The Park Central Hotel, built in 1937 and renovated in 1987 by visionary developer Tony Goldman. It was the first hotel to be returned to its original splendor on South Beach. It was a hangout for Hollywood stars in the 1930s.
The Clevelander, a 1938, five-story hotel, is known for its outdoor, poolside bar.
Casa Casaurina is a large white, 1930s Spanish-style mansion, once the home of Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace, who was killed on its steps in 1997.
The Tides hotel is a severe art deco monolith designed in 1936 by L. Murray Dixon It has porthole windows at the entrance to the 12-story tower.
The Carlyle is one of Miami Beach’s most famous hotels, most recognizable in Scarface, Bad Boys 2 and The Birdcage. It was designes by German architect Richard Kiehnel in 1941.
The Cardozo Hotel is a 1939 gem designed by architect Henry Hohauser. It is currently owned by Gloria and Emilio Estefan. Look for the brain coral imbedded in the railing and columns and note the shading eyebrows that wrap around the building.
Raleigh Hotel is known for its ocean side Deco pool. The sculpted outline and waterfall was a backdrop for movie star-swimmer Esther Williams’ flicks in the 1940s and ’50s. Decades later, MTV filmed The Grind dance show here.
Roney Plaza Hotel
The Roney Plaza was built in the 1920’s. It was the first large luxury hotel on the ocean. The building cost $2 million and was designed by the firm of Schultze and Weaver, the same architects who built the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach. The Roney Plaza met the wrecking ball in the early 1970’s.