Island Outpost's Kent reopens with new look

MIAMI BEACH -- The Kent, a 54-room Island Outpost hotel, reopened with a new look, feel and design.

Island Outpost, which has five properties in South Beach, receives up to 30% of its annual business from agents, according to a spokesman.

Barbara Hulanicki, the Kent's designer, completed a floor-to-ceiling renovation of the art deco property, originally built in 1939.

The hotel now sports a chic and modern lobby with fluorescent Lucite accents, brushed steel ceiling fans and colorful cube furniture.

Each guest room is painted in a lilac tone, with steel accents and blonde-wood flooring.

Units have a TV/VCR, minibar and CD player.

The hallways are metallic and modern, with silver fisheye mirrors on every door and accents such as silver beanbags and a disco ball in stairwells.

The Kent Garden, described by Hulanicki as an "acid jungle," features lush foliage and giant mirrors.

The garden can be used as an area for relaxing, yoga, cocktail receptions and corporate events.

The Kent's Hibiscus Room can accommodate meetings of up to 20.

The 800-square-foot Lucite Suite, outfitted with clear Lucite furniture and appliances, is accented by mother of pearl. Its furnishings were custom-designed -- even down to the clear, feather pillows on chairs.

Island Outpost is offering a $99 introductory rate for stays through Sept. 30, including continental breakfast and valet parking. After that, rates will start at $175.

The Lucite Suite will sell for $250 through Sept. 30; $350 thereafter.

Deborah Yager, Island Outpost's vice president of sales and marketing, oversees agent business.

For more information, call (800) OUTPOST or visit www.islandoutpost.com.

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