Historic Art-Deco Hotel in the Heart of Miami Beach
In 1941, just before America entered WWII, entrepreneur and world traveler Peres Seltzer’s main business was importing zippers from Japan. Once he realized that trade with Japan would likely cease during the coming months, he decided to build a hotel in Miami Beach instead, one that mimicked the grand style of the ocean liners he crossed the Atlantic on. The hotel, called The Richmond, has been located directly on the beach ever since. It’s still owned by the same family, and its clean art-deco lines, beach location, and iconic neon sign make it a popular upscale destination.
Step out the front doors of the Richmond and into the heart of Miami Beach’s Art Deco District, its streets lined with historic architecture. With a 10-minute walk from the hotel, you’ll find the famous restaurants and nightclubs of Ocean Drive. Back at the hotel, dive into the heated outdoor pool surrounded by palm trees and white cabana tents, or stroll along the boardwalk that leads to the shoreline.
Superior rooms look out over the city or into the hotel’s courtyard and are decorated with the art-deco touches, such as authentic period lamps and alarm clocks, that proprietor Pat Herbert spent years sourcing. The onsite Verandah Café serves your breakfast for two, and you can spend the rest of your day soaking up the Miami sun poolside or next to the Atlantic.
Miami's South Beach: World-Famous Beach Parties and Art-Deco Icons
Just east of downtown Miami, on the southern tip of the barrier island that forms Miami Beach, South Beach is one of the world's epicenters for nightlife. The clubs along Ocean Drive are legendary for their all-night blowouts, and for good reason—between the rum-soaked mojitos, colorful neon, and celebrity sightings, it feels a bit like you've stepped into an endless party. Perhaps that's why the area pops up so often in film and TV, including Burn Notice and The Birdcage.
South Beach's actual coast is known as Lummus Park, which Frommer's calls Miami's "best beach for people-watching." While the bleached sand and curving palms are gorgeous, they're almost overshadowed by the chiseled beach-goers dotting the sand. From here, a wood-slat boardwalk runs all the way up to North Beach, attracting joggers and roller bladers. You can also head about a mile south to South Pointe Park or to Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park across the bay for quieter, more secluded shores.
It’s easy enough to spend the entirety of a trip to South Beach face-down on a beach towel, but that would mean missing out on the city's other trademarks. The historical Art Deco District boasts iconic, streamlined hotels in pastel shades. Every morning at 10:30, local experts from the Miami Design Preservation League lead a 90-minute walking tour that highlights the neighborhood's signature architecture.
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