Faena Hotel Miami Beach | An artistic story
Last January we visited Miami Beach, unfortunately just one night and last minute so the hotel was fully booked. But in the morning we hired bikes to stroll the scenic bike path of Miami beach and took a short moment to visit this particular and truly artistic hotel. Even breakfast was fully booked but walking through the entrance to the garden with the famous Damien Hirst’ sculpture ‘Gone but not Forgotten’, was worth the visit. The Faena Hotel Miami Beach is part of the ‘Leading Hotels of the World’ and is famous for their commitment to transform the ordinary to the extraordinary. Faena Hotel Miami Beach features remarkable works by artists including Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Alberto Garutti, Gonzalo Fuenmayor, Manuel Ameztoy and Juan Gatti.
So if you’re going to Miami Beach and love art, we definitely recommend you to check whether you can stay at this artistic hotel! You could also try to make a reservation at one of their restaurants or have a sip at the Saxony bar.
An artistic story
Faena Hotel Miami Beach is both invention and reinvention: owner Alan Faena has reimagined the historic Saxony Hotel, originally built in 1947 by George Sax and designed by Roy F. France. Once known as the “Queen of Collins Avenue,” the hotel reigned in the 50’s and 60’s as the lodestar of glamour, where Hollywood icons Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe and Dean Martin performed and dazzled the crowds.
Alan Faena envisioned every one of the 169 rooms and suites and 13 penthouse residences spanning the top two floors of the property. To make his vision come to life, he enlisted film director/producer Baz Luhrmann and Academy Award winning costume designer Catherine Martin to develop the narrative for what would become the essence of Faena Hotel Miami Beach. Together they created an artful visual language that recalls the glamour of the 1950s: stunning Art Deco appeal, old-world grandeur, hardwood floors, sumptuous Faena Red velvet and cool blue tiled bathrooms.
Faena Hotel Miami Beach
The hotel features a collection of restaurants and bars based on a philosophy of offering locally grown produce while celebrating the rich culinary tradition of Latin and South America. The ocean view restaurant ‘Pao by Paul Qui’ led by James Beard Award-winning chef, Paul Qui, offers the culinary master’s renowned brand of modern Asian cuisine.
Restaurant ‘Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann’, overseen by South America’s most celebrated chef, Francis Mallmann. This restaurant features a contemporary take on traditional Argentine fare with roasted meats, fish and vegetables cooked in an open-fire kitchen.
The hotel also has a theater, the ‘Faena Theater’, a two-level theater and performance space for live shows and entertainment. The ‘Saxony Bar’, an exclusive, intimate bar evoking the glamour of Miami Beach’s Golden Age and ‘La Cava’, a 25-seat private dining room nestled in the hotel’s wine cellar. The hotel also has a ‘Living Room’, a comfortable, inviting space for guests to enjoy nightly music and live performers while enjoying a selection of fine wines and craft cocktails.
Part of the hotel is the ‘Tierra Santa Healing House’ which is a one-of-a-kind South American inspired spa with a holistic approach to healing, fitness and relaxation. As wellness is central to the Faena philosophy, Tierra Santa Healing House spans an entire floor of the remarkable hotel.
The people behind the artistic story
Alan Faena, an Argentine developer and hotelier, is credited with taking the docklands of Buenos Aires’s Puerto Madero district from derelict to destination. In Miami Beach, he and his billionaire business partner, Len Blavatnik, brought in a who’s-who of creative wizards to design the hotel, in the shell of the 1947 Saxony hotel, and the surrounding Faena District, a $1 billion project that spans five formerly drive-by blocks of Collins Avenue in Miami Beach. Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin and the cool Antwerp firm Studio Job were involved in the hotel concept, design and narrative. Check out their hotels in Buenos Aires. ^Marjolein
Website: The Faena Hotel Miami Beach