Inside the Vagabond Hotel, Biscayne Boulevard's Restored MiMo Gem (Photos)

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Photos by Ciara LaVelle
The Vagabond is back, baby.

It feels like forever since construction crews took over the site of the former motel at NE 73rd Street and Biscayne Boulevard, the one where the original Vagabond, the standout property in a string of motels built in the 1950s, once attracted some of Miami's first car-driven tourists.

But at yesterday's soft opening, billed as a "look-see" for neighbors in surrounding communities like Belle Meade, the hotel was looking as swanky as ever -- at least in the parts completed so far.

The hotel's massive purple sign, hanging like a title card for a '50s sitcom, foreshadows the interior design.

Rooms, for example, blend modern amenities with retro styling.

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The black geographic design on the wall above the bed was done by hand by Ugandan artist Kenneth Nyakabwa.

Standard rooms measure about 280 square feet, with suites adding enough extra space for a pull-out couch. Some feature original terrazzo flooring; others have repurposed original hardwood floors from other parts of the building.

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Vagabond Hotel

7301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

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28 comments
Andrew Gacayan
Andrew Gacayan

MiMo district is wayyy better than the 80s and 90s era.

Lugo Mez
Lugo Mez

I liked the old sign,,,,

Elena Merrit
Elena Merrit

Alexis Baldwin next time you come we have to check on the renovation.

Be-Rad
Be-Rad

That Miami neighborhood is the LAST place you want Mom & Dad checking into.... unless, of course, room rates are $49/night and FREE breakfast.

Bryan Cearra
Bryan Cearra

Oscar Delgado Marisa Roman Luis Sotomayor see y'all tonight!

Gigi Mavunda
Gigi Mavunda

its still biscayne & 79... no thank you...

Christine Bermudez
Christine Bermudez

That's awesome. I always robe my bike or walked passed that place and always tried to imagined how it could have been long ago.

Juan Carlos
Juan Carlos

I can't believe Biscayne Boulevard's transformation. Looking good. Keep it up Miami.

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