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Baptist Health showcases hospitality expertise with hotel

There’s a wellness center with massage and would you believe a gym in the room. Hilton Miami Dadeland has opened on the grounds of Baptist Health’s 728-bed West Kendall hospital.

If the name sounds familiar, Boca Raton Regional Hospital is on the verge of merging with the Baptist Health South Florida.

And because this is a joint venture, the Kendall property’s designed as a resort instead of a business hotel. The lobby even has a full Starbucks and a wall of international waters for discerning sippers. Every public space has a tropical view, even the business computer center.

Table 55 is their farm fresh restaurant designed to attract both guests and people who live in the neighborhood. “We’re trying to bring food and beverage to the forefront,” said David Posner, food and beverage manager with a Miami hotel pedigree.

Their room service hours are 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. with the same menu, he said. The restaurant grows its own herbs. The patio has umbrella tables with a view of the pool with four cabanas. “We will have a special menu for poolside,” Posner said. There’s a tranquility garden and walking trail back there, too.

“We wanted to emphasize wellness and tranquility, said James Shandor, general manager.

This is the sixth hotel he has opened for the brand and it features 34 suites among the 184 rooms. Some have kitchens with a microwave and a toaster.

Photos courtesy of Lacey Lin Photography

“Hilton embraced our vision of a multipurpose hotel, with rooms equipped for extended stays, and our desire to incorporate wellness into the design of the guest rooms and amenities,” added Ana Lopez– Blazquez, chief strategy & transformation officer for Baptist Health.

Pinecrest Wellness is right off the lobby next to the hotel fitness center. It offers yoga, Pilates, massage and acupuncture. One of the massage rooms is so big, they can even book a couples massage.

On the six floors of guest rooms, five include Hilton’s Five Feet to Fitness, introduced in May 2017.  The built-in unit has a programmable monitor with workouts including children and people with mobility issues.

Baptist Health president and CEO Brian Keeley was at the hotel’s recent grand opening. He’s in Boca all the time in the lead-up to the formal partnership expected this summer, he said. “We want to be the most pre-eminent health care system in South Florida,” he said. “Our forte is our people.”

So why does the hospital look like the Boca Raton Resort & Club, designed by Addison Mizner in the 1920s?  “That’s how Arthur Vining Davis wanted it to look,” Keeley said, about the man who owned the Resort and established Baptist Hospital of Miami.

By Marci Shatzman

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