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Miami’s Historic 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. 

In 1953...

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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

Old Postcard of the Vagabond that includes car from the 1950s
Image of the historic Vagabond sign with the Coppertone neon sig

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?

Property Highlights

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.  

•    Free high-speed Wi-Fi
•    Free self-parking
•    Free coffee & tea all day 
•    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
•    Short-term baggage storage facilities

View of the pool deck from the hallway on the second floor