Hello lovelies and welcome to my new monthly Travel & Architecture section featured in Society Magazine! I thought it could be super interesting to share as it’s something I’m very passionate about, and over the years I’ve had a lot of questions about places I’ve visited, especially the unique cities and hotels that have amazing interior design and architecture, so I’d love to shed a light on these wonderful spots so maybe you are inspired to visit them too on your next trip!
This month, I’m taking you to my latest trip to Miami where I had the pleasure of attending Miami Fashion Week! The week was jampacked with amazing events, from attending the opening of the new Porcelanosa store in Miami, to the Designers Dinner at the super cool Chotto Matte nikkei restaurant, and my favourites were of course enjoying the fabulous fashion shows at the Ice Palace Studios as well as the grand Benefit Gala Dinner at the Faena Hotel.
During this trip, one of the hotels that I truly fell in love with was the gloriously beautiful One Hotel in Miami Beach. 1 Hotel’s entire brand is built around a fierce commitment to sustainability, which also happened to be one of the main focuses of Miami Fashion Week in its aim to support designers that had an eco conscious approach to creating and manufacturing fashion items. Though the hotel’s beachfront location is truly stunning, it quickly became clear to me that the visitors to 1 Hotel were looking for something that went beyond that…
“The 1 Hotel is vastly different from the more iconic Art Deco architecture that South Beach is best known for.”
The hotel’s reliance on local vendors and artisans became evident from the moment I stepped in to the lobby, with reclaimed wood on the walls and gorgeous pieces of driftwood furniture. This focus on giving back to the environment and the community combined with a regular schedule of wellness events, including sunset meditation were some of the differential factors that immediately made me fall in love with the philosophy of One Hotel. To top this off, a fleet of Tesla premium electric vehicles were available for complimentary rides to make guests’ stay even more pleasurable.
Inside, the decor scheme of beachy whites and beiges tastefully coupled with wood accents and greenery created a luxe but comfortable setting. Clusters of couches, tree stump tables, and a vertical garden dominated the large and airy lobby. A concierge desk made of one large piece of wood, wooden ceilings, white rock walls, energy-efficient elevators, and large plants behind the check-in desks continued the eco-friendly green vibe.
THE ROOMS & SUITES
Mother Nature’s inspiration wasn’t just for show in the lobby; her presence can be felt in all 425 of the hotel’s rooms and suites, which offer extremely eco-conscious features like hemp mattresses and take home socks instead of disposable slippers. The pretty design scheme of whites, beiges, and wood continued into the rooms and suites, featuring driftwood walls, recycled pine headboards, 100 percent organic cotton sheets, clothes hangers made from recycled paper, and even your very own glass terrarium to bring the outdoors in. Like the rest of the furniture, the bed offered an ideal mix of comfort and eco-consciousness.
All of the hotel’s taps, sinks, and showers are equipped with Triple Clear Water filters, so you can drink right from them—and even the glasses in your room are made from recycled glass. Say goodbye to purchasing water bottles!
The bathrooms are sleek and spacious, and most of the walk-in marble showers have an all-glass wall on one side, so you can lather up with an oceanfront view if you so choose. Products are custom designed for the hotel itself, and made with a range of natural ingredients, while the towels and robes are both made from natural cotton knits.
Other unique touches include nightstand chalkboards instead of paper notepads, cotton jersey robes and a complimentary yoga mat in every room.
In essence, the hotel’s tasteful architecture and interior design by Meyer Davis Studio, combined with a profound dedication to wellness and giving back to the environment and the community are the features that stood out to me the most about the stunning One Hotel in Miami Beach!
If leaving behind a tiny carbon footprint is important to you, it’s worth visiting One Hotel’s website to see the ways (many of them unexpectedly simple) they’re helping to give back to the community and environment they call home.
Check out below what went on during Miami Fashion Week, from the Opening of the Miami Porcelanosa Store to the Benefit Gala Dinner in the Faena Hotel in South Beach!
DO YOU HAVE ANY HOTEL RECOMMENDATIONS YOU’D LOVE TO SHARE? WHAT MAKES IT SO SPECIAL? IS IT THE DECOR, THE LOCATION OR THE PHILOSOPHY BEHIND THE HOTEL? I’D LOVE TO KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!
PHOTOS 1 HOTEL
Courtesy of Meyer Davis Studio
VIDEOS MIAMI FASHION WEEK
Courtesy of Miami Fashion Week