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The Gables....
So many things to do,
so easy to get to!
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Hotel St. Michel
162 Alcazar Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Tel: 305.444.1666
Fax: 305.529.0074
Web: hotelstmichel.com
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Our History
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A small and charming European style boutique hotel, unexpectedly nestled in a tropical setting. Situated in the midst of beautiful Coral Gables, the building is remembered by some as the historic Sevilla Hotel, built in 1926, host to the discriminating travelers of that era.

Awareness of this architectural heritage has guided the management in restoring the hotel to its original character, a task accomplished with both a loving hand and a continental touch. The result is an alternative to impersonal lodging so frequently encountered and a return to the charm and service of a small boutique hotel. Wander a bit from our door and discover Coral Gables, the perfectly planned city of 1926 that's fast becoming the global city and international banking center of tomorrow.

Hand tiled floors and vaulted ceilings, frame paintings and antiques chosen with care. Your room, different from all others, awaits you at the end of a 1926 era brass elevator ride. Each of our 28 rooms have personalities as different as those of our guests. No two rooms are alike, making every visit a unique experience. All, however, celebrate your arrival with soft lighting and carefully chosen antiques and paintings. Hidden among this old world charm are quite modern conveniences such as flat-panel TV(s), and complimentary Wi-fi.

Historic, pedestrain friendly Hotel St. Michel is centrally located in Coral Gables, a few blocks from the famous Miracle Mile, an upscale stretch of retailers, restaurants, bridal and gourmet shops. We are minutes away from galleries, theaters, museums, golf courses, and popular attractions like the Coral Gables Venetian Pool, Vizcaya, and the world famous Design District. We are also conveniently located near Miami International Airport, Coconut Grove, downtown Miami, and the Art Deco District of South Beach.

Our intimate lobby is presided over by a concierge, skilled in anticipation the wishes and needs of each of our guests. Don't have a laptop? We offer a free station, which allows you to stay connected with friends and family, print boarding passes, and more! Turn down service is also available by request.

Hotel St. Michel... a wonderful memory you can always return to.
Building History
More than $2,000,000 was expended in the construction of business buildings in during 1926. Nothing in the history of development has been more impressive than the growth of its business districts. Its buildings, no matter what the purpose, had to conform to the highest standards in art and architecture, to ensure harmony, beauty and substantiality.

Notable among the business structures recently completed was the Karp Building, now the Hotel St Michel. Back then it was a store and office building at Ponce de Leon Boulevard and Alcazar Ave, with frontage on both thoroughfares. Designed by Anthony Zink, architect, and erected at a cost of $250,000, it was/is one of the finest and most beautiful buildings in. It is an outstanding example of the quality which resulted from the wise restrictions and rigid building codes of Coral Gables.

Even in a city known throughout America for the beauty and stability of its buildings, the Karp Building, now the Hotel St. Michel, was a high achievement, both in artistic design and substantial construction. It is three stories in height, of heavy concrete and hollow tile construction throughout. At the time it had modern requirements, this included a sprinkler system, and a brass manual controlled elevator, which still resides in the Hotel St. Michel today.

Originally on the first floor resided stores, 12 in all. Eventually over time, they were purchased by Stuart N. Bornstein and combined to create the famous Restaurant St. Michel and Stuart's Bar/Lounge. All floors were of cement inlaid with decorative tile. On the upper floors sat 34 offices, all well lit with large casement windows. Eventually though the offices were turned into hotel rooms, which made up the historic Sevilla Hotel. The entire building was purchased by Stuart N. Bornstein and Alan Potamkin. Thus the Hotel St. Michel was born. Over the years, the entire building was restored to its former glory and quickly become a world-renowned hotel and a historical landmark.

During hurricane Wilma, the beautiful ivy and original facade were ripped off the building. The management quickly took action and embarked on a $1.5 million dollar face lift.

The Hotel St. Michel has withstood changes in time, people, weather and more. It is a testament to the great architecture, care and loving that has gone into the building.