With so many places to visit and things to do in Florida, it can be overwhelming. Sometimes you just need a place to get away and relax. Although a grand historic stay can be a splurge—not exactly the kind of place where you'd book a block of rooms for the family reunion. But some of these resorts will surprise you with their affordability. All 5 offer some serious eye candy.
See what it’s like to vacay like the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, Astors, and Carnegies—all of whom stayed here. (Which might explain the price tag—400 smackeroos and up. But a girl can dream.) thebreakers.com
Originally opened in 1888, Casa Monica has gone through many incarnations, but today it’s a gorgeous hotel with a Moorish vibe. The Cobalt Lounge is a prime people-watching spot—and you can luck into some affordable rooms, depending on when you go. casamonica.com
The “pink palace” opened in 1928 and hosted the likes of Al Capone and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Lounging beside one of two heated pools, you’ll be pampered with chilled hand towels and Evian mistings. Summer rates start around $279—not cheap but not beyond the pale—and it’s pet friendly. doncesar.com
Built in the late 1920s and family-owned since 1935, this venerable but pet-friendly downtown hotel has its own private beach club. Your affordable room (many start around $165) includes breakfast, WiFi, parking, and use of the club. colonyflorida.com
Though it’s a relatively new property in Miami, this hotel incorporated the original Saxony Hotel—a Rat Pack hangout built in 1947. Yes, most of us could make a car payment (or two) for the price of a room, but this Art Deco jewel is a masterpiece. At least have dinner or libations there so you can see it. faena.com