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This charm­ing Span­ish Colo­nial man­sion first ar­rived in 1928, in the form of the El Paraiso Apart­ments de­signed by Martin L Hamp­ton, an Amer­i­can ar­chi­tect who set­tled in Mi­ami in 1914. He joined forces with real-es­tate mogul John Collins (after whom Collins Av­enue, the street the ho­tel is lo­cated on, is named) to later turn the res­i­den­tial prop­erty into a chic beach re­sort.

In more re­cent times, Casa Clar­idge’s was bought by Ar­gen­tinian devel­oper Alan Faena, who took it upon him­self to re­vamp it. After clos­ing for six months, it re­opened in 2014 as an el­e­gant guest­house in what has now be­come Mi­ami Beach’s sixblock, bil­lion-dol­lar Faena Dis­trict.

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