It is the showstopper of the Faena District in North Miami Beach between 32nd and 36th Street. While apartment buildings, shops, and a cultural centre have yet to be completed, the hotel opened in November 2015 on the site of the former Saxony, built in 1947. Its 58 rooms and 111 suites extend over 14 floors. The rooms are big (the smallest is 37 square meters) and decorated by Catherine Martin, the Oscar-winning movie costume designer.
Her inspiration was the 1950s: the dominant colours are red and turquoise, from the carpets on the floors to the vintage furniture, with a few small touches of gold. At Los Fuegos restaurant, Argentine chef Francis Mallmann serves asados, meat grilled on outdoor barbecues.
For Asian cuisine, go to Pao restaurant, helmed by Chef Paul Qui. And because the Faena is determined to gain notice in a town where nothing surprises, a work by Damien Hirst has been installed: a golden mammoth skeleton encased in a glass cage.
Faena Hotel Miami Beach
3201 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33140
+1 305 534 8800
Rooms: from 446 USD