Emilio and Gloria Estefan’s Cardozo South Beach hotel reopened earlier this month following a $15 million top-to-bottom renovation.
For this historic Art Deco hotel located on Ocean Drive, the 4-year renovation came with 41 fully revamped guestrooms and suites, a refreshed interior lobby area, and the new BiCE Cucina Miami restaurant located on the hotel’s main street level.
“Miami’s beautiful beaches will always be a main draw for visitors, but it’s the city’s culture, architecture, nightlife, and people that continue to make it one of the most popular destinations in the world,” said Emilio Estefan in press materials. “For Gloria and me, redesigning our Cardozo hotel, in a way, mirrors the evolution Miami has experienced: we’ve maintained Cardozo’s historical Art Deco exterior that initially captures you, but we have completely redesigned the interior and how our guests will experience this hotel.”
Redesigned by Emilio in partnership with local architect Aldo Ducci, the Estefan’s personal touch can be felt throughout the hotel. Furniture, art, and accessories from the Estefan’s private homes are peppered throughout the building that now features a modern, white motif mixed with elements from Cardozo’s original 1930’s decor. In the accommodations, guests will find white bedframes and mother-of-pearl headboards; glossy cabinetry that lines matte white walls; and bathrooms covered in white tiles and gold fixtures. Cardozo’s check-in area also opens to a private outdoor courtyard set with lounge furniture.
On Cardozo’s third floor—the hotel’s top level—is the 1,500-sq.-ft. penthouse. This suite features two master bedrooms, a private dressing area, dining area, living room, two master bathrooms with marble soaking tubs and glass-enclosed double showers, an additional guest bathroom, two 60-inch televisions, and panoramic views of South Beach.