Richmond Hotel, South Beach - Miami Beach, FL, 33139, United States

History and Management


  • History- history

The Richmond was founded in 1941 prior to the outbreak of World War II by Peres Seltzer, an entrepreneur who could see the war coming. A world traveler whose prime business activity was the importation of zippers from Japan, he built The Richmond in anticipation of the cessation of trade with Japan.

As someone who traveled across the Atlantic many times on the French liner Normandie, he envisioned a small Art Deco hotel reminiscent of that great ocean liner. He could also see the need for beachfront hotels, and The Richmond was one of the first to be built directly on the ocean. It was also the first to be air-conditioned after the end of the war.

In keeping with the idea of a "carriage trade" hotel, The Richmond also had its own "woody" station wagon which was used to pick up guests at the FEC Railway station in Miami. Guests were looked after by a "Superintendent of Service", the forerunner of today's concierge.


  • Pat Herbert management

Pat Herbert is the person most responsible for the rebirth of The Richmond in its present form. It was her vision that led to a complete restoration of the property utilizing the finest craftsman and materials. She scoured the markets of Europe to obtain furnishings typical of the original Art Deco era.

As Co-proprietor, she is responsible for the overall management of the hotel and the supervision of its operating staff. She continues to strive for excellence in every aspect of the hotel's operations.

Richmond Hotel, South Beach
1757 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL, 33139, United States
Call: (305) 538-2331


The Richmond - Miami Beach's Friendliest Hotel *** Directly on the Ocean in South Beach!

DIRECTLY ON THE OCEAN IN SOUTH BEACH The Richmond is a small Superior First Class Hotel located in the heart of Miami Beach's Art Deco District. It is directly on the Ocean in exciting South Beach with excellent facilities and service. It is the last of Miami Beach's family owned hotels to be operated by its original family. The hotel has been completely restored and is a very unique and special place to spend your visit in Miami Beach. We are just a short 20 minute drive from Miami International Airport (and just 35 minutes from Fort Lauderdale International Airport). Express Bus Service is available every half hour from the Airport via the “Airport Flyer” to our hotel at a cost of $2.35. Taxi service is also available at a flat rate of $32.00 We are situated on the palm tree-lined streets of South Beach with the Miami Beach Convention Center, the Jackie Gleason Fillmore Theatre, Ocean Drive and Lincoln Road restaurants and world class shopping, all within easy walking distance.