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One of the finest examples of Art Deco luxury on Miami Beach, the hotel combines its vintage 1930s roots with a contemporary spirit that runs through the whole property, including the sleek simplicity of the in-room technology.
Located on Collins Avenue, the award winning COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach overlooks America’s most iconic beach and the Atlantic Ocean. Views of water continue behind the hotel, with several rooms overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway and Lake Pancoast. City highlights, such as the Lincoln Road shopping and entertainment districts, are easily accessible, as are the Bass Museum of Art and the Miami City Ballet.
The building, sensitively restored to reflect its status as one of Miami’s historic properties, is protected by the city’s Historic Preservation Board. In keeping the period charm in place, Navone strikes the perfect balance between sophisticated modernity and playful nostalgia. COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach has 74 light-filled rooms across 8 floors.
The ‘Traymore Bar’ is where Miami nightlife comes alive at the Metropolitan Miami Beach — all to a perfectly pitched laidback soundtrack, with this bright and contemporary space shot through with classic Miami spirit. The pastel colours of pink and pistachio contrast with the streamlined, geometric silhouettes of the Art Deco building, creating a stylish, convivial venue. The bar’s dedicated Gin Club, stocked with over 30 artisanal gins, serves Miami’s best premium and super-premium gin drinks. Signature cocktails, Champagne, wine, as well as a selection of spirits and beers, are served by expert bar staff.
The urban energy encapsulated across the city is countered by the substantial COMO Shambhala Urban Escape at Metropolitan Miami Beach, which provides a highly personalised approach to wellbeing for both guests and Miami residents. The spa’s light and airy interior represents a clean-lined holistic sanctuary for those looking to escape the city’s partying. A full selection of massages, including a traditional Thai massage and the signature COMO Shambhala Massage, are available, as well as a number of purifying body detoxifications in the four treatment rooms.
Miami’s story is one of the American Dream: a once rugged wilderness transformed into a gleaming pleasure palace for all to enjoy. The Miami area was first inhabited, for more than a thousand years, by the Tequesta Indians. It was claimed by the Spanish in 1566. The area experienced steady growth, thanks to its sunny, wet climate and easy access by sea and land, and in 1896, the Florida East Coast Railway was expanded to Miami, when the city had a population of just over 300 people.
Miami Beach, where the COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach is located, was born in 1913 when a wooden bridge joining the beach and the city was completed, allowing wealthy industrialists to build their winter homes there. During the early 1920s, relaxed laws on gambling and prohibition encouraged more migration to Miami from the northern states. This led to a land boom, when many of the city’s high-rise Art Deco buildings were built, followed by hotels and guesthouses in the 1930s. Now protected as an area of historic importance, the cheerful architecture of Collins Avenue is a neon-lit reminder of the city’s sunny disposition, even in hard times.
The most celebrated architects of our time, including Cesar Pelli, Robert A.M. Stern, Arquitectonica and Arata Isozaki are shaping Miami and changing the city’s face. Miami’s arts and culture renaissance is also evidenced by Museum Park, a state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly bayfront facility that is future home of the renowned Miami Science Museum, the Historical Museum of Southern Florida and the new Miami Art Museum (MAM), the latter of which currently exhibits and collects Western Hemisphere works of art from 1940 to present.
One of the most striking venues, the Bass Museum of Art on Miami Beach, tripled its exhibition space after extensive expansion by world-renowned architect Arata Isozaki. Now, the Museum’s large collection of European painting, sculpture, and textiles from the Renaissance to the present can be properly showcased, while important large-scale outside exhibits can also be mounted.
One thing is certain, visitors to Miami with agendas beyond the perfect poolside mojito have never been disappointed exploring the city’s lively arts scene.
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Wynwood Arts District
Little Havana is the vibrant Cuban heart of Miami. ith Latin American art galleries and busy restaurants. Cafes with walk-up windows sell Cuban coffee to cigar-smoking patrons. From salsa-dancing and art exhibits, to a historic movie theater, concerts and more, the area swanks a thriving arts and culture scene with a distinctly Cuban flair.
The Design District and Coconut Grove
Known as a hub for high-end shopping, the Design District is a neighborhood brimming with creativity and impressive architecture. In addition to its high end designer boutiques and top chef restaurants, the Design District also has plenty of unique art galleries, installations, wall murals and more.
Coral Gables has the distinction of having four live theaters, as well as many fine art galleries. Gables Gallery Night takes place the first Friday of each month, when galleries open their doors and ply visitors with wine and cheese while they peruse Latin masters and contemporary icons.