Hotel Greystone is a historic building located in the heart of Miami Beach’s Art Deco district. Originally built in 1939, it was recently reimagined by the award-winning Salt Hotels in 2021. The remodel pays homage to its original style whilst giving the hotel a contemporary update. The result is a chic blend of art, music and fine dining - all influenced by the cultural melting pot that is Miami Beach.
A stone's throw from the sandy South Beach, the hotel guests can enjoy modern rooms (some with jacuzzis on private roof terraces - yes please!), intimate spaces and live jazz music. The rooftop bar offers respite from the hustle and bustle of the streets below, where guests can relax on our own Eos Sun Loungers whilst sipping on craft cocktails. We interviewed Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer, Kevin O’Shea to find out more about the rich history of Hotel Greystone, their style inspirations and more.
The building has a beautiful Art Deco façade. Can you tell us a bit more about the history of the hotel?
Kevin: The hotel was built in 1939 by the architect Henry Hohauser who is attributed to many iconic structures on South Beach. The hotel is an excellent example of Streamline Moderne, which was inspired by the great ocean liners of the 1930's and many elements on the facade speak to that. Some notable architectural features include the symmetrical front facade; rounded corner with eyebrows; horizontal bands; radio spires and marquee "Greystone" sign; ziggurat roofline; bas relief panels; fluted design on cornice; and the classic porthole windows above the doorway.
Hotel Greystone was recently reimagined and opened in 2021 - what was the inspiration and theme for the new interior? How much has the location - Miami Beach - influenced the style and ethos of the hotel?
Kevin: Working with BowenHolly, we wanted to capture the vibrancy and colorful nature of South Beach while providing a calm oasis in the midst of all the action. We were inspired by the soft hues that exist on the beach, in the sky, and the art deco color palette prevalent throughout Miami Beach. Texture plays a big role throughout the hotel, layering natural materials and textural fabrics to create a modern layered look without a lot of patterns.
What do you like about the Eos Sun Loungers and why were they selected for the hotel?
Kevin: The loungers fit really well with the hotel's color palette and style and they are very comfortable. We have guests go up there to work and hang out, so we wanted them to be something they can truly enjoy!Photo credit: Hotel Greystone
Eos Sun Loungers designed by Matthew Hilton