Bradenton holds high hopes for restored historic hotel as it becomes 160-unit hotel
By Harold Bubil
BRADENTON – The Pink Palace blushes no more.
But that is rightly so, say historians, since the old Manatee River Hotel was off-white when it opened in 1926, at 309 10th St. W.
After 87 years as a hotel, a senior community and an assisted-living center — followed by several more recent years as a boarded-up eyesore — the newly re-hued Beige Palace will get a new life, as a 119-room Hampton Inn & Suites hotel.
It could have gone the other way.
Southwest Florida has developed a well-earned reputation for treating old landmarks with disdain — and dynamite. Think Bradenton’s Dixie Grande Hotel in 1974 and Sarasota’s John Ringling Towers, in 1998.
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