The Miami Beach Edition, an urban resort by Ian Schrager in partnership with Marriott International, is now open. The property is located in the Mid-Beach area—the historic “heart of Miami Beach” between South Beach and North Beach—on a 3.5-acre private enclave stretching from Collins Avenue to the ocean shoreline.
“The sophisticated approach to modern luxury through design, culinary, and entertainment elements so unique to Ian Schrager, combined with Marriott’s well-known service and operational culture, is what makes Edition one of the most intriguing brands in the industry. The experience we’ve been able to co-create with Edition—beginning in London and now in Miami—is one that excites a new generation of travelers,” said Arne M. Sorenson, president and CEO of Marriott International
The project is a thoughtful renovation of the landmark 1955 Seville Hotel by architect Melvin Grossman—whose “tower-on-a-pedestal” design represented a key step in the evolution of “Miami Modern” hotel architecture.
The lobby has white marble floors and white pearl Venetian plaster walls, highlighted with subtly variegated tones of gold and the deep green of indoor palm trees, and offers a view of the ocean. Filled with a variety of seating groupings and lounging areas, the lobby blurs the lines between work and play, socializing and networking.
Just off the lobby, guests will find the Market—a reinvention of the classic 24-hour Miami Beach coffee shop by the Michelin star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Offering its own street entrance on Collins Avenue and inspired by the great century-old markets of San Miguel in Madrid and La Boqueria in Barcelona, this 21st century food bazaar—part patisserie, part boulangerie, part salumeria—will offer casual gourmet fast food around the clock at a series of counters, an open-air café, and a take-out area.
Other F&B options include the The Ocean Bar, a chic, lounge whose wide glass walls overlook the Atlantic, and the Matador Room, the hotel’s main restaurant, where Jean-Georges will create a modern interpretation of Latin cuisine influenced by Spanish, Caribbean, and South American flavors.
These rooms link to the hotel’s outdoor resort area, named “Tropicale” in honor of the historic 1950s Havana nightclub that inspired it, the Tropicana. Landscaped by Madison Cox, a series of landscaped outdoor “rooms” will offer guests different kinds of experiences over the course of the day but link together to create a single relaxing environment—one that transforms in the evening into an outdoor nightclub. Guests can enjoy a drink under a pergola, sit in the Terrace Bar overlooking the pool area, or wander past a second landscaped pool to find a private beach, complete with an outdoor movie screen, an outdoor fire pit, and a village of private bungalows.
A freestanding Hot Shoppe serves healthy snacks and shakes—an homage to the original Washington, D.C. A&W root beer stand, founded by J. Willard and Alice Marriott in 1927, from which the Hot Shoppes and eventually today’s vast Marriott International arose.
The Forum, a 10,000-square-foot amenity, reimagines the traditional conference center and event space. Accessible both from the lobby and its own entrance on Collins Avenue, the Forum features a large daylighted reception room and landscaped exterior event space that together create a kind of indoor/ outdoor “cultural park,” with gallery openings, art exhibitions, film festivals, and cultural programs.
Downstairs, in the evenings—and late into the night—hotel guests and visitors (who can arrive through a separate street entrance) can find a multidimensional entertainment hub. At its heart is a micro-club: a modern-day version of Schrager’s legendary Studio 54, with world-class DJs, dance floor, and soundstage-quality sound and lighting systems. Other highlights include a bowling alley and lounge and an indoor ice-skating rink.
Guestrooms and suites feature warm wood finishes and a relaxed, beach-house feel. The rooms also carry through the hotel’s mission to become a place where recreation and work can blend into one comfortable whole.