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The Cardozo Story

Built in 1939, The Cardozo has been a fixture on Ocean Drive ever since.

In 2019, owners Gloria and Emilio Estefan reintroduced a refined and contemporary Cardozo, while preserving the hotel's distinct style.

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History & Style.
The Cardozo Story...

Built in 1939 , the Cardozo Hotel was named after, Benjamin Cardozo, one of the first Jewish jurors appointed to the US Supreme Court.  Cardozo is part of the Art Deco District, recognized by the National Register of Historic Places.


Designed by architect, Henry Hohauser, Cardozo showcases traditional art deco style, offering rounded lines, like the fender of a Studebaker.  The hotel features keystone trim, made of dyed porous limestone.  

Feature Films

Cardozo Hotel has played a prominent role in a variety of feature films including A Hole in the Head (1959), Something About Mary (1998) and Any Given Sunday (1999).

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A Childhood Dream Comes True

As a child, Gloria Estefan would visit South Beach with her family.  While sitting on a bench with her Grandfather, young Gloria pointed across the street at the Cardozo Hotel and said, "I am going to buy that hotel one day."

Today, her dream is a reality, as Cardozo is now owned by her and her husband, Emilio.  In 2019, they unveiled Cardozo South Beach as a refined and contemporary luxury boutique hotel, while maintaining the essence of the hotel she fell in love with as a child.  

To help realize their dream, the Estefans have called upon, Benchmark, A Global Hospitality Company, to manage Cardozo as part of their Hotels & Resorts Collection.  

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Managed by Benchmark, A Global Hospitality Company

Gemstone Collection

We believe travel is personal; an experience of pure joy and an expression of your truest desires. Guided by an authentic commitment to our values, we represent not only a diverse collection of inspiring properties, but a soulful way of savoring life. 

Across the United States; from woodland wine country of the Pacific Northwest to the sandy shores of Florida. Each of our properties is deeply rooted in the unique culture of its location, expressing an authentic energy you can feel from the moment you arrive.

Benchmark, A Global Hospitality Company

Benchmark is a recognized global leader in the management and marketing of resorts, hotels and conference centers.  The company’s two distinctive portfolios of properties, Benchmark Resorts & Hotels and Gemstone Collection, represent the finest in guest-dedicated hospitality in desirable destinations across the United States, in the Caribbean and Japan.