New Event Hotel to Open on Florida’s Emerald Coast

The Hotel Effie Sandestin on northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast is now accepting group bookings for stays beginning early next summer. The hotel has 250 guest rooms with multiple room types; a three-meal restaurant; a craft cocktail lobby bar; and in-room dining curated by celebrity Chef Hugh Acheson. It also has a luxury spa, state-of-the-art fitness center, the only rooftop pool on Florida’s Emerald Coast and 20,000 square feet of meeting space including a 13,000-square-foot ballroom.

Celebrity Chef Hugh Acheson is developing the food and beverage outlets throughout the hotel including a three-meal restaurant, coffee bar and market, lobby bar, rooftop pool bar and in-room dining. Chef Acheson, a Georgia chef and owner of nationally-celebrated eateries including Five & Ten, Empire State South and the National, is a James Beard award winner who has competed on “Top Chef Masters” and served as a judge on “Top Chef.”

Design Continuum, Inc. handled the design of the hotel, which is described as a “fresh take. On a coastal Florida hotel.” Taking inspiration from the locale, sandy limestone floors and a palette of natural textures form the neutral envelope while bold chartreuse highlights interior features. Linear grained grey wood is utilized as a contemporary framework throughout and is paired with classic linen and mixed maritime metals, as displayed in the lobby pilasters with large-scale sconces. Movement in the floor patterning echoes dunes and water upon shore grounded by substantial cleft-face stone slab walls. Light fixtures are inspired by naval lamps and will be elevated with crystal and glass accents.

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