by Matt Alderton | September 02, 2014
Spanish hotelier Meliá Hotels International has broken ground on ME Miami, its first "ME by Meliá" hotel in the United States, it announced this week.

Meliá's answer to Starwood's Le Meridién brand, ME by Meliá was launched in 2006 as a "contemporary interpretation" of the Meliá experience, according to the company, which describes the brand as fusing "innovative style with local flavors in order to captivate travelers ... with a decisive taste for cutting-edge art and design, international cuisine, and world music."

Located on Bisacayne Boulevard in downtown Miami, where it will take over the current location of Casa Moderna Hotel, ME Miami will be Meliá's seventh ME by Meliá hotel. It will have 129 guest rooms, two rooftop pools, a spa, and more than 5,000 square feet of renovated space that will be converted to food and beverage facilities with dining and event spaces.

"We are incredibly excited about the launch of ME Miami and are thrilled to begin this project in one of the most iconic cities in the United States," Meliá Hotels International CEO and Vice Chairman Gabriel Escarrer said in a statement. "As a global hotel company, we felt at home in a city like Miami, with a Latin influence."

ME Miami is scheduled to open in spring 2015.