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Kimpton Set to Open the 411 room
EPIC Hotel in Downtown Miami 
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MIAMI – November 12, 2008 – The long-awaited EPIC, a new lifestyle, boutique waterfront hotel located in the heart of downtown Miami, is scheduled to open its doors in December 2008 and is currently accepting reservations for guests arriving in January 2009 at www.epichotel.com.  Managed by Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, EPIC represents the company’s first new-build hotel property in Florida.  

EPIC is owned primarily by the Spanish real estate company Ponte Gadea and in partnership with Alfredo and Diego Lowenstein’s Lionstone Development and Ugo Colombo’s CMC Group. “We are very excited to participate in this landmark project in Miami,” said Roberto Cibeira Moreira, CEO of Ponte Gadea’s U.S. operations.
 
Located at the edge of the Miami River and Biscayne Bay, EPIC combines the timeless style of a cosmopolitan boutique hotel with the amenities of a resort to create a sophisticated recreation oasis for guests amidst the energy and pulse of Miami.   
 
Surrounded by lush landscaping and palm trees, EPIC captures the essence of Miami from its distinct waterfront location, offering inspiring cityscapes and glimmering views of the bay throughout the elliptical-shaped 52-story building.  With interiors designed by award-winning designer Cheryl Rowley, EPIC offers an inviting and sophisticated style with a sense of warmth, simplicity, rhythm and understated elegance for the stylish and seasoned traveler. The hotel will occupy 15 of the floors and contain 414 rooms. 
 
“EPIC captures the vibrant and seductive vibe of Miami, providing a hotel experience where guests can work, play, and be inspired,” said Joe Schwingler, general manager at EPIC.  “Our unique combination of sophisticated whimsy delivers a playful experience designed to amuse and entertain within a welcoming and relaxed environment.”
 
EPIC provides guests with heroic experiences and larger-than-life moments throughout their stay.  It pays homage to heroes through its design, amenities, services and staff who offer an unmatched level of visionary service, which is a reflection of Kimpton’s commitment to unparalleled personalized care and attention to unique guest needs.  Since 2007, Kimpton has consistently garnered the highest customer satisfaction ranking from Market Metrix Hospitality Index (MMHI), surpassing other luxury, five-star hotel brands in customer care satisfaction.  MMHI provides survey, analysis and service improvement tools, and benchmarking data for the hospitality industry. 
 
EPIC guests will enjoy a range of amenities that evoke the ultimate Miami fusion – a blend of sensual energy and sophisticated ambiance.  Sitting 16 floors above sea level overlooking the “Magic City” is a 13,752-square-foot wrap-around pool deck with two swimming pools, which provides a relaxing atmosphere by day and turns into a pulsating hotspot at night.  EPIC also features a private marina that offers charter departures directly from the hotel and is available for unconventional and one-of-a-kind yacht parties, receptions and events – as well as fine and casual waterfront dining, including a modern Mediterranean-style restaurant, a waterfront lounge, and a full-service spa and fitness center operated by Exhale. 
 
The hotel’s 411 spacious guestrooms and suites feature private balconies with inspiring views of the bay and city, and are artfully designed by Rowley, with calming earth tones, custom furnishings and fine fabrics.  Rooms offer a wide range of amenities to provide a relaxing and indulgent experience, including fine Italian linens with luxurious triple sheeting and throw blankets, LCD flat screen televisions, iPod docking stations, and spa-inspired luxury bath amenities – with many of the guestrooms offering hydrotherapy air bath tubs.  Additional room services and amenities include complimentary morning newspaper and coffee upon request, twice-daily housekeeping service, as well as high-speed wireless Internet access.
 
Located on EPIC’s 29th and 30th floors are club level rooms and suites, and a club lounge.  Club level guests have exclusive access to a private lounge that offers a concierge, television and culinary delights throughout the day, including complimentary continental breakfast, mid-morning and afternoon light fare and refreshments, evening hors d'oeuvres and a private evening wine hour.
 
In addition, EPIC features more than 11,000 square feet of inspiring indoor meeting and event space, providing business travelers and groups with high-touch, customer care and stylized spaces to create memorable and productive meetings and events. 
 
Situated in the heart of downtown Miami at the edge of the Miami River and Biscayne Bay, EPIC is surrounded by first-class dining, shopping, nightlife, entertainment, and the city’s finest museums and attractions – all within easy reach.  The hotel is located seven miles from Miami International Airport and is in close proximity to Miami Beach and the Port of Miami. 
 
Room rates at EPIC start from $399 per night.  EPIC is located at 270 Biscayne Blvd Way.  For more information or reservations, please call (866) 760-3742 or (305) 424-5226 or visit www.epichotel.com.  
 
ABOUT EPIC
A member of the award-winning San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, EPIC is slated to open in Dec. 2008. EPIC is located at the edge of the Miami River and Biscayne Bay, and combines the style of a cosmopolitan boutique hotel with the amenities of a resort to create a sophisticated oasis for guests amidst the energy and pulse of Miami.  The hotel’s 411 rooms and suites are artfully designed by Cheryl Rowley, with furnishings that convey an understated sense of cool, and all feature private balconies that provide inspiring views of the city and bay.  Amenities include a 13,752-square-foot wrap-around pool deck, fine and casual waterfront dining, a spa and fitness center operated by Exhale, a waterfront lounge, 11,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, and a private marina.  
 
ABOUT KIMPTON 
San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is the first and leading collection of boutique hotels, throughout the United States and Canada.  Founded in 1981 by Bill Kimpton, every Kimpton hotel features personalized guest services, comforting in-room amenities, specialty rooms and suites, and provides a range of exciting culinary experiences through affiliated top-rated destination chef-driven restaurants.  Kimpton takes pride in its commitment to social responsibility and leads the hospitality industry in ecological practices through its innovative EarthCare programs. Privately held, Kimpton received the highest ranking in customer satisfaction scores by the Market Metrix Hospitality Index for the entire year of 2007, exceeding all other hotel companies, including those in both the luxury and upscale segment. Among the company’s newest properties are the Hotel Monaco Alexandria and Jackson 20 restaurant in Virginia, which opened in January 2008, and the Hotel Palomar Los Angeles in Westwood and the adjacent BLVD 16 restaurant, which opened in May 2008.  Additional projects are underway in Florida, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago and Virginia. For more information, please visit www.KimptonHotels.com or call 1-800-KIMPTON.

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Contact:
Kimpton Hotels
Stacey Elllis
415-955-5492
Stacey.Ellis@kimptongroup.com
www.epichotel.com
 
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