Long thought of as a residential enclave, there’s now a new reason to escape to Coral Gables for a staycation. Book a room at the freshly minted Loews Coral Gables Hotel, where a cupola commands attention in the skyline, and a sweeping metal-and-glass canopy resembling a piece of art greets guests in the entryway.
Architecture and design firm CRTKL took cues for the hotel’s exteriors from the historic and Mediterranean-style architecture prevalent in the area. “For the interiors, we were inspired by the multilayered culture of Spain and its traditional paso doble dance,” says Dan Freed, principal of CRTKL Miami. Most notably, the lobby and rooms feature floor coverings and light fixtures resembling a mantilla veil, along with decorative screens and accessories in pops of red.
Splurge on a stylish suite, retreat to the ninth-floor pool deck, indulge in a treatment at the spa, and choose from four restaurants and lounges. “The property is breathing new life into downtown Coral Gables,” Freed adds, “and serves as a gathering place for the surrounding neighborhood.”