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Our South Beach Hotel's in the Center of It All

When you think of the word "beach", your mind conjures specific images: cloudless blue skies, radiant sunshine, inviting water and warm sand. And when you're asked to name a specific beach, chances are that South Beach will be the first that comes to mind. But even if you're familiar with who we are, you may not know our unique past.

A Grand History and Heritage

In the late 1800s, much of coastal South Florida was swampy farmland, a subtropical wilderness where few tourists ventured. The island now known as Miami Beach was hard to work and populated by mosquitoes and saltwater crocodiles, but some brave souls tried to make a go of raising crops. John Lum endeavored to grow coconuts after buying the entire area in 1868, but finally gave up after several years. Having more success with avocados, John Collins began constructing a bridge to the mainland but went bankrupt before it was finished. John and James Lummus, however, had a different vision and decided to build a bathhouse on the water in 1912.  By taking a ferry, bathers would have easy access to the location one of the Lummus brothers' daughters had taken to calling "South Beach."

Development moved quickly in the following years, with individuals like Carl Fisher and Collins filling in the swamps and constructing hotels and shopping areas such as the Lincoln Road district. More wealthy families took up residence, and the area gained a lasting look when the Art Deco craze of the 30s and 40s hit. Entertainers like Jackie Gleason increased the popularity even more by filming their television shows right from elegant beachfront hotels during the 1960s.

A New Beginning for Hotels in South Beach Miami

The pace slowed greatly during the 70s and 80s as a significant amount of retirees moved in, but in 1984 the TV show "Miami Vice" helped to kickstart a cultural revival.  The producers of the popular crime drama were drawn to the retro architecture and often filmed in the area.  On occasion they would even repaint buildings that had become severely run down, leading to a new awareness and appreciation among a worldwide audience. In a very real sense, the show helped to make South Beach the trendy, chic location it is today. 

So when you stroll the sun-washed streets during your stay at the Beacon Hotel on South Beach Miami, watch for landmarks such as Collins Avenue and Lummus Park - reminders of a bygone era and the beginnings of a tropical dream come true.

Services & Amenities

  • Complimentary Continental Breakfast
  • Complimentary Seattle's Best Coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary Beach Towels and Chairs
  • Complimentary access to NY Times digital magazine
  • 24-Hour Business Center
  • 24-Hour Fitness Center
  • 24-Hour Valet Parking
  • Personal Concierge Service
  • The Place restaurant and Mojito Bar
  • Courtyard garden
  • ATM machine
  • Dry cleaning and laundry service

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