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Thompson Hotels Sez: ‘Am I in Heaven, or am I in Miami?’

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The coolest “in” inn group on the planet announces the bowing of its first South Beach respite, just in time for Art Basel, sophisticates!

The luxury hotel company Thompson Hotels, yes, that’s us, has a new kid in town just around the bend, the historic Hotel Victor, which will soon be re-named Thompson Ocean Drive in Miami Beach.

“We’re elated to bring Thompson Hotels to Miami, and look forward to introducing the Thompson nuances of style and service to the market,” said Stephen Brandman, co-owner of Thompson Hotels. “Whether staying at 60 Thompson in NYC, Thompson Beverly Hills in LA, or Thompson Ocean Drive, guests will rest assured that they’ll receive the same outstanding level of service that defines our brand.”

Okay, he’s right. But here’s some history. The streamlined baby known as the Hotel Victor was originally opened in 1936, and underwent a major restoration by acclaimed designer, Jacques Garcia, in 2004. Thompson Hotels has naturally added its personal touches. The celebrated hotel, located in the heart of Miami Beach’s famed Art Deco District, features 90 stylish guestrooms (most with ocean views); a stunning Infinity pool; a 6,000-square-foot Spa V (the “V” is something else!); the Northern Italian-inspired BICE Ristorante (as well as BICE Café); three lounges (count ‘em, if you’re a mathematician) and bars; as well as 6,000 square feet of unique indoor and outdoor meeting and event spaces. Who said you can’t whistle while you work, no?

Thompson Hotel’s Jason Pomeranc adds: “We just loved the opportunity to reinvent such a historically significant hotel, while respecting its noble history. And Miami’s back on track again, as one of the world’s most wonderful destination spots.”

“Ocean Drive is going to reflect the spirit of comfort, hospitality, fantasy, fashion, and sharp design that both Miami Beach and our other hotels are known for,” Pomeranc added. “And it will be a lot of fun.” Stay tuned for the grand opening.

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