The Elser Hotel & Residences in Downtown Miami Readies for Opening

A new luxury property will be coming to Downtown Miami when The Elser Hotel & Residences opens later this fall. The 49-story hotel features 646 rooms, ranging from studios to three-bedroom suites.

“We are thrilled to announce the addition of The Elser Hotel to Downtown Miami,” Yaniv Packin says, Vice President of Operations of The Elser Hotel. “This exciting opening will add a new level of vibrancy and glamour to the destination, offering a luxurious and curated experience for leisure and business travelers visiting South Florida.” 

Located at 398 NE Fifth Street, the building’s floor-to-ceiling windows reflect the aquamarine shades of the Atlantic Ocean, with interiors designed by Cotofana Designs using the bustling city and South Florida’s natural landscape as inspiration. Andrew Antonaccio, a fixture of Miami’s art scene, provided the urban art pieces adorning the elevator cab interiors. 

The hotel will also feature Café Domino, an open-concept coffee bar serving made-to-order coffee drinks, pastries and breakfast bites in a communal setting. A new restaurant concept by the celebrated culinary team at Jaguar Sun will be located just off the lobby.

Guests can enjoy a two-story 10,200 square-foot fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment and panoramic views of Biscayne Bay. Meditation and yoga classes will also be available on the open-air fitness deck. The hotel also features a sauna and a hot tub in front of a mural by Paul Amundarain and offers views of the Skyviews Miami Wheel and Biscayne Park. Select guest rooms have balconies and sophisticated living spaces featuring comfortable seating areas for in-room dining and entertainment, along with plush bedding and wood-grain tile flooring. Each room features a full kitchen with quartz countertops. The bathrooms include custom Italian vanities by Italkraft and glass-enclosed showers. 

Reservations will be accepted at The Elser Hotel & Residences starting November 30. The property is a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Lifestyle Collection and is managed by Highgate, a hospitality investment and management company whose portfolio includes more than 500 properties worldwide.

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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.