RE-DISCOVER: MORRIS LAPIDUS’ NAUTILUS HOTEL
If you’ve explored the design of Miami Beach famed hotels you’ve heard the name Morris Lapidus (Fountain Bleu, Eden Roc). Built in 1951, Nautilus was his largest oceanfront hotel to date with 300 rooms and suites. However, like most of Miami’s Art Deco hotels; the exchange of ownership and economic fluctuation took its toll on this historic landmark at 1825 Collins Avenue.
Recently in 2015, the hotel has re-opened its doors putting emphasis behind Morris Lapidus’ iconic mid-century style thanks to its new owner Sixty Hotels. Focal points include terrazzo floors, Thassos marble columns and Lapidus’s signature “Staircase to Nowhere” which served as a backdrop to a full orchestra long ago.
Nuances include a stunning-lobby bar with a nautical wood-patterned wall (much like that of a classic yacht or Italian speed boat) and your own personal bar in the room revealed in a vintage style chest. Libation lover approved!
The oceanfront suites allow for a natural wake-up call with a breath-taking sunrise over the tropical Atlantic right in front of your sleepy eyes.
An outdoor bamboo hallway leads to a pristine beach that requires no explanation.
The service is fast and accommodating… and most importantly, cohesive!
From the valet all the way to the pool deck and beach, the hotel operates on the same page with not one employee needing further information to meet our needs.
We highly recommend this little piece of Miami history for your getaway, staycation or extraordinary business stop. Cheers, gents!