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cus on the National's outdoor space by
adding a new open kitchen poolside,
revamping the pool decks by installing
Cuban tiles - which Mohamad says are
"very art deco and from the era the hotel was developed" - and completing
the infinity pool.
The full-size, fully equipped kitchen
that will sit poolside will offer guests a
complete outdoor dining experience.
"The outdoor space is 300 to 400 feet
away from the main kitchen in the
historic tower, so the new outdoor
kitchen can take outdoor dining to the
next level," Mohamad says.

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Phase two was completed last spring
and included repairing the 13-story
tower and coating its fa├žade with
stucco and finish with STO Products,
a multinational manufacturer of
specialty construction products. The
waterproofing finish on the exterior
better shields it from the elements, as
with the new color palette applied to
the building, Mohamad says.
The National Hotel's windows were
replaced with high-impact noise-reduction glass, which allows the hotel
to maintain its sense of tranquility
- despite being located in the party

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atmosphere of south Miami Beach.
"While we offer a vibrant atmosphere,
we are not a party hotel destination,"
he adds. "The hotel is for individuals
who appreciate the arts and want to
experience the cool retro vibe of an art
deco masterpiece."

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The National's guestrooms and public
areas were completely remodeled
during phase two and include a number
of original flooring, ceilings, railings,
light fixtures, lanterns and furniture
reminiscent of the 1930s and 40s. The


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