the recent opening of nautilus, a sixty hotel in south beach, has injected the popular resort with a solid dose of glamour from a bygone era. the 250-room oceanfront property was built in the 1950s by american architect morris lapidus [1902-2001], and is the latest addition of hospitality entrepreneur jason pomeranc and his partners, brothers lawrence and michael pomeranc, and long-time collaborator stephen brandman. this brotherhood of style has managed to create – or should we say recreate – alluring interiors that do justice to the landmark structure. from the moment guests and visitors enter the lofty lobby area, they're immersed in a welcoming grandeur that warps them right back to the time when sojourning in south beach was inextricably linked to living the insouciant high life.
the guestrooms and suites are well-appointed and obviously meet all modern standards. putting comfort first, they come in a variety of sizes, featuring discreetly luxurious yet character infused interiors. the custom-made sferra linnen on the beds, blue tooth docking stations, custom-made artworks by star photographer sante d'orazio and plenty of other features not only make a stay here a more than pleasant, but also indicate the keen sense of modern luxury with which nautilus, a sixty hotel has been conceptualized. and speaking of luxury, the penthouse on top of the eighth floor lays it on thick, boasting two bedrooms, a dining area, kitchen, and even a stunning garden terrace. but let's go back to the lobby, shall we? a meeting place for guests and visitors alike, it's designed as such to add a fun factor to social interaction.
the lobby bar, features the restored 'staircase to nowhere', while a corridor with a gallery wall for rotating art exhibitions leads to the bridge room, a multifunctional event space designed with cues from yacht salons. when feeling peckish, the adjacent driftwood room, a stylish 200-seat restaurant with outdoor terrace, allows for a smooth transition to dining mode with a string of culinary options, courtesy of celebrity chef alex guarnaschelli. nautilus, a sixty hotel is set on expansive grounds with an equally high sex appeal. the nautilus cabana club features eight lavish cabanas – each including a dining table, minibar and entertainment system – situated alongside a salt-water swimming pool, while a playful lawn setting is dotted with bolivian hammocks and private chairs. location: 1825 collins avenue [south beach].
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