Originally opened in the 1950s, the Nautilus Hotel was designed by Morris Lapidus, a prolific architect behind several hotel properties that line the shores of South Beach, Miami. Today, the area is recognised as a historic district for its many Art Deco-style buildings.
Hotel chain Arlo set out to refresh the landmarked Nautilus as soon as they acquired it last April.
“We've created amenities and spaces that we hope inspire a sense of adventure and imagination for our guests, but also a spot where our locals can find the same sense of community and discovery," said Javier Egipciaco, senior vice president and managing director of Arlo.
"A large communal table provides the ideal environment for co-working, while cosy nooks offer a place to rest and recharge between adventures," Arlo added. This pairs with the space's bright tones and wooden furniture choices.
They also teamed up with bar-and-barbershop concept Blind Barber, which first launched in New York City in 2010, to create another amenity. Previously used as a gift shop, this part of the lobby now features vintage barber chairs set against a textured accent wall.
“Our goal is to make the hotel a gathering place for guests and locals alike, both through events and programming, as well as our like-minded partners bringing a new perspective to South Beach," said Karan Kakar, general manager at Nautilus.
Arlo maintained the bright, minimal design of the building's 250 guest rooms, and matched it with with eclectic furniture pieces such as antique steamer chests hiding a mini-bar. There are also a number of mid-century accents that nod to the building's past.
In outdoor areas, new dining furniture with lush floral prints blends in with the area's tropical landscaping. A series of private pool cabanas was outfitted with retro furniture and accessories, including a bright orange fridge and vintage-style fan.
"Miami, the 1950s and nautical references are definitely felt throughout the design," Arlo told Dezeen.
Nautilus by Arlo is the brand's first location outside New York City. Their other properties include Arlo NoMad and Arlo SoHo, in Manhattan.
Tech-savy hotelier Life House also recently turned a 1930s property in the city into a hotel, including details that pay homage to Miami's past as a Quaker stronghold.
Photography is courtesy of Arlo Hotels.