Leading development company introduces their first hotel project debuting in downtown Delray Beach, Florida, in summer 2021; Luxury South Florida hotel will feature iconic architecture, a tropical modern aesthetic, renowned chefs, lush rooftop pool deck and vast open-space areas
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. April 7, 2021 – Menin, a leading developer, owner and manager of commercial real estate properties today announced the official launch of their latest development and first ever hotel project, The Ray Hotel Delray Beach, Curio Collection by Hilton. The 141-room tropical luxury boutique hotel brings a new level of design-focused luxury to the South Florida hotel experience and debuts the latest addition to the Curio Collection by Hilton portfolio, Hilton’s (NYSE: HLT) collection of one-of-a-kind hotels and resorts in premier destinations around the world.
“We are excited to expand our portfolio and debut Menin’s latest hotel development with the launch of The Ray,” says Craig Menin, chief executive officer of Menin. “The Ray, a tropical luxury boutique hotel, is a destination in and of itself within this urban beach town of Delray Beach. We’ve cultivated a space with a focus on elevated architectural design, green landscaping, immersive art, dining and wellness, to create a memorable experience, for visitors and locals alike.
Located on NE 2nd Avenue in the heart of Downtown Delray Beach, The Ray will feature Tropical Modern architecture by Gonzalez Architects. Living walls, a rooftop floating forest and lush tree canopy crown the hotel, while large-scale sculptures and immersive art installations bring the heart of Delray Beach to life within the hotel walls. Committed to utilizing sustainable building practices and local materials, the LEED Gold Certified hotel boasts the visions of three award-winning interior design companies: Virserius Studio, Studio Munge and Celano Design, which all help visualize the incomparable lineup of culinary offerings curated by Clique Hospitality.
The 141 guest rooms and suites, designed by Virserius Studio, feature furnished sunlit balconies with views of downtown Delray Beach. The modern and eclectic aesthetic is achieved from the custom-made furniture and hand-woven rugs to beadboard paneling and large pendant light fixtures throughout the space evoking a luxury beachside feel. The bright bathrooms introduce hand-carved marble wainscoting, Waterworks fixtures and The Ray’s all-natural signature bath amenities. State-of-the-art technology appears throughout the room from digital key entry, energy-efficient lighting controls and mobile device control for TV and room service. The hotel will feature Hilton CleanStay, Hilton´s industry-defining standard of cleanliness and disinfection in properties around the world. The elevated processes and training have been developed with RB, maker of Lysol and Dettol, to help The Ray guests enjoy an even cleaner and safer stay from check-in to check-out.
“As we continue to expand on our strong presence in the South Florida market, we are thrilled to introduce the Curio Collection by Hilton brand to Delray Beach,” said Jenna Hackett, global brand head, Curio Collection by Hilton. “The Ray Hotel Delray Beach will undoubtedly attract travelers, locals and visitors from the surrounding drive markets eager to experience an elevated level of personalized service and unrivaled accommodations when they visit the new discovered treasure of Delray Beach.”
Food & Drink
The Ray’s carefully curated food and beverage offerings from world-renowned San Diego-based hospitality group Clique Hospitality, will feature a classic American grill style restaurant, Ember Grill, designed by Studio Munge, the innovators behind Rosewater Rooftop as well. Beyond its premier rooftop lounge, Rosewater Rooftop is ideal for social gatherings, featuring unobstructed city views with the Atlantic Ocean as the backdrop, expertly crafted cocktails and light fare from the grill. The Lobby Bar and the artisan coffee shop, Stingers, were both designed by Virserius Studio. The lobby bar provides a sophisticated and intimate backdrop where guests can relax and enjoy a signature cocktail, light bites or end the evening with a nightcap. Akira Back, designed by Celano Design Studio, will provide a multi-sensory dining experience led by the Michelin-starred chef, Akira Back. Chef Back’s modern Japanese cuisine incorporates his diverse culinary influences acquired from his childhood, Korean heritage and travels throughout the world. Akira Back is scheduled to open in fall 2021.
The Ray’s extensive amenities are perfectly presented throughout the hotel. A 22,000-square-foot rooftop, Rosewater Rooftop, designed by Studio Munge, embodies the essence of the Delray Beach lifestyle. Sweeping baldachins, oversized umbrellas, trellises and pergolas married to the lush tree canopy provide shade and distinct lounging areas throughout the space. The rooftop, as well as the Cube’s rooftop, have areas that can be used as an outdoor fitness deck for pop-up HITT classes or yoga. Additional amenities include a 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness center, art-filled lobby, and lobby bar. Complimentary transportation via golf cart or beach bike for all hotel guests creates effortless access to the beach and all Downtown destinations. A dedicated textable concierge staff is on hand to coordinate surfboard and paddleboard lessons, bike rentals, dining reservations, amenity appointments, and excursions for guests.
Meetings & Events
The Ray will offer over 45,000-square-feet of indoor/outdoor event space for groups seeking a change from the traditional conference room and couples looking for the ideal wedding venue. The 2,200-square-foot floating glass Cube and corresponding rooftop are the adorning gem of the property. The perfectly symmetrical structure boasts floor-to-ceiling glass that can be transformed to meet the needs of the most inspired imagination. The 22,000-square-foot rooftop and a 7,800-square-foot ground floor plaza provide ample lushly landscaped outdoor space for any affair while the hotel’s lobby and restaurants provide various aesthetics for more intimate gatherings.
For more information about The Ray Hotel or Curio Collection by Hilton, please visit www.therayhotel.com or newsroom.hilton.com/curio.
Menin headquartered in Delray Beach, Florida, is a privately held owner, developer and manager of commercial real estate properties. Menin has acquired, developed and remodeled, in excess of $1.5 billion of property in South Florida, Phoenix, New Orleans and throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. Presently, Menin owns, manages and is in development of more than $750 million of commercial real estate. Current development is focused on urban commercial mixed-use, hospitality and multi-family projects in South Florida, along with select single-tenant acquisitions in upscale markets nationally. The company was founded by Craig Menin in 1985. menin.com
About Clique Hospitality
Clique Hospitality, founded by Andy Masi, is a collaboration of talented food and beverage professionals who have helped shape the dining and nightlife landscape along the West Coast for the past two decades. Masi has dedicated his life to making guests feel that a simple night out is more than just a memory, but also an experience. Clique is a boutique hospitality and marketing company with operations in Las Vegas, NV, San Diego, CA and Delray Beach, FL. Clique specializes in approachable dining that sets trends, rather than following them. In its partnerships with many of the country’s most prestigious hospitality corporations, including MGM Resorts International, Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, Pendry Hotels, Montage Resorts, and Red Rock Resorts, Clique is transcending hospitality through service, quality, and trendsetting design.
About Curio Collection by Hilton
Curio Collection by Hilton is a global portfolio of more than 100 one-of-a-kind hotels and resorts in nearly 30 countries and territories. Curio Collection properties offer guests authentic, curated experiences through distinctly local offerings and elevated amenities, while providing the benefits of Hilton and its award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors. Experience a positive stay at Curio Collection by Hilton by booking at curiocollection.com or through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits. Learn more about the brand at newsroom.hilton.com/curio.
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 18 world-class brands comprising more than 6,600 properties and more than 1 million rooms, in 119 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its founding vision to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality, Hilton has welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its more than 100-year history, earned a top spot on the 2020 World’s Best Workplaces list, and was named the 2020 Global Industry Leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices. In 2020, Hilton CleanStay was introduced, bringing an industry-defining standard of cleanliness to hotels worldwide. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, the more than 118 million members who book directly with Hilton can earn Points for hotel stays and experiences money can’t buy. With the free Hilton Honors app, guests can book their stay, select their room, check in, unlock their door with a Digital Key and check out, all from their smartphone. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information.