Once the Peter Miller Hotel, Lennox Hotel Miami Beach is a Collins Ave. landmark, a showcase of the Art Deco design that Miami is known for.
Built in 1936, the historic building was purchased in 2010 by Diego Agnelli, CEO of Lennox Hotels. With the hotel scheduled to open its doors this summer, more than $100 million has been invested in an extensive renovation. While the original Art Deco facade has been preserved, as have the original terrazzo floor and archways in the lobby, the rest of the interior is all new.
“When I decided to bring the Lennox brand to Miami, I knew the design of the hotel had to be something special that blended the brand’s signature style with the city’s emblematic elements,” Agnelli said. “I was inspired by the original structure’s iconic Art Deco architecture, so we transformed the hotel into a livable landmark by preserving some of its rich history. There are hints of the past found throughout the property, such as the exterior of the building with the new name sitting just below the original Peter Miller Hotel sign above the front door. The rest of the interior has been completely transformed and boasts modern luxury enhanced by natural elements, such as moss-covered walls and wooden furniture from Patagonia.”
The hotel has 119 contemporary guestrooms, 13 of which are complemented by a small balcony offering views of the buzzing streets of Miami Beach. Each room is equipped with handcrafted furnishings from Patagonia and green, upcycled materials that were meticulously curated by Argentinean interior designer Juan Ciavarella. The soft neutral tones and unique textiles combine to create a tranquil environment throughout the property.
“One of the special features of the hotel is that not one guestroom is the same as the other,” he said. “Each room was meticulously designed to have its own individual touches—from the general layout of the rooms to the decor itself, like custom-made artwork on the walls. It’s a special way that we provide each guest with their own story to tell from their experience at the hotel.”
According to Agnelli, the lobby bar and lounge area is his favorite space. “While visitors would expect to see the typical check-in counter upon entering the hotel’s front doors, they’re pleasantly surprised to find a lively bar and lounge area that’s open to both guests and locals wanting to stop by for a drink,” he said. “It adds a twist on the traditional hotel lobby setting that people are used to and sets the tone for what our guests will experience during the rest of their stay.”