Kimpton Angler's Hotel South Beach

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Kimpton Angler's re-design, expansion and renovation project will make it a more sophisticated experience.

By Alan Dorich, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

When guests check into Kimpton Angler’s Hotel South Beach, they not only experience a unique sense of sophistication, but also the feeling of home. “We go above an beyond to welcome our guests [and strive to] be their home away from home,” General Manager Jacqueline Lejart declares.

If a client mentions that he or she is celebrating a birthday or anniversary, associates will make sure the guest is sent a special amenity or meaningful message congratulating them. “Our employees connect with guests in a unique way,” she says. “That speaks to our high levels of service, and is one of the many things that sets us apart from any other Miami hotel.”

Kimpton Anglers infoLocated in Miami Beach Fla., the hotel is a Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants property that now features 132 one-, two- and three- story guest rooms and suites with its recently completed 85-room addition that also includes a sixth floor rooftop pool and sundeck. It also has a variety of indoor and outdoor meeting and event spaces, a living room lobby and its Minnow Bar.

Lejart adds that Kimpton Angler’s sets itself apart with unique offerings, including its spa and fitness wellness program with local professionals that help guests reach their goals. This includes a trainer that is on-site daily and hosts high intensity fitness classes.

Whether in-room or poolside, guests can also enjoy a massage, facial, or body treatment chosen from a menu of services that help achieve a desired state of mind, namely Happiness, Serenity, Healing, Connection and Energy, with specially-designed treatments to achieve each.

Expanded Offerings and Accommodations

This year, Kimpton Angler’s is looking forward to completing a $61 million re-development, which included the newly-constructed 85-room addition. With it comes a new design created by NICOLEHOLLIS, which aspires to make the hotel a haven of respite and relaxation for its visitors.

For example, its new guest rooms, which were finished this May, feature fixtures and finishes that aim to create an airy and beachy mood, while its rooftop pool deck provides ample space and furnishings for guests to relax and enjoy the panoramic views of South Beach. “It’s very picturesque and very unique from what most visitors expect from South Beach,” Lejart says.

But there is still work to be done. The second phase of the project will include the renovation of Kimpton Angler’s existing lofts, villas and bungalows, as well as the opening of Seawell Fish & Oyster, a chef-driven restaurant. “We’ll also hire about 50 more employees in the food and beverage area,” she adds.

Kimpton Culture

A native of Germany, Lejart is a longtime veteran of Kimpton who joined the company when it opened its EPIC hotel in Miami in 2002. “I was the director of housekeeping,” she recalls, noting that she moved up the ranks and learned more about the company’s culture.

Kimpton Anglers 2When the brand added Kimpton Angler’s to its portfolio in 2013, Lejart suggested herself as a candidate for general manager and won the job. “We really invested a lot of time in changing the philosophy and management of the team,” she recalls, noting that she is given a great deal of autonomy to make decisions on what she thinks is best for the hotel, its staff and guests.

This allows her to be innovative and make decisions without going through levels of management for approval. “I feel that it’s crucial in this market [to] make decisions quickly,” Lejart says.

Lejart also takes pride in the hotel’s charitable work, which has included partnering with the University of Miami to adopt and restore local reefs damaged by hurricanes and other impacts. It looks forward to sharing this work while promoting coral reef restoration awareness with its guests through curated dive and scuba excursions. “Next year, we hope to support Lighthouse for the Blind in Miami and perhaps other organizations,” she adds.

She sees a strong future for the hotel, as it gets closer to finishing its re-development. “[It is] crucial for me to make sure that this renovation project gets done by the end of the year,” Lejart says. “My goal is to make Kimpton Angler’s one of the top 10 hotels in the Miami market.”

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