Three Ritz-Carltons under construction in area

MIAMI -- Construction of three Ritz-Carlton-managed hotels is in progress in Greater Miami. Work began this month on the third -- the 380-room Ritz-Carlton, South Beach -- which will open in summer 2001.

The other two hotels are the 120-room Ritz-Carlton, Coconut Grove and the 300-room Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne, both opening in spring 2001, which have both been under construction for some time.

Creation of the South Beach hotel involves a $100 million renovation and expansion of the former DiLido Hotel on Lincoln Road and Collins Avenue.

The management pact is with a joint venture comprising DiLido Beach Resorts, Flag Finance and Investment, Lion's Stone, and the McCann Group.

The hotel will have the art moderne style of the early 1950s, fitting in with the Ocean Drive-Collins Avenue Historic District. (The main building was built in 1953.)

Two wings of the hotels will contain 84 three-story poolside cabanas. The hotel will have a Club level with additional privacy and amenities, including a Club Lounge. A 13,000-square-foot spa and nearly 20,000 square feet of meeting space will be available.

McCann-Grove Miami Holdings is the owner of the Coconut Grove property, which will have twin towers and occupy about 3.6 acres of bayfront land.

A Ritz-Carlton Club will be available, along with a 5,000-square-foot ballroom and a fitness center with a steam bath.

The 14-story, oceanfront Key Biscayne property will be part of the Grand Bay Resort and Residences complex.

It will have 12 tennis courts, two heated pools, 1,200 feet of beach, a beach club, a 20,000-square-foot spa, a fitness center, and banquet and meeting facilities.

Manny Corral, regional director of marketing for Ritz-Carlton Hotels, is handling advance sales for the three hotels. He can be reached at (305) 446-0776.

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