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Hilton’s Curio brand debuts in Asia Pacific

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Hilton has announced the opening of Sanya Yazhou Bay Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton, the first Curio Collection property in Greater China and Asia Pacific to join the exclusive, upper upscale collection brand of more than 35 distinctive hotels and resorts around the world.

Located on the West Coast of Hainan Island’s southernmost city, Sanya Yazhou Bay Resort is only a short drive from renowned attractions to discover such as Dongtian Park, Nanshan Temple and the unique Tianya Haijiao. Sanya Yazhou Bay Resort’s 267 rooms and suites include large soaking tubs and boast panoramic views of the sea, pool or tropical gardens.

Curio by Hilton, Greater ChinaOther amenities include a 2,000 square meter swimming pool beach access, as well as a kids’ club and game room for adults.

Curio by Hilton, Greater ChinaSanya Yazhou Bay Resort, which is a 25-minute drive from the Sanya Phoenix International Airport and 35 km away from the Sanya city centre, offers full support for meetings and events.

Curio by Hilton, Greater ChinaMeeting and outdoor banquet spaces, which can be configured for events of any size, make up a total of 2,000 square metres. Equipped with state-of-the-art audiovisual technology, these flexible spaces include a main 1,200 square metre meeting area and nine meeting rooms.

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First Curio Collection by Hilton opens in Italy

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A once medieval village turned sprawling retreat, La Bagnaia Golf & Spa Resort Siena has joined the upscale Curio Collection by Hilton.

The hotel was hand-picked to be a part of the collection of one-of-a-kind independent hotels and resorts all celebrated for their individuality. As the first Curio Collection by Hilton hotel in Italy, the brand welcomes the resort to the collection of more than 30 hotels and resorts worldwide.

“As our debut hotel in Italy, we are honoured to welcome an incredible and picturesque resort, a showcase of all that Tuscany has to offer, to Curio Collection by Hilton,” said Mark Nogal, global head, Curio Collection by Hilton and Tapestry Collection by Hilton. “A destination in itself, La Bagnaia offers everything from expansive terraces with breathtaking views of Tuscany to an exclusive spa where guests can relax in therapeutic mineral waters.”

La Bagnaia offers everything visitors want from a relaxing sojourn to Tuscan: breathtaking views of rolling countryside, delectable Italian fine dining, a captivating wellness spa and world-class 18-hole golf course designed by world-renowned architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. Spread over 1,100 hectares, the resort has a medieval village-like look and feel, divided across a number of buildings and featuring two main ‘hamlets’ – Borgo La Bagnaia and Borgo la Filetta.

“As one of the most distinctive hotels in Tuscany, La Bagnaia has earned a reputation for delivering one-of-a-kind experiences that blend elegant Italian accommodations with modern amenities,” said Marisa Monti Riffeser, owner, La Bagnaia Golf & Spa Resort Siena, Curio Collection by Hilton. “We are proud to join Curio Collection by Hilton, affording us the ability to offer authentic discoveries complemented by the service and consistency of Hilton.”

Resort Highlights
– Spacious Guest Rooms: 99 guest rooms, including 12 suites, each furnished with uniquely sourced art to add that extra touch of elegance. The Canonica residence, for example, combines nine bedrooms, a living room and an exclusive garden.
– The Buddha Spa: A modern and exclusive Tuscan wellness center, The Buddha Spa provides a relaxing and rejuvenating experience. Its natural thermal waters are channeled into swimming pools decorated with classical columns and antique vases.
– Royal Golf Bagnaia: The first 18-hole Tuscan golf course, designed by the renowned architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr., Royal Golf Bagnaia, covers 120 hectares amongst the rolling hills of Siena and picturesque lakes.

El San Juan Hotel, a landmark luxury, lifestyle and entertainment property in Puerto Rico, has joined Curio – A Collection by Hilton

New Opening: El San Juan Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton

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El San Juan Hotel, a landmark luxury, lifestyle and entertainment property in Puerto Rico, has joined Curio – A Collection by Hilton.

As Hilton’s rapidly-expanding global collection of distinctive upper-upscale hotels, Curio caters to passionate travelers seeking local discovery and authentic experiences. Asset managed by LEÓN, MAYER & Co., who is also a co-owner of the hotel, and co-managed by IMPRINT Hospitality and Aimbridge Hospitality, the 388 guest room hotel marks the first property in Puerto Rico for Curio – A Collection by Hilton.

“In the 1960’s, Puerto Rico became one of the most visited destinations in the United States, with El San Juan Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton, being at the center of its vibrant music and entertainment scene. After a $60 million dollar restoration, we are thrilled to reopen a property that pays tribute to the history of Puerto Rico and carries on the hotel’s legendary entertainment and music programming.” said Stefan Huber, managing director and general manager, El San Juan Hotel.

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Designed by Jeffery Beers International, one of the top hotel and restaurant designers in the world, the modern look and lavish feel of the property can be felt throughout. The front of the hotel has been completely transformed and upgraded. It also features a custom sculpture designed by acclaimed local artist, Luis Torruella. Torruella’s design of the eight-foot sphere that floats in a pool of water is inspired by the close relationship that Puerto Rico and the hotel share with music, dance and nature. The expansive lobby features a hand-carved mahogany ceiling and iconic chandelier while the rooms, suites and villas use warm-toned stone, creating a relaxed – yet sophisticated – atmosphere.

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Providing diverse and distinct dining experiences, El San Juan hotel features five award-winning restaurants overseen by Executive Chef Gonzalo Rivera who, prior to joining El San Juan Hotel, served as the Executive Chef at Boca Beach Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort.

In addition to its restaurants, El San Juan Hotel boasts an 11,000 square foot grand ballroom – the second largest in San Juan – four pools, six bars and the vibrant El San Juan Beach Club. Throughout the coming year, the hotel will introduce, amongst other things, new innovative programming, spacious state-of-the-art spa and fitness facilities and curated restaurant concepts in newly-designed venues.

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Sneak Peek: AlRayyan Hotel Doha, Curio Collection

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Curio – A Collection by Hilton announced recently the opening of AlRayyan Hotel Doha, Curio Collection by Hilton, the brand’s first property in the Middle East to join the global portfolio of more than 30 distinctive hotels.

Curio – A Collection by Hilton hotels and resorts cater to travellers seeking local discovery and authentic experiences and AlRayyan Hotel Doha joins two other Hilton properties in the city.

AlRayyan Hotel Doha
The AlRayyan Hotel Doha, Curio Collection by Hilton offers a choice of 201 elegant guest rooms and suites featuring timeless decor along with floor-to-ceiling windows, oversized bathrooms and walk-in rain showers. The stylish and spacious Presidential Suite boasts two bedrooms, large living and dining areas, walk-in closet and a full-sized hammam in the marble bathroom.

AlRayyan Hotel Doha
The hotel also caters to small meetings and alluring, large-scale weddings and events alike, with five state-of-the-art meetings rooms and a 300 square-metre ballroom with private entrance.

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“For travellers desiring elegance and style during their hotel stay, AlRayyan Hotel Doha, Curio Collection by Hilton offers the perfect blend between authentic experiences, sophisticated accommodations and renowned Middle Eastern hospitality,” said Luca Crocco, general manager. “We look forward to welcoming residents, travellers and all guests seeking to discover something distinct at our one-of-a-kind property in Doha.”

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Curio – A Collection by Hilton debuts five-star resort in Honduras

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Indura Beach & Golf Resort has joined Curio – A Collection by Hilton. Owned by Desarrollo Turistico Bahía de Tela and managed by Trust Hospitality, the 60-suite Indura Beach & Golf Resort marks Curio’s first property in Central America.

“We are honoured to continue our growth in the region by welcoming the first Curio property in this spectacular destination,” said Mark Nogal, global head, Curio – A Collection by Hilton. “Indura Beach & Golf Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton mixes luxury and environmentally conscious amenities, offering guests a truly authentic travel experience.”

With 26 miles of the picturesque Tela Bay on the North Coast of Honduras as its backdrop, and Jeanette Kawas National Park as its surroundings, Indura Beach & Golf Resort is part of a larger destination resort that will eventually include two to three hotels and 800 residential units.

Curio – A Collection by Hilton Debuts Five-Star Beach & Golf Resort in Honduras

“Indura” is the Garifuna word for Honduras and the resort strives to incorporate the culture of the Garifuna people – descendants of Caribe, Arawak and West African people – into its offerings, with local Honduran products and sustainable materials used in its construction.

Dotting a lush tropical landscape, the hotel’s 60 junior suites are located in 15 scattered villas, interconnected by footpaths that meander to a pristine beach. The design of each guest room thoughtfully reflects the Honduran architecture and tropical style combined with sophisticated and modern elegance. Guest room highlights include bamboo floors, pine walls, decorative accents of Guanacaste wood and floor-to-ceiling windows that slide open to breezy wrap-around terraces with ocean, golf course or garden views.

Curio – A Collection by Hilton Debuts Five-Star Beach & Golf Resort in Honduras

The hotel also presents the Maina Spa, which is a reflection of an immersion in the culture of Honduras, both in design and development of treatments. A philosophy in tune with nature’s elements, Maina is a sanctuary of relaxed simplicity designed around fragrant and serene water gardens. Gentle sea breezes pass through private spa cabins capturing the essence of local flora while sunlight and shadows play lightly throughout the space.

A focal point and central gathering spot within the resort, the pool is temperature controlled and strategically designed to feature three uniquely appealing swim areas. The resort also features a 1,500 square foot fitness centre with state-of-the-art cardio and strength training equipment and private fitness studio.

Curio – A Collection by Hilton Opens First St. Louis Property In Landmark Union Station

Curio opens first St. Louis Property in Landmark Union Station

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Hilton has announced that one of the most treasured landmarks in St. Louis is the latest addition to Curio – A Collection by Hilton.

Following a $40 million transformation, St. Louis Union Station Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton offers 539 luxurious rooms and suites in what was once the largest and most ornate railway terminal in the United States with some guest room floors designed and furnished with a railroad theme. Built in 1894 and converted to a hotel in 1985, the National Historic Landmark in downtown St. Louis is well-known for its iconic jewel – the massive Grand Hall, a lobby lounge area with 65-foot ornate vaulted ceilings on which a dazzling 3D light show is projected nightly.

“Across the Curio collection, we take pride in offering guests unique hotel experiences that exude local flavor so, we welcome the landmark St. Louis Union Station Hotel to Curio,” said Mark Nogal, global head, Curio – A Collection by Hilton. “With its luminescent Grand Hall and eclectic amenities, this iconic property allows guests to discover all St. Louis has to offer and enriches our growing global brand.”

Built of Indiana limestone and reminiscent of a French Castle, St. Louis Union Station retains many charming architectural features from its past, such as original mosaic tile work, the mysterious Romanesque “whispering arch” and the signature 280-foot clock tower. Its centerpiece is the historic Grand Hall, where guests can enjoy local craft beers and seasonally inspired small plate offerings beneath gold-leaf ceilings surrounded by Romanesque arches and stained glass windows.

Projected on the Grand Hall’s 65-foot tall ceilings and across the entire space, the nightly 3D light show is comprised of 30 vignettes, all stretching the barrier of creative design, innovation and story-telling. The first of its kind high-definition projection mapping experience in the United States, the award-winning extravaganza captivates guests of all ages via vignettes told though sound, music and cutting edge 3D animation.

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Curio – A Collection to arrive in Tuscany

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Hilton has reached a management agreement with Agricola Merse to bring Curio – A Collection by Hilton to Tuscany. The 101-guestroom La Bagnaia Golf & Spa Resort Siena is set to welcome guests from March 2017.

Surrounded by the beautiful Sienese countryside, La Bagnaia is a tranquil oasis set against a landscape scattered with charming medieval hamlets and towns. Spread over 1,100 hectares, the upscale hotel has a village-like look and feel, divided across a number of buildings and featuring two main ‘hamlets’ – Borgo La Bagnaia and Borgo la Filetta.

The resort includes the Buddha Spa by Clarins and is connected to an 18-hole golf course. The range of facilities provided by the hotel for leisure and business travellers include two restaurants and two bars, three swimming pools, 12 treatment rooms, a tennis court, and conference rooms which combined cater for almost 1,000 delegates.

Situated just 12km from the city of Siena – a World Heritage Site and one of Italy’s most popular tourist destinations – the hotel is conveniently located for guests wishing to access the city’s many attractions including the Piazza del Campo, the Mangia Tower and the Santa Maria Assunta Cathedral. Steeped in history, culture-rich Siena and its surrounding areas offer multiple attractions including exquisite Italian cuisine and world-famous vineyards.

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Curio makes Spanish debut in Ibiza

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Curio – A Collection by Hilton announced this week the opening of Gran Hotel Montesol Ibiza, Curio Collection by Hilton. The upscale, one-of-a-kind hotel is Hilton Worldwide’s first property on the island of Ibiza. Gran Hotel Montesol Ibiza is part of Hilton Worldwide’s Curio brand, a rapidly-expanding global collection of distinctive upscale and luxury hotels.

Originally established in 1933, Gran Hotel Montesol Ibiza is steeped in history as it was the first purpose-built hotel on the island and has been declared an asset of cultural interest by UNESCO. With its opening as part of the Curio collection, the property has been fully refurbished while maintaining its neo-colonial facade. The hotel’s 33 elegant guest rooms have been decorated by famed interior designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán and most rooms offer views of the old town and harbour.

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Cafe Montesol sits on the ground floor of the hotel and has been a hub for social life in Ibiza since it was originally established in 1933. It is known among local residents as a place to gather and socialise while enjoying Spanish Mediterranean cuisine and tapas specialities, and can accommodate up to 300 guests. Its cocktail bar is the perfect place to lounge while enjoying a refreshing drink and its street terrace overlooks Vara de Rey Boulevard.

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“Each hotel selected to join the collection is hand-picked for its distinctive character and Gran Hotel Montesol Ibiza is no exception to this as it joins 23 Curio hotels open around the world, including Reichshof Hamburg in Germany which was the first Curio hotel to open in EMEA,” said Dianna Vaughan, senior vice president and global head, Curio – A Collection by Hilton and DoubleTree by Hilton. “We are delighted to add this property to our growing portfolio. With its prime location, bespoke concierge service and top restaurant, the hotel is ideal for travellers to Ibiza.”

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Hilton announces first property in Belize

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Hilton has announced the signing of the new Resort at Mahogany Bay Village to Curio – A Collection by Hilton. When open, the resort will be the first Hilton Worldwide property in Belize, as well as the first luxury resort from a global brand in the country.

With 205 cottage and villa-style rooms, the rustic-chic resort sits on a 60-acre property featuring private residences, bay and beach clubs, a spa, meeting space and “The Village,” a vibrant public space.

“The opportunity to develop The Resort at Mahogany Bay Village came at an opportune time and with a well-matched partner,” said Juan Corvinos, managing director, development, Central America, Andean and Hispanic Caribbean regions, Hilton Worldwide. “Paired with Mahogany Bay’s hospitality expertise, eco-friendly practices and focus on supporting the local community, our first Hilton Worldwide property in Belize will elevate accommodation offerings in the country and allow travelers to discover the true local flavor and spectacular natural beauty of Ambergris Caye and Belize.”

Guests of The Resort at Mahogany Bay Village will experience upscale accommodations and amenities grounded in the authentic spirit of the country. The Belizean-style villas will be made from local sustainably harvested hardwoods and feature lofty ceilings and artfully designed heirloom quality furniture. “The Village” will complement the downtown San Pedro area with a General Store, craft and farmer’s market, scuba and fishing operators, concierge and tour coordinator, hair/nail salon and much more. Guests will be able to try organic fresh vegetables harvested daily from Ambergreens, Belize’s first aquaponics farming venture, fantastic coffee at Rum and Bean, lunch at Taco Shack and local fare at the all-day restaurant, among many other food and beverage outlets.

The property will offer a 22,000 square foot Great House featuring three floors and 8,000 square feet of meeting and event space plus a wrap-around covered veranda. A specially-designated Bride’s Room will be designed as a dressing room for weddings, but will also double as a 12-seat private venue.

“The Resort at Mahogany Bay Village will be a borderless community that encourages travelers to get out and experience all that Belize has to offer,” said Beth Clifford, President, Mahogany Bay Management, Ltd. “Combining the authentic local spirit of the Curio collection and the one-of-a-kind character of Belize, the resort will provide a unique guest experience and serve as the perfect base camp for our guests’ Belizean adventures.”

The resort will prioritise the preservation of natural resources by using local materials and minimising overall waste. It will maintain construction and operating standards so it will not impact the local coral reefs, and it will also employ smart architectural designs to increase airflow and reduce the need for air conditioning.

“With its luxury accommodations, beautiful location, environmentally-sustainable design and integration with the local community, we can’t wait to welcome guests to The Resort at Mahogany Bay Village,” said Dianna Vaughan, senior vice president and global head, Curio – A Collection by Hilton and DoubleTree by Hilton. “By simultaneously reflecting the local culture and providing remarkable service, The Resort at Mahogany Bay Village will exemplify the Curio collection’s distinctive character.”

LondonHouse, Chicago by Curio

Highly anticipated LondonHouse, Chicago opens doors to guests

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Today, Oxford Capital Group’s wholly owned management affiliate Oxford Hotels & Resorts and Curio – A Collection by Hilton™ proudly announce the eagerly-awaited opening of LondonHouse Chicagoat the corner of North Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive.

Curio by Hilton has announced the opening of the LondonHouse, Chicago in association with Oxford Hotels and Resorts.

Originally opened as the London Guarantee Building in 1923, LondonHouse Chicago pays tribute to its past while also incorporating visually striking modern elements. The luxury lifestyle hotel brings 452 chic rooms and suites, as well as tech-forward amenities catering to leisure and business travelers alike.

Inspired by the London Guarantee & Accident Building, the nearly 100-year old structure in which the hotel is located, LondonHouse Chicago uses its design to memorialise the era in which the 23-floor tower was originally built. Oxford also worked closely with architecture firm Goettsch Partners to develop a new 22-story modernist glass tower designed to synchronise seamlessly with the 360 North Michigan Avenues building’s timeless Art Deco architecture. Simeone Deary Design Group, the hotel’s interior design firm, also incorporated its jazz themes subtly with stylish interior architectural materials blending classic and modern designs. Some materials and furniture were secured by the Getty’s Group procurement division.

LondonHouse, Chicago - Curio by Hilton“We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to work closely with Oxford’s development team to concept and design the interiors for LondonHouse Chicago,” said Lisa Simeone, owner of Simeone Deary Design Group. “The Landmark nature of this gorgeous and iconic building, its 1920s original inception and its location at the historic site of Fort Dearborn provided a wealth of inspiration for our narrative and design. From flappers’ beaded dresses to industrial automobile interiors to generals’ uniforms and beyond, our modern-take on these design elements allowed us to be inspired by the past but ground ourselves in the present.”

London House’s elegant design aesthetic is further elevated through a custom art collection and unique prints curated by Indiewalls to visualise the property’s glamour while telling a story of opulence, intrigue, and history.

The guest rooms and suites will also be equipped with Bluetooth-friendly Tivoli clock radios, mini refrigerators, luxury linen bedding and towels and signature Frette LondonHouse robes. Other amenities for today’s savvy traveler include convenient task desks and marble-clad bathrooms with high-end Malin + Goetz products.

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Hilton Worldwide adds historic Ibiza hotel to Curio portfolio

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Hilton Worldwide has reached a franchise agreement with Grupo Avintia to bring Curio – A Collection by Hilton to Ibiza’s historic town centre. The 33-guestroom Gran Montesol Ibiza hotel will welcome guests all-year-round and is set to open this summer, marking Hilton’s debut on The White Isle.

Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, development, EMEA, Hilton Worldwide said, “Ibiza is the perfect location to welcome Spain’s first Curio. The island has a considerable reputation as an upscale summer destination and is world renowned as one of Spain’s most frequented and vibrant destinations. Gran Hotel Montesol will be one of the few internationally branded hotels on Ibiza, and as a part of the Curio collection it will benefit from Hilton’s prime commercial engine while maintaining all of its unique character and charm.”

Established in 1933, the hotel was the first purpose-built hotel established on Ibiza and was used as a military barracks during the Spanish Civil War. The building is recognised as a site of heritage and cultural interest by the Spanish Ministry of Culture and many of the hotel’s historic features, such as its characteristic neoclassical white and yellow façade will be retained as part of the new designs.

Gran Hotel Montesol Ibiza will have a restaurant on the ground floor as well as a rooftop terrace that can be used as an exclusive meeting space for business travellers. Part of the restoration and the interior of the hotel will be designed by prestigious Spanish designer Lazaro Rosa Violan.

Dianna Vaughan, senior vice president and global head, Curio – A Collection by Hilton and DoubleTree by Hilton, said: “With its fascinating history and elegant look-and-feel this landmark hotel is a sought-after addition to the Curio collection. The well-balanced synergy of the island’s legendary nightlife and its long history make Ibiza the perfect location for a Curio hotel.”

Vintro Hotel South Beach, Florida joins Hilton’s Curio collection

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Located on Miami’s historic Collins Canal, Vintro Hotel South Beach has joined Curio – A Collection by Hilton as the brand’s second hotel in Florida. The brand’s other Florida location is The Diplomat Resort & Spa Hollywood, which joined the Collection in 2014.

Welcoming guests to the Art Deco-styled hotel is a large mosaic wall in the lobby, which embodies the relaxed vintage personality of the area. Other unique features include a large rooftop sundeck with a jetted infinity pool, a library and pop-up art galleries.

The hotel’s deep history dates back to 1934 when it opened as The Park Avenue Hotel and housed approximately 50,000 troops training for the Air Corps Service during World War II. After the war, The Park Avenue Hotel added a restaurant and became one of the hot spots for Miami’s elite. The hotel later closed for many years until – exactly 80 years to the day from the original building’s debut – it reopened as the Vintro Hotel South Beach, bringing back its historic charm and quickly becoming one of the top hotel destinations in Miami Beach.

Today, Curio – along with the hotel’s ownership group, ENCOTEL, LLC – is proud to celebrate the hotel’s heritage as it joins the growing Collection. Guest rooms – emblematic of the hotel’s unique décor – feature original artwork, bright furnishings and a voyeur shower. Each of the 50 guest rooms and suites includes Wi-Fi, a 46-inch HDTV with media hub and two mini bars.

“Vintro Hotel South Beach truly captures the essence of the emerging cultural center of the ‘new’ South Beach, due in large part to its large rotating collection of local artwork,” said Enrique Colmenares, owner and president of Vintro Hotel.