By Maria Mora
Drawing celebrities, artists and travelers to its tropical shoreline and white-hot nightlife, Miami beach is a premier South Florida vacation destination, but also one that boasts a rich history. Visit in style by booking a room at one of these 3 historic Miami hotels.
Renowned for its award-winning swimming pool, The Raleigh attracts a variety of international travelers and local socialites. Built in 1940, the hotel has been meticulously preserved and features vintage-inspired décor in its guest rooms. And right now, the hotel is celebrating its 70th anniversary with drink specials and discounted valet parking.
Built in 1937, The Beacon Hotel South Beach draws young, hip guests to the vibrant atmosphere of Ocean Drive. Renovated from 2004 to 2006, the hotel combines art deco sensibilities with modern luxury comforts. Ask for an ocean front room for views of the Atlantic and Miami’s active beachgoers.
The Strand pairs four historic buildings with a new modern wing. Combining art deco and contemporary architecture, this boutique hotel specializes in pampering guests with spa treatments and ultra-swanky drinks. Escape the bustle of South Beach at the tranquil, exclusive roof-deck pool.
Craving more historic architecture on your South Florida vacation beyond these Miami hotels? Take an afternoon drive to Coral Gables Venetian Pool. Built in the early 1920’s, the enchanting and refreshing grotto remains one of Miami’s best-kept secrets. Just keep in mind that the pool is closed on most major holidays.
Maria Mora is a memoir blogger and wannabe photographer. She travels extensively throughout Florida and the Caribbean with her two young sons.