Chic boutique set for So. Beach


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 rooms.

Deluxe suites have terraces and Jacuzzis. The courtyard, which is designed with Moorish elements, has a spa pool and a waterfall.

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 preservation district.

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

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