Inside the Vagabond Hotel, Biscayne Boulevard's Restored MiMo Gem (Photos)
The Vagabond is back, baby.
Photos by Ciara LaVelle
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.
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.