Jungle Island Owner Files Plans For Themed 300-Room Hotel

The owner of Jungle Island has filed plans for a themed hotel.

The hotel is planned to rise 12 stories and include 300 rooms. A 7-story parking garage with 965 spaces will also be built.

An outdated parking garage will be demolished to make way for the new development.

The original Jungle Island ballroom and conference facilities will be modernized and integrated into the new facilities.

According to a letter from the developer, the hotel project is designed to be consistent with the botanical garden “themed” eco-park development at Jungle Island, which is being submitted separately. A jungle landscape palate with a wide variety of tropical plant species will be integrated at ground level and in garage facades. Water features are also being added in the plaza to better connect Jungle Island to its bayfront setting.

A connection to the to the Ichimura-Miami Japanese Gardens is also planned.

A hearing before the UDRB is planned on December 21.

The hotel design is said to have been revised to take into account comments from a previous hearing before the UDRB in 2020, when the overall development’s Special Area Plan was reviewed.

 

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Anonymous
1 month ago

Jungle Island needs a world class Aquarium (not a whale pool) where you can walk around within modern structures and see the beauty of the sea.

SMH
1 month ago

Bro you’re talking about the seaquarium, jungle island doesn’t have a whale pool, guy.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Have you been to the Frost Science Museum?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yes. It’s not an aquarium. A really nice shark tank dies not make an aquarium. Even Tampa’s is nicer. Look at Baltimore’s. Atlanta’s. Even minor cities like Chattanooga have “real” aquariums. The Frost is nice…beautiful Even, but it’s not an aquarium. Miami lost out by trying to combine both aquarium and science museum in one building. With our proximity to both the Caribbean and Atlantic, the Everglades and Biscayne Bay, we could have had an incredible aquarium highliting those ecosystems with both entertaining and educational exhibits. Instead we got a shark tank. Albeit a beautiful one, but just a shark tank.

Anonymous
1 month ago

How about rooms that face the new quatrain, like sleeping in the sea like they have in Dubai?! It would be booked a year in advance and garnish HUGE profits and be a once in lifetime experience that we need more of in Miami (not just beds and bars like hundreds of hotels here).

Anonymous
1 month ago

New aquarium ⬆️

Anonymous
1 month ago

We will never get a real full-on, world class aquarium now that we have a half hearted attempt at one in the Frost. We should have pushed for a more complete science complex and a separate aquarium in Museum Park. Instead we got a combo that does not really do justice to either concept. The building is beautiful. The shark tank is awesome. The planetarium is comfortable and the projections are first class. But it’s neither full science nor full aquarium.

Anonymous
1 month ago

It would also hook people into cruising industry, rather than booking here to take a cruise, they will take a cruise because they’re already booked here! Partner up with all the cruise lines to make it epic, bro!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Environtalists and residents of the neighboring Islands would stop it from happening. I’ve been to Dubai. This is not Dubai. Not even close.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Wasn’t Dubai a desert until relatively recently? Now look at it! What’s to stop this from becoming “close”. Let’s do it #teammiami

Anonymous
1 month ago

They don’t have the beurocratic government red tape for construction. Also, Emeratis are loaded. They import the work force and treat them like crap. No law suits. No lawyers. Miami was founded in 1896. Dubai was a small pearl fishing village 40 years ago. They’ve turned the desert into a truly, truly, world-class destination, where the Sheik stares down at you from every place possible—his photo is everywhere. Foreigners make up over 80% of the population and 95% of the work force. But so what? As a tourist who spent 10 days there, I didn’t look for the “problems”. I spent 15k and it was worth every penny. No. Miami is not even close.

Anonymous
1 month ago

looks nice…..and fits in to area well

New Anonymous
1 month ago

Jungle island itself needs a revamp. They should really make it more modern. A world-class aquarium would also make a lot of financial sense for them, especially since the aquarium the city has is… third world to say the least.

ParkingHater
1 month ago

“A jungle landscape palate with a wide variety of tropical plant species”

So, non-native. Yawn. Should plant coastal strand.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Agree make it a specimen of Floridas own tropical jungle, all the lush vegetation we have, flamingos, and all the animals we have here – it could be educational and inspire new landscaping design for new developments across Miami and Florida.

Anonymous
1 month ago

They should add a sea turtle and manatee refuge like in other parts of Florida. People love seeing sea turtle and manatees being rescued for boat and shark attacks – when. The manatees are back to life people can pet them before they get set back into the wild.

ParkingHater
1 month ago

Charleston aquarium does this really well.

MiamiArchi
1 month ago

Well, no surprise here but, this is a big step back from the renderings that were used to get the project approved.
Bait and switch as per usual.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Extend Metrorail to the Port of Miami, then, Jungle Island, and then South Beach.

Magazine
1 month ago

Revamped Jungle Island sounds great – just don’t see the demand for a hotel on this site. Not large enough to have a resort with enough amenities you don’t have to leave. Maybe you get a lot of overnight stays, but pretty isolated for multi-night stays. Wish it luck.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Jungle Island can have a beach with flamingos were guests can layout and see flamingos, the Florida bird with I hardly ever see!! Bermuda has this and people fly there just for this experience. Miami needs more wholistic unique experiences for families and adventure goers and jungle island does it so well!!!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Jungle Island needs a fresh perspective, sophistication and focus on Florida agriculture, unique once in a lifetime experiences to interact with nature, and education.

Anonymous
1 month ago

And bring in worldly tourists from the cruises who see so many cool attractions from other countries.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Miami has plenty of hotels, this needs to be an overnight stay with a unique wildlife experience. It’s a huge oppporunky! A place where you can stay overnight in an overnight jungle, wow! People who live in Miami would even do a staycation there if it was an experience and not just hotel.

Name*
1 month ago

I agree. Miami concentrates too much on relying on their beach and arts to pull in the crowds. I hear good family type ideas for this category. It’s not a night club per say but a family attraction.

RenRich
1 month ago

Certainly an improvement.

Anonymous
1 month ago

An activated rooftop would be ideal

Anonymous
1 month ago

An educational hour tour roo around thenisland

Anonymous
1 month ago

The island was deeded to the city with the restriction that it only be used for public or municipal purposes, so not sure how they can get away with this.

Anonymous
1 month ago

It can only be done then if it integrates an attraction like flamingos, giraffes or wildlife into the stay.

Anonymous
1 month ago

How about rooms that face the new quatrain, like sleeping in the sea like they have in Dubai?!

Leeno
1 month ago

I don’t see a “jungle Island” in those renderings.

Juan
1 month ago

-“the project is designed to be consistent with the botanical garden eco-park development which is being submitted separately”
This sounds a whole lot more interesting than the hotel.

Anonymous
1 month ago

So it’s a hotel with floral landscaping… groundbreaking. It needs unique wildlife integrated into the stay so it’s an excursion or experience.

real estate BS
1 month ago

odd how the map shows the site in green as in public open space

MINDSET
1 month ago

What took so long for this of project to come along on that plot of land?

MINDSET
1 month ago

I meant – for this “kind” of project…

Realtalk Reilly
1 month ago

This is ridiculous. Jungle Island is not Disney. It is not a destination. Nobody comes to Miami to go to Jungle Island. It’s just something to do for a day while they’re here. Not even a whole day at that. I do not believe very many people will choose to come to Miami and stay at a cheesy, jungle-themed hotel that is isolated in the middle of the causeway, neither in downtown nor the Beach.

If you want a jungle room I got one for you at a nice little place by the airport…

Anon
1 month ago

You know there is a port for cruise ships across the street? Very convenient hotel for people flying into Miami for a cruise and taking a day or two to sight see before or after.

Anonymous
1 month ago

They have those all over Miami

Anonymous
1 month ago

They would lots of families want to come to Miami too and go on cruises!!! It would triple mismos GDP and bring tax revenue to clean up and add services to greater Miami.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Miami wants to clean up its image and be more of a sophisticated city that offers something for everyone.

Name*
1 month ago

As they should.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Wasn’t it granted land to be like Disney?

Anonymous
1 month ago

It can be a luxury better Disney geared towards adults, as well as their families.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Hear me out – this will sound outrageous to some, but Jungle Island should introduce a resort where giraffes walk up to your room and you can feed them. They have these in other parts of Florida, so it’s not out of left field. I just think it would be magical (for the magic city) to wake up and see giraffes along the bay, and make Jungle Island more immersive and true to its heritage.

Original
1 month ago

If they have giraffes walk up to your room to get something to eat in cities in other parts of Florida, then go to those other cities in Florida if you want to do that kind of stuff.

Besides projects like this in the Bay, Miami needs a few resort casinos, now!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Those places are too far – I can see it being like the Reserve Lodge in Disney where the animals are incorporated into the stay

Anonymous
1 month ago

Giraffes? Did I miss the joke? Florida. South Florida. Local ecosystems. Native. We have plenty to offer in native fauna and flora. I would love to see Jungle Island really highlight what is already here. Native plantings, hardwood hammocks, mangroves, flamingos, spoonfuls, egrets, herons. Giraffes? Really?

Anonymous
1 month ago

*Spoonbills (didn’t catch it beforehand)

Name*
1 month ago

They already have casinos.So might as well get new up to date ones. Beach cruise shop casinos catch a pro sports game. Etc

Rabbit
1 month ago

You can have a magical experience at Flamingo South Beach where the wild life walks up to you window. But If you feed them, they won’t leave.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Just thought of something replace giraffes with flamingos! People love swimming with flamingos like in Bermuda. Miami needs more family experiences and that’s what jingle island does best already!!!