Coconut Grove is experiencing a renaissance, and we love to see it. Now that CocoWalk’s renovations are complete (which introduced new restaurants like The Key Club), the neighborhood’s iconic Mayfair Hotel & Spa is the next development that will soon hit the scene with a fresh new look.
Opened in 1985, during one of the neighborhood’s peak times, the indoor/outdoor hotel debuted with an impressive courtyard and lush garden unlike anything the city had ever seen before. This summer it will build on architect Kenneth Treister’s unique original design and reopen as the Mayfair House Hotel & Garden, where every guest can enjoy the experience of escaping to a private oasis.
Designed as an all-suite hotel by New York-based interior design studio Goodrich, the new Mayfair will feature home-like suites, each with a private terrace, living room and separate bedroom. Art will also feature prominently on the property with recently commissioned murals by Eglomized Glass artist Jane Richardson-Mack, Bahamian visual artist Angelika Wallace-Whitfield and Miami-born Michele Oka Doner.
The biggest change for locals who remember the original Mayfair will be in the food and drink, which admittedly was never memorable. Spearheading the property’s two new concepts is Lost Boy & Co., the hotel group behind Miami heavyweights Tropezón and Lost Boy Dry Goods. The namesake Mayfair Grill is set to be a quaint garden cafe in the hotel’s atrium, serving wood-fired cuisine inspired by the Sonoran region of North America (Arizona, Southern California, and New Mexico). On the rooftop, guests will find the Caribbean pool bar Sipsip (named after the Bahamian word for “gossip” or “information sharing,” a nod to early Bahamian settlers in Coconut Grove), where Craft cocktails and rum-based drinks are sure to flow.
The Mayfair House Hotel & Garden is located at 3000 Florida Avenue and will officially open in late summer. Reservations are now available through the website and if the current restaurant reservation frenzy is any indication, you’ll want to jump on it quickly.