Hotels, by definition, are for tourists. Yet Miami locals love hotels. We love eating at their restaurants, sneaking into their pools, dancing at their clubs, sometimes waking up in their beds next to Brazilians we met at the clubs — you know how it goes.
There’s no short supply of jaw-dropping new hotels in the pipeline either. An estimated 6,000 hotel rooms are either under construction or in the final planning phases in Miami-Dade. Here’s a look at some of the most buzzed-about hotels that will debut this year, so you can get a head start on your pool-crashing plans.
East Hotel (Brickell)
Opening in spring
East Hotels come from, well, the East. The Hong Kong-based hotel chain is already popular with Chinese jet-setters and is slated to open its first American location atop the Brickell City Centre project. Featuring 352 rooms, the hotel promises each will have breathtaking views of surrounding Brickell through floor-to-ceiling windows. Local architecture firm Arquitectonica handled the bones of the building, while renowned New York interior designer Clodagh is responsible for making the inside pretty. Foodies can look forward to the opening of Quinto La Huella, an offshoot of a famous Uruguayan restaurant (because this is the only town in the world where an Uruguayan restaurant in a Chinese hotel makes sense). Partiers should also keep tabs on Sugar, the 40th-floor rooftop bar (not to be confused with the Coral Way gay club that has since reverted to the name Azucar).
The Langford (Downtown)
Opening in March
The Langford will finally open in the historic home of the BeauxArts Miami National Bank this year, and it’s embracing its heritage. You won’t get any of that clean, minimalist, all-white design with shocking touches of color like so many inns in Miami Beach. The rooms in the Langford recall 1920s Manhattan as much as they do 2016 Miami. That’s fitting for a building on the National Register of Historic Places. The hotel will also feature two new hospitality concepts from the Pubbelly boys: PB Station and Pawnbroker.