One of the more visited locations on Miami’s famed South Beach is the Versace mansion on Ocean Avenue, home of the late fashion designer Johnny Versace. Now comes Miami’s newest hotel – Dream South Beach – located on Collins Avenue behind the Versace mansion. The 108-room hotel features a restaurant by celebrated chef Geoffrey Zakarian, a rooftop pool lounge with views of the Atlantic Ocean, and an accessory spa.
“We are excited to announce the opening of Dream South Beach, the latest offering by our portfolio of lifestyle properties around the globe,” said hotelier Vikram Chatwal, the founder of Vikram Chatwal Hotels, a premier hospitality company with properties in New York, Thailand and India. “With its accessible location and eclectic design, Dream South Beach marks a significant revitalization of the Dream brand in a destination renowned for its cultivated yet convivial denizens and travelers; an ideal fit for our brand, which seeks to capture the authentic spirit of each hotel’s locale.”
Spearheaded by design house Architropolis under the direction of Michael Czysz and interiors lead Kelly Ogden, Dream South Beach is the multi-million dollar renovation of two historic Art Deco hotels, the Palmer House and the Tudor Hotel.
Décor elements include a number of unique art objects showcased throughout the hotel, including 3-D mixed media art by Austin-based artist Adam Morey; original artwork by artist Gamma featured throughout the Palmer House reception area, stairwells and guestrooms; and work by Chatwal’s friend, the artist Natalie Arias, in the Palmer House lobby and magnificent Penthouse Suite space.
Historically serving as a buffer between the two former hotel buildings, the Central Courtyard now serves as the main entrance of Dream South Beach. The promenade is lined with wall fountains and the pathway is illuminated by a custom in-laid acrylic floor pattern under-lit with atmospheric mood lighting. Nestled among the bamboo grove and atop a lotus flower sits an eight-foot tall sculpture of Ganesha, the keeper of entrances, custom-designed for Dream South Beach by Las Vegas-based ceramic artist Miguel Rodríguez.
Now serving as Dream South Beach’s reception area is the historic Palmer House lobby, which is adorned with original keystone wainscoting as well as a keystone front desk dating back to 1939, when the original façade was erected. The Tudor Hotel lobby has been transformed into the hotel’s restaurant space, Tudor House, operated by Michelin-starred chef Geoffrey Zakarian, who opened the Delando hotel’s Blue Door restaurant in the 1990s.