Courtyard Cadillac Miami Beach Gets a $25M Tune-Up

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The Courtyard Cadillac Miami Beach's upgraded lobby
The Courtyard Cadillac Miami Beach’s upgraded lobby

Vintage and visionary come together at the Courtyard Cadillac Miami Beach Oceanfront, a veteran of Miami’s Art Deco heyday. The 74-year-old hotel, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, just completed a $25 million renovation that added a new LEED-certified oceanfront tower and updated the property’s meeting space.

The Courtyard Cadillac now has 5,803 sf of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting and function areas, including:

  • The Chrome Boardroom (525 sf), equipped with ergonomic chairs, for a board meeting of 15 pax
  • The Golden Vee Ballroom in the new tower, accommodating up to 120 pax
  • The Lawn (3,000 sf), an outdoor space with an infinity pool and nine cabanas big enough for eight pax each; leading to it is 2,278 sf of sustainable meeting space

The new meeting space enables the hotel to host small groups of five to fifteen pax and larger groups of up to 140. “This has greatly increased our ability to meet our clients’ needs,” said Joe LaFleur, general manager. “Our meeting rooms not only have brand-new equipment and state-of-the-art amenities, but they also are equipped with floor-to-ceiling windows and a beachfront location which infuses the best parts of Miami for any visiting group.”

Historic Hot Spot

The vintage hotel has been a prominent part of the Miami Beach scene since 1940, when it was built as the Cadillac Hotel. It opened with 106 steam-heated guestrooms, a palm-studded pool and cabana area, a lounge and coffee shop, and a block of private beach. During World War II, its “guests” were U.S. Army troops in training. The hit movie Pal Joey, starring Frank Sinatra, Rita Hayworth and Kim Novak, was filmed there in 1957.

Now owned by Marriott Hotels, the Courtyard Cadillac was added to the National Register in 2005. During the renovation, Marriott took care to protect its historic elements from construction damage.

It has a total of 356 guest rooms, including 19 oversized ocean-view suites in the oceanfront tower. The renovation gave it a state-of-the-art gym,  upgraded the lobby and freshened the two restaurants: the Cadillac Café in the lobby and Carraba’s Oceanfront Surfside Tiki Bar. The goal, the hotel said in announcing the renovation, was to “reflect the vibrancy of Miami by incorporating elements of the local beach culture with infused bright colors and rich harmonious textures.”

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