"Entering the Sonesta Bayfront Hotel Coconut Grove feels like arriving at an art gallery and the collection doesn't end in the lobby. Works by such important artists as Frank Stella, Robert Rauschenberg, Jan Dibbits, Lynne Golub Gelfman and Carl Palazzolo grace the halls and guest room walls as well."
TIMES OF THE ISLANDS, June 2009
Taking a break in the Groovy Grove "The view from the wraparound balcony is spectacular - water everywhere! Scenic vistas of Sailboat Bay, Peacock Park and Key Biscayne surround me."
SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS NEWS, January 2009
The Sonesta hotel (2889 McFarlane Road, 305.629.2828; sonesta.com/coconutgrove) a clean, cool - but not too cool – little hotel, makes a good jumping off place for all points in Miami as well as a very good place to roll home to at night."
PHILADELPHIA MAGAZINE, September 2006
“This 209-room high-rise in trendy Coconut Grove, five miles from Miami, offers top-notch service, a multi-lingual staff, and a pool and patio with views of Biscayne bay.”
BUSINESSWEEK SMALLBIZ, April 2006
"Sonesta hotels in Florida may hold the key to your Valentine’s clients’ trip. Sonesta Hotel Coconut Grove’s ‘Romantic Rendezvous’ includes three nights’ accommodations, welcome cocktails, champagne and strawberries, dinner for two, daily breakfast and two Beach Club passes.”
TRAVEL AGENT, January 2006
“Art envelopes this mojita-chic capital…Sonesta launched on of the first hotel programs dedicated to its displaying established artists. At its Coconut Grove location, a tour map leads enthusiasts to the works of Frank Stella, Malcom Morley and Eve Sonneman.”
AMERICAN STYLE MAGAZINE, December 2005
“This place sings its own kind of music. In Coconut Grove, sailboats sway on Biscayne Bay. Traffic stops for peacocks…When you’re ready to roost, soar up to Sonesta Hotel and Suites. It’s a wonderful place to migrate on your next vacation. Some of the best views are at the Sonesta Hotel Coconut Grove.”
SOUTHERN LIVING, November 2005
“The Sonesta Hotel and Suites Coconut Grove has been newly transformed into a warm, contemporary, boutique hotel in the heart of Coconut Grove Village. In the evening the urban lobby is aglow with candlelight. The Panorama Restaurant and Lounge and Pool Bar both located on the 8th floor offer spectacular views of Biscayne Bay, Coconut Grove and the sunset. Just steps from the hotel are the fashionable shopping, dining, entertainment and nightlife of CocoWalk.”
KIDS’ GUIDE, Fall 2005
Curtis J. Crider
Curtis Crider accepted the position of General Manager in October, 2008. Crider began with Sonesta seventeen years ago, while a student at Florida State University when he started working at the Sonesta Beach Resort Key Biscayne as a Banquet and Outlet Bartender during the summer, spring break and holidays. Upon graduation with a degree in Business Administration, Crider accepted the position of Head Bartender at the resort. A year later, Crider assumed the role of Beverage Manager overseeing five outlet bars and banquet functions. In 1999, Sonesta promoted Crider to the position of Assistant Food & Beverage Director overseeing the food and beverage operation at the resort. By 2006, he was named Resident Manager. When the resort closed for renovation late in 2006, Sonesta offered him the position of Resident Manager at their sister property - Sonesta Coconut Grove Miami where he now serves as General Manager.
Director of Food & Beverage and Executive Chef
Christopher Cramer was named executive Chef at Sonesta Coconut Grove Miami in February of 2004. In this role, Chef Cramer oversees all food and beverage operations at the hotel, including the restaurant, banquet meals and room service. Prior to joining Sonesta, Chef Cramer was most recently the Executive Chef at the Radisson Kendall Hotel & Suites. Chef Cramer is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University and traveled extensively in Perú, studying its culinary traditions and working with some of the country's most famous chefs.