Story by Marika Cain
Originally appeared in the January 2016 issue of
Some who dream big also do big: Witness the Alan Faena/Baz Luhrmann/Catherine Martin/and more collaboration, Faena Hotel Miami Beach
. The first component of developer Alan Faena’s ambitious Faena District, the 169-room hotel is filled with flourishes dreamed up by the Australian film director and his set designer wife. Bold reds with gold accents against “Faena white” walls recall the original hotel in Buenos Aires
, while turquoise accents reflect the surf outside. The property retains art deco elements from its origin as the 1948 Saxony Hotel and adds restaurants by South American superstar Francis Mallmann and Texas legend Paul Qui, as well as a theater for live cabaret. “I’m hoping it’s going to be a game changer for the city,” says Miami-based travel advisor Stacy Weigant. “They’re bringing in some great original food concepts and going all out in terms of training staff.”
WHAT IT BRINGS TO MIAMI
The entire Faena District aims to capitalize on – and contribute to – Miami
’s booming art scene, with site-specific works from local and international artists and the 50,000-square-foot, Rem Koolhaas-designed Faena Forum, opening soon.
Damien Hirst’s golden unicorn watches over the dining room at Qui’s Pao; living room and veranda chandeliers by Alberto Garutti flicker every time lightning strikes the pampas in Argentina.
ROOM TO BOOK
Any of the ocean-facing standard rooms, all with balconies – or, if you’re feeling flush, the four bedroom, five-bath Faena Suite, with its gold drapery, white onyx dining table, and multiple balconies.
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