Anyone who’s ever wondered what it would be like to live in one of Miami’s booming condo towers that have exploded in recent years should check out The Elser Hotel & Residences which opened in November in downtown -city of Miami next to the former American Airlines, now FTX (but who knows for how long) Arena. The view of Biscayne Bay from the 49-story tower is breathtaking: from the marina, the docked cruise ships, the spinning Ferris wheel from Bayside next door to South Beach.
The interiors of the 646 rooms ranging from studios to three-bedroom suites also promote a residential feel. All contain full kitchens, washer/dryers, and contemporary furnishings in a totally neutral beige and white color scheme. (The explosion of color can be found in the walls of the elevators, artwork by local artist Andrew Antonaccio.) With the hotel brand new, some features have yet to move in but are expected in the coming months. , including the spa and the restaurant. , a new concept from the owners of neighboring Jaguar Sun, an award-winning cocktail bar with a menu that includes dishes such as tuna tartare, snapper crudo and several pastas such as spicy pork sugo rigatoni and corn agnolotti, blue crab, saffron and marcona almonds. What’s there now is a 132-foot-long wraparound pool on a 19,000-square-foot sun deck on 9e floor that seems destined for Instagram and photo layouts and a 10,200 square foot duplex, state-of-the-art fitness center that could satisfy even the most intense gym rat.
In Wynwood, the Miami neighborhood known for its art galleries and the world’s largest concentration of street art, Arlo Wynwood, which also opened in November, couldn’t be more different. Like its surroundings, it is edgy and awash in color, starting with elaborate, almost psychedelic designs applied to the doors and inside the elevators (added for Art Basel when it was home to the visiting art community, but will likely become a permanent fixture.) The first relatively tall (nine-story) tower in the neighborhood, it’s instantly recognizable by the swirling black and white design on the side of the building and every spot inside has more color or another piece of art – there are 250 in the hotel. The third-floor bar, Higher Ground, has brighter colors, as does the urban jungle outdoor courtyard that surrounds it. The 217 contemporary rooms, meanwhile, are soothing, non-competitive white.
The hotel will be a magnet for anyone who wants to be close to the multitude of street art exhibits and museums that celebrate it: the Wynwood Walls and the Graffiti Museum (free to Arlo customers by showing their room keys) are a few steps away. .) But it’s already a hotspot because of the restaurant downstairs: MaryGold’s Florida Brasserie, the latest from Michelin-starred Miami chef Brad Kilgore, well known from his former restaurants Alter, Kaido and Ember. Indoor and outdoor tables are buzzing on the five nights a week it’s open (closed Mondays and Tuesdays) with plans to open for breakfast in January. (Takeout selections are available until that happens.) Lunch is already available at the rooftop pool, a pretty, glamorous area with cabanas in which to try dishes such as Asian beef skewers, a classic seviche and tuna poke guacamole, a lively combination of flavors including a lime and seaweed vinaigrette.
Kilgore’s creations at MaryGold’s are complex, appealing and often involve an extended period of preparation (like the delicious layered brioche that takes three days) and the sourcing of rarefied ingredients (the delicate red shrimp carpaccio that can only be had from a single workboat). process, the results are delicious, ranging from octopus a la plancha, perfectly cooked tender octopus with a coating of sweet and sour Urfa chili, to a pork dish listed simply as a pork chop on the bone but which is actually piglet (piglet) smoked peach wood and served with candied hazelnuts, mustard greens and candied peach jus. (Sous-chef Zev Bennett’s preparation from a technique he learned during his previous stint at a top restaurant in Bangkok adds a crust while retaining the delicacy of the meat.)
On the dessert menu, Carrot Cake Bread Pudding seems to grab the attention of the majority of diners and Baked Alaska here called Baked Florida gets a local twist with tropical fruit semifreddo and pineapple rum. A South Florida classic, key lime pie, is also represented, but since there are so many, diners might overlook it. They should not. It arrives shaped like the restaurant’s eponymous flower with the lime placed on a layer of butterscotch – not traditional but completely addictive.