December 3rd, 2015 Hotels Miami Travel
I had the pleasure of staying at the Miami Beach EDITION, located in Mid-Beach—the “heart of Miami Beach” between South Beach and North Beach. The hotel is a collaboration between hotelier Ian Schrager and Marriott International. The design of the hotel is simple yet sophisticated. Upon entering you are greeted by an open airy space with white marble floors and beautiful gold mosaic tile columns both which are true to the original 1955 building. This was one aspect of the historical building that the design team was not allowed to change—but the way it was incorporated into the new interior was inspirational, as it works perfectly.
The rooms are understated and predominantly white and beige with light wood-paneled walls giving the space a soft soothing feeling. Todays urban luxury hotel designs can go wrong oh so easily but the Edition has found that perfect sweet spot between simple, minimalistic and luxury. The level of finish and attention to detail are refined and nicely done. I stayed in a standard room and I would have loved just a bit more storage space for clothing as the closet is tight and thats all you get.
Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten made his Miami Beach debut with the upscale Matador Room and Market. The Matador Room serves a modern interpretation of Latin cuisine. The Matador offers two spaces with distinct experiences, whether inside the historic, oval-shaped dining room or outside on the Matador Terrace.The Market, my personal favorite takes its inspiration from old world markets like those of Madrid and Barcelona. This 21st century interpretation of a food bazaar offers casual gourmet food ranging from a raw bar, expresso bar, ceviche bar, pizza, baked goods, etc. The Tropicale is the third and final restaurant on property, its a casual alfresco cafe servicing the pools.
On the lower level there is a space which is dedicated to a dance club, four-lane bowling alley and a 2,000-square-foot ice-skating rink. The bowling alley is a small but fun space—with a great sound and lighting system and interestingly all the bowling balls have been designed and adored with art from current modern artists–nice touch.
I had a car while I was there and if I was going to do it over again I might not have taken it and saved the daily parking fee of $40, as I really did not use the car. Everything is generally within walking distance or a quick cab ride away. If you happen to be in Miami Beach The Edition is a great place stay.
To learn more:
2901 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, Florida 33140
Phone +1 786-257-4500
Toll Free +1 800 466 9695
Phone +1 786 257 4575
Fax +1 786 257 4501