A Spate of Makeovers in Miami

MIAMI—In a city known for arts, culture and nightlife, it’s no wonder several properties here have revamped and enlivened their spaces to attract the modern traveler. Here’s a look at a few of them:

The Gates Hotel South Beach

The Gates Hotel South Beach – a DoubleTree by Hilton, located on Collins Ave., unveiled the completion of a renovation of its public areas to include a reconceptualization and redesign of its entrance, lobby bar and lounge, and destination pool deck, as well as reimagined guestrooms.

The Gates collaborated with architects and lighting designers including New York-based interior and architectural design firm Dutch East Design and architectural lighting design firm Focus Lighting to transform the hotel while maintaining the overall foundation.

“Aligning our brand with complementary design partners was key to the hotel’s reinvention,” said Christina Zimmer, SVP of design, Highgate. “Our vision lies within creating a uniquely distinct Gates Hotel, which incorporates branding elements tailored to the Miami area.”

“Some important tenets to address in the design were to create intimacy and warmth in the lobby and provide a variety of seating arrangements for positive social dynamics,” said Dieter Cartwright, Dutch East Design. “To eliminate visual noise, each individual space is defined based on functionality.”

Carillon Miami Wellness Resort

Led by hotel designer Peter Silling, the Carillon Miami Wellness Resort has completed a multimillion-dollar renovation.

Enhancements include a 70,000-sq.-ft. spa, wellness and fitness center, and new dining venues, including a new signature restaurant, The Strand Bar & Grill; new event venues for private events and weddings; meeting spaces equipped with the latest technology; refurbished accommodations throughout the resort’s 150 one- and two-bedroom suites; and a redesigned lobby.

SpringHill Suites Miami Downtown/Medical Center

The all-suite hotel has completed a multimillion-dollar renovation of its guestrooms and hallways. Accommodations received updated wallpaper, paint, carpet, desk chairs, lampshades, mattresses, headboards, wall art and pullout sofa beds. The hallway corridors received new carpet and wallpaper.

While many of the changes focused on aesthetics, the Miami hotel also included practical alterations, such as well-lit work desks with new ergonomic chairs and complimentary high-speed WiFi.

Courtyard Miami West

Following recent renovations to its guestrooms, lobby, business center and public spaces, the Courtyard Miami West/FL Turnpike seeks to redefine and enhance the guest experience.

Renovations include updates to its 127 guestrooms, the lobby, business center, fitness center, bistro and meeting space. Each of the redesigned rooms has fresh furniture, paint, wall decor, carpet and improved lighting. Custom furnishings including modern media pod tables, pendant lighting and lounge chairs.