Retro references in style will never go away, especially when it's a nod to the midcentury. Hotels are no exception, although they less commonly look backward. That's usually more of Ikea's thing.
Now open for business, the 380-room Thompson Hotelis the first Thompson brand in the South Florida. In Thompson's own words: "Start with one part 1940s Art Deco skyscraper. Add a 1950s International Style glass and steel tower. Strain into a tropical locale overlooking an alabaster beach."
Clearly, the Thompson Hotel wanted to honor the character of the property. Local designers including Wynwood's Junior & Hatter, Raymond Jungles and Kobi Karp Architects created the 1950s style of the hotel.
The hotel staff of 460 has 1950s-inspired uniforms, made especially for the hotel by local designer Ashley Leimer of Dress Noble.
The SFBJ quoted Niki Leondakis, CEO of Commune Hotels & Resorts, the company that manages Thompson Hotels. "We really looked at the history of Miami Beach and everything from the inspiration of the design to the uniforms was based on bringing back the glamour of the 1950s."
The indoor/outdoor spa is open to the public. Valet is free with treatments. Guests to the hotel's restaurants or bars pay $5 for parking.