MIAMI BEACH -- The 1930s vintage, art deco-style Clinton Hotel in
the South Beach district is set to reopen in March upon completion
of a $12 million refurbishment and interior redesign.
Closed for two years, the 89-room property was purchased by a
group of investors led by Simon Nemni, a French-born, New
York-based real estate developer and fashion industry veteran.
Nemni hired French architect and designer Eric Raffy to oversee
the interior redesign.
"We've taken our time to get everything right, and it will be
worth it," he added.
The interior design, he said, blends art deco and futuristic
elements. It includes designer bathroom fixtures, cherry-wood desks
and slate walls.
Nemni's background in the women's apparel industry is manifested
in the corset theme repeated throughout the hotel, with
corset-shaped chairs and corset-shaped mirrors in the guest
Deluxe suites have terraces and Jacuzzis. The courtyard, which
is designed with Moorish elements, has a spa pool and a
Rooms have wall-mounted TVs and Internet connections. Computers
and DVD players are available at no charge.
The on-site restaurant, Pao, serves Chinese cuisine.
The exterior of the hotel was refurbished, as well, in
accordance with the mandates of the South Beach historic
Room rates vary from $150 to $1,500 per night for the penthouse
presidential suite with a terrace.
For reservations, call (305) 538-1471. The Web site is under
development at www.clintonsouthbeach.com.