For many older Miami residents, the Vagabond Hotel is remembered for being something of an iconic gem on Biscayne Boulevard. For the younger generation however their memories are more of a derelict site that has been unloved for too many years.
That is until now. Originally opened in 1953, this Robert Swartzburg designed property (the same man behind the Delano Hotel), 2014 is the year that sees this legendary location open to delight locals and tourists one more. Seen by many as key to the revival of the Boulevard on the city’s Upper East Side, if the buzz that is building around the location is anything to go by then this could just what the area needs to make the must go location it once was.
Designed by architect Dean Lewis, the renovation of the property has all been about capturing the best of the hotel’s heyday, while at the same time making sure it still appeals to the modern traveller. This means the neon signs are back. The mermaid mosaic recreated and looking fabulous. The palm trees return looking as lush and gorgeous as ever. There’s also change afoot too. A new open air Cabana Bar will make it hard to shift away from the poolside luxury that will tempt guests in… well that is if they can drag themselves away from the stunning rooms, designed by Stephane Dupoux.
The question is, is there the need for another boutique style hotel on Biscayne Boulevard? With the Hotel New Yorker and Motel Bianco a big draw for Europeans, and often fully booked, the answer to that seems obvious and with it offering that little extra touch of luxury, we see it being perfect for those seeking something a little bit special from their getaway.
What also makes it stand out is the desire to make it more than just a hotel. With a restaurant on site and a calendar of events that are sure to bring in both locals and tourists alike, it seems the rumors of The Vagabond being the best thing to happen in the Boulevard for years might just prove true.
Scheduled to open at the end of March 2014, we’ll make sure that we’re keeping our finger on the pulse of what’s happening with this new destination, and you can be assured whatever we find out you’ll be the first to know!
It’s not often you find promotional Miami videos that don’t have you cringing and thinking they’ve completely missed the mark. This video from Booking Hunter however has us seriously impressed. Managing to show us off as far more than just a place to lounge about on the beach, it shows off the cultural and historical side too.
In fact if we didn’t live here already, we’d be the first on the plane to get here to check it all out…. and if we’re really honest we have to admit that there’s at least 4 or 5 listed on here that we’ve never actually checked out. How about you!
Photo credit: Anonymonk
Interested in learning more about Miami Modern architecture? Whether you’re a local or a tourist, there’s always something that you can learn, and you’re definitely going to do that with the MiMo On The Beach tours.
Available at self guided tours, or as monthly group walking tours, the former allows you to take things at your own pace, but if you can we really recommend the latter. Conducted by local historians, architects, and trained guides passionate about MiMo, if you weren’t totally head over heels in love with this architecture before, you definitely will be afterwards.
The other great thing about the monthly MiMo on the Beach Walking Tour is that people are always learning new things about the newly recognized North Shore National Register District, and by attending these live sessions you get to find out about them hot off the press
A tie up between The Miami Design Preservation League and North Beach Development Corporation, the tours take 90-minutes and combine a mix of both public and private buildings, each of which have a story to tell.
Want to learn more? You can find out more at the Miami Design Preservation site.
Photo credit: Phillip Pessar
Globally renowned, and one of the must successful classical solo male artist that the world has ever seen, Andrea Boccelli is a performer that if you get the chance to see in concert, you snap it up. And Miami visitors and locals alike get exactly that chance this Valentines Day, as Boccelli will be in town performing tracks from his latest album “Love in Portofino” – a gorgeous mix of classical and love songs, just perfect for the 14th February! Appearing at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, you’d think that it couldn’t get much better than being serenaded by this extraordinary tenor, but it does! How? With a guest appearance by none other than our own Queen of the music world – Gloria Estefan. Guaranteed to be an incredible pairing, this is definitely something that both Bocelli and Estefan fans are both going to delete it. You will need to be quick though – tickets are selling super fast and with prices starting at $94, you want to get in as quickly as possible. The show starts at 8pm and you can find out more about ticket availability at the BB&T Center website.