Casa Marina Hotel and Restaurant
The Casa Marina Hotel and Restaurant, affectionately known as the “grand lady” opened its doors on June 6th, 1925 - the same day that the town was renamed Jacksonville Beach. Since then it stands as a landmark of Florida history. Prominently situated on Jacksonville Beach, the Casa Marina Hotel and Restaurant was, from the beginning, at the center of all of the drama and excitement of the “Roaring Twenties.”
The Jacksonville train terminal (which opened in 1919) offered easy access to this bustling playground for the rich and famous, political leaders, and royalty. Even pre-dating Hollywood’s success, Jacksonville was host to a booming movie industry. The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, John D. Rockefeller, actress Jean Harlow, Presidents Harry S. Truman, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and the infamous Al Capone were among some of this historic Jacksonville hotel’s most notable guests.
The Casa Marina Hotel and Restaurant’s construction itself was symbolic of the first land boom in Florida. This modern, two-story, fireproof property with 60 rooms was the first on the beach with an automatic sprinkler system.
During the war years, the Casa Marina Hotel and Restaurant was appropriated by the U.S. government for military housing. This landmark Jacksonville hotel then continued to transition as a series of successive owners converted this once glamorous hot spot into apartments, a tea room, and even a clothing store. The Casa Marina Hotel and Restaurant then closed.
In 1991, the Casa Marina Hotel and Restaurant re-opened with a newly added veranda and 3rd floor penthouse. This historic Jacksonville hotel now boasts 23 stunning guest rooms including 16 parlor suites. A decade of renovations and refurbishments have restored the Casa Marina Hotel and Restaurant’s historic elegance and glamour.