citizenM debuts in Miami with art-focused hotel

The citizenM brand has opened its first property in Miami, the 252-room citizenM Miami Brickell. To mark the debut, the hotel’s leadership partnered with Miami-based artist Jen Stark to create five large-scale pieces of artwork that unite to create one composition for the Brickell property facade. The piece is meant to bridge the brand’s “playful personality” with the neighborhood’s aesthetic.  

“We’re thrilled to be opening the first of two citizenM hotels planned in Miami this year,” citizenM Chief Marketing Officer Robin Chadha said in a statement. “With Jen Stark’s striking facade artwork and the interior curated with a selection of works from artists celebrating Miami’s diverse and vivacious spirit, we are excited to be able to provide guests with an unparalleled and culturally robust experience, making this property a landmark in Miami’s Brickell neighborhood.” 

The leadership team also commissioned artists Theresa Chromati and Lakwena Maciver to create pieces for the hotel. Chromati’s “Variations of Her Movements - Exploding and Exploring” shows an optimistic and hopeful journey in which she explores the act of unraveling your life, building yourself back up and moving forward to live in your full power. In the hotel’s entrance, Maciver’s “Good Life” with kaleidoscopic colors and patterns is meant to provoke a deeper conversation. She explores how society showers certain people with money and glory—and what this reflects about our values and beliefs. 

Additionally, to give the property an art collection that felt distinct to Miami, citizenM hosted an open art call in which over 70 artists submitted works inspired by their love of the city. The panel of judges consisted of Rattan Chadha, founder of citizenM and contemporary art collector; Stark; Rob Wagemans, creative director at citizenM and founder of Concrete; Lakwena Maciver, artist and creator of the hotel’s interior artwork; and FriendsWithYou, the art collaboration of Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III. Together, the judges selected 10 winners to permanently showcase their pieces across the guestrooms of the new citizenM Miami Brickell and the upcoming citizenM Miami World Center. 

Design firm Concrete handled the interiors while Gensler was the executive architect. Suffolk was the general contractor. 

citizenM Miami Brickell Facade
Miami-based artist Jen Stark created five large-scale pieces of artwork for the facade of the citizenM Miami Brickell. (citizenM)

The Layout

The citizenM Miami Brickell’s entrance leads into a non-traditional lobby furnished with plenty of books, art and furniture from Vitra. In the middle of the living room is the all-day CanteenM. The property also has two terraces: one overlooking South Miami Avenue and the other facing a green garden space. 

The citizenM guestrooms are uniform in style and size with a wall-to-wall window and an XL king-size bed. A MoodPad tablet controls the ambience—from temperature to blinds to entertainment. All of these features can also be controlled by downloading an app to the guest’s smartphone.

Business-focused guests can meet in any of eight SocietyM meeting rooms. The hotel will also have the brand’s first rooftop pool.

This opening will complement the existing citizenM U.S. portfolio in Boston, New York, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., bringing the total to nine hotels across the country and 27 worldwide. citizenM’s second property in the city, the citizenM Miami World Center, is due to open later this year.