Classic Miami inspires Ritz-Carlton, South Beach's redesign

The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach's new Lapidus Bar was designed to pay homage to Miami’s classic cocktail bars. Photo credit: Marriott International

In Miami, the Ritz-Carlton, South Beach has reopened following a $90 million, multiyear renovation based on architect Morris Lapidus' original 1953 work. Owners Flag Luxury Group and Lionstone Group had to close the hotel due to heavy water damage from Hurricane Irma in 2017.

“Today, The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach—a treasure in the brand’s portfolio and in Miami—returns better than ever with a distinctive design transformation that melds modern touches with the building’s beloved Art Deco design,” said GM Sase Gjorsovski. “Given the tremendous thought that has gone into this $90 million renaissance, I’m confident that leisure travelers, business travelers and groups alike will find our ‘big reveal’ well worth the wait.”

Public Spaces

Design firm Meg Sharpe Interiors oversaw the lobby, the Lapidus Bar, restaurant, pool, club and spa, while HBA's Cristian Rubio reimagined the guestrooms and meeting spaces. The interiors were inspired by the location and the hotel's history. The updated lobby is a "celebration of the original design" with new contemporary elements, according to the company. 

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“The design of the public spaces was inspired by the history of the building itself,” said Sharpe. “By upholding the integrity of the storied past of the property, we have revealed the architectural base created by the giants of the Art Deco and Mimo styles renowned in Miami. The gentle nod to the past is imbued with modern purpose.”

Fuego y Mar, the hotel’s new restaurant overseen by executive chef Anthony LePape, has a dedicated tech lounge where guests can work while ordering coffee and cocktails. DiLido Beach Club and its oceanfront location have plush seating and views out across the water.

The ballroom at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach covers more than 10,000 square feet, and is supplemented by 11 separate meeting and event spaces, all of which were redesigned to evoke Miami’s history and culture.

Guestrooms

“Culture has been infused into each and every guestroom and meeting space, resulting in an authentic Miami experience,” said Rubio. “A relatively new city, Miami’s unique culture has been translated into the hotel with both depth of design and whimsical details that allow guests a feeling of being in the city without having to leave their rooms.”

In reimagining the 376 guestrooms and suites, Rubio conducted "extensive research" into Miami and the many facets of the city. Custom millwork works with the furnishings to reflect the city and its culture. (The rooms also have enhanced soundproofing.)

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