Travel Dispatch: Tempo Miami Preview

Ten years ago, serious leisure travelers wouldn’t have deigned to stay in downtown Miami. But thanks to a crop of new hotels that have emerged in the past few years, like Viceroy and Epic, the city’s downtown core is getting its share of affluent journeymen, who see South Beach as a day trip. The newest hotel to the list, Tempo Miami, doesn’t officially open until December, but it’s been taking reservations all year.

Interestingly, Tempo is a member of RockResorts, a small chain of luxury resorts that tend to be found in more natural settings—Tempo is their first “urban” property. Brand-loyal guests will find it the perfect launching point for traveling on to other RockResorts in the Caribbean (Dominican Republic, St. Lucia, Bahamas, and Turks & Caicos properties to open within a few years).

Spanning the first fourteen floors of the new 67-floor Marquis Residences, Tempo is a gem of a boutique with only 56 rooms, located in Miami’s Arts & Entertainment district. All rooms have views of downtown or Biscayne Bay, and all room categories (six in total) beyond Standard have large patios. Bathrooms are equipped with free-standing tubs and organic-based shower amenities.

Both the spa and Amuse Restaurant and Lounge opened this past summer, and the resort will be opening an art gallery and fourteen 3-story lofts in November. Amuse, headed by executive chef Emanuel Zarlenga, serves organic, local, and sustainable ingredients in imaginatively conceived dishes, and the lounge hosts Ladies Night on Friday nights (complimentary bottle of champagne for a group of four women or more).