The sun is shining bright on Florida

The Sunshine State is definitely living up to its name, given current hotel trends. Florida boasts many attractions, including sublime weather, glorious beaches, and a multitude of theme parks, that continuously draw travelers.

In an exclusive report shared by TOPHOTELPROJECTS, there are 151 projects and 36,326 rooms in the pipeline forecast for Florida. The state has in fact emerged as a surprise contender, says the survey by TopHotelConstruction in its December 2017 report. Among Florida cities, Miami and Orlando top the list with 26 projects each, followed by Fort Lauderdale with 12 projects.

New York City tops the U.S. growth list, followed by Nashville, Tennessee. However, the report states, “Hospitality interest in Miami is strong on the backs of a couple factors: residents of the rest of the country who enjoy the glamor and the sun, as well as visitors from Latin America.” It adds, “Another city somewhat near Miami that appears on the list is Orlando, Florida, which is home to Walt Disney World and a number of other world-famous theme parks.”

Fifth and sixth on the list are two of the largest cities in the U.S.: Los Angeles and Chicago.


A new SLS offering to Miami is the SLS LUX Brickell, which is set to open in Miami’s booming Arts & Design districts. This was preceded by SLS LUX a 58-story tower penthouse collection, just a block away. This will also be the Los Angeles-based lifestyle hospitality company sbe’s first hotel and residence project in partnership with The Related Group.

Rendering courtesy of SLS LUX Brickell

Rendering courtesy of SLS LUX Brickell.

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Rendering courtesy of SLS LUX Brickell.

The hotel and residences project is set to open in the bustling greater downtown Miami area along with a Katsuya and SBar in February. Boasting an enviable position on South Miami Avenue, SLS Brickell is just steps from downtown Miami and the Miami Design District, as well as an array of world-class shopping, fine dining, and entertainment options.

Sam Nazarian, sbe founder and CEO; Jorge Perez, founder and chairman of The Related Group; Bernardo Fort-Brescia, co-founding principal of Arquitectonica; and designer Philippe Starck have joined together to present a property poised to become a Miami landmark hotel, set in the heart of the city’s rapidly transforming Brickell neighborhood. The tower is designed by internationally renowned architecture firm Arquitectonica, featuring a LED façade by prominent lighting artist Ana Isabel Martinez. The project has 124 striking Philippe Starck-appointed SLS hotel rooms and suites and 450 SLS-branded condo residences. It is a sensory feast, with interiors designed by Yabu Pushelberg; museum-quality art in select common areas including works by Fernando Botero and Matia Duville, among others; exterior art mural installation by Fabian Burgos; murals by Markus Linnenbrink; and lobby sculpture by Bernardi Roig.

Apart from this, the brands sbe and The Related Group have also joined hands to build sister property Hyde Midtown Suites & Residences. The 31-story tower will feature 397 units, 60 will be exclusively hotel designer suites fully finished and furnished by David Rockwell.

The tower slated for completion this year will include a seventh floor pool terrace and tennis court with views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline, VIP access to Hyde Beach Club at the SLS Hotel South Beach, premier hotel style concierge services, Ciel Spa and health and wellness center, Hyde Piano Bar Lounge, children’s play room, and a private screening center.

Hyde Midtown Suites and Residences

Rendering courtesy of Hyde Midtown Suites & Residences.

A 208-room Hyatt Centric at Panorama Tower Brickell is set to open in the second quarter of 2018. The hotel is accepting reservations from May 1. Panorama Tower is a mixed-use development located at the epicenter of the Brickell financial district.

Another anticipated project is the CIRC HOTEL, a 111-room modern boutique hotel, which is set to open early this year on Young Circle in downtown Hollywood. Located at the landmark $200 million mixed-use Hollywood Circle development, CIRC HOTEL has begun taking reservations for stays starting in March.

Rendering courtesy of CIRC Hotel

Rendering courtesy of CIRC Hotel.

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Rendering courtesy of CIRC Hotel.

Designed with a contemporary flair and inspired by the area’s burgeoning arts scene, the 12-story CIRC HOTEL will set new standards for dining and entertainment in downtown Hollywood. Designed by the Gettys Group, Olivia Restaurant & Bar will include The Cellar, a private dining room featuring a wine wall with over 800 bottles of wine, a fresh mozzarella bar, tableside risotto, patio for al fresco dining, and a high-energy bar and lounge area.

Curbed Miami in its October 2017 report states that Pali Society is planning to open 70-key property Palihouse Miami Beach in the restored Art Deco Building at 3101 Indian Creek Drive. The property will tentatively open in early 2019.

Fort Lauderdale

Dubbed the “Venice of America,” Fort Lauderdale already saw a lot of additions last year. A May 2017 article in South Florida’s The Sun-Sentinel of Broward County sets the tone for 2018: “About a dozen hotels will open in Broward this year—the biggest surge in the county in the past decade.” It adds, “The new accommodations will stretch from Pompano Beach to Hollywood, and increase the number of rooms by about 2,000 to more than 35,000.”

The article attributes this massive growth to “an influx of affluent travelers and greater recognition of the destination as an attractive and competitively priced place to do business and enjoy the benefits of our appealing lifestyle and surroundings.”

And there is still more to come.

Simon Property Group confirmed plans for a 170-room hotel at Sawgrass Mills, an iconic South Florida property, in a statement released in May last year. According to The Sun-Sentinel’s October 2017 report, “Construction of the new hotel, to be part of the AC Hotels by Marriott brand, is expected to begin in spring 2018 for opening in early 2020.”

Following a $30 million transformation, Le Méridien Dania Beach at Fort Lauderdale Airport is expected to open in October 2018. Currently the hotel is closed for renovations until June 2018, according to the hotel website. Formerly Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port Hotel, the property will feature 245 guestrooms, 20,000 square feet of stateof- the-art flexible meeting space, and two redesigned restaurants. The property will be part of the Design Center of the Americas campus.

Le Meridien Dania Beach

Rendering courtesy of Le Méridien Dania Beach.

JW Marriott Hotel

Rendering courtesy of JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort.

JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort is slated to open in 2020. This would be the second hotel of the brand, after JW Grand Lakes which opened in 2003.

The 16-story, $282 million hotel will provide visitors a new option for luxury accommodations. The hotel will be built on the last available site zoned for hotel use in Bonnet Creek, a 482-acre, mixed-use resort community near Orlando’s popular theme parks. Marriott International’s turnkey management solution, Managed by Marriott (MxM), will operate the hotel when it opens in first quarter 2020.

The hotel is owned and developed by DCS Investment Holdings, a private equity group based in West Palm Beach. The JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek will have multiple food and beverage outlets, including an indoor/outdoor restaurant and a ninth story rooftop bar with panoramic views of local evening fireworks. The resort will include an expansive pool with decks and terraces and a separate pool area for younger guests. The hotel will offer outdoor activities on a special amenity deck that will give guests the option of playing tennis, basketball, and shuffleboard.

Choice Hotels International signed an agreement with Stratus Development Partners to develop a new Cambria hotel in Orlando. The eight-story, 153-room Cambria property will be located at 170 E. Washington St. The Cambria Hotel Orlando is scheduled to open in 2020 and will offer guests a new upscale lodging option in the heart of the city.

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The property will feature a resort pool and patio lounge area, more than 4,500 square feet of multi-function meeting space, and state-of-the-art fitness center. The hotel will also include contemporary on-site dining with a menu comprised of area specialties, signature cocktails, and local craft beers, as well as freshly prepared grab-and-go gourmet salads and sandwiches.

Situated in the heart of downtown Orlando and its central business district overlooking Lake Eola, the hotel is in close proximity to 150 international companies, as well as the Lynx Central Station, the Amway Center, University of Central Florida, the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium, Walt Disney World, and the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center.

“The Cambria Hotel Orlando will cater to the modern traveler, with its upscale amenities and prime location. Orlando welcomed 57 million visitors last year, making it the perfect city for our growing portfolio,” said Mark Shalala, vice president of development for upscale brands at Choice Hotels.

According to information shared by TOPHOTELPROJECTS, Solis Orlando Hotel Square is set to open in the third quarter of 2020. There are plans for a 31-story iSquare Mall & Hotel on International Drive. The proposed mega-project includes Capella Hotel & Suites at iSquare Orlando, a two-tower hotel with a 24-hour revolving restaurant, and a smaller ultra-luxury Capella Suites Hotel. The project envisions 160,000 square feet of retail and 48,000 square feet of conference rooms with parking garage.

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By Dhwani Pathak Dave