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Florida’s Historic Hotels (Where You Can Stay the Night)

a white hotel — the Belleview Biltmore one of many of Florida's historic hotels
Take a virtual — or real! — road trip to Florida’s historic hotels..
(State Archives of Florida)

My friend and fellow historian Joey Vars and I recently gave a talk about historic hotels in Florida where people can book a room and spend the night. The talk proved popular, garnering an encore performance at OLLI at Eckerd College. That second session also filled up fairly quickly, and I promised those who attended I’d list the hotels and their booking information in a post they could reference.

Below you’ll find a list of Florida’s historic hotels still welcoming overnight visitors. The year next to each hotel denotes the year the hotel opened for business.

A black and white photo of a two-story hotel Florida historic hotels
The Florida House Inn in Fernandina is the oldest hotel in Florida still in operation.
(State Archives of Florida)

1857: Florida House Inn (Fernandina) 

How to book: floridahouse.com or 904-491-3322

1859: Cedar Inn (Cedar Key)

cedarinnmotel.com or 352-543-5455

1888: Casa Monica (St. Augustine) 

marriott.com or 904-827-1888

a 1955 of Florida's historic hotel The Breakers in Palm Beach
One of Florida’s historic hotels, the Breakers, on Palm Beach. This postcard dates to 1955.
(State Archives of Florida)

1896: Breakers (Palm Beach)

thebreakers.com or 844-285-3297

1904: Oak Park Inn (Arcadia)

oakparkinnarcadiaflorida.com or visitdesoto.com or 863-494-9500 or 863-491-8852

1907: Gibson Inn (Apalachicola)

gibsoninn.com or 850-270-2190

1911: The Plaza (Daytona)

Due to damage sustained during Hurricane Ian, the resort has closed through 2023 for renovations and repairs but expects to re-open in 2024. plazaresortandspa.com

1922: Park Plaza (Winter Park)

parkplazahotel.com or 407-647-1072

1924: Terrace Hotel (Lakeland)

hilton.com or 863-688-0800

1925: Casa Marina (Jax Beach)

casamarinahotel.com or 904-270-0025

1925: The Deland Hotel (DeLand)

thedelandhotel.com or 386-624-6710

January 1926: Seminole Inn (Indiantown)

seminoleinn.com or 772-597-3777

1926: Biltmore (Coral Gables)

biltmorehotel.com or 305-445–1926

1926: Tarpon Lodge (Pine Island)

tarponlodge.com or 239-283-3999

1927: Putnam Lodge (Cross City)

putnamlodge.com or 352-440-0414

a grand lodge with a green lawn Florida historic hotels
The Wakulla Lodge is a Florida historic hotel — the only one inside a state park.
(State Archives of Florida)

1937: Wakulla Springs Lodge (Wakulla Springs State Park)

thelodgeatwakullasprings.com or 850-421-2000

1938: Clewiston Inn (Clewiston)

cedarinnmotel.com or 863-983-8151

Florida Historic Hotels: Tampa Bay Hotels

Because we both live in the Tampa Bay area, we looked at historic hotels in that part of Florida. Tampa Bay and the Gulf beaches have a treasure trove of historic Florida hotels still open to guests.

a white hotel — the Belleview Biltmore one of many of Florida's historic hotels
While the Belleview Biltmore no longer looks quite as grand, you can still book a room here.
(State Archives of Florida)

Jan. 15, 1897: Belleview Inn (Clearwater)

opalcollection.com or 727-441-1774

1904: Peninsula (Gulfport)

Temporarily closed for renovations, but expect to open in the coming months. historicpeninsulainn.com or 727-346-9800

1915: Crystal Bay (St. Petersburg)

crystalbayhotel.com or 727-914-7676

1918: Castle Hotel (St. Pete Beach/Pass-A-Grille)

castlehotelonthegulf.com or 727-289-8767

1922: Ponce de León (St. Petersburg)

poncedeleonhotel.com or 727-550-9300

Jan. 8, 1928: Fenway (Dunedin)

fenwayhotel.com or 844-569-9879

1926: Vinoy (St. Petersburg)

marriott.com or 727-824-8015 or 888-236-2427

Jan. 1, 1926: Floridan (Tampa)

floridanpalace.com or 813-225-1700

Jan. 26, 1928: Don Cesar (St. Pete Beach/Pass-A-Grille)

doncesar.com or 727-360-1881

1926 Pennsylvania (Marriott Courtyard) (St. Petersburg)

marriott.com or 727-450-6200

This is by no means an exhaustive list of Florida’s historic hotels, so if you know of an historic hotel still operating in Florida, let me know!