MIAMI, Fla.—The historic Blue Moon Hotel, located in the heart of Miami’s Art Deco District, just completed a full renovation with updates to all 75 guestrooms, the lobby, terrace, pool, and patio. The new design celebrates the hotel’s rich history with modern design touches that add a playful flair and give a nod to Palm Beach prep. The hotel is an affiliate of Marriott’s Autograph Collection and is a member of HHM’s Independent Collection.
“This beautiful historic hotel has been given a new life,” said Carlos Sarmiento general manager of Blue Moon Hotel. “So many of the changes are subtle touch points: new light fixtures, bright cushions, and enhanced offerings, but all the details coalesce for a pretty substantial transformation. The overall result is a distinctly modern take on a beautiful building, which still maintains the historical spirit of the property.”
Housed in a Mediterranean Revival building located on Collins Avenue, Blue Moon Hotel was created in 1997 through the artful combination of two unique buildings: The Lafayette Hotel, which originally opened in 1934 and the Florel Apartment Hotel (later known as Les Suites) built in 1940. Merv Griffin, the late entertainer and hotelier, once owned the hotel and actually gave the hotel its name after the song “Blue Moon” written by Rodgers and Hart, as Griffin was always particularly fond of the tune.
The lobby has kept its historic design with the renovation, but now has a sophisticated yet playful color palate of neutrals with bursts of bright blues and greens. Overhead, the ceiling is painted with thousands of stars over a midnight blue sky. Vintage-inspired furniture in plush velvet creates an inviting place to sit and people watch.
Outside on the veranda, guests can enjoy cocktails while surrounded by a perimeter of lush ivy and greens, the entire outside is evocative of a private estate. When night falls, there is no need to move, as the lantern lights allow for enjoyment well past sunset—in true Miami style.
“Because of the historic and culturally rich neighborhood in which the hotel resides, Blue Moon Hotel was always a great fit for the Independent Collection,” said Foiz Ahmed, Vice President, Independent Collection Hotels. “With the renovation complete, Blue Moon now truly tells the story of an IC hotel as the renovations embrace the creative and cultured spirit of the South Beach neighborhood and bring the community alive within the walls of the hotel.”