Founded in 1896, the city of Miami sprang up overnight. With the growth came a need for hotels to attract and house visitors. Although some were hot spots in the early days, these three are no longer:
• The Royal Palm (1897-1930) – Known for 100 guest rooms with the luxury of private baths. It was also one of the only hotels to serve liquor.
• The Roney Plaza (1925-1968) – Miami’s first beach resort attracting celebrities, including the Duke and Dutchess of Windsor.
• The Nautilus (1926-1968) – Perfect for daytime parties, this hotel was later used as a military hospital during World War II.
– Rebecca Hastings, The 100 Companies