Suite Life At The Ritz
A look at the rich history of The Ritz-Carlton Brand and the grand suites and amenities at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami
The history of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company originated with the landmark Ritz-Carlton, Boston, where standards of service, dining and facilities serve as a benchmark for all Ritz-Carlton hotels worldwide – including the spectacular Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami shown here.
The legacy begins with the celebrated hotelier Cesar Ritz, the “king of hoteliers and hotelier to kings.” His philosophy of service and innovations redefined the luxury hotel experience in Europe through his management of The Ritz Paris and The Carlton in London.
Cesar Ritz died in 1918, but his wife Marie continued the expansion of hotels bearing his name. In the United States, The Ritz-Carlton Investing Company bought and franchised the name.
In 1927, Edward N. Wyner, a local Boston real estate developer, was asked by Mayor Curley to build a world-class hotel. Wyner, who was constructing an apartment building and was up to the second floor at the time, agreed and changed the apartment building into a hotel. Because of the reputation of Ritz in Europe and the cosmopolitan society in Boston, Wyner knew The Ritz-Carlton name would secure immediate success. It opened on May 19, 1927, with a room rate of $15.
The Ritz-Carlton, Boston was regarded as a private club for the very wealthy. Up until the 1960s, the hotel was very formal. Guests were regularly checked to see if they were in the Social Register or Who’s Who and the hotel sometimes went so far as to examine the quality of writing paper on which the guests wrote to the hotel requesting reservations (if it wasn’t of high enough quality, they were refused).
Dress codes were enforced for all guests, in great part due to the formality of Boston society. Cuisine in the hotel restaurants was created in the hallowed tradition of Cesar Ritz’s partner Auguste Escoffier. The cuisine at every Ritz-Carlton has always been classic but never boring, innovative but never trendy.
Suites at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami
Every guest room at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami is posh, but if you’re in the mood for something extra lavish, 21 suites are available, ranging from 800 to 2600 square feet. Some offer Club Level concierge service with food and beverage presentations. The largest suite offers a master bedroom with a king bed and sitting area; the adjacent bedroom has two queen beds; the suite also boasts a living room, library, full kitchen, dining room table that seats eight, dedicated concierge service, two oversized terraces with spectacular ocean views, two and a half bathrooms (with a whirlpool tub in the master), and plenty more.
Guests here may also choose to escape to the quiet serenity of The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Key Biscayne. Marvel at the mosaic waterfall and contemporary art displays and feel your mind and body begin to unwind. Then, indulge in pampering treatments designed to soothe every facet of your being.
Key Pantry: Eat.Drink.Shop.
At this new open-style marketplace café, enjoy a freshly brewed cup of Panther Coffee, a Miami-based specialty coffee roaster with a unique twist. Each cup is roasted on-site. After the selection of the coffee beans, a professional technique known as “cupping” begins, resulting in the correct caramelization of the sugars within the coffee beans, exposing the natural sweetness. Nosh on ice cream, pastries, and sandwiches, all house made. Or, choose a bottle of wine hand-selected by the resort’s sommelier, and artisanal cheeses. While there, shop the unique gift selection.
One of the only venues in Miami offering live Latin music, Rumbar transports guests into the 1940s Havana-style bar and lounge with a new transformation. With a selection of over 85 varieties of rums, piscos and cachacas, Rumbar’s seasoned mixologists create amazing cocktails, including the signature Black and Blue Mojito.
Whether you’re visiting from afar or a local patron seeking a weekend of pampering and the “suite life,” reserve your getaway at www.ritzcarlton.com or call (800) 542-8680.