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His name was on everyone’s lips for months. Internationally celebrated chef, restaurateur, author and television personality Marcus Samuelsson has joined forces with the prestigious Four Seasons hotel chain for his first foray into the Montréal restaurant scene. Last Monday, April 15, a lucky few were invited to meet the man who has cooked for Barack Obama in the kitchen of his new eponymous restaurant. LUXE was there.

 

With the opening of his restaurant MARCUS just around the corner, the chef from Red Rooster Harlem in New York Citygave a few select guests an exclusive sneak peek at his team and menu. Designed by Montréal firm Atelier Zebulon Perron, MARCUS has a huge open kitchen and a series of lavish spaces. Located on the third floor of the Four Seasons Hotel Montréal in the heart of the Golden Square Mile and directly connected to the new Holt Renfrew Ogilvy store, its location is ideal for Montrealers and international clients alike.

 

 

With Andrew Lutfy, President and CEO of Carbonleo, and Gonçalo Monteiro, the hotel’s General Manager, at his side, Chef MARCUS Samuelsson proudly introduced his experienced team, including chef de cuisine Nicholas Bramos, whose past experience includes Toqué!, Decca77 and 1909 Taverne Moderne.

 

Working closely with local producers, MARCUS offers the inspired dishes that Chef Samuelsson is known for, with a focus on seafood. A relaxed lunch at Day Bar or in the Lounge, a dinner in the dining room or even a drink at Night Bar—the restaurant promises unique culinary discoveries perfect for any occasion.

Partnership with DESTA

Marcus Samuelsson has always been very engaged in the local community. That’s why the chef of Ethiopian and Swedish descent has established a partnership with DESTA, a not-for-profit organization that supports black youth in reaching their educational, employability and entrepreneurial goals. One of the participants from the association’s programs will intern at MARCUS. “I’m honoured to make DESTA my philanthropic focus in Montréal,” said Chef Samuelsson.

 

Both MARCUS and the Four Seasons Hotel Montréal will open May 8, 2019, at 1440 rue de la Montagne in Montréal.

 

Text: Diane Stehle

Overlooking the ocean between 32nd and 36th Street, Faena Hotel Miami Beach is the crown jewel of the Faena District. The majestic 14-storey building opened its doors in late 2015 on the site of the former Saxony Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida. It offers a world of sun, sophistication and glamour.

 

The Faena is part of an ambitious project, the Faena District, a lifestyle and arts district that is the brainchild of businessman Alan Faena. Erected on the original site of the Saxony Hotel, built in 1947 by George Sax, this building blends invention and reinvention. All the Hollywood icons of the 50s and 60s (Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe and Dean Martin) stayed at the Saxony and the Faena’s bold design keeps this legendary reputation alive.
Working with director and producer Baz Luhrmann and Oscar-winning production and costume designer Catherine Martin, Alan Faena developed an artful visual language evoking the extravagant sophistication of the 50s. The vast Art Deco rooms and suites, including bathrooms with Carrera marble floors, are the height of refinement.

 

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An ode to life’s pleasures

Opulence, golden trim, and Latin-inspired decor—the building embodies a certain lifestyle, while reflecting luxury and a cultural fusion: the spa brings South America’s alternative medicines to mind, and Chef Francis Mallmann’s El Fuego restaurant is a modern take on Argentine cuisine. But the journey doesn’t end there. The hotel’s second restaurant, Pao, is a true ode to Asian fine dining. Chef Paul Qui creates original rice, meat and fresh fish dishes like no one else.

An ideal location

Located on the waterfront, Faena Hotel Miami Beach is less than two kilometres from the Miami Beach Convention Center and three kilometres from the Bayshore municipal golf course. Guests are just an eight-minute drive from Lincoln Road Mall’s high-end boutiques of and a nine-minute drive from the Art Deco district.

 

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Overview

  • 58 rooms (from $500 US)
  • 111 suites
  • Two excellent restaurants
  • Majestic pool with bar
  • Full-service spa
  • Fitness room
  • Business centre
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Butler, valet

 

www.faena.com

 

Text: Diane Stehle
Photos: © Todd Eberle – © Nik Koenig – © Faena Hotel Miami Beach