The Loews Don CeSar Hotel in St. Pete Beach, Florida
Courtesy of Loews Don Cesar Hotel

These historic, very pink beach resorts keep a bold design craze of the 1920s glamorously alive.

By Tracey Minkin

Was it a fizzy fever dream from the Roaring Twenties? Was it the growing influence of Mediterranean Revival architecture and the popularity of pink hotels across the pond? Was it a Prohibition bathtub gin–fueled fantasy? While the origin story may lie somewhere in between, it's no myth that grand hotels with ethereal pink stucco exteriors became the statement piece in some of the trendiest getaways in the late 1920s (and continued to inspire reimaginings into the 1960s). Meet the homecoming court of pastel hotels that continue to reign, ever-vibrant, on sandy shores from St. Pete to Waikiki.

Courtesy of Boca Raton Resort and Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort

Boca Raton Resort, The Waldorf Astoria Collection
Boca Raton, Florida
Opened in 1926; went pink in the 1950s
Pink Trivia: The resort began as The Cloister Inn, where its architect, Addison Mizner, spent a great deal of time in residence with his pet monkey, Johnnie Brown.

Courtesy of The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort

The Royal Hawaiian
Honolulu, Hawaii
Opened pink in 1927
Pink Trivia: AMC's Mad Men opened season six with Don and Megan Draper staying at The Royal Hawaiian.

 

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The Loews Don CeSar Hotel in St. Pete Beach, Florida
Courtesy of Loews Don Cesar Hotel

Loews Don CeSar Hotel
St. Pete Beach, Florida
Opened pink in 1928
Pink Trivia: The hotel's color and silhouette have made it a longtime point of reference on maritime navigation charts.

Courtesy of La Valencia Hotel

La Valencia Hotel
La Jolla, California
Opened in 1926; went pink in the 1950s
Pink Trivia: The hotel's nickname, "The Pink Lady," referred to a woman in a pink dress in a hotel tile mural. The exteriors were painted to match after the owners visited a number of classic pink hotels.

Courtesy of Hamilton Princess Hotel and Beach Club

Hamilton Princess Hotel & Beach Club
Hamilton, Bermuda
Opened in 1885; went pink circa 1964
Pink Trivia: In the 19th century, staff dressed in white jackets and waving pink handkerchiefs greeted luxury liners arriving at Bermuda.

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Courtesy of Marriott International

The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club
St. Petersburg, Florida
Opened pink in 1925
Pink Trivia: The main building's original coral shade was created by the Gutta Percha Paint Company for the hotel and named "Vinoy."