Mr. C Miami - Coconut Grove is the latest premier luxury boutique hotel conceived by Ignazio and Maggio Cipriani, a fourth-generation hotelier family. Giuseppe Cipriani opened Harry’s Bar off of a tiny street off Venice’s Piazza San Marco in 1931. Today, almost 90 years later, brothers Ignazio and Maggio Cipriani have drawn on their rich family history to create the luxury hospitality and residential brand known as Mr. C. Cipriani is internationally renowned for its restaurants, hotels, and residences with locations in metropolitan destinations including Beverly Hills and Manhattan, and now Miami.
"We are extremely excited to be part of the revitalization of such a wonderful neighborhood known for its iconic history. With the opening of our first hotel in Florida, we could not be more pleased to have partnered with such valued and respected entities that truly embrace the community they serve." -- Ignazio and Maggio Cipriani
The award-winning architecture firm, Arquitectonica, conceived the exterior design modeled after the pier-like Stiltsville structures located off the Florida Cape. Mr. C has achieved a Silver Certification from the FGBC (Florida Green Building Coalition), the equivalent of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for environmental sustainability as well as green energy-efficient lighting.
“Mr. C overlooks Sailboat Bay (also known as Schooner Bay in the days of Miami’s beginnings) the largest marina in the South. It is home to several sailing clubs and the US Olympic Sailing Center. Therefore, naval architecture is a large part of the inspiration. In addition, the Cipriani family hails from Venice, the city where one travels by boat, and we both have a love for those beautiful Riva Yachts of the post-war era. Then insert Coconut Grove, famous for its lush tropical setting, and for its enormous Banyan trees engulfing the main highway. Add the amazing Stiltsville in front, the village lifted over the water on stilts. We lifted the nautical-inspired building on stilts to float over the sea of tree canopies in search of the view of Schooner Bay and Stiltsville on the horizon.” -- Bernardo Fort-Brescia, Arquitectonica
AD100 interior designer, Martin Brudnizki, designed the 100-room, 6-story boutique property overlooking Biscayne Bay. The nautical look of the resort, as shown by its azure and white-colored terrazzo floors and glossy wood paneling, is influenced both by coastal Italian culture, and the sleek interior of a yacht or cruise ship.
“Venice is the source of inspiration for the project. Being the location of the first Cipriani and a city renowned for art and culture, it always inspires me. For this project, we particularly looked at mid-century Venice and the fusion seen in the blending of traditional craft and modernist shapes, such as the Riva Boat. This hotel is very much influenced by classical yacht design in its use of materiality and the shapes of the furniture. It is very nautical. We wanted to capture the timeless charm of Italy’s iconic coastal style, with high gloss timber paneling, chrome or lacquer detailing, and comfortable curves in the furniture. We’ve then added a layer of mid-century Italy, as Murano glass chandeliers hang above large-scale terrazzo floors. The combination of the shapes and materiality of the mid-century yacht-style works perfectly with Miami, a city famous for its oceanfront and also one famous for its own modernist architectural style. They seem to fuse perfectly and so the hotel feels like it’s always been there. We were trying to meld Modernist Miami with the effortless style of Italy. The building and its architecture feel suited to the Miami cityscape and very cool and modern. We wanted to create a warmth and sophistication in the interiors that complement the architecture and so hence why we looked to classical yacht design. The vast expanses of teak and marble create a comforting feeling that feels traditional yet looks modern.” -- Martin Brudnizki, Martin Brudnizki Design Studio
The property also features a rooftop pool and private cabanas; two signature Italian dining establishments including the signature Bellini rooftop restaurant and Il Giardino creperie and outdoor terrace cafe; a fitness center featuring Technogym equipment, personal trainers, and yoga classes; a wellness center and spa complete with BēAtala products, a private sauna, and treatment room; and a ballroom for weddings or private events.
“Food is at the core of the experience. We placed the signature restaurant, Bellini, on top of the building. From that vantage point, there are views of the bay, the coastline, and the horizon. We also capture the soft breezes of the southeast Trade Winds that provide a perfect temperature for outdoor dining. At the base, we created a contrasting venue, Il Giardino, a secret tropical garden set in a courtyard for casual dining. Guests are surrounded by large blue umbrellas away from the energy of the streets of Coconut Grove. A third venue is the street side cafe, a lively setting for people-watching under the monumental stilts that support the building 25 feet above.” -- Bernardo Fort-Brescia, Arquitectonica
“The food and beverage offering is key to any hotel, but even more so with Mr. C. Being based in Coconut Grove, we knew we had to appeal to the local market and become a destination loved by the community around the hotel. Community is so important to residents of the area and so we wanted to welcome and appeal to everyone in the vicinity. Not just attract guests from Miami Beach or internationally. I think what helps is the terrace and views. There aren’t many destinations where you can dine and look out across the ocean. It’s a really beautiful space to sit and it feels like you are sailing on a yacht across the seas.” -- Martin Brudnizki, Martin Brudnizki Design Studio
Founded in the late 1800s and characterized by its Royal Ponciana tree-lined streets, lush green parks, and grand residences, Coconut Grove has long been favored by artists, intellectuals, and those seeking a tropical oasis of tranquility within Miami. The elegant Mr. C property brings an old-world European sensibility and flair to the historic neighborhood.
Mr. C Miami - Coconut Grove is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World as well as luxury hospitality networks including American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts, Virtuoso Preferred Hotels, Signature Travel Network, Select Hotels, Ensemble Travel Group, Serandipians, Four Diamond Preferred, and the recipient of the 2021 Traveler’s Choice on Trip Advisor.
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