Miami is set to get a new luxury hotel this September. The Faena Hotel Miami Beach will open as part of the Faena Miami Beach District, a new mixed-use neighborhood with art and culture at its core.
Situated in the heart of Miami Beach, Faena District stretches north from 32nd Street to 36th Street — between the Atlantic Ocean and Indian Creek — and will open in phases over the next three years. The district will have cultural, residential, hotel, retail, restaurant and public environments that have been conceived as expressions of art, design, nature, technology and service. Faena District Miami Beach will showcase the talent of Faena’s “collaborators,” who include Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, Rem Koolhaas / OMA, Sir Norman Foster (Foster + Partners), Francis Mallmann, Brandon Haw, Studio Job and Raymond Jungles.
Formerly the historic Saxony Hotel, Faena Hotel Miami Beach will have 169 rooms and suites and 13 penthouse residences spanning the top two floors of the property, all designed by award-winning film director and producer Baz Luhrmann and four-time Academy Award winning production and costume designer Catherine Martin. The Saxony was one of Miami Beach’s first luxury hotels and played host to Hollywood icons Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe and Dean Martin.
Faena Hotel Miami Beach will also have a Theatre, inspired by the great opera houses of the world, spanning 3,000 square feet and presenting live cabaret shows for guests and the public. The 15,000 square foot Tierra Santa Spa will draw its inspiration from South America, and Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann, which marks the celebrated chef’s first in the United States, will offer a South American dining experience, complete with asados (outdoor barbecues).
Faena District will include Faena Forum, a new institution designed by Rem Koolhaas/OMA and dedicated to the development of cultural programming that transcends disciplines and encourages collaborations across artistic, intellectual and geographic boundaries. Overseen by Ximena Caminos, Executive Creative Director of Faena and Chief Curator of Faena Arts Center Buenos Aires, Faena Forum will serve as a public venue for the exploration of ideas and issues by professionals, practitioners and thinkers from a range of fields, including the arts, sciences, technology, politics and urbanism, to foster transdisciplinary research and discovery.
Faena District will also include Faena House, an 18-story luxury condominium designed by Foster + Partners, and Faena Versailles, which is comprised of 22 exclusive residences in the historic Art Deco Versailles tower (formerly Hotel Versailles), designed by William Sofield. A separate newly constructed contemporary Versailles tower designed by Brandon Haw will follow.