Also scooped up were the Winter Haven Hotel and the Blue Moon Hotel in Miami, both Art Deco relics from the 1930s with bright, big, show-y looks (the Winter Haven even has a "cruise ship-inspired staircase.")
Since Autograph prides itself on a "discerning selection process" to find what it deems the coolest and most unique hotels around the world, we feel like these acquisitions fill some sort of "historic hotels" quota for the brand. Rather than boasting the sleekness of a Cosmopolitan, or the grandeur of a Boscolo Budapest, Autograph probably felt it needed a bit of that vintage Art Deco Miami vibe to round itself out.
Interestingly, all three hotels in this bout have some sort of "blue" theme—literally and figuratively. We're not sure if they planned it this way, but The Saint's rooms are all blue-and-white, the Winter Haven has a complete ocean cruise theme, and the Blue Moon Hotel, is well, you get the idea.
Both Miami hotels are set to undergo some major renovations in 2012 to "ensure the historical attributes of the properties are preserved."
Because it's not properly "old" until it's new again.
[Photo: Autograph Collection]