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W South Beach Heats Up

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June 29, 2006 at 1:25 PM | by | ()

It was a sad day yesterday for the 100 employees of the Holiday Inn South Beach Resort.

After 40 years of business, the place shut down for good to make way for the W South Beach Hotel & Residences. Little did we know this Holiday Inn was the first national hotel chain in Miami beach when it opened in 1966, giving hundreds of old New Yorkers a place to visit each winter.

The place was sold in 2004 to make way for the W South Beach but was still operating until yesterday. However, when we visited last Fall, W Hotels had pretty much taken over, plastering a giant sign over the Holiday Inn and setting up a sales office on the 12th floor.

Folks say demolition on the hotel is expected later this year. Which means to us that the W South Beach won't be ready until at least early 2008. And the hype goes on...

Related Stories:
· Miami Beach's First Branded Hotel Closes Its Doors After 40 Years of Service [Yahoo/PRWeb]
·Holiday Inn South Beach Reviews [TripAdvisor]

Archived Comments:

Re: W South Beach Heats Up

I actually have stayed at that Holiday Inn. It was nice and had a good location. I am a fan of W when I stay at chain hotels. However opening down the block and I believe before the W will be Hotel Gansevoort South, and that will be much better than the W. Trust me South Beach will be better than ever thanks to Gansevoort South.