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Resort History

Resort History

Discover Boca Raton Resort & Club - a landmark hotel, offering a fresh, visionary approach to hospitality in a timeless setting, with infinite possibilities.

Immerse yourself in the history of this landmark luxury resort

The illustrious history of this vibrant luxury resort  explains why Boca Raton Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort  has achieved such monumental longevity and renowned when so many others have simply vanished into the past. Discover the rich legacy and refined architecture of this historic hotel in South Florida.

1926  On February 6, 1926, the Cloister Inn opens as the most expensive 100-room hotel of its day.

1928  The Cloister Inn is purchased by Philadelphia magnate Clarence Geist and expands to include the former Cabana Club and a new golf course.

1930  After $8 million in renovations, the Cloister Inn re-opens as the Boca Raton Club and is run as a private club until Geist's death in 1938.

1940  U.S. Army Air Corps trainees occupy the resort during World War II, citing the property as "the most elegant barracks in history."

1944  Real estate and theater entrepreneur J. Meyer Schine buys the club for just $3 million and opens it as the Boca Raton Hotel and Club.

1956  Arthur Vining Davis, former CEO of Alcoa, buys the hotel and surrounding property for $22.5 million.

1969  Davis' namesake company Arvida Corp. begins a $14 million expansion, adding the 27-story tower, golf villas and a conference center to serve business needs as well as leisure travelers.

1980  The Boca Beach Club replaces the old Cabana Club, a $20 million dollar addition set on half a mile of private Atlantic Ocean beach.

1983  The Boca Raton Hotel and Club is sold to the Boca Raton Hotel & Club Limited Partnership and VMS Realty Corp.

1988  The property becomes known as the Boca Raton Resort & Club and acquires the Boca Country Club, comprising luxury homes and condominiums, a golf course, tennis courts, fitness center and dining facilities.

1991  The Boca Raton Resort & Club undergoes an $11 million renovation.

1993  The Boca Raton Management Company replaces VMS Realty Corp. as the general partner for Boca Raton Hotel & Club Limited Partnership.

1996  A $10 million tennis and fitness center opens as construction begins on the Mizner Center.

1997  H. Wayne Hulzenga and Florida Panther Holdings Inc., now Boca Resorts Inc., buy the resort for $325 million. The Resort Golf Course undergoes a $6.5 redesign by famed golf architect Gene Bates.

1998  Mizner Center opens as a comprehensive meeting and conference facility.

2000  The Grand Piazza is completed, including Bar Luna and restaurant Lucca.

2001  The resort unveils Spa Palazzo, a sanctuary of health and well-being in an exquisite building modeled after Spain's Alhambra Palace.

2002  The luxurious Yacht Club opens along with an exclusive 32-slip marina at the base of the eight-story Yacht Club.

2003  Salon di Palazzo opens; a new golf practice green and new croquet green debut.

2004  An affiliate of the Blackstone Group purchases the Resort for $1.2 billion.

2005  Refurbishment of the Resort begins with a new lobby, redesigned rooms, Boca Bungalows and Cielo restaurants.

2007-2009  Ongoing expansion and redesign of the Resort, including the Beach Club, the Palm Court a new sushi bar by Masaharu Morimoto of "Iron Chef" fame and New York's Serendipity.

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