The Pelican Hotel Re-Opens During Art Basel Miami Beach

South Beach’s historic beachfront property re-opened its doors after a two-year major transformation

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THE LEGENDARY PELICAN HOTEL RE-OPENS DURING ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH WITH PRIVATE PENTHOUSE PARTY HOSTED BY OWNER AND CELEBRATED FASHION MOGUL RENZO ROSSO
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Following a two-year renovation, the Pelican Hotel located at 826 Ocean Drive, reopened its doors during Art Basel Miami Beach. The penthouse party was hosted by Owner Renzo Rosso, who is also the President of OTB Group and Founder of DIESEL. VIP guests gathered for an aperitivo and intimate preview of the beachfront property, while Renzo and his son Andrea Rosso, designer of the property, chatted about the 32 guest room boutique hotel.

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“The Pelican was one of the first most important boutique hotels in the world. Its original spirit has now been restored by my son Andrea, with authentic Deco furnishings to keep its uniqueness intact. Every room creates the perfect background of a new adventure,” Renzo said in a statement. “The Pelican Hotel is a cornerstone of Ocean Drive, and it will always lead the pack with its one-of-a-kind style. We are delighted you could all join us this evening to be the first to preview this major transformation.” Andrea added.

Notable attendees, including international elite and influencers within fashion, art, entertainment, media, real estate and government, gathered on the hotel’s penthouse terrace, while enjoying drinks and bites by the hotel’s eatery, Pelican Café, which is helmed by South Beach’s Italian chef, Wendy Cacciatori.

Originally built in 1948, the property was purchased by Renzo in 1990 and was then designed and decorated by Renzo himself together with the brand’s creative team. Room themes range from the DIESEL denim “Old Glory,” to the nature permeating “Green Boo,” up until the James Bond-like “Penthouse One” (usually Renzo Rosso’s nest when the fashion mogul is in town) which boasts one of the largest private terraces on Ocean Drive with ocean views. The restored property injects new life into the strip, complete with its redesigned in-house restaurant, the Pelican Café.

Lisa Hay

Lisa is a staff reporter for What Now Media Group. She covers new restaurant, retail, and real estate openings across all of our markets. A true foodie, this Air Force veteran has lived all over the world — from Aviano, Italy to Nairobi, Kenya — but her favorite spot is NOLA for its rich history, architecture, culture, and of course, its good eats.
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