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November 4, 2015
Historic Blue Moon Hotel in Miami’s South Beach Completes Full Renovation
Blue Moon Hotel, a historic Miami lifestyle hotel located on Collins Avenue, receives new life with a full renovation of the hotel’sindoor and outdoor fferings.
(Miami – November 4, 2015)–The historic Blue Moon Hotel – located in the heart of Miami’s Art Deco District– just completed a full renovation with updates to all 75 guestrooms, the lobby, terrace, pool and patio. The new design celebrates the hotel’s rich historywith modern design touches that add a playful flair and givea nod to Palm Beach prep. The hotel is an affiliate of Marriott’s Autograph Collection and is a proud member of HHM’s Independent Collection.
“This beautiful historic hotel has been given a new life,” said Carlos Sarmiento general manager of Blue Moon Hotel. “So many of the changes are subtle touch points: new light fixtures, bright cushions, and enhanced offerings, but all the details coalesce for a pretty substantial transformation. The overall result is a distinctly modern take on a beautiful building, which still maintains the historical spirit of the property.”
Housed in a Mediterranean Revival building located on Collins Avenue, Blue Moon Hotel was created in 1997 through the artful combination of two unique buildings: the Lafayette Hotel, which originally opened in 1934 and the Florel Apartment Hotel (later known as Les Suites) built in 1940. Merv Griffin, the late entertainer and hotelier, once owned the hotel and actually gave the hotel its name after the song “Blue Moon” written by Rodgers and Hart. (Griffin was always particularly fond of the tune.)
The lobby has kept its historic design with the renovation, butnow has a sophisticated yet playful color palate of neutrals with bursts of brightblues and greens. Overhead, the ceiling is painted with thousands of stars over a midnight blue sky. Vintage-inspired furniture in plush velvet creates an inviting place to sit and peoplewatch.
Outside on the veranda, guests can enjoy cocktails while surrounded by a perimeter of lush ivy and greens, the entire outside is evocative of a private estate. When night falls, there is no need to move, as thelantern lights allow for enjoyment well past sunset – in true Miami style.
“Because of the historic and culturally rich neighborhood in which the hotel resides, Blue Moon Hotel was always a great fit for the Independent Collection,” said Foiz Ahmed, Vice President, Independent Collection Hotels. “With the renovation complete, Blue Moon now trulytells the story of an IC hotel as the renovations embrace the creative and cultured spirit of the South Beach neighborhood and bring the community alive within the walls of the hotel.”
About Independent Collection Hotels: The IC is a growing collection of cultivated and intimate lifestyle hotels located in unique residential neighborhoods of gateway cities across the US. Founded in New York in Tribeca and then Brooklyn, it has grown to Boston’s West End, Midtown Village in Philadelphia, Washington’s Capitol Hill, Georgetown, and Dupont Circle, down to Miami’s South Beach and Key West, and west to Santa Barbara across the last five years. This distinctive hotel concept is renowned for its simple sophistication, authentic connection to local communities and personalized service. Independent Collection hotels are created for the independently minded traveler and invite guests to experience the true spirit of the city.
The Independent Collection proudly holds two hotels that are affiliated with Marriott’s Autograph Collection, a well-edited ensemble of boldly original independent hotels, each carefully selected for its distinctiveness, style and synchronicity with individual travel interests.