Thursday, May 28, 2009

Gansevoort South for a wedding that's hot in South Beach

Gansevoort South hotel
Photo Gansevoort South hotel

Recently I had the opportunity to spend a weekend in gorgeous Miami, Florida. In checking out all that has changed down there in the past few years, I wandered into Gansevoort South. With its 110-ft rooftop pool, soaring art deco lobby complete with a 50-ft shark tank, an array of shops, restaurants, and massive David Barton Gym, I had to check out what all the buzz was about. What I found was really three hotels in one: Gansevoort South is a boutique South Beach hotel with a great location and great design; it is also a luxury hotel with guestrooms, pools, and the beach club of a much larger resort; and it’s an event hotel with an array of venues to accommodate weddings, meetings, and parties of all sorts poolside, beachfront, rooftop, or in one of its many indoor spaces.

Want to escape NY for the weekend; not only is South Beach an easy 2 1⁄2 hour direct flight away, but this hotel is a great option. This luxurious property now stands on previous site of the famed Roney Plaza and brings the pulse of New York to the heart of South Beach. I wanted to share some information to you my NY couples that are thinking of having a Florida destination wedding, especially Miami.

Christian Sarquis, Gansevoort South’s Associate Director of Catering, recently spent a few moments with me and we discussed this amazingly space.

Can you tell me about the hotel?

The 334-room Gansevoort South hotel is located on the up-and-coming north end of Collins Avenue (between 23rd and 24th Streets), widely considered to be the next epicenter of South Beach.

The building, originally constructed in the 1960’s in the classic Art Deco style of South Beach, was entirely redesigned around a tri-level private beach club that will anchor the development and serve as its centerpiece and central gathering spot. The Nikki Beach inspired décor will be clean and crisp, utilizing a color palette of rich chocolate brown, deep royal blue and pure white. In the evenings, flames from strategically placed fire features will reflect off of the pool.

The signature feature of Gansevoort South is its rooftop pool and bar, which is a tropical haven dotted with coco palm trees and whimsical cabanas. An urban retreat, the 19,000-square-foot space offers uninterrupted views of the Atlantic Ocean and downtown Miami.

As you can see, the hotel has a wide variety of weddings venues from the beach club to the oceanfront pool plaza to the rooftop pool to a selection of smaller indoor spaces, their Sony Cierge Penthouse suite, and a large contemporary ballroom and more.

Photo Gansevoort South hotel
Photo Gansevoort South hotel

Why a bride would want to have her wedding here?

Although Gansevoort South is a boutique Miami hotel, it has the weddings venues and offerings of a much larger property. At Gansevoort South, the hotel only hosts one wedding a day to ensure its event staff is focused on one, and only one, event.

Can you tell me about the food that is offered?

The hotel’s food & beverage partner, The ONE Group, who provides pool and room service for the hotel also offers full hors d’oeurves and dinner menus specifically geared to wedding receptions for the bride and groom to select from. The executive pastry chef will also craft a one-of-a-kind wedding cake for the happy couple.

The hotel’s restaurant is a new venture by Philippe Chow, longtime chef at the legendary Mr. Chow in New York, and the perfect location for a rehearsal dinner. The glossy black, white and red supper club churns out haute Chinese specialties such as fresh pulled noodles and spinach-infused green prawns.
What about seasons, what are your busiest times of year that you're seeing brides?

The hotel accommodates weddings all year round, with the bulk of them occurring between October and May.

Photo Gansevoort South hotel
Photo Gansevoort South hotel

What are the best/signature experiences can a wedding party expect - or most importantly, if a couple is looking for a venue, why would they choose Gansevoort South vs. another hotel/venue?

Many South Beach hotels offer event spaces, great food, oversized accommodations, and an attentive staff. However, Gansevoort South is the only one to offer all of these things under one roof. The hotel’s variety of wedding venues and selection of dining offerings alone is unparalleled by other South Beach hotels, not to mention its prime location and luxurious guestrooms, the largest of any in South Beach. Our hotel really can offer everything you need to celebrate your big day, and then relax and be pampered after the festivities are through.

If you’re set on being married by the beach, at a location that is fun, active, and beautiful, then Miami is the city for you and Gansevoort South will handle all of your weddings needs, big or small.

For more info: Gansevoort South
2377 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139


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