A Splendid and Proud Past
No matter how big or small, each building has a story to tell. Be it a bungalow or palace, the walls are a witness to history. And when it comes to hotels, you could fill several books about what transpired before. The Beacon Hotel is no exception to the rule.
The year 1937 was a time of change in America. Charlie Chaplin released his first talking picture, DuPont invented nylon and Pan American Airways completed the first commercial flight across the Pacific. The Art Deco era was in full swing throughout the country, and Miami Beach was simply in love with the style. On Ocean Drive, a new hotel was lovingly built that would serve as a vacation haven for 75 years (and counting!).
Growth and Glamour
In the mid-40s, Isadore and Mildred Shichtman took over ownership of the Beacon and set out to add a 22-room wing and courtyard to the existing structure. Families and couples would travel by train, plane and auto from all around the nation to spend leisurely weeks enjoying the balmy climate and beautiful scenery. After a day of sightseeing and shopping travelers got together to spend time in the lobby or coffee shop, while relaxing massages were given on the rooftop solarium.
From 2004 to 2009, the Beacon underwent extensive renovation to refurbish such cherished features as the marble floors, porthole-style windows and glass block walls. Today you'll find the Beacon Hotel a shining symbol of another era, complete with the same warm and generous service that has been our privilege to provide from the very beginning.