Thompson Miami Beach hotel - Miami, USA
The latest name to join the Miami Beach fray, the new Thompson Hotel occupies three conjoined towers which – built at varying times over a period of 75 years - includes the original 18-floor Lord Tarleton Hotel, the city’s tallest building at the time of completion in 1940. Designer Martin Brudnizki and local firm Kobi Karp Architects worked together to preserve the beachfront building’s original Art Deco heritage while adding a touch of relaxed bohemian glamour in the form of mid-century beach appropriate accents. But far from being just a walk down memory lane, Thompson Miami Beach has maintained its urban edge with a prohibition-style cocktail bar, a cosy snug that hosts a rotation of late night events, two restaurants – one of which is run by Miami native, chef Michelle Burnstein – and a quirky watering hole which occupies an original, listed 1930s house, relocated to the property from further down the road, a decade ago. Of course, this is Miami Beach and two pools, a spa with six treatment rooms, tropical gardens and lounges with ocean views make the most of what the locale has to offer.