The illustrious history of this vibrant luxury resort explains why Boca Raton Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort has achieved such monumental longevity. Discover the rich legacy and refined architecture of this historic Resort 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 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 Cor. 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 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 Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, and the opening of Serendipity, New York’s famed Ice Cream Parlor.