Developers Diego Colmenero and Charlie Porchetto planning more hotels for Miami Beach

Following  the success of The Meridian, a historic 1930’s, 71-room Art Deco hotel in Miami Beach that features Regina’s Grocery, an Italian deli offering a New York-centric menu, and speakeasy bar Minibar, Urbanica The Hotels is creating its own hospitality district in South Beach area with three more hotels.

Developers Diego Colmenero and Charlie Porchetto launched Urbanica in 2000. Originally from Argentina, Colmenero and Porchetto were leading developers of residential and commercial real estate properties, who turned their focus to the hospitality industry with the opening of The Suites Hotel in Buenos Aires. This success was followed by the opening of the Libertador. In 2016, the duo launched their first U.S. outpost, The Meridian Hotel, in South Beach’s trendy  South of Fifth neighborhood.


The Kaskades Hotel on 300 17th Street opened this past April, and is managed by Urbanica as an independent operation, yet similar in design to The Meridian Hotel. The renovation of the pre-war property included a new glass lobby, a modernized reception desk, and the addition of Urbanica’s contemporary café, The Food Marchand, in the hotel’s ground floor. The Kaskades is walking distance to the beach, Lincoln Road, Bass Museum, and popular restaurants.

The Euclid Hotel, located at 426 Euclid Avenue, is currently under construction and slated to open this summer with 30 guestrooms. Orilla – sister restaurant to its first outpost in Argentina located at The Suites Hotel – will be led by celebrated Chef Fernando Trocca and top mixologist Inés De Los Santos, in partnership with renowned restaurateur Martin Pittaluga. The menu will showcase seasonal ingredients and high-quality style cut steaks cooked in a Josper oven.

The Fifth, on 803 Fifth Street, is scheduled to open in 2020 with 50 guestrooms, on-site parking, and a restaurant, with a menu also designed by Chef Fernando Trocca.

The Biscayne, located at 3200 Biscayne Boulevard in the burgeoning Edgewater area, will open in 2020 with 210 guestrooms, approximately 5,000 square-feet of retail space on the ground floor, and a 7,000-square-foot rooftop pool, bar and entertainment space.

Feature Photo: Diego Colmenero and Charlie Porchetto 

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