MIAMI BEACH -- The 50-room Abbey Hotel, in the city's Art Deco
District, regained its 1940s-era ambience after undergoing a
three-year renovation and interior redesign, according to co-owner
Scasserra, along with partners Keith Space and Jonathan Zambetti
of S & S Hotel Management, bought the hotel in 1997 and
transformed it into a luxury boutique property.
The interior design was executed by New York-based designer
"The rooms he has created for us are completely modern but have
a subtle nautical feel, in keeping with the building's origins,"
Scassera said. "You feel as if these rooms could easily belong on a
luxury ocean liner from the 1940s or in a Manhattan high rise."
All rooms and suites are equipped with CD stereos; cable TV and
VCRs; Internet access; two-line phones with voice mail; desks;
in-room bars; marble flooring and pedestal sinks in the bathrooms;
full-length mirrors; hair dryers, and safes.
The renovations also included the creation of a full-service
restaurant. The Abbey Dining Room serves Mediterranean-inspired
cuisine and has both indoor and open-air seating.
The Abbey, at 300 21st St., is near the ocean, the Jackie
Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts and the Miami Beach
The Abbey does not have a pool, but under its recent liaison
with the Savoy Hotel, also in Miami Beach, Abbey guests have access
to two pools.
By early 2002, the Abbey will add a rooftop bar and lounge.
Across the street is the new Collins Park Cultural Center, which
houses the restored Bass Museum of Art and the new home of the
Miami City Ballet.
Rates through April 1 are from $160 for a room with a
queen-sized bed; April 2 to May 29, from $120; May 30 to Sept. 28,
from $90, and Sept. 29 to Dec. 27, from $140. At higher cost are
units with a king-sized bed, two queen beds and studios.
For bookings made through the hotel's Web site, agents can earn
For information, call (888) 61-ABBEY or (305) 531-0031, or visit
the Web site at www.abbeyhotel.com.