The Eden Roc Miami Beach is one of the most iconic hotels in South Florida, if not the world.
Designed by famed architect Morris Lapidus, the cruise ship-shaped hotel has been an ocean side jewel for over 50 years. In her heyday in the glamorous '50s and '60s, the Eden Roc was the favorite playground of stars like Elizabeth Taylor, Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Ernest Hemingway, Jerry Lewis, Sammy Davis Jr., and Ann Margret.
A-listers who performed at the resort included Harry Belafonte, Milton Berle, and Nat King Cole. Frank Sinatra caroused through the halls. It's a classic piece of Americana. And it may be turned into a Nobu Hotel.
According to Miami.com, the Eden Rock Miami Beach is "morphing into a Nobu Hotel in late 2014 according to a very reliable source" and that "the ink is still very wet on this deal, which was allegedly sealed a few days ago."
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Miami.com also notes that would mean that Nobu the Restaurant would move from the Shore Club to the Eden Roc.
The Nobu Hospitality Group, of which screen star Robert DeNiro is a partner, owns and operates hotels in Las Vegas and Riyadh, with properties in London, Bahrain, and Manila coming soon. One would think that DeNiro, a legendary actor himself, would want to preserve the history and name of this Hollywood-meets-Miami landmark. Let's certainly hope so.