Last updated: 12:21 / Monday, 8 September 2014
First hotel in North America

COMO Hotels and Resorts Expands to The U.S. with The Opening of Its First Urban Hotel Property in South Florida

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COMO Hotels and Resorts Expands to The U.S. with The Opening of Its First Urban Hotel Property in South Florida
  • Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach opens in the heart of the historic art Deco District
  • Adding to its existing eleven international destinations, and among three new luxury properties to open in the last six months under the company’s growing hospitality portfolio

COMO Hotels and Resorts, a five star hotel group based in Singapore has opened the company’s first hotel in North America. COMO is renowned for iconic properties including Metropolitan by COMO and The Halkin by COMO hotels in London, as well as the a private island resort of Parrot Cay by COMO in Turks and Caicos.

Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach is the inaugural hotel property for COMO Hotels and Resorts in the continental United States, adding to its existing eleven international destinations, and among three new luxury properties to open in the last six months under the company’s growing hospitality portfolio. Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach debuts as the first oceanfront beachside property by COMO Hotels and Resorts under its Urban Hotels brand of accommodations.

Located at 2445 Collins Avenue, in the heart of the historic Art Deco District, Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach occupies an authentic pre-war Art Deco building, originally designed in 1939 by the celebrated American-born architect, Albert Anis. The distinguished nine-floor property consists of a total of 74 guestrooms with breathtaking views of both the ocean and the bay, an exclusive COMO Shambhala Urban Escape with a total of four treatment rooms, a rooftop Hydrotherapy Pool, outdoor yoga terrace, steam room and gym. Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach features Traymore Restaurant and Bar – an exquisite seafood restaurant and Gin Bar, complete with private dining area.  An outdoor terrace leads to a private pool, exclusively for hotel guests, with poolside cabanas and bar, offering an outdoor à la cartemenu.  The hotel offers direct beach access and comfortable loungers for hotel guests on the sumptuous sands of South Beach, while boasting to be the only hotel in its zip code to have a private dock on the waterway, opposite the hotel and adjacent to Collins Avenue.

The property was originally named The Traymore hotel, and became listed as an historic landmark by The Miami Design Preservation League, after serving as a hospital during the Second World War. The building’s original façade, ground floor tiling and Art Deco architectural accents surrounding the exterior of the building are therefore required to remain in their original form.  This becomes a distinguishable feature and unique selling point for Metropolitan by COMO, during the hotel’s 12-month design and renovation, as every experience and property developed by the company is inspired by the history and inherent culture of the destination, paired with individually curated aesthetics that are handpicked by the founder of COMO Hotels and Resorts, Christina Ong.

Overseeing the interior design of the hotel is the award-winning Italian visionary, Paola Navone. Driven by her deep interest in a broad spectrum of cultures – particularly oriental ones – Navone travels extensively and her belief in cultivating the manual skills of Eastern cultures is inspired by her experience of working for years with craftsmen in the Philippines. Navone has also created the interiors for COMO’s latest island resort, Point Yamu by COMO, Phuket, in Thailand, which recently opened over the winter period.  

At the heart of Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach is the award-winning wellness concept, COMO Shambhala– the sister brand to COMO Hotels and Resorts, that runs through all COMO properties worldwide as a hallmark of holistic and healthy living, cuisine, lifestyle and activity. The hotel’s COMO Shambhala Urban Escape offers a combination of Asian-based therapies, nutrition and exercise based on a results driven agenda managed by experts in holistic health.
Guests at Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach can also benefit from COMO Shambhala Cuisine.

Guestroom accommodations at Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach bring the signature COMO experience to the business traveler, couples and the extended family.  Eight floors encompass a total of 74 guestrooms overlooking the city, the intracoastal waterway or the ocean.  The different types of accommodations include City Rooms, Metropolitan Rooms, Lake View Suites and Ocean View Suites, whereby the hotel’s signature Metropolitan Room – accounting for over three quarters of the total guestrooms – is available with either a balcony, ocean view or a combination of both. Approximately one third of all guestroom accommodations at the Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach offer a balcony, so guests may enjoy the year-round subtropical climate Miami Beach is known for.

Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach is walking distance to the famed nightlife and shopping districts of South Beach, including Ocean Drive and Lincoln Road Mall, that form the city’s world-renowned reputation as one of today’s leading travel destinations for subtropical sun seekers and a playground for the world’s rich and famous.

Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach is owned and fully operated by COMO Hotels and Resorts, as the newest addition and fourth Urban Hotel property, joining Metropolitan by COMO and The Halkin by COMO hotels in central London and Metropolitan by COMO, Bangkok. The South Florida property is among a total of three newly opened properties by COMO Hotels and Resorts, including Maalifushi by COMO, Maldives and Point Yamu by COMO, Thailand.

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