Aiming to create a new concept in the boutique hotel experience, the flourishing Argentinian hospitality brand URBANICA has opened its first U.S. based property, The Meridian, in Miami Beach. Located in the upscale South of Fifth neighborhood of Miami Beach, the property features 71 guest rooms that range in size from 180 square feet to 360 square feet. www.urbanicathehotels.com
The Meridian also features design elements drawn directly from the landscape of urban Miami. Centerpiece items include an expansive wooden bar and coffee tables constructed from rail road ties. In the reception area, a welcome desk is composed of varying vintage luggage artfully pieced together by the hands of the hotel’s general manager. On the wall leading up to the guestrooms, a mural by acclaimed street artist AholSniffsGlue offers a nod to the Wynwood Art District and leads guests to their quarters through a succession of Ahol’s iconic, hypnotic eyelids in a soothing greyscale palette.
The two Terrace Suites split the top floor to balance the highest level of the hotel with oversized private terraces that present expansive, panoramic views of the tree-lined and SoFia neighborhood. Each terrace is furnished with selected furniture, exotic foliage and a hot tub.
Whether setting out for the day impressive The Italian-inspired café menu at The Food Marchand brings together some of Miami’s more popular brands, including Wynwood’s Panther Coffee and Zak the Baker.