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Lapidus' Sixty Nautilus South Beach Fuses Old and New Miami

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Lobby Bar
Lobby Bar

The Nautilus, a SIXTY Hotel reopened on Monday with 250 rooms in Miami Beach's Art District.

Many of the hotel's original "Miami Modern" design features have been preserved, with some contemporary touches.

Purchased in 2011 by owners Quadrum Global and InSite Group, they were careful to restore several 1950s elements of famed architect Morris Lapidus' neo-Baroque style. The reconstruction of the porte cochere, 25-foot lobby ceilings, the noted Staircase to Nowhere, beveled windows like the curved wall of glass blocks at the hotel entrance, teal green tile that's reminiscent of the original tower, and the legendary Driftwood Room supper club (it has here that the cha-cha gained worldwide popularity by Ralph Font And His Orchestra).
Along with Lapidus' original design elements, Nautilus fused mid-century Miami Beach with modern beach culture, including "jet set" style furniture layered with deco accents and contemporary pieces. The guest rooms feature 48-inch flatscreen televisions, vintage-style mini-bar chests, and custom artwork from notable American photographer Sante D'Orazio. Many rooms and suites also offer balconies with ocean views, and an eighth-floor penthouse suite with two bedrooms, a dining area, kitchen, and a garden terrace (because the ocean just isn't always enough).

Hotel amenities include a 1,890-square-foot heated salt-water pool with underwater sound system, a 24-hour health-club-quality fitness center and a retail boutique where various brand collaborations will rotate throughout the year. There's also the Nautilus Cabana Club--a dining room, outdoor deck, cabana-lined poolside retreat, pool bar, backyard, and 200-seat signature restaurant helmed by famed "iron chef" Alex Guarnaschelli and operated by China Grill Management.

· Nautilus to open in October [HotelChatter]
ܟ Nautilus South Beach [Hotel Design Magazine]
· Nautilus South Beach coverage [Curbed Miami]