When it opened in 1940, nothing looked like The Plymouth - an Art Deco icon that epitomised the glamour and style of its time.
And nothing on Miami Beach feels like The Plymouth, which just opened after a significant investment, debuting as an effortlessly stylish, casually private and romantic retreat on a block that still feels like a secret.
Worlds apart from the action around it - but steps from effervescent South Beach - The Plymouth radiates its original glamour, refined through the very personal vision of Think Hospitality, the hoteliers and entrepreneurs whose dining and hospitality projects are creating a voguish new world encompassing the Collins Park cultural district.
New York-based designer Fernando Santangelo, who designed the rebirth of Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont and oversaw design for The Raleigh Hotel in South Beach has brilliantly composed The Plymouth’s interior as a timeless fusion of moods, motifs, and materials.
The tone is set by a pair of beautifully restored lobby murals by renowned 20th-century artist Roman Chatov.
Santangelo drew on Chatov’s luminous jewel tones for the renewed colour scheme of blues, reds, and greens.
“It’s definitely tropical, but more south of France than south Florida,” Santangelo said.
With The Plymouth and sister hotel properties owned by Think on 21st street, Think Hospitality Group is also spearheading the transformation of Collins Park, an underappreciated section of Miami Beach that’s home to cultural institutions such as the Bass Museum of Art, currently undergoing a major renovation, and ground zero for annual Art Basel events.
Guests enjoy an exceptional feature of the hotel before they even enter.
A gem from the past, The Plymouth’s original street-front terrace is a grand outdoor space unlike anything in South Beach.
The ever popular lounging area for guests rocks with fun swing benches and huge potted palms that create a playful social space.
The Plymouth’s oval lobby – a rare architectural feature – is designed as a series of quarters for refreshingly small-scale gatherings. Santangelo hand-selected antique chairs, lamps and sofas in almond, ruby, grappa, aubergine and blue colours, and subtly elegant new furnishings in leather and handcrafted wood alternate with the lush greenery.
A passé wall clock ticks away in a corner, and luxurious, hand-crafted wallcoverings and onyx-and-brass custom fixtures finish the space.
The pool area mirrors the lobby shape.
An undulating perimeter design for the pool creates discreet areas in which to gather – nooks filled with lush landscaping and cantilevered daybeds.