John Pritzker's Commune Hotels is changing gears with the development of the Crown Hotel in mid beach, which will no longer be styled an east coast outpost of L.A.'s Roosevelt Hotel, but will instead be the Thompson Miami Beach. They're also apparently ditching the "old world Hollywood" thing and just going with what the building inherently is: a melange of art deco and 1950s. For the interior: "contemporary casual glamour with a bohemian flair." The designer of the 380 room hotel is Martin Brudnizki 'in collaboration with' Kobi Karp.
There will be two indoor/outdoor restaurants (one headed by Michelle Bernstein), two pools, a spa with six treatment rooms, a fitness center, tropical gardens, and "lounges with ocean views" which sound nice. It will have a "Library Bar" with adjacent lounge, and an historic Mediterranean Revival house at the rear of the property will be a "prohibition throwback" "humming with music and conversation." The whole thing sounds rather fabulous. On the other hand, there will be a hell of a lot going on, which is making the Miami Beach planning board wary of a "mega hotel project" in a place with, god forbid, so little parking.