First Atwell Suites Hotel Under Construction in Miami
ATLANTA—IHG Hotels & Resorts has revealed that the first Atwell Suites hotel is now under construction in Miami.
Expected to open by summer 2021, the first Atwell Suites will be a 90-room hotel located in Brickell, an urban neighborhood home to Miami and South Florida’s financial district, as well as many foreign consulates. The hotel is part of a new high-rise, mixed-use property which will also include a new 140-room Hotel Indigo Miami Brickell. This property is owned by Francisco Arocha, Pedro F. Villar, Albert Ovadia and Sunview Companies.
Atwell Suites is IHG’s newest brand, introduced in 2019 as a design-led, dynamic, all-suites hotel brand optimized for longer stays of up to six nights. The brand has 20 properties now under planning and development, across the U.S., in markets such as Austin, Texas; Charlotte, North Carolina; Denver; and Phoenix. Construction is expected to begin on additional Atwell Suites properties in the coming months.
“We created Atwell Suites as a result of continuous collaboration and dialogue with an enthusiastic advisory board comprised of IHG owners to offer travelers something truly different in the upper-midscale space,” said Karen Gilbride, VP, Avid Hotels and Atwell Suites, IHG. “The all-suites segment is fast-growing and remains very resilient with strong owner interest throughout 2020. We congratulate Sunview Companies, and our other owners who have been among the first to sign on to develop an Atwell Suites hotel. We’re excited to continue the momentum of this brand and look forward to welcoming our first guests next year.”
Albert Ovadia, Sunview Companies, added: “We’re thrilled be the first to announce an Atwell Suites branded property anywhere in the world. We know the unique design of the Atwell Suites brand will appeal to travelers exploring the Brickell neighborhood, which is one of most lively and popular parts of Miami. This new hotel is destined to be a destination due to its location in the heart of the action, convenience for international travelers to the various consulates and business, as well as proximity to the world class shopping and restaurants Brickell offers.”
The company has also released a variety of new renderings showcasing the design of the Atwell Suites brand including the main lobby space meant to bring people together around the breakfast area, lounge and bar; The Common (a dynamic space on the second floor lobby inspired by co-working lounges providing a place for guests to work and relax); and The Study (a bookable meeting room that is tech-enabled with everything needed for a productive meeting).
Gilbride noted that the company made no changes to the design or brand rollout because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We have not had to alter any of our design of the hotel or our key experiences based on COVID.,” she said. “Certainly based on when our hotel opens and where we are, all of the items that have across our IHG hotels that help to deliver our safety protocols…would be things that we could easily incorporate into all of our hotels, but we have not fundamentally changed any of our design or experience of this brand.”
The Atwell Suites brand is designed for inspiration and for guests who are seeking opportunities to discover, learn and grow as they travel. Key brand hallmarks include flexible and enriching spaces that help guests easily switch between work and rest, surprising touches along the guest journey that create an atmosphere that sparks connections and conversations, and a unique approach to food and beverage, which is designed to transition seamlessly from breakfast in the morning to an inviting bar and lounge space for the rest of the day.
Atwell Suites properties will offer all suites which include distinct zones for living and sleeping; a wet bar with undercounter refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker and bar sink; a work area with a high-top desk; a pull-out sofa; an oversized vanity in the bathroom; and a two-sided closet that can be easily accessed from both the guestroom and the bathroom.