As Coconut Grove, Florida, continues to reinvent, an iconic hotel roars back to life in grand fashion. Transformed by interior design studio Goodrich, Mayfair House Hotel & Garden presents lush tropical grounds, curated art and two dining outlets: Mayfair Grill and Sipsip. Yet, it still embraces architect Kenneth Treister’s original masterpiece. Below, Goodrich principal Matthew Goodrich details what guests can expect.
Upon Arrival. Guests will be excited to see the courtyard and garden lavishly enhanced with a dazzling array of plants and a direct view into the garden as soon as they arrive. The lobby is completely refashioned, bringing back the curvilinear plans that defined the original arrival sequence. The new sculpted plaster ceiling and column were also inspired by Kenneth Treister’s original design. Meanwhile, a new custom metal screen designed by Miami native Michele Oka Doner provides a layered transition between the interior and the courtyard.
Preservation and Restoration. Original elements of Treister’s design were restored to honor the architecture, including sculptural reliefs, copper light fixtures, carved wood doors and figurative door knockers. During construction, we also discovered sculpted panels that had been covered behind drywall for years and found decorative metal elevator doors in the basement that we reinstalled in the lobby.
New Incarnations. In the courtyard, we transformed a fountain that hadn’t worked in years into a comfortable seating area. We refashioned an old elevator into a small cocktail bar that opens right onto the old fountain. Guests can now drink and dine surrounded by palms and orchids.
Guest Rooms. Our team designed dozens of custom furniture pieces that make the rooms feel more like a guesthouse than a hotel and created color palettes inspired by the feeling of richness from the original hotel.