The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach Has Reopened After a $90 Million Renovation

03 Feb 2020
3 min read
With an elegant new look and superb service to match, the historic Art Deco resort is poised to become one of South Florida’s most coveted venues after an extensive, multi-million dollar revamp.

The Ritz- Carlton, South Beach has re-opened its doors after a $90 million, multi-year renovation extending to every facet of the property. This ideally located landmark hotel, which sits in the heart of Miami’s South Beach, was originally conceptualized by architect Morris Lapidus. Now, post a floor-to-ceiling renovation, the hotel will deliver a rare and refined experience marked by timeless design, thoughtful programming, and the anticipatory service of the Ladies and Gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton.

“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 Sase Gjorsovski, General Manager of the resort. “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.”

Perfectly positioned at the intersection of Collins Avenue and Lincoln Road, the historic hotel showcases a fresh new design scheme. The lobby, the Lapidus Bar, restaurant, pool, club and spa are the brainchild of Meg Sharpe, while Cristian Rubio from renowned design-firm HBA, re-imagined the guestrooms and meeting spaces. Drawing inspiration from the awe-inspiring natural surroundings, the interiors are warm and inviting, reflecting the serene natural beauty of Miami while celebrating the historic roots of the hotel.

The breathtaking new lobby pays homage to its original design, while bringing in elegant touches that transporty the property into a new era. Steps away, the all-new Lapidus Bar is a classic cocktail lounge honoring a bygone era of Miami with live music, vintage cocktails, and an inviting design that draws guests in to sit back, relax and absorb the magnificent surroundings.

“The design of the public spaces was inspired by the history of the building itself,” said Meg 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 is the hotel’s new restaurant helmed by Anthony LePape, where vibrant Latin American flavors take the lead. Guests can also work in a sophisticated, convivial setting in the new tech lounge, while ordering coffee and cocktails. DiLido Beach Club and its oceanfront location promise an intimate dining enclave with plush seating and views out across the turquoise water.

The Ritz-Carlton Spa revolves around a holistic approach to wellness. A true oasis in the bustle of South Beach, the Spa puts mindfulness front and center with a range of therapies and journeys carefully curated to promote rest and rejuvenation. Home to the only Timeless Capsule in the United States, this one-of-a-kind elliptical space is designed to condense spa treatments, making it the ideal offering for time-restricted guests.

The Club Lounge offers a dedicated concierge, bespoke experiences and complimentary culinary delights throughout the day for club level guests.. Locally- inspired signature offerings will also be available to club guests and include empanadas, waffle pastelitos, and more.

The hotel boasts 376 guestrooms and suites, each one of which reflects Cristian Rubio’s vision. His extensive research into Miami and the many facets of the city that make it so special have resulted in a harmonious blend of meticulously-designed furnishings and custom millwork that revel in  the city and its culture. Enhanced soundproofing also ensures guests a restful night’s sleep.

“Culture has been infused into each and every guestroom and meeting space, resulting in an authentic Miami experience,” said Cristian 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.”

The ballroom at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach spans over 10,000-square-feet, and is supplemented by 11 separate meeting and event spaces, all of which showcase a design that is infused with the spirit of Miami’s history and rich cultural scene. A vision of the past, present and future of Miami, the ladies and gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach stand ready to play gracious host to travelers visiting the most exotic place in America.