Recommend’s Associate Editor got a peek of what’s in store for guests during a private tour last week. Though the hotel is still going through some finishing touches, the opening date is set for August 2014 and reservations are already being taken. We enjoyed the boutique hotel set away from the busy vibe of South Beach, yet incorporating a very Miami Beach personality—we can’t wait to see the finished product— seen in the brightly colored, and modern decorations in the guestrooms. Vintro is located near some of Miami’s cultural spots like the Miami City Ballet, and both the Bass Museum of Art and the New World Symphony.
Doing away with a traditional check-in service, guests will be able to virtually check-in via online when they arrive at the hotel’s lobby area—which has a cool, laid-back vibe to it—or at the lobby bar, which incorporates a modern western mix in its decor complete with knotted ropes hanging from above. The dark grey and brown leather couches, the colorful chairs, the white and wood floor-to-ceiling wall unit filled with books and a flat-screen TV, as well as cigars available for purchase, gives this lobby area a cozy feel ideal for lounging and enjoying a drink. The ambiance feels as if you are in someone’s trendy pad, not a hotel.
Guestrooms range from the 677-sq.-ft. 2-Bedroom Suite to the more quaint 229-sq-ft. Standard Guestroom. Most rooms feature “voyeur” (peek-a-boo) showers (and no, there aren’t curtains available for request if your clients are a little shy), so for those who aren’t too risque, or who might be traveling with children, make sure to request one of the few rooms with a standard shower design. Some of the guestrooms differ in layout, such as one which overlooks the hotel’s restaurant, yet all have a trendy, sleek vibe, mostly white decor and furnishings with pops of color. Guestrooms also include a mini-bar with a lock to keep the alcohol away from those traveling with children, and an additional mini-bar for treats and soda. Though the hotel focuses on the adult traveler, those with children will be welcomed as well, said Robert Todak, president of Tailored Hospitality, who has been working closely with the property owners to make sure the hotel makes its grand opening.
The hotel’s onsite dining venue, Vintro Kitchen, will focus on shared plates, as well as signature main dishes such as razor clams a la plancha, spicy lamb meatballs with goat cheese, and salt-baked yellow tail snapper. The 67-seat venue, located by the Collins Canal, leads to the Terrace at Vintro Hotel & Kitchen, which will offer outdoor seating, as well as private event space for up to 50 guests—perfect for a bridal dinner or birthday celebration. The decor and ambiance of the restaurant features Cuban tile and mimics that of the hotel lobby bar.
The 3-story property also features a rooftop deck with a freshwater plunge pool overlooking the canal, a terrace for yoga, a ping-pong table, and many daybeds to take in the Florida sun. The 1,450-sq-ft. rooftop deck can also be reserved for private evening events for up to 120 guests. There will also be a garden area on the first floor complete with hot tubs, volleyball courts, and a vintage mobile Airstream—but that area was still under construction at the time of our visit.
Other amenities guests can take in at Vintro are plush robes and slippers, 24-hour room service, valet parking, all-natural bath amenities, in-room Nespresso machine, laptop size safe, and bike rentals. Guests can also bring their furry friends along (up to 25 lbs.) for a non-refundable $125 fee. A Yamaha 8-passenger speedboat is also available for a private charter or harbor tour. The resort’s $20 fee includes beach towel set-up, two beach chairs, an umbrella, a Mercedes van shuttle service between 5th and 42nd streets, WiFi, bottled mineral water, golf clubs for use at a local course, discounts at the local Miami Beach Golf Club, and daily newspaper.
A few other cool features adding to the property’s hip personality are the large room numbers on each guestroom door, the orange- and earth-toned stripped wallpaper in the halls, and our favorite, the elevator—which features books from top to bottom designed from wallpaper under a plexiglass; as guests walk in, it feels like stepping into a bookstore’s nook and not an elevator.
Rates start at $350 for the deluxe accommodations and $769 for the Luxury Suite. Your clients can also take advantage of an introductory rate of $199 per night, including breakfast, for a City View room through Sept. 30. For more information, call (305) 674-9200 or visit vintrohotels.com.