Argentinian operator Urbanica opens first US boutique hotel

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US: The Meridian, in Miami Beach’s South of Fifth neighbourhood, has opened for business.

US: The Meridian, in Miami Beach's South of Fifth neighbourhood, has opened for business.

The 71-room boutique hotel is Urbanica's first property outside of Buenos Aires, and has design elements "drawn directly from the landscape of urban Miami".

Upon arrival, guests are greeted with a complimentary mojito as they enter the open layout lobby adjacent to a café and communal workspace. Centrepiece items include a large wooden bar and coffee tables constructed from railroad sleepers. In the reception area, a welcome desk is made up of vintage luggage - a piece made from hand by the hotel's general manager. A mural by a local street artist adorns a wall leading to guest rooms.

The hotel features five room categories that range from 180 to 360 square feet, as well as club and terrace suites. Club rooms feature a private furnished balcony overlooking the hotel's rooftop pool. The two terrace suites split the top floor to balance the highest level of the hotel with oversized private terraces with expansive, panoramic views. Each terrace comes with deck furniture and a hot tub.

A lounge, the Chill Out Room, is encased in floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors and features a 120" projection screen for movies or video games (including a resident retro Atari gaming system) and a mix of mid-century modern furniture offers a vintage beach house vibe. The hotel also provides complimentary bicycles.

The Meridian also has an Italian-inspired café, The Food Marchand, which serves local coffee and baked goods.

Urbanica has a second Miami property, The Sofi, in the pipeline.

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