InterContinental Miami Unveils Presidential Suites By Tennis-Star Venus Williams
by Sara Cardoza
Coming together just in time for Miami’s Art Basel, one of the country’s most important art exhibits, the InterContinental Miami is debuting not only a set of celebrity-designed presidential suites, but a hot new culinary concept as well as extensive renovation that will alter the InterContinental’s look and feel. Tennis star Venus William lent the InterContinental her eye for style, when the athlete’s firm, V Starr designed the two, new 3,300 square-feet presidential suites. The Royal Palm and the Metropolis are both two-level suites that include a master bedroom, living room, dining room, multi-media room and kitchenette.
In addition, both suites embody a theme based upon its color schemes. The Royal Palm reflects a tropical, Floridian palette utilizing hues of orange, yellow, and white, while Metropolis, as the name suggests, conjures the feeling of walking in an urban environment, with a color scheme of gray and tan. Williams first hospitality project is just a part of a larger 30 million dollar renovation that property owners of the InterContinental Miami are undertaking which also includes a new, signature restaurant, Toro Toro by world-famous chef Richard Sandoval, which opened on October 25th.
The Pan-Latin steakhouse features Spanish-infused dishes, an incredible selection of meats that are carved table-side, a la carte steaks, and small plates, perfect for sampling. Renovations will also include a 19-story “digital canvas,” composed of thousands of LED lights that will illuminate the Miami’s night skyline with images of the hotel as well as community events. General Manager of the InterContinental Miami, Robert Hill said, ““When our guests walk through the doors of the new InterContinental Miami, they will be stepping inside a hotel that captures the pulse of this city. Miami’s brand evokes international style, arts and culture, luxury lifestyle, and an urban sophistication.”
The hotel lobby will also be seeing changes. While its signature Henry Moore sculpture will remain, guests will be in awe of the addition of 18 LCD screens which will feature digital work of local artists as well as information for tourists about local attractions. The 641 guest rooms and suites will be remodeled as well, including brand new carpeting, bathroom fixtures, and linens.
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