When urban developer/preservationist Tony Goldman and daughter Jessica Goldman Srebnick, a former fashion industry executive, tapped innovative fashion designer Todd Oldham to create South Beach’s jewel, The Hotel, formerly The Tiffany, a new wave appeared on the horizon. Its historical November 1998 opening marked the first time an American fashion designer had created all of the interior aspects of a hotel and the beautiful boutique property went on to win numerous awards and accolades. In 1999, The Hotel was named one of 31 top new hotels worldwide by Condé Nast Traveler magazine and in 2007 was listed on the magazine’s prestigious Gold List. The Hotel and its breathtaking indoor/outdoor restaurant Wish are recipients of the prestigious AAA Four Diamond rating. Wish also has garnered numerous national culinary awards, including ten consecutive Mobil Four Star Awards (2001 – 2010) and is consistently rated in the top five on all major Zagat’s categories. Originally built in 1939, by master architect L. Murray Dixon, today the hotel encompasses 53 deluxe rooms and suites, a rooftop pool with panoramic ocean views and Spire Bar & Lounge – a chic hotspot located rooftop behind the historic Tiffany spire. The Hotel is also a member of the Historic Hotels of America, a division of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. A new oceanfront addition to The Hotel with 20 breathtaking deluxe rooms, including two suites, designed by Oldham in a glowing sunset palette, previewed December 2009 and officially opened January 2010, at 800 Ocean Drive, above the News Café, bringing The Hotel’s rooms and suites down to the ocean. The two properties bring the total to 73 beautiful rooms and suites, with shared amenities.
Just one block from the Atlantic Ocean, The Hotel is nestled on the corner of 8th Street & Collins Avenue at the crossroads of South Beach’s bustling fashion and entertainment district. It’s just steps away from the beach and the area’s most popular cafes, museums, nightclubs and retail shops. The new oceanfront boutique property, above the iconic News Café at 8th Street and Ocean Drive, is at the epi-center of the Art Deco District’s magic.
Goldman Properties has been restoring historic buildings in architecturally significant locations in New York and Florida since 1968. Headed by Tony Goldman, the company was responsible for renovating New York City’s Soho district in the 1970s, Miami Beach’s Art Deco district in the 1980s, and New York City’s Village of Wall Street in the 1990s. The company’s most recent projects include the redevelopment of Wynwood, Miami’s emerging arts district, an historic city project in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the re-development of the historic Four Point Channel district in Boston. For further information: www.goldmanproperties.com.
Jessica Goldman Srebnick, Chief Operating Officer of Hotels
Daniele Lomoriello, Managing Director/Hotels
Melinda Weeks, Director of Sales
Michelle Freedman, Sr.Entertainment Sales Manager
Joe Weis, Director of Food & Beverage
Marco Ferraro, Wish Executive Chef
Consistent with Todd Oldham’s love of handmade details and lush colors, the décor at The Hotel is a cozy mix of cool, rich, vibrant colors, and artisan detailing. From the hand airbrushed tiles to the mosaic door pulls, almost everything was custom designed and handmade exclusively for the property. The lobby encompasses the Wish dining room which features lush landscaping and slatted wooden screens, creating a private enclave, green velveteen banquettes, artisan made high tech tiled lighting, and a massive hand cut golden mosaic mirror inspired by the remarkable original terrazzo floors. The Hotel’s hallways glow softly, illuminated by back lit opalescent “jewels” which display each room number.
The new 3-story oceanfront hotel addition above the iconic News Café reflects Oldham’s vision of Miami’s awe-inspiring sunsets, with a glowing palette of red, coral and orange balanced with earthy browns and gold. Signature details such as artisanal striped tiles in the roomy bathrooms, mosaic handles and custom fabrics abound. Guests are coddled in white linen clad beds, with cozy knitted throws; hounds-tooth covered window seats and sofas provide a perfect perch to enjoy spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Recently re-envisioned by Oldham and Jessica Goldman Srebnick, Wish’s romantic garden restaurant encompasses swaying bamboo trees and ceramic pots of ferns, crisp white linen clad tables, dark wicker chairs with bright green and turquoise cushions, a Bisazza tiled fountain in jeweled tones of green, blue, and silver, back lit menus, and the soft, magical glow of candle light. The emerald-shaped pool floats serenely on the rooftop and is surrounded by bright blue, green and turquoise crush dyed cabana curtains that reflect the crest of a wave. Spire Bar & Lounge, The Hotel’s rooftop oasis, boasts Oldham’s signature style and casual elegance. Canvas-covered, overstuffed sofas and chairs are solid white, accented with handmade orange and pink woven ribbon pillows. Sheer white fabric, stirred by the ocean breezes, hangs from the rooftop’s main wall. The flooring consists of planks of wood, painted vibrant red, orange and white. The circular Spire Bar, dramatically illuminated, surrounds the original Art Deco era Tiffany spire.
The Hotel is a four-story boutique property featuring 59 deluxe rooms and 4 spacious suites, swathed in bright primary colors, where comfort is key. The rooftop deck area boasts an emerald-shaped pool overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, a stocked fitness facility, a pool bar and outdoor shower tiled in luminescent shades of green and blue. Chic poolside cabanas provide a respite from the South Florida sun as well as an ideal venue for massage treatments. Additional enhancements include small meeting/banquet facilities, multi-purpose business center, an acclaimed indoor and outdoor restaurant, and an on-site gift shop featuring original Todd Oldham designs, among other finds.
Sharing amenities and services with The Hotel, the stunning new three-story oceanfront addition at 800 Ocean Drive, with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and Lummus Park, offers 20 deluxe rooms, including two 2-bedroom oceanfront terrace suites.
All accommodations at both The Hotel and 800 Ocean Drive feature bathroom amenities by The White Company of London, remote cable television with movie channels, mini bar, complimentary Wifi, a two-line telephone with data port and voice mail technology, IHome docking station, and hair dryers. Services include twice-daily maid service with nightly turndown, concierge, room service, and valet.
The Hotel’s magical indoor/outdoor restaurant, Wish, was listed in Food & Wine’s “Top 50 Best Hotel Restaurants 2002,” and the subject of a four-page color feature in People magazine, and is consistent rated in Zagat’s, Travelocity and Trip Advisor as one of the top three restaurants in Miami, among many other accolades. At the helm is executive chef Marco Ferraro, formerly with Jean-Georges in New York City and Le Muscandin, the acclaimed Michelin 2-star restaurant in Mougins. Ferraro’s brilliant Mediterranean influenced contemporary menu has clinched Wish’s reputation as one of the region’s top dining destinations. The restaurant features a la carte menu items, three, four and five course tasting menus, an extensive wine list, which has received the coveted Wine Spectator Award every year since 2002, and a full bar, including an array of electronic specialty cocktails – mixed drinks garnished with glowing neon ice cubes and syrups and mixes created by the chef. On the upper level of Wish, is an intimate private dining room and a glass enclosed wine cave that holds a 1,000 bottles of hard-to-find vintages. The interior décor is exotic and cozy, while the exterior boasts a romantic tropical garden setting. Wish serves dinner Tuesday – Sunday; breakfast and lunch daily and provides room service and rooftop poolside dining for hotel guests in both properties. Seating capacity is 140. Valet available; a municipal parking lot is one block south.
2010 room rates for The Hotel and its oceanfront addition, range from $225 to $545 high season; off season rates range from $195 to $415, exclusive of a 13% hotel tax. All rates are subject to change. Valet parking $25 per day. Please check out the web address below for further details. The Hotel is located at 801 Collins Avenue; the new oceanfront addition is at 800 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, Florida 33139