We’ve narrowed Condé Nast Traveler’s ‘The Best New Hotels in the World: Hot List 2016’ to present our edit of the year’s most dramatic debuts.
Part 1 – USA/Mexico
Words by CNT Editors (view their full list here)
Opened in December 2015, Faena Hotel Miami Beach is the larger-than-life hotel component of Alan Faena’s billion-dollar Faena Arts District, a multi-block reinvention of the historic buildings from 32nd to 36th streets along Collins Avenue, with residential and retail components. The 169-key beachfront property preserves the façade of its original incarnation, the circa 1948 Saxony Hotel, while transforming the inside into a bastion of eclectic modernism. Faena takes us on surreal journey down the rabbit hole across his theatrical common areas. The lobby, dubbed the “Cathedral,” glitters with gold-leafed columns and floor-to-ceiling murals, teeming with imagery of wild animals and religious allegories embedded on deep red canvas. Animal-print furnishings, coral-coated lamps, and eye-popping “Tropicalia” works by Gonzalo Fuenmayor abound. The 22,000 square feet, bohemian chic Terre Sante Spa, a bi-level 220-seat dinner theater, and prolific art installations add layer-upon-layer to this personality-driven complex. Restored terrazzo floors in the hallways lead to glamorous rooms and suites, whose sea foam and maraschino interiors pay homage to Art Deco’s later years, modeled after the Saxony’s original appointments and Faena’s personal collection of period furnishings.