The Mayfair Hotel in Miami’s Coconut Grove neighborhood reopens in August.
A Coconut Grove institution is reopening its doors this summer: The Mayfair Hotel will welcome guests again in August, following a $50 million renovation.
The colorful hotel with artistic flair, known for its rooftop pool, open-air courtyard and a distinction that goes with the Miami neighborhood where it resides, will reopen with 179 suites. Each will include a terrace, a dining room, a living room and a bedroom.
Originally opened in 1985 as Mayfair Hotel & Spa, it was renamed Mayfair House Hotel & Garden. The hotel’s original architect, Kenneth Treister, designed it based on the famous Barcelona buildings designed by Antoni Gaudi. The Spanish architect is a pioneering figure in Art Nouveau and best known for his intricate designs.
The Mayfair was bought for more than $40 million in 2019 by Brookfield, a Canadian asset management company that also owns The Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood in Broward County. Brookfield closed the Coconut Grove lodging property in August 2021 to complete the renovations.
Going forward, the Mayfair will be managed by Crescent Hotels and Resorts, a Virginia-based hotel group that manages hotels in the United States and Canada.
“This is a very exciting property,” said Michael Metcalf, COO of Crescent Hotels. “The open atrium really stands out, with phenomenal fountains and a huge amount of architectural detail in carved wood and handmade tiles. Every aspect of this hotel is bohemian.
New York-based interior designer Matthew Goodrich said he jumped at the chance to redesign the hotel’s interiors and also do the branding and graphic design.
“It’s such a unique and unusual hotel, with the level of detail, the design vocabulary and the way it’s been put together. It’s a hotel that wouldn’t be built today in terms of design details,” he said, noting that many hotels are designed first and foremost with efficiency and scale in mind.
Goodrich said the remodeling sticks to the vision of Treister when he designed the Mayfair in the 1980s, with bespoke rooms, bright colors and abundant tropical wildlife. One of his favorite details is that thEach piece, in addition to having a number, also has its own flower or plant name. And the hotel has kept the original hand-painted tiles for each room’s name.
“It’s a layered and lavish design,” said Goodrich. “There is a huge courtyard in the middle which is the central element. All hallways are open so you are outdoors when moving through the hotel.
Goodrich wanted the makeover to retain Coconut Grove’s unique character and reflect it in the hotel’s new design, with tons of native tropical plants growing throughout and bohemian art and design. To do this, artists were commissioned to create individual colorful pieces for the hotel rooms and common areas of the property.
“We want to represent the neighborhood,” he said. “It’s not South Beach or downtown.”
The renovated Mayfair House Hotel & Garden will have 8,500 square feet of wedding and event space and a 1,600 square foot gym.
The hotel management has hired local hotel group Lost Boy & Co. to run the bar and restaurant. The group, which is behind the Lost Boy Dry Goods bar downtown and Tropezón on Española Way in South Beach, will reopen the main restaurant under the same name – Mayfair Grill – but with a very different menu focusing on fire cooking from wood from the Sonora region of Mexico. The rooftop pool bar called Sipsip, which is slang for “gossip” in the Bahamas, will give a nod to Miami’s Caribbean roots. The bar menu will focus on rum and tropical cocktails and will feature Caribbean cuisine and live music.
Metcalf of Crescent Hotels, Mayfair’s hotel management group, said the hotel ticks many boxes for consumers looking for unique experiences. In particular, it’s individually designed rooms in the boutique hotel, proximity to one of Miami’s oldest artsy neighborhoods, and being across from the newly renovated outdoor CocoWalk mall.
“Miami is probably one of the hottest destinations in the country right now,” he said. “Over the past two years with COVID, Miami has become an even bigger hotspot and it has shed a lot of light on what Miami has to offer. I think tourists see that it’s not just about the beaches.