Autograph Collection, Marriott International’s portfolio of independent luxury hotels announced the addition of The Saint, Blue Moon and Winter Haven hotels to its growing lineup.
Each of the hotels is the first to join Autograph Collection in their respective cities: The Saint Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana, and both the Blue Moon Hotel and Winter Haven hotels in Miami Beach, FL. With these properties, the collection has accumulated 2 hotels in the portfolio since its launch in 2010, with plans to include up to 60 properties by the end of 2012 in various key markets worldwide.
Kip Vreeland, vice president for Autograph Collection, said, ‘We have been very successful as a result of our discerning selection process to incorporate only the most unique hotels in our portfolio, and are happy to announce our three newest additions; with a number of exciting new properties to be announced in the coming months that meet our highest standards, and will ensure the brand’s evolution.’
The Saint Hotel
After an extensive $45m renovation, The Saint reopened on February 9.
Marriott stated the property was selected based on its notable architectural and historical significance. The hotel was previously known as the 103-year old Audubon Building in the world famous French Quarter. Today the 166-room hotel is it reminiscent of early 20th century New Orleans which gave way to the birth of jazz.
It is located two blocks away from the early jazz clubs frequented by legendary performers, such as Louis Armstrong. Its restaurant, Sweet Olive, provides a mélange of reinvented Southern culinary classics, including Rabbit Jambalaya and Wild Boar Rillette. The Saint also includes a jazz club called the Burgundy Bar, with a rooftop bar slated to open in the spring.
Winter Haven Hotel & Blue Moon Hotel
As of early April, the iconic Winter Haven Hotel & legendary Blue Moon Hotel will be the first properties to join the Autograph Collection in Miami Beach, Fla.
The Winter Haven Hotel, initially designed by acclaimed architect Albert Anis, was first unveiled on Ocean Drive in 1939. The oceanfront hotel’s exclusive location in South Beach immerses guests in the elegance of the Art Deco movement of days gone by. Winter Haven’s bar also exudes a mid-century ‘martini joint’ vibe, with black rounded marble top tables, original wood fascia and stainless steel foot rails. In early 2012, Winter Haven will also undergo restoration aimed at maintaining the property’s historical integrity.
Blue Moon Hotel is an intimate boutique sanctuary replete with 1930s charm. The hotel 0n Collins Avenue is a combination of Art Deco and Mediterranean influences coupled with modern and sophisticated touches.
Located just a few steps away from the beach, boutiques and bistros on Ocean Drive, the iconic hotel remains a key staple in South Beach.
The Blue Moon Hotel is a composite of two former hotels – the Lafayette and Les Suites – and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The hotel will undergo restoration in early 2012.