Kathrin Rein: During the height of the jazz age the pink palace was the playground for the whos who of industry, sports and entertainment. Even the legendary Al Capone found his way here. Hi! This Kathrin Rein and today I am at Floridas Pink Palace color that Loews Don CeSar Hotel. At beach run beauty on the golf of the Mexico.
The Don opened in the 1920, a boom time building period in Florida and a celebration of Mediterranean revival architecture. The hotel was names after Don Csar de Bazan the hero of the William Vincent Wallace's operaMaritana.
After the death of Thomas Rowe the visionary owner the hotel began to fall into disrepair and was converted into a military hospital towards the end of World War II. By 1969, the once venerable pink lady was vacant.
Thanks to fierce opposition from local residents and hoteliers the ionic pink building was saved and shortly thereafter renovated. By 1975 it was named to the national register of historical places. And also has been the location for few big budged at Hollywood films. Its become home to the highly rated restaurant Maritana Grill which serves fresh local seafood and locally sourced ingredient in a new American style.
Whether you decide to stay here or are into history and architecture, this is an historic hotel you will want to check out. This is Kathrin Rein continuing my travels through Florida.