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Miami Beach Motels in 1955

MIAMI BEACH MOTEL ASSOCIATION
APPROVED RESORT MOTELS – 1955

ABBOTT TERRACE MOTEL 8. APTS. — 8116 Abbott Avenue. On attractive grounds, 2 blocks west off Collins Avenue, 200 yards from beach. Housekeeping units and hotel rooms. Air cooling or air conditioning, electric heat and tiled shower or combination baths; TV available.

ANCHOR MOTOR INN — 18970 Collins Avenue. Private beach, small, quiet vacation spot with rooms and apartments. (more…)

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Driftwood Motel in Sunny Isles

Driftwood Motel circa 1958

Driftwood Motel circa 1958

The Driftwood Motel was located at 17121 Collins Avenue in Sunny Isles, Florida and was another of Norman Giller’s designs from 1952. It was built in two separate stages, the first was a two story section on the north side of the site, then later another three story section was joined to the existing structure to complete the motel.

Also notice the S-curved second story glass wall above the auto parking area.

Exceeding the Most Enviable Expectation

The right people awarded overwhelming recognition to this new motel. Exceeding the most enviable expectations — The DRIFTWOOD Motel — a motel that is different, featuring deluxe hotel accommodations, yet never losing the informality of a motel … thrills of luxury and elegance await you. The fabulous Driftwood is truly a Vacation Paradise. (more…)

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Blue Mist Motel

The Blue Mist Resort Motel was located at 191st Street and Collins Avenue in what was then Miami Beach.

Blue Mist Motel

Among its features was a private sandy beach, rooms equipped with kitchenettes, a Coffee Shop and Cocktail Lounge. Its advertising also said… (more…)

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Admiral Vee Motel in Miami

Admiral Vee motel in Miami, Florida

Admiral Vee Motel in Miami

The Admiral Vee Motel at 8000 Biscayne Boulevard in Miami was designed by Maurice Weintraub in 1957. It ceased operation as a motel in approximately 1967 and was later re-opened as the “Millionaires Club” owned by TV and film star Paul Lynde. The club featured live performances by artists such as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, and many others. The Admiral Vee Motel is now a busy photography studio called Glasshaus Studios.

Admiral Vee Pool Area

Admiral Vee Pool Area

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Aloha Motel in Miami

Aloha Motel in Miami, Florida

Aloha Motel in Miami, Florida

The Aloha Motel was located at 7500 Biscayne Boulevard in Miami, Florida and was described as..

Private Pool. Free TV in Rooms. Air Conditioned and heated. Cocktail Lounge. Coffee Shop. Sound Proofed Rooms. Free Parking on Premises. Telephone in Each room. Phone PL 7-0616

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While many people in Miami are familiar with the current state of the Vagabond Motel on Biscayne Boulevard, we thought we’d show you what it looked like back in its hey-day when it first opened in 1953.

The Vagabond was designed by Robert Swartburg who also designed the Delano hotel in Miami Beach in 1947 and the Marseilles hotel in 1948.  (more…)

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Beau Rivage

The Beau Rivage Resort Motel was located at 99th Street and Collins Avenue in Bal Harbour, Florida.

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