Historical Art-Deco Hotel in Miami Beach
In 1941, just before America entered World War II, entrepreneur and world traveler Peres Seltzer’s main business was importing zippers from Japan. When he realized trade with Japan would likely cease in the coming months, he built a hotel in Miami Beach instead, one that mimicked the grand style of ocean liners. 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.
Many standard and superior rooms overlook the city or the hotel’s courtyard, and oceanfront rooms have full or partial views of the ocean. Guest rooms are decorated with the art-deco touches, such as authentic period lamps, alarm clocks, and stylish bathroom tiles. The onsite Verandah Café serves breakfast and lunch, and you can spend the rest of your day soaking up the Miami sun poolside or next to the Atlantic.
Step out the front doors of the Richmond and into Miami Beach’s Art Deco District, its streets lined with historical architecture. Within 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 one-of-a-kind Love Bridge, which leads to the shoreline.
Miami’s South Beach: World-Famous Beach Parties and Art-Deco Icons
Just east of downtown Miami, on the barrier island that forms Miami Beach, stands one of the world’s epicenters for nightlife: South Beach. The clubs along Ocean Drive are legendary for their boisterous, all-night blowouts, and for good reason—between the rum-soaked mojitos, colorful neon, and celebrity sightings, it can feel like 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 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 and was the first 20th-century neighborhood to be recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. 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.