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By webadmin | January 28 2009
MIAMI – Downtown Miami’s new lifestyle boutique hotel, EPIC, managed by San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, celebrated its official opening today with a special ceremony that included a 54-cork salute. The epic occasion marked the introduction of Kimpton’s first Miami hotel, as well as the first partnership between owners Lionstone Development, Ugo Colombo and Grupo Ponte Gadea. The event paid tribute to the continuing revitalization of downtown by recognizing arts patron Adrienne Arsht and her contribution to the area’s cultural arts scene, with special honors presented by EPIC and renowned jazz trumpeter and composer, Wynton Marsalis.
Held on the hotel’s stunning 16th floor wrap-around pool deck, which provided glimmering views of Biscayne Bay and downtown Miami, the event began with a roster of speakers who included Miami Mayor Manuel A. Diaz; Kimpton President and CEO, Mike Depatie; Kimpton COO, Niki Leondakis; EPIC General Manager and Kimpton Regional Director of Operations, Joe Schwingler; and owners Diego Lowenstein, Lionstone Development; and Roberto Cibeira Moreira, Grupo Ponte Gadea. Eric Jellson, area director of sales and marketing, EPIC, served as the event’s emcee.
“EPIC is in a category all its own,” said Kimpton Director of Operations Joe Schwingler. “As a Kimpton hotel, we have a heart and soul that drives us to serve our guests with the utmost attention and care. Our guests will come to look forward to the larger-than-life moments we create that make a travel experience the best it can be. The backdrop for our level of service is the timeless style of this cosmopolitan boutique hotel with the amenities of a resort – all working together to create a sophisticated oasis for our business and leisure guests.
As the “new kid on the block” in downtown Miami, EPIC’s opening also recognized the continuing revitalization taking place in the area, in particular its re-energized cultural arts scene.
A 54-cork salute – marking EPIC’s 54-floors – capped off the event; with EPIC staff, executives and owners simultaneously popping 54 champagne bottles under a spray of streamers to mark the hotel’s official opening.