The Miami Beach Edition
By Angela Betancourt
Photography Courtesy of The Miami Beach Edition Hotel
In 1955, and for many years after, the Seville Beach Hotel in Miami Beach was the talk of the town. The rich, famous, and beautiful flocked here in droves and the hotel was yet another example of the glamour that attracted so many to the city. In 2006, the hotel closed its doors and stood empty and shuttered for years until 2010. After a failed attempt by the Ritz Carlton to take over the property, the Marriot purchased the historic hotel for $57.5 million and tapped famed hotelier Ian Schrager to bring it back to life.
Today this historic hotel on 2901 Collins Ave has been transformed into The Miami Beach EDITION, a completely renovated and elegantly designed resort with intricately interlinked complex structures, spaces, and settings. The hotel features 294 rooms; 23 of which are two-story bungalows. All of the rooms are spacious, bright, and elegantly designed with a timeless resort feel and minimal fuss. The property also has 26 residences for those who want to live The EDITION lifestyle on a more permanent basis.
Schrager, who is behind the iconic Delano Hotel, wanted to create something that would have a bigger impact and would better represent Miami’s ongoing transformation into a world-class city. Though much of the hotel has been completely redone, guests can still experience a bit of the past through the lobby’s white marble floors and 24-karat gold columns, which have been restored to their full glory.
The resort is home to two restaurants from Michelin star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten: The Matador Room, the signature restaurant that offers his distinctive modern interpretation of Latin cuisine, and a 21st century food bazaar called The Market. The Matador’s seasonal menu is composed of small and large plates including Raw Shaved Florida Red Snapper with Green Chili Dressing, and Gulf White Shrimp in Agua Diablo.
The Market is part patisserie, part boulangerie, and part salumeria, and offers pizzas, sandwiches, ceviche to wine, smoothies, and fresh juices. It was created to give guests a new alternative to room service.
The hotel’s outdoor area is called Tropicale in honor of the historic 1950’s Havana nightclub Tropicana. Between the two pools, a private beach complete with an outdoor movie screen, a ping pong area, and a fire pit, Tropicale communicates a sense of both fun and relaxation.
There are indeed a lot of beautiful things to appreciate about The EDITION, but it would be hard to deny the fun and excitement that takes place in the hotel basement. But don’t be fooled, the Basement at The Miami Beach EDITION is unlike anything found in the city. If you are in the mood for some bowling or would like to ice skate in the middle of the day, then this is the place for you. The Basement is home to a modern day Studio 54 dance club, a four-lane luminescent bowling alley, and a 2,000 square-foot ice-skating rink. All three are open to the public.
When it’s time to relax, The Spa at the Miami Beach EDITION offers a wide variety of intriguing therapies and beauty services like the Sticks and Stones massage, and Oxygen Infusion facials. There is also a 24-hour fitness studio, a beauty lounge, and treatment rooms equipped with individual iPads for on-demand music.
The Miami Beach EDITION opened during Art Basel last December and instantly became the go-to venue for the rich, famous, and beautiful like the Seville was 60 years ago.
The Miami Beach EDITION Hotel is located at
2901 Collins Avenue, Miami FL 33140
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