Shelborne Joins Wyndham Grand Hotels

MIAMI—Shelborne, located in South Beach’s Art Deco District, will reopen this winter season as Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach. Situated in close proximity to Lincoln Road and Ocean Drive, the property is undergoing a $150-million renovation.

Originally opened in 1940 and designed by Art Deco architect Igor Polevitsky, the resort was updated in the 1950s by designer Morris Lapidus, who provided his signature Neo-baroque design style to the property.

Attempting to revive Shelborne’s original design, its owners, the Galbut family of Miami, have partnered with Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos and Paul Kanavos of Flag Luxury Group to implement this renovation and reintroduce the hotel to guests as part of Wyndham Grand Hotels and Resorts.

Shelborne Wyndham Grand is Flag Luxury Group’s second Morris Lapidus property restoration in South Beach, having previously executed the renovation of the DiLido Beach Hotel, which is now the Ritz-Carlton, South Beach. Much care has gone to preserving the architectural integrity of the property through the team’s work with the Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board.   

Interior designer Richard Mishaan plans to redesign guestrooms, suites, corridors, meeting spaces and ballrooms. He indicated that he was inspired by the style of the 1950s, such as the vintage cars of the period characterized by retro tones.   

Shelborne Wyndham Grand will have an onsite fitness center and luxury spa suites as well as a nightclub and restaurant.