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Our Historic Miami Hotel

Miami’s Vagabond Hotel: Then & Now

Our historic Miami hotel is an iconic beauty steeped in legend that dates back to the start of the city as we know it today. 

Our Story

In 1910 the population of Miami included 5,471 people, but by 1920 it had skyrocketed to almost 30,000 as people flocked to the wonderfully warm climate. People said the city was “growing like Magic” which gave rise to its nickname, “The Magic City.” The 30s brought a new wave of art and design, and in the booming post-war culture of the 1940s, the cultural climate of Biscayne Boulevard was primed and ready for The Vagabond.

After World War II, the Greater Miami area came alive with servicemen and women who settled down and called the city home, as the neon lights and automobile boom enticed people from other cities to visit.

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In 1953… 

March - Ian Fleming publishes his first James Bond novel, Casino Royale, in the United Kingdom.

March - DNA, "the secret of life" is discovered by James Watson and Frances Crick who later publish several articles and lectures on the topic.

Summer - The universally beloved TV program I Love Lucy! reached an audience of 44 million households.

June 30 - The Corvette the all American sports car goes on sale.

July 1 - "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" was released as a film adaptation of the 1949 stage musical about two glamorous showgirls starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell.

July 18 - Elvis records his first two song demos for Sun Records, “My Happiness” and “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin”, for a cost of about $4.

August 5 - The drama film "From Here to Eternity" premiers, based on 1951 novel by James Jones about three soldiers, played by Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift and Frank Sinatra, in Hawaii during the months leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor.

September 12 - John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier, a woman who would come to be known as a symbol of style, elegance and grace.

October 5 - The New York Yankees defeat the Brooklyn Dodgers to win their fifth World Series in a row, a world-record.

December - The first copy of Playboy was released featuring nude centerfold movie star Marilyn Monroe.

December 17 - The first color television sets go on sale in the U.S for about $1,175.

We were born! Designed by prominent architect Robert Swartburg, The Vagabond initially opened as a motel and restaurant/lounge in 1953. Anyone who was anyone knew our name. The Vagabond quickly gained a reputation as a fabled hangout for Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and the rest of the Rat Pack, who would frequently hobnob with showgirls and perform impromptu renditions on the lounge stage. The lights were brilliant and bright, and through it all The Vagabond maintained a legendary yet laid-back feel as a place for anyone to have a good time.

Fast-forward several decades to the present. The rumors are true. A full property-wide restoration has given its retro-luxe interiors a new outlook on life, while managing to remain true to authentic touches and those little details that make a big difference: Friendly eager-to-please staff with oodles of personality. An ideal location near quintessential things to do in Miami. Fabulous dining with a bold twist. Warm tropical weather, luscious landscaping and cold poolside drinks. The only thing that’s missing is you and perhaps a friend or two.

Everyone has their story. We told you ours. Now what’s yours?

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Property Highlights

  • Free high-speed Wi-Fi
  • Free self-parking
  • Free coffee & breakfast pastries 
  • Attentive, personalized customer service & 24-hour front desk
  • Large outdoor heated pool with original & restored tile artwork
  • Spacious, casual chic guest rooms
  • Designer home comforts & tech-savvy hook-ups 
  • Mini refrigerators & coffee making facilities (deluxe rooms only)
  • Upscale restaurant/lounge
  • A gym that includes cardio equipment & free weights
  • Business center
  • Multi-purpose special event room with seating for 50 people
  • Short-term baggage storage facilities

Perfect for travel connoisseurs, architecture buffs, fashion mavens, foodies, style seekers and art lovers, it's hard to imagine a destination more quintessentially Miami than the Vagabond Hotel.  

The Vagabond is back and better than ever!


Photo Credits: © Silvia Ros and © Cookie Kinkead