The Most Historic Hotels in Florida, USA

Florida's historic hotels spotlight the state's fascinating past while providing all the modern touches
Florida's historic hotels spotlight the state's fascinating past while providing all the modern touches | Courtesy of the Savoy Hotel and Beach Club Miami
Photo of Nick Dauk
23 November 2020

Florida’s statehood may not be the oldest in the land, but it has a rich history, sensed wherever you are. From America’s oldest city, St Augustine, to the old Florida beach towns along the Atlantic Coast, the Sunshine State has a compelling past begging to be explored. Check in at one of these historic hotels and bone up on bygone Florida.

Casa Marina Hotel

The Casa Marina Hotel has been part of Florida history since it opened its doors in 1925 on the day the town of “Ruby” was renamed Jacksonville Beach. Back in the day, this Spanish-Mediterranean fantasy welcomed guests of the Al Capone or John D Rockefeller order. Having shut down shortly after serving as military barracks during World War II, it reopened in 1991 to host guests from across the USA and beyond, with its spellbinding shore views from the rooftop.

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Free WiFi
Restaurant
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Limo or Town Car service available
Multilingual staff
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Casa Faena

The “Queen of Collins Avenue,” Casa Faena began business during the Roaring Twenties, but its heyday was in the 1960s when bold-face names including Dean Martin, Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra were booked to sprinkle their performance stardust on adoring audiences. Renovated to blend its original Mediterranean charm with a white and lipstick-red interior palette that evokes modern-day Miami Beach, it has gorgeous sun-filled suites that make you feel pretty rich and famous yourself.

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Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Beach towels
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Limo or Town Car service available
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

The Savoy Hotel and Beach Club

Even though it’s been around since 1935, the Savoy Hotel & Beach Club is still one of the best kept-secrets in Miami: an oceanfront boutique hotel amid two acres (0.8ha) of lush, tropical gardens in the SoFi (South of Fifth) District. You’re only moments away from Ocean Drive, yet you feel completely divorced from the hubbub, in silent, secluded serenity. There’s a sumptuous plantation-house feel to the place, with sprawling, soft sofas and outbreaks of frondy house plants. The amoeba-shaped pool is a photogenic delight, promising you long, lazy days.

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Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Beach towels
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

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  • Casa Monica Resort and Spa, Autograph Collection

    Casa Monica Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection is as historic as the city of St Augustine itself. Located just beyond the Historic District, it first unveiled its Spanish-Baroque-Revival good looks in 1888, changing ownership over the years. Henry Flagler – the man who brought the railroad to Florida – helped make his Cordova Hotel, then the Alcazar Annex, an iconic landmark in St. Augustine; it was foreclosed on during the Great Depression. At the turn of the millennium, it opened again, revealing plush, heavy-curtained rooms and suites. If you’re looking for the quintessential historic Florida hotel experience, Casa Monica is the real deal.
    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Outdoor pool
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Restaurant
    In-room accessibility
    Full-service spa
    Express check-out
    Conference space
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Fitness facilities
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    The Marlin Hotel

    The moment you step into the Marlin Hotel, you’ll discover why so many have fallen in love with Miami’s Art Deco style. This landmark hotel was designed by L Murray Dixon, whose architectural vision helped create the ocean-liner Art Deco South Beach look known in the Thirties as streamline moderne. In the 1990s, it became a tropical retreat for such musicians as Jay-Z and Kayne West before undergoing a modernizing restoration that managed to fully respect its history. With an award-winning restaurant and only 33 rooms, you can embrace Miami’s historic roots while enjoying a luxurious yet intimate stay.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Restaurant
    In-room accessibility
    Express check-out
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Terrace
    Smoke-free property

    The Betsy – South Beach

    Another classic hotel designed by L Murray Dixon, the elegant Betsy (originally the Betsy Ross Hotel) exudes bygone chic appeal, from its creamy facade to its striped lobby furnishings. Built in the 1940s, it retains its original Florida-Georgia architectural look, uninfluenced by any trends in Art Deco. The past 20 years have seen its exterior restored and its interior renovated, as it expanded to connect with the former Carlton Hotel behind. Lunching on the front terrace, gently sipping cold rosé as the SoBe passeggiata glides by, you could easily be in F Scott Fitzgerald’s South of France.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Restaurant
    In-room accessibility
    Beach towels
    Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
    Express check-out
    Conference space
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Limo or Town Car service available
    Fitness facilities
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Smoke-free property
    These recommendations were updated on November 23, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.