The Carillon Hotel opened in 1958. It was designed by Norman Giller, the celebrated “father” of Miami Modern (MiMo) architecture. This architectural style, which was popular from 1945 through the 1970s, is modern and fun at the same time. It symbolizes a uniquely South Floridian vision of life, one that guests encounter to this day. The Art Deco sign at the top of the building is the original, and a city landmark.
The Carillon epitomized resort culture in Miami Beach after World War II. In 1959, it was voted Miami Beach’s “Hotel of the Year.” There’s a great photo of Miss Georgia 1959 posing by the pool, on a vacation she received as a prize for being runner-up in the Miss America contest. A glamorous night spot, the Carillon became known during the 1960s for its famous guests, lavish parties, cabaret shows, and big-name entertainment.
Eventually, the Carillon’s light dimmed, going out completely in the late 1980s. In 1998, the city approved a massive redevelopment plan, which included restoring the original building to its former glory and adding two large towers on the north and south. (You’ll notice that the architects took cues from the structure’s MiMo style.) The project was completed in 2008. Canyon Ranch, an operator of wellness health resorts, came in to manage the property.
In 2015, the hotel's current owner, purchased the property and set out to revive the iconic Carillon brand. Carillon Miami continues to operate in the luxury wellness market, with further enhancements to the resort on the way. These upgrades are intended to make the guest experience better and better. Continuing his father’s legacy, Ira Giller is spearheading the renovation project.