Boho Beachside Thompson: Miami Beach brings a hippy chic style

South Beach’s newest hotel concept has arrived, brimming with style and a striking bohemian-chic vibe that harkens back to the area’s 1950s glamour. Thompson Miami Beach is a 380-room, upscale beachfront property at 4041 Collins Avenue whose design luxuriously blends international appeal with a South Beach mindset.

The hotel, housed inside a historic Art Deco tower restored by Kobi Karp Architects, is the brainchild of an extensive dream team: British designer Martin Brudnizki created the interiors; James Beard Award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein opened Seagrape restaurant; nightlife impresarios Karim Masri and Nicola Siervo of KNR Hospitality Group developed the hotel’s experience-driven cocktail venue, the 1930’s House and Crown Room; renown landscape architect Raymond Jungles designed its lush tropical landscaping; Miami designer Ashley Leimar of Dress Noble created the staff uniforms; and homegrown Junior & Hatter salon out of the edgy Wynwood District offers guest services.

The Thompson Miami Beach guest journey begins at the hotel’s sweeping wave-shaped porte cochere. An architectural statement faithful to the mid-century style of the property, the entrance leads to an open reception space that flaunts tropical glamour. The most striking element in the lobby is a stunning chandelier that boldly showcases thousands of sparkling pieces of crystal.

Guests follow a patterned pathway in the lobby’s terrazzo flooring into Seagrape, a 267-seat Floridian brasserie featuring mid-century modern design with light oak tables displaying geometric patterns. The restaurant’s horseshoe-shaped, green marble-clad bar is the heart of the space. Furnishings in the cocktail lounge include a mix of vintage pieces from the 1920’s through the 1960’s.

Thompson Miami Beach’s ocean front, ocean view and city view guest rooms and its 30 suites, are a blend of beach appointments and mid-century international resort style. All rooms offer sitting areas, 1950’s-inspired beds, retro bathrooms crafted with nautical accents, and a vanity space with an oversized mirror and terrazzo top. Included in the hotel’s collection of suites, the signature Thompson Suites have private living rooms, dining areas, and terraces, all furnished with an eclectic assortment of vintage furniture that allows each room to feel distinct.

The Spa at Thompson Miami Beach and its fitness center are designed to maximize sunshine and serene ocean views in a colorful 1950’s aesthetic, while the Junior & Hatter salon has a casually glamorous motif and appointments reminiscent of a 1950’s barbershop.

Outside, the property’s two pools are enhanced by The Garden, which provides guests with complete privacy within a walled forest of native plants. Stone paving of varying heights offers built-in seating and a textured contrast to the colorful fabrics of the space. The design continues to the hotel’s beach area, where bright retro-inspired sun loungers and umbrellas are part of the experience.

When you visit, don’t miss the property’s 1930’s House. Originally located across the street from Thompson Miami Beach, this historic, freestanding venue was moved to the hotel property in the early 2000’s. The Mediterranean-inspired, indoor-outdoor space is a unique hybrid offering the best of both a bar and restaurant. Upon entering, guests will find influences from Spain – orange clay floors, an original limestone fireplace and a hacienda-style bar with early 20th century Havana-style furnishings in a palette of rich reds, blacks, browns and other deep tones. ?

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky



Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.