After an extensive two-year, USD 50-million (INR 3,99,17,75,000) renovation, Miami’s iconic The Mayfair Hotel & Spa, is reborn as a lush oasis honouring the property’s glamorous past and reclaiming its sophisticated future. By Dobrina Zhekova
Sitting on 3000 Florida Avenue in the city’s historic Coconut Grove neighbourhood, the property — now rebranded as Mayfair House Hotel & Garden — will officially reopen with two new food-and-beverage spots, elegantly redesigned guest rooms, and a curated selection of artworks reflective of the district’s artistic vibe. The hotel, designed by renowned Florida artist and architect Kenneth Treister in 1985, has been fully transformed by New York–based interior design studio Goodrich.
Here’s a look inside the newly renovated luxe Miami hotel
“It is a rare privilege to get to work with such an iconic building. We wanted to preserve and celebrate the fantastic details and make them shine again. We also wanted to add fresh layers to appeal to new guests,” Matt Goodrich, principal at Goodrich, said in a statement released to Travel + Leisure.
He kept some of the hotel’s original features, such as the richly ornate wooden door that has been welcoming guests for more than 35 years and Treister’s signature archways, but opted to repurpose others.
“In some cases, there was no way to restore something. A fountain in the courtyard had not worked in years; we transformed it into a seating area, with a small bar carved out of a disused elevator shaft, to create the Fountain Bar. The bold colour palette, materials, and furniture are all new but were inspired by the maximalist design spirit of the original hotel design,” he explained.
The sun-filled courtyard and garden are a natural respite with lush plants, cascading fountains, and pools tucked away from Coconut Grove’s bustling streets.
Goodrich explained that the idea behind the redesigned guest rooms was to make them feel like private residences with their own terrace and living, dining, and sleeping areas, private walled gardens, and outdoor showers. Interior highlights include carved wooden headboards, soaking bathtubs, and custom furniture.
“The garden spaces and outdoor corridors are overflowing with dense greenery and sunlight, while the interiors of the guest rooms provide a deeper, saturated respite, like stepping into cool shade,” he added. “When the hotel first opened, the rooms were painted saturated colours. This inspired us to create very saturated, strong colours in the rooms, as a counterpoint to the ubiquitous all-white interiors that so many Miami hotels are known for.”
Art also plays a major role in the reimagined Mayfair House Hotel & Garden. Commissioned glass pieces by artist Jane Richardson-Mack and a hand-painted (and very Instagrammable) mural by Bahamian artist Angelika Wallace-Whitfield on the rooftop are just two of the many works guests will be able to enjoy on-site.
The property partnered with Lost Boy & Co. of Lost Boy Dry Goods, who have taken over the signature Mayfair Grill restaurant to serve wood-fired Sonoran cuisine. The Calypso-styled rooftop pool bar, Sipsip, honours the neighbourhood’s Caribbean heritage through live music and a menu heavy on rum offerings and agave-based cocktails.
“In a hotel market where many properties feel like they were developed for nightlife, we wanted to create an oasis where locals and visitors alike can experience the natural elements of our extensive lush greenery,” Lucy Martin, the hotel’s general manager, said in the aforementioned statement. “We’ve created a stunning rooftop pool where guests can soak up the glorious sunshine while overlooking the panoramic views of Biscayne Bay.”
Mayfair House Hotel & Garden opened on September 14, and you can book your stay here.
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