the end of the year. A collection of art by artists such as Constance Scopelitis, David Datuna, Rachel Coy and Louis Canales, Francisco lo Castro, Gino Miles, Mike Hunter and John William Kennedy was also displayed via 18 LCD screens in the lobby and on the hotel’s Times Square-style LED marquee.
This art installation that is now a permanent fixture of the Miami skyline will be updated with new and engaging moving images and spectrums of light. The event also marked the preview of what will become a year-round Art Program for the hotel, which will showcase art from Miami and international artists via the 18 LED screens located in the lobby and the welcoming exterior marquee. All interior and exterior content will be developed by the hotel’s in-house curator of digital art and will be on display year round.
The new interactive lobby is divided into small pods, each with personalized lights, music, LCD screens showcasing art, and touchscreen coffee tables, known as the “Digital Concierges,” which offer apps similar to Microsoft’s Surface or Apple’s iPad to allow for a more sophisticated user experience. Also new to the lobby is the second outpost of the famed Dubai restaurant Toro Toro by chef Richard Sandoval. The “digital concierges” are positioned throughout the lobby and the Toro Toro bar, allowing guests to order cocktails, plan local outings, book dining reservations and spa appointments, and review cultural events.
Also in the lobby is a video wall encompassing the entire back wall of the registration area, which displays a live feed of Downtown Miami and/or select artwork. A second video wall hangs just outside the lobby elevators, showcasing a live feed of Biscayne Bay.
The property’s renovation also saw the introduction of the fully-renovated suites designed by tennis star Venus Williams' V Starr Interiors. All the improvements are the brainchild of hotel owner Strategic Hotels & Resorts.
Upstairs, each of the hotel’s 641 guestrooms and suites are being remodeled. 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 Williams’ interior design firm, which redesigned the hotel’s two presidential suites and enhanced the designs of six executive suites and the hotel’s 29th floor Club Lounge.
While the InterContinental Miami has gotten a major face lift, its popular amenities 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 rises 34 stories over the city with views of the Atlantic Ocean, Biscayne Bay and the Port of Miami. The hotel offers 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.
The fully-renovated suites were designed by tennis star Venus Williams' V Starr Interiors