Chris Blackwell’s Impact on the Cavalier

Chris Blackwell isn’t just a big name in music business, he was also one of South Beach’s highest-profile hotel owners; Blackwell who owned the Cavalier at one point, described it in the past as one of his favorite Miami Beach Ocean front properties. However, his run with this title came to an end 12 years ago in 2004 when he sold The Marlin hotel to The Palms Resorts Group.


Blackwell was a producer, and the founder Island Records; he signed music legends like Bob Marley, Steve Winwood, and U2. His record label was considered one of the most successful independent labels of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s; artists on the label also include: Nirvana, Jethro Tull, Cat Stevens, Melissa Etheridge and The Cranberries (to name a few). He also runs Palm Pictures, an entertainment company, and the Island Outpost resort group, which has property in South Beach.


In the 1980s, Blackwell was one of several investors who bought decrepit buildings in South beach; in fact, he bought 10 Art Deco buildings and had them restored to their original stunning architecture. Six of these 10 buildings were hotels. Blackwell took these small, Art Deco-style hotels, like the Marlin, the Leslie, and the Cavalier, and brought them back to life while turning them into hip and young hotspots for people to stay in South Beach. At this time, the real estate and tourism in the area began to boom, which skyrocketed the property values of the hotels Blackwell had acquired.


By 2004, Blackwell decided he wanted to focus more on his resorts in the Caribbean and Jamaica and sold his last property in South Beach.


In 2015, the Cavalier went through another renovation where it was given a few modern updates and alterations, yet the boutique hotel still possesses its own unique charm and style different from other hotels in the area.


If you’re looking for a place to stay in South Beach, the Cavalier is a gem and is unbeatable in value for its ideal location in the heart of South Beach on Ocean Drive. While staying at the Cavalier, you’ll be in close proximity to the other hotels this music mogul owned, and can have the opportunity to see the magnificent buildings that Blackwell saved. To book your stay at the Cavalier Hotel, call 305-671-1199 or click here.