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From the turn of the century gilded age to the art deco jazz age, these opulent and stunning historic hotels in Florida are still in operation today. Whether for an over the top wedding (can I come?), a walk-through or a meal on a Sunday drive, or for a romantic overnight stay, this wonderful array of accommodations all offer stories to tell. Many of these can be found on the register of Historic Hotels of America, a National Trust for Historic Preservation.
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Historic Hotels in North Florida
550 Wakulla Park Dr., Crawfordville, Florida 32327
This understated hotel in Florida's Panhandle near Tallahassee showcases a time when investors saw beyond mud and swamp lands, creating attractions and opulent lodging for visitors. The Florida "land boom" was responsible for many of the historic parks and hotels in Florida today.
Visit For: the affordable dining room serving up Southern dishes, take the jungle cruise river boat tour along Wakulla Springs, visit the soda fountain for an ice cream, or enjoy serene nature which inspired several Hollywood films onsite
More information and booking: The Lodge at Wakulla Springs
95 Cordova Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084
This ornate historic hotel in St. Augustine is full of charm reminiscent of nights in Casablanca, or perhaps Spanish Granada. The blend of Moroccan moods and Mediterranean luxuries serves up a classic dish of extravagance in this centralized hotel to all the Old Town sites.
Visit For: regal interiors and convenience to all of St. Augustine's offerings
More information and booking: Casa Monica Resort
691 1st St N, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
This affordable beachfront hotel plays host to countless weddings and events, and once hosted infamous names in history like Rockefeller, Chaplin, Al Capone, FDR and Truman, to name just a few. It even acted as military housing in WWII.
Visit For: ocean views from the rooftop bar and specialty brunches
More information and booking: Casa Marina Hotel
Historic Hotels in Central Florida
100 North Alexander St., Mount Dora, FL
Boasting the title of the oldest continuously operating hotel in all of Florida, the historic Lakeside Inn is a quaint and charming option for traveler's looking for a bit of peace and quiet in adorable Mt. Dora. Less than 45 minutes from Orlando, Mt. Dora has lovely lanes full of boutiques and restaurants worthy of their annual events like their impressive Christmas lights or their colorful art festival.
Visit For: Sunday lunch in the restaurant, walks to the lake (where you can catch a boat tour) or take in happy hour at their nostalgic lounge
More information and booking: Lakeside Inn at Lake Dora
3400 Gulf Boulevard,St. Pete Beach, Florida 33706
The timeless grandeur of this bubble gum colored hotel dominates the skyline of St. Pete Beach. Its majestic towers and ornate interiors once offered rest for greats like F. Scott Fitzgerald and more.
Visit For: quiet beach retreats and swimming pools
More information and booking: Don Cesar Hotel
501 5th Ave NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
The Vinoy's whimsical pink facade is adorned with modern interior trappings in the bedrooms, while the lobby, foyer and outdoor cocktail bar ooze with golden age charms. Grab a sunset drink on their terrace, spilling out into a breezy lounge area overlooking the St. Petersburg waterfront.
Visit For: strolls along the St. Petersburg waterfront and parks, or along the marina to see boats and pelicans, use their swimming pool before walking to town for a meal or visit the Dali Museum or Chihuly Collection nearby.
More information and booking: The Vinoy
453 Edgewater Dr., Dunedin, FL 34698
Walking distance to the waterfront village of Dunedin, explore shops and restaurants in quiet surrounds. The Fenway Hotel offers creatively decorated rooms with music in mind, as the Dunedin hotel was in fact once the county's first radio station. Throughout the hotel find nods to the speakeasy era and plenty of spaces to enjoy a relaxing drink.
Visit For: music themed rooms, a quiet pool, and a lovely rooftop bar
More information and booking: The Fenway Hotel
5621 Main St, New Port Richey, FL 34652
An affordable hotel situated along the riverwalk in New Port Richey, this attractive Spanish-inspired building became a hot spot for film stars and writers in the roaring '20s, earning the area the name "Hollywood East". Simply furnished and friendly, this is a very approachable hotel on the west coast of Central Florida.
Visit For: relaxed lodgings and an enjoyable dining room
More information and booking: The Hacienda
Historic Hotels in South Florida
425 Ocean Dr, 33139, Miami Beach, Florida
Tropical art deco vibes glitz and glitter in every corner of this beautifully decorated resort and beach club in Miami Beach. Visitors won't want to leave the paradise setting, but if they do, the arts and culture epicenter of Ocean Drive is steps away, along with the SoFi district's no frills dining scene. Feel comfortable and pampered in a setting fit for the Gatsby era.
Visit For: the private beachfront and pool areas, lounges and bars
More information and booking: The Savoy
3500 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140
At Casa Faena, expect a beautiful and colorful boutique hotel steps from the action of Miami Beach. Blending Spanish and Mediterranean charms, this very affordable hotel is known for its festivities. Luxuriate in artful spaces and exceptional lounges at this great pick in Miami.
Visit For: check out their lineup of entertainment and music at the Living Room lounge, Saxony Bar or Faena Theater, all on site.
More information and booking: Casa Faena
525 E Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33483
Classic and tropical trimmings adorn the Colony Hotel's interiors in historic downtown Delray Beach. Their Cabana Club, two miles away, offers hotel guests private beach access, cabanas, a pool and more. The hotel features the original staff elevator and switchboard in the lobby, among other antique artifacts.
Visit For: cool Florida nights outside at their bar, or strolling for a meal through the historic Atlantic Avenue. Spend the day at the beach club before retreating back to your comfortable historic room.
More information and booking: Colony Hotel & Cabana Club
One South County Road, Palm Beach, FL33480
Having met several fires in its young life along the sand of Palm Beach, the opulent Breakers hotel emerged more and more grand upon each rebuild. By 1926, its third iteration of architectural changes was carried out by the same teams who were busy founding the Waldorf Astoria in New York, among others. With Italian influences and droves of infamous historical figures coming to visit, the Astor's, the Carnegie's, the Vanderbilt's and the Rockefeller's were all patrons of this truly splendid hotel.
Visit For: grand salons, oceanfront pools, luxurious trappings and exquisite dining
More information and booking: The Breakers Hotel
1200 Anastasia Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134
Like most on this list, the list of the rich and famous who stayed here is simply unmatched. In its opening years of the Jazz Age, the Biltmore held aquatic galas like synchronized swimming to draw crowds and entice visitors to see more than just their golf course, polo fields, tennis courts and country club. Resplendent with luxury, the graceful Biltmore hotel in its name alone is synonymous with opulence.
Visit For: many golf offerings, its spa, their wine dinner or perhaps an afternoon tea
More information and booking: The Biltmore Hotel Miami