to be first of five-stars to open in Brickell
JW Marriott Hotel Miami, 1111 Brickell Ave., will be the first of
the neighborhood's new five-star hotels to open its doors on Sept.
5, said General Manager Bob Fabiano.
21-story building has 300 rooms, including 22 suites.
working 16 to 18 hours a day to get ready," Mr. Fabiano said.
"The landscaping is in. They are grading the street next week.
We're racing through the finishing touches in public areas."
the soft opening, he said, 250 of a staff of 275 associates will
undergo 12 days of intensive training. They include Chief Concierge
Charles Naranjo formerly of the Doral, Biltmore and Eden
Roc hotels and a dedicated suite keeper charged with maintaining
hotel, part of the Barclays Financial Center complex at 1111 Brickell,
will host its first group on Sept. 7 for a small meeting. The first
dinner a banquet for 200 will be served Sept. 8.
soft opening, ushering in a period when glitches can be smoothed
before the grand opening, will not be accompanied by a lot of fanfare,
Mr. Fabiano said. The official opening will be Oct. 4.
want to take advantage of a time that Bill Marriott is available
to attend our grand opening ceremony personally," Mr. Fabiano
said. "He will open our hotel in the morning and the Marriott
South Beach in the afternoon."
Oct. 7, he said, the JW Marriott will hold a gala in conjunction
with Camillus House, the downtown homeless shelter. The event, one
of the first of the social season, "will become a JW-sponsored
event on a yearly basis," Mr. Fabiano said.
JW Marriott's restaurants will add to the growing list of Brickell-area
dining options, Mr. Fabiano said. Isabela's will serve exotic seafood
flown in fresh from the Mediterranean. La Terraza Cafă & Bar will
offer a lunch buffet of modern cuisine selections. Chefs will prepare
customized meals for up to 12 guests in The Trapiche Room, a private
dining room. And Drake's, an English pub, will showcase the traditional
Pimms No. 1 as well as hot and cold appetizers.
Key's Mandarin Oriental Miami, a joint venture between two Hong
Kong-based companies Claughton Island developer Swire Group
and Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group topped off in March.
JoNell Modys said a November soft opening is targeted, but plans
then and Feb. 28, 2001, she says, standard or deluxe rooms will
be available at an introductory rate of $180 a night.
Mandarin, on the eastern tip of Swire's Brickell Key development,
will have 329 rooms and suites, 15,000 square feet of meeting space
and a ballroom seating more than 600 for dinner, she said.
hotel is marketed as an urban resort. A spa with glass windows overlooking
the bay and the ocean will offer a selection of treatments from
around the world, Ms. Modys says, from Thai massage and chakra treatments
to standard European-style massage therapy and pampering.
Mandarin's presidential suite boasts a full-size, multi-media screening
room, Ms. Modys says, "which should appeal to those in the
entertainment industry who would like to screen films or dailies
or corporate executives using it for a product launch."
can choose between an all-day cafă and the Singapore Chile Crab,
which will offer lunch and dinner, she said.
Four Seasons Hotel & Tower, a joint project of Terremark and New
York's Millennium Group on Brickell Avenue between 14th Terrace
and 14th Lane, will contain a 297-key Four Seasons Hotel.
broke ground about six months ago, says Michael Katz, Terremark
president and chief operating officer, and is about 30 months from