Venus Williams Spruces Up Suites
November 13, 2012 | by —LIANA LOZADA | Homepage
To put the crowning touch on its $30 million renovation, the InterContinental Miami asked tennis superstar Venus Williams and her interior design firm, V Starr, to decorate two of its new presidential suites. The sprawling, bi-level suites were unveiled this past Monday by Willliams herself.
In the Royal Palm suite, Williams created an elegant and modern atmosphere with hues of sienna, silver, and soft beige. The suite takes its name from the iconic Royal Palm Hotel, built by Henry Flagler. Meanwhile, the Metropolis suite, named after Miami’s first newspaper, The Miami Metropolis, mixes urban neutrals and grey tones with pops of teal. Both suites are 3,300 square feet and comprise a master bedroom, living room, dining room, multimedia room, and kitchenette.
Elsewhere in the newly refreshed hotel, you’ll find a new Latin food haunt, Toro-Toro by Richard Sandoval, and interactive touchscreen tables in both of the hotel bars. Still standing as the hotel’s anchor is a stalwart sculpture by Henry Moore that weighs in at 70 tons; the piece was originally installed in 1982, when the InterContinental Miami opened. Yet to come is the reveal of a digital canvas made of thousands of bulbs on the hotel’s façade. Guests of the Williams-designed suites unveiling were treated to a preview of the project, but the official debut will take place during Art Basel, when the canvas will project local art and culture scenes curated by the hotel’s in-house digital art aficionado. 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, 305-577-1000
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