Cool Historic Hotels in Florida
Being that Florida is home to one of the oldest cities in the United States, it only makes since that there would be a number of old and historic hotels here. In fact, there are actually quite a few old hotels in the state that are filled with plenty of character and stories to boot. If you want a hotel with a little more personality than those big chain hotels and resorts, the historic hotels on this list can help point you in the right direction.
Lakeside Inn in Mount Dora has welcomed boaters and fisherman since 1883 and is one of the few surviving historic wooden hotels in Florida. From its Olympic-size swimming pool to its award-winning restaurant, The Beauclaire, guests can enjoy the modern ammenities of most major hotels in an elegant and historic atmosphere. The inn is nestled amid a bevy of antique shops and a 400-acre championship golf course, making it perfectly situated for guests to enjoy the best of Mount Dora.
Casa Monica Hotel
This St. Augustine landmark opened its doors to guests for the first time in 1888. The luxurious, Spanish-style hotel overlooks Matanzas Bay and offers 138 guest rooms, each decorated in an ornate, romantic style. The hotel also features the 95 Cordova restaurant and Serenata Beach Club, along with amenitites and services such as a heated outdoor pool, live entertainment and concierge service. With all on site, guests don’t have to roam very far to find entertainment and gourmet dining.
At the Blue Moon hotel in South Beach, grandeur comes in a small package. The boutique-style hotel boasts 75 rooms and reflects the unique pulse and exciting vibe of the Art Deco District of South Beach. Within walking distance of legendary Ocean Drive, guests can browse the local shops during the day and relax in the luxury of their contemporary-style rooms at night. Amenities include two phone lines per room, in-room safes, mini bars and private voicemail.
The Terrace Hotel
At 10 stories tall, this 80-plus-year-old luxury hotel was Lakeland’s first high-rise structure. Built in 1924 and fully restored in 1999 to its original grandeur, the Terrace Hotel boasts 73 rooms and 15 suites and is Florida’s only full-service hotel. From laundry service, nightly turndown service and a daily paper, no detail has been overlooked in this hotel that truly puts its guests comfort and enjoyment first.
The Bradley Park Hotel
The stately Bradley Park Hotel was constructed in 1924 by Cornel E.R. Bradley to accommodate the patrons of his casino, the Beach House. Several years after the casino was demolished, the Bradley Park Hotel continues to woo guests with its opulent accommodations and impeccable service. The hotel’s modern amenities such as WiFi service, fully equipped kitchens and onsite restaurant and gourmet market only enhance its romantic charms.
Florida House Inn
The pet-friendly Florida House Inn, which opened its doors in 1857 as housing for Florida Railroad VIPs, is the oldest operating hotel in Florida. This cracker-style-construction hotel located in Amelia Island boasts 22 bedrooms, each with a private bath. During the day, guests can relax in the shade of the 350-year-old oak tree in the inn’s courtyard and can enjoy cocktails in the pub during the evening before curling up in their elegantly appointed rooms. The Florida House Inn also provides complimentary motor scooters so guests can enjoy the sites of the island. Phone: 1-800-258-3301
The 30-room Gibson Inn is a vantage point for guests taking part in the endless outdoor activities and events in Apalachicola and its modern amenities such as cable TV and wireless Internet connection only serve to enhance the serenity of this Florida jewel. Whether enjoying an afternoon relaxing on the inn’s veranda or sitting down to brunch at Cafe Momi, this retreat is not to be missed. Phone: 850-653-2191
The Gasparilla Inn & Club
Construction of The Gasparilla Inn & Club in Boca Raton in 1913 resulted in a symphony between man and nature. The pet-friendly hotel features 141 rooms, suites and cottages and provides opulent accommodations for golfing, fishing and boating enthusiasts alike. Guests also can enjoy swimming in the heated pool, working out in the hotel’s fully equipped fitness center or lounging on the beach. For guests, relaxation is the only requirement. Phone: 1-800-996-1913
The newly remodeled Redland Hotel in Homestead is proof that luxury doesn’t have to be gilded. The simple, yet elegant rooms afford guests such modern luxuries as DSL Internet connections, private baths and cable TV, as well as the opportunity to enjoy cocktails in The Library, the inn’s lounge and meeting area. This quaint stop located just outside the Everglades National Park provides easy access to Coral Castle of Florida, Homestead-Miami Speedway and Biscayne National Park, just to name a few. The accommodations and location of this Florida landmark give guests a true taste of the state’s rich history. Phone: 800-595-1904