Step into The Hall South Beach in Miami, and you’ll think you’ve traveled back in time. If planners are looking for the all-white, flashy aesthetic that’s common in many Miami hotels, The Hall is not for them, says Jimmy Blakeslee, director of sales and marketing. Opened in October, the 163-room boutique hotel consists of three historic buildings restored to their original 1940s glory. Initially constructed by famed 20th century art deco architects L. Murray Dixon and Henry Hohauser, the buildings are a throwback to 1940s Miami with authentic terrazzo and hardwood floors, neon lighting and a marble front desk. These details are all part of The Hall’s Latin-inspired charm and channel the Cuban theme prevalent in Florida before the 1962 U.S. embargo.
Though the hotel pays homage to its history, its modern touches include a 9-ft.-deep Olympic-size pool that can be covered to accommodate groups of up to 250 people (125 people when uncovered) on the patio or host a DJ or live concerts. The on-site library has attracted more than bookworms: Red Bull is one group that’s used the area, which can seat 14 for board meetings. Added to the lineup in early 2016 will be the 5,000-sq.-ft. Campton Yard, a backyard hangout space with a bar and lounge. Former “Top Chef” contestant Spike Mendelsohn serves seaside-inspired cuisine at the on-site Sunny’s, his first foray into Miami’s dining scene (don’t miss the lobster rolls or chicken and waffles). Work with Mendelsohn to coordinate a cooking demo for your group, followed by a cocktail workshop led by the hotel’s mixologist.
The Hall, which is located across the street from the beach, has private beach access where attendees can soak up the sun—or possibly catch a wave with Mendelsohn, an avid surfer. Guests can also venture into the city for an art tour of Miami’s Wynwood Arts District—home to more than 70 galleries, shops and bars—or peruse high-end shopping, dining and entertainment options at Lincoln Road Mall less than a mile away.
Use the hotel’s juice bar as a built-in snack break. Serving made-to-order tropical juices daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., the juice bar also makes delicious Loco Mojitos with cucumber, mint, lime and fresh sugar cane.