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Esme hotel in Miami Beach Florida will have rooftop bar

The Roof at the new boutique hotel Esmé has a pool deck where the sangria will flow.

The Roof at the new boutique hotel Esmé has a pool deck where the sangria will flow.

Are you ready for The Roof?

The boutique hotel Esmé Miami Beach has announced three new dining and drinking venues, and one of them is a rooftop bar.

The 145-room hotel on Washington Avenue in Miami Beach, which is scheduled to open in March 2021, will also open two other lounges serving food options with a Spanish flair.

The idea is to recreate “the energy of the original Spanish Village on Española Way,” according to James Stuart, director of Infinity Hospitality.

El Salón, set in Esmé Village along the main paseo that connects the property’s buildings, will serve popular Miami fare like arepas, empanadas and chicarron. At night, the space becomes an elegant cocktail bar with specialty drinks made with proprietary spirit blends.

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El Salon at Esmé hotel in Miami Beach.

Walk along the paseo, and you’ll discover Bar Pintxo, a modern interpretation of a Spanish pintxo bar. Expect snacks on sticks as well as dishes such as pulpo pinchose (octopus with smoked paprika) and gilda (anchovy, pickled pepper and olive). The casual spot will serve Spanish beer and wine and Basque cider and host weekly events with local artists, musicians and chefs.

Meanwhile, up on the roof is The Roof at Esmé, which includes a bar and restaurant, a pool, cabanas, and a wellness space. During the day, you can lounge by the pool with cold-pressed juice, maybe take a yoga class. Later, homemade sangrias will flow, like the rioja blanco (white peach, elderflower and ginger) or cava brut (kiwi, raspberry, spearmint and calvados). Foodwise, expect healthy bowls, sandwiches and salads.

At night, the space turns into a lounge that offers giant cocktails called Spirited Jugs.

Esmé Miami Beach

Where: 1438 Washington Ave., Miami Beach

Opening: March 2021

Information and reservations: www.esmehotel.com

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Beach towns see high demand for vacation rentals

Emma Dill
 
| Wilmington StarNews

This year has been a rollercoaster for many of those who manage rental properties in the beach towns that dot the coastline of Southeastern North Carolina. 

COVID-19 hit the United States in mid-March, just when rental properties tend to see an uptick in spring break bookings. Instead, many saw cancellation after cancellation.

Temporary state and local bans on short-term rentals appeared to doom the rental season before it began.

But when bans lifted, people rushed to reserve vacation rentals. Reservations have remained steady for local rental companies throughout the summer and into the fall.

Watching the vacation rental season ‘fall apart’

For Ian Kraus, a property and reservations manager at Intracoastal Vacation Rentals in Wrightsville Beach, the cancellations began streaming in mid-March.

Kraus estimates he handled 450 cancellations this spring. That’s unheard of. 

“I’ve never been anywhere close to that,” Kraus said.

The initial uncertainty surrounding the pandemic led to the flood of cancellations that seemed to threaten the rental season.

“People were cancelling, not coming, trying to reschedule,” said Jessica Elliott, the marketing director at Sea Scape Properties in Wrightsville Beach. “This whole time, we’re just seeing our whole season fall apart.”

Early in the pandemic, short-term rentals were banned by state and local restrictions. For more than a month, vacationers could not rent apartments or houses in several coastal towns near Wilmington.

But when those restrictions lifted in mid-May on Topsail Island, bookings flooded in, said Chris Rackley, the president and broker-in-charge at Lewis Realty Associates. 

“We ran around 100% occupied from late May on into mid-September,” Rackley said.

In a typical year, rentals run 100% occupied during peak summer months. This is the first time that the company has been 100% occupied that far into the fall, Rackley said. 

‘We’re working at home anyway, why not come to the beach?’

The demand for rental properties was not unique to Topsail Island. In coastal towns throughout Southeastern North Carolina, short-term rentals have been booming this year despite the pandemic.

Demand, which typically begins to fall off when school begins in mid-August or early September, has continued through October at some rental agencies.

Why? Some property managers believe the shift to working from home and virtual learning have something to do with it.

Kraus said visitors are looking to rent larger spaces, which means they might be vacationing with their families.

“The two and three bedrooms are always going to be a lock-in. That’s the perfect size for a smaller group,” he said. “But this year we’re getting a lot more looking for three, four, five bedrooms.”

Many renters have told the property managers that at-home work and school played a role in their decision to come to the coast.

An internet connection has also become increasingly important for this year’s renters.

“If the Internet went out in the home, it was a dire emergency,” Rackley said. “That kind of tells the story.”

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Sixty Sixty Condo-Hotel Units in Miami Beach Sell for $15M

Victor Ballestas and 6060 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach (Credit: Google Maps)

Victor Ballestas and 6060 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach (Credit: Google Maps)

Integra intends to buy all 82 units of a Miami Beach condo-hotel that was once the subject of a fierce foreclosure battle, already spending $15 million for about 80 units.

Miami-based Integra has partnered with Sagar Desai, principal of Miami-based Activate Hospitality, to put together a business plan for the Sixty Sixty hotel at 6060 Indian Creek Drive, principal Victor Ballestas told The Real Deal.

The partnership is still deciding if the hotel will partner with a brand to make improvements to the building, Ballestas said. He hopes to complete improvements in the next nine months for a relaunch next season.

Among its purchases, Integra just closed on an $11.5 million purchase of 65 units from companies affiliated with Port Orange-based The Schecher Group, records show. Integra also paid $50,000, each, for three units owned by Setter LLC, managed by Alan Lieberman. It also bought a unit from Oded Tabachnik of Encino, California, for $70,000.

Schecher Group is led by Richard Schecher Sr. and Jr. In 2018, Schecher prevailed in a foreclosure lawsuit against dozens of unit owners in the Sixty Sixty. Schecher had alleged the owners failed to pay about $9.4 million in assessments. Unit owners accused Schecher of a hostile takeover of the condo-hotel.

Richard Schecher Sr. appears to have stepped away from the business, becoming an ordained minister in the Universal Life Church in May, according to his website.

Integra has been busy in South Florida. The company recently secured approval from Monroe County for a 280-unit development on Stock Island near Key West. Integra and a partner also plan to invest $58 million to develop a 13-story, 271-unit affordable senior housing project in Miami’s Allapattah neighborhood.

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Coyo Taco team to open six concepts at new Miami Beach hotel, including rooftop bar

The Moxy South Beach hotel isn’t even open yet, but you can officially start to look forward to eating and drinking there.

Lightstone, the developer of three Moxy Hotels in New York, has just made a deal with the Coyo Taco team to open six eating and drinking spots in the Miami Beach hotel, located on Washington Avenue.

The six new concepts are:

Como Como: a seafood restaurant and raw bar

Mezcalista: a mezcal lounge

Serena: an open-air rooftop restaurant and bar with seasonal dishes (and cocktails)

Los Buenos: a taco stand and bodega in the hotel lobby

Bar Moxy: a lobby bar and contactless check-in area

The Upside: a rooftop bar on the hotel’s eighth floor with views of Miami Beach, exclusively for hotel guests and private events

“This exciting partnership with Moxy South Beach gives us an opportunity to expand our creativity, showcasing our love for Miami’s diverse cultures and exploration of cuisines across regions,” said Alan Drummond, co-founder of Coyo Taco and 1-800-Lucky in a press release. “We pride ourselves in offering menus and experiences that transcend generations and demographics, just like Moxy Hotels, so we couldn’t be more thrilled for this like-minded collaboration to come to life.”

The eight-story Moxy South Beach is due to open early in 2021 with 202 rooms, a 72-foot, cabana-lined pool; an outdoor movie screening room on the roof and an exclusive beach club.

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Coyo Taco to open new concepts in Moxy Miami Beach hotel

A rendering of The Upside bar at the Moxy South Beach hotel, which is due to open in January 2021.

A rendering of The Upside bar at the Moxy South Beach hotel, which is due to open in January 2021.

The Moxy South Beach hotel isn’t even open yet, but you can officially start to look forward to eating and drinking there.

Lightstone, the developer of three Moxy Hotels in New York, has just made a deal with the Coyo Taco team to open six eating and drinking spots in the Miami Beach hotel, located on Washington Avenue.

The six new concepts are:

Como Como: a seafood restaurant and raw bar

Mezcalista: a mezcal lounge

Serena: an open-air rooftop restaurant and bar with seasonal dishes (and cocktails)

Los Buenos: a taco stand and bodega in the hotel lobby

Bar Moxy: a lobby bar and contactless check-in area

The Upside: a rooftop bar on the hotel’s eighth floor with views of Miami Beach, exclusively for hotel guests and private events

“This exciting partnership with Moxy South Beach gives us an opportunity to expand our creativity, showcasing our love for Miami’s diverse cultures and exploration of cuisines across regions,” said Alan Drummond, co-founder of Coyo Taco and 1-800-Lucky in a press release. “We pride ourselves in offering menus and experiences that transcend generations and demographics, just like Moxy Hotels, so we couldn’t be more thrilled for this like-minded collaboration to come to life.”

The eight-story Moxy South Beach is due to open early in 2021 with 202 rooms, a 72-foot, cabana-lined pool; an outdoor movie screening room on the roof and an exclusive beach club.

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A rendering of the Moxy South Beach hotel on Washington Avenue in Miami Beach.

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Pensacola Beach Margaritaville Beach Hotel reopening after Hurricane Sally

Madison Arnold, Pensacola News Journal
Published 6:01 a.m. CT Nov. 12, 2020 | Updated 7:00 a.m. CT Nov. 12, 2020

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The Margaritaville Beach Hotel will finally reopen the week of Thanksgiving after being closed for two months because of damage sustained during Hurricane Sally.

The Jimmy Buffett-inspired hotel on Pensacola Beach sustained major damage to its elevators and needed all new ones before it could reopen to guests. The hotel sits on two levels of parking garage, which is where the elevators were damaged by Sally’s floodwater.

“That didn’t allow us to have guests just because we wouldn’t be able to get them up to their rooms,” said Summer Smith, Margaritaville’s director of marketing and activities. 

What won’t be reopening to guests this year is Landshark Landing bar because Sally’s winds blew in the garage doors that protect it. Smith said that meant the bar saw far more storm damage than the hotel area. 

However, the Frank and Lola Love Pensacola Café will be open.

“We’re just now deep cleaning the rooms, touching up paint, the minor stuff just to get things ready for guests to come back,” Smith said.

Smith said she didn’t know the total cost of damage sustained by the hotel.

The hotel is set to open the Monday of Thanksgiving week. Typically, Margaritaville is 80% to 100% booked for the holiday, but Smith said this year likely will be much different with the Pensacola Bay Bridge closure and the coronavirus pandemic.

People typically make bookings 30 days out, but with a spike in COVID-19 cases in the area and the bridge being out, Smith said she expects guests likely will book shorter stays and book them more last-minute than in previous years.

“We just really hope that our guests enjoy themselves while they’re here and they’re able to come and feel safe,” Smith said. “The COVID restrictions are in place. We just hope that we can provide a safe place for our guests.”

The hotel will return to the same protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as it had before Hurricane Sally. Face coverings are required for guests ages 2 years old and up in the public indoor spaces.

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One wounded in shooting at West Palm Beach hotel; police say no signs of foul play





Julius Whigham II, Palm Beach Post







One wounded in shooting at West Palm Beach hotel; police say no signs of foul play

WEST PALM BEACH — One person was wounded Monday night in what appeared to be an accidental shooting at a West Palm Beach hotel, city police report. 



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The shooting occurred at about 8 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel at Belvedere Road and Australian Avenue, near Palm Beach International Airport. The preliminary investigation revealed two people in the same room were handling a firearm when one accidentally shot the other, police said.

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The wounded person was taken to a hospital and was in critical condition Tuesday, city police said.

Police said the shooting didn’t appear to be foul play, although it remains under investigation. 

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Buffeted by Hurricane Sally, Pensacola’s Margaritaville Beach Hotel to reopen

Pensacola’s Jimmy Buffett-inspired Margaritaville Beach Hotel has confirmed that it will reopen in time for Thanksgiving following a two-month shutdown caused by Hurricane Sally.

Margaritaville Beach is hardly the only area hospitality institution that found it difficult to reason with the active 2020 hurricane season: For example, The Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa in Point Clear reopened on Nov. 4 after a shutdown caused by Hurricane Zeta. The Grand offered a full slate of holiday activities, though construction work still lay ahead on its heavily damaged pier and portions of its boardwalk.

However, the Pensacola hotel is probably the only one inspired by a guy who has sung about wanting to go surfing in a hurricane. It’s also significant for being the world’s first Margaritaville Beach Hotel. It opened in 2010 on the former site of a Holiday Inn destroyed by Hurricane Ivan and is now part of an international hotel and resort empire including 23 properties.

It’ll reopen for guests on Monday, Nov. 23, more than two months after Sally’s Sept. 16 landfall near Gulf Shores.

“We are thrilled to be able to open our doors again, especially in time for Thanksgiving,” said Summer Smith, director of marketing for Margaritaville Beach Hotel. “We look forward to welcoming guests back to our beautiful waterfront hotel for some much-needed relaxation, great food and beautiful sunsets.”

The hotels are known for a “barefoot elegance” concept loosely inspired by the easygoing milieu of Buffett’s songs, rather than for heavy-handed personal branding. However, overtly Buffett-themed amenities at the Pensacola property do include the Frank and Lola Love Pensacola Café and the LandShark Landing open-air beach bar.

For more information, visit www.margaritavillehotel.com.

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6 Common Beach Vacation Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

A stressful year calls for a stress-free vacation. That said, vacations can often be more stressful than they’re worth if you don’t plan for them.

Regardless of the locale, a poorly-planned trip will lead to a lot of difficulties. This is especially true if you make your destination somewhere on the beach. We’re going to discuss some beach vacation mistakes in this article, giving you a good idea of how to avoid the most common pitfalls of this sort of family vacation.

Let’s get started:

1. Beach Closures

The beach is always open, right? Nope.

Beach destinations are always liable to close for a number of reasons. Whether there’s some improvements going on, dangerous conditions in the water, or just seasonal closure, you need to check the beach’s schedule before you plan to go there.

Odds are that you’ll get right in and have a great time, but there’s the off-chance that you’ll show up, only to be gravely disappointed.

2. Inclimate Weather

Another failure of otherwise great trips is the presence of awful weather. You can’t always know just how the weather is going to be on your vacation, but you can do a little research to improve your chances of blue skies.

Take a look at the weather reports before you embark as well as the day that you plan on hitting the beach. You can also take a look at historical weather patterns to see if you’re planning your vacation for the rainy season.

3. Parking Struggles

Another stress-inducer is the process of parking, lugging all of your stuff, and finding a place to park your behind in the sand.

The journey could be quick and painless, but many resorts are hotspots for a lot of people and parking can be scarce. In these instances, you can try to arrive as early as possible or else plan your parking in advance. If you have an idea of where you’re going to park, you can better find a way to drop your things early with one of your tripmates and park the car without any added effort.

It might be good to seek out a helpful guide for the area you’re going to. They can typically provide you with parking, planning, and activity ideas.

4. Unexpected Costs

Understand the costs of your trip well in advance of your departure. That way, you can save the money you need to be comfortable while on vacation.

Additionally, the stress of costs adding up over the trip might consume your mind and keep you from having a good time with friends and family.

5. Spreading Your Trip Too Thin

When planning, people often try to squeeze as many exciting activities into their days as possible.

We forget that the point of a vacation is to have a good time, not to be stressed or driving around in the car for most of it. Try to pick the highlights that you want to enjoy and spend a solid amount of time at

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Eagle Four Partners and Lyon Living Acquire the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa

“As local owners and operators, we are thrilled to be acquiring the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa and adding it to our portfolio of iconic hospitality and lifestyle residential assets. Being an integral part of the community fabric of Newport Beach, we are dedicated to a transformative renovation in 2021 bringing the hotel to a new level of guest experience and service befitting its location in the heart of Newport Beach,” said Kory Kramer, partner at Eagle Four Partners.

“The hotel will complete a comprehensive renovation of both public space and guestrooms including exterior enhancements. The result adds incredible value not only to the hotel but is accretive to the Newport Center neighborhood and the many businesses in and around Fashion Island,” said Peter D. Zak, president and partner of Lyon Living Development Company.

Marriott International will continue as the hotel operator led by veteran general manager Debbie Snavely. “I’m excited to have new owners based here in Newport Beach who have a strong dedication to the local community and a plan to elevate our hotel through a major repositioning. We will successfully attract higher-rated leisure and business and group events within the local coastal luxury market. This is great news for Newport Beach.”

Newport Beach is our home. We are proud owners of the Balboa Bay Resort & Club and Newport Beach Country Club. Partnering with Newport Beach-based Lyon Living, we believe our group will transform the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa into a preeminent community asset for future generations,” said Kevin Martin, partner at Eagle Four Partners.

Bob Webster and Michael DiPrima of CBRE Hotels advised both the seller, Host Hotels and the buyer on the transaction. Pillsbury Winthrop represented as buyer’s counsel and Latham & Watkins represented as seller’s counsel.

About Eagle Four Partners, LLC
Eagle Four Partners is a Newport Beach, CA-based private equity group specializing in strategic real estate investments in hospitality, golf, and lifestyle residential. Founded in 1996, Eagle Four has participated as the lead equity investor in more than $2 billion of real estate transactions including most notably the acquisition of the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel and the purchase, repositioning, and disposition of Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara. Eagle Four’s current asset portfolio consists of Reno’s largest mixed-use project Reno Experience District (RED) and independent resorts such as Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach, Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach, Estancia La Jolla, Meritage Resort & Spa in Napa, and Ko’a Kea Resort in Kauai as well as other branded hotels in California and Arizona. Eagle Four owns and operates the Newport Beach Country Club and recently developed the new clubhouse located at Newport Center. Eagle Four’s expertise includes building strategic partnerships, aggressive asset management, and creative deal structuring all with the goal of generating substantial investor value.   www.eaglefourpartners.com

About Lyon Living
Founded in 1989 by Frank T. Suryan Jr., Lyon Living is a

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