Originally built in 1888 as a beach cottage for Charles Ballough and his family, the historic Plaza Resort & Spa officially opened as a hotel on New Year’s Day in 1911. The seven-story hotel featured a Turkish bath, barbershop, manicure parlor, an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts and horseback riding facilities. Guests in the hotel’s early years also enjoyed numerous exhibitions and airplane rides.
The resort’s reputation as a chic winter playground for American and international travelers spread rapidly, and in 1925 it became the first resort hotel on the east coast of Florida to remain open throughout the year.
During World War II, the hotel closed down for the war effort, serving as a barracks for the Women’s Army Corps (WACs) for two years. In June of 1944, it reopened under a new name with amazingly modern amenities for the era – from central air conditioning to AM/FM radio and televisions in every room.
Today “Daytona Beach’s Grand Resort” stands as a charming reflection of “Old Florida” with all of the amenities of a modern resort. A beautiful marriage of the past and future, The Plaza Resort & Spa continues to endear guests from around the world. One stay and you’ll understand why.
A new 7 story hotel was built in 1911 after a fire destroyed the original hotel. It featured an 18-hole golf course, Turkish bath, and tennis courts.
The hotel served as a navigation point for pilots flying down the coast. Flying exhibitions took place at the hotel to entertain guests.
Warm greetings from the Plaza Resort and Spa in Daytona Beach.
As you may know, Hurricane Ian passed through our community on September 30th, 2022. Reports of damages ranged from fallen trees and flooding to the collapse of entire buildings. We stand in solidarity with all Floridians that continue to rebuild and move forward. Ian has certainly taken its toll on our beloved historical hotel. As The Plaza continues to assess damages, it is with mixed feelings that we are announcing a temporary closure through 2023.
While we are saddened not to be able to welcome our cherished guests, we will take this as an opportunity to create the vision we have always dreamed of. Grand and exciting plans are already underway, and the Plaza will be reintroduced to Daytona Beach in full glory. We are looking to reopen with a completely new resort adding thrilling new features and amenities that will give more reason to visit Daytona Beach. It is our commitment to keep you abreast with developments as we delve further into the process.
Please know the safety of our guests and staff remains at the forefront of our new venture. We will continue to be here for you and welcome any questions. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to welcoming you to our Grand Reopening!
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