Hotel rates are cheaper in the summer and places many people can't afford to stay in season, often become affordable. Florida has some of the United States enduring, iconic and most beautiful Gatsby Era hotels. You'll find them all on Mark's List! Here are the five that are well worth any price.
In St Petersburg, check out the beachfront Loew's Don Cesar.
Known as Florida's "Pink Palace," this grand luxury hotel was built in 1928 to resemble a Mediterranean-style castle. The Don CeSar was born in the Great Gatsby era as a playground for the rich and famous. The iconic “Pink Palace” has been revitalized and refreshed within, ensuring a future as rich and storied as its history.
Also in St Petersburg, big hotel whores will love the classic Vinoy Hotel
. The arduous $93 million dollar effort to restore another living piece of history from the Great Gatsby era combined with an acquisition for Marriott Corporation has met great success. This Renaissance property offers all the amenities of a 4-star, 4-Diamond hotel with the grandeur of the 1920s (including the authentic Augusta Block bricks lining the front driveway).
The Floridan Palace Hotel
opened in 1927 in downtown Tampa and this nineteen story, 213 room, 15 suite and 3 penthouse luxury hotel has been fully restored to its original grandeur. The hotel is not only central to the history of Tampa Bay, it is an icon in United States history. The hotel's bar, the Sapphire Room, was a popular nightspot during World War II for servicemen who were training at nearby Drew Field to fly B-17s over Europe. The bar's wild reputation at the time earned it the nickname "The Surefire Room". Elvis Presley, Tony Kovac, Babe Ruth and virtualy every notable person that visited Tampa during the hotel's first heyday stayed at the Floridan.
The Biltmore Hotel
, a National Historic Landmark built in 1926 and situated on 150 tropical acres, is located in the Miami neighborhood of Coral Gables. Picture a dreamlike setting complete with exquisite, hand-painted frescos on barrel-vaulted ceilings, brilliant travertine floors, fine marble columns, intricate leaded glass fixtures, carved mahogany furnishings and lavish gardens. Then picture this all in the shadow of a spiraling Moorish Giralda tower. Is it a Spanish castle or a grand Venetian palazzo?
in Palm Beach Florida has lured generations of discerning travelers to this picture perfect and idyllic Italian-Renaissance resort on the Atlantic Ocean. Palm Beach has grown into one of the world's playgrounds of the rich and famous and The Breakers, along with the extravagant shopping on Worth Avenue have contributed immensely to this well deserved reputation. Experience the irresistible charm and storied history of this legendary oceanfront resort, which seamlessly blends with an amazing range of modern amenities that include full spa services, multiple pools, golf and every amenity your heart desires.