Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Florida History: Schubert Resort, same place different tourists

Schubert Resort
855 NE 20th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304
Toll free: 866-763-7435

UPDATE 3/9/2014: Will close down as an all-male accommodation on April 26, 2014 for renovations and will reopen May 23, 2014 as the Victoria Park Hotel, a family hotel.

By Jane Feehan

Built in 1953 near the Gateway Center,  former site of Clyde Beatty’s Jungle Zoo and lion-breeding pit, the Schubert Resort still serves tourists flocking to Fort Lauderdale.
(For more on Clyde Beatty zoo, see:

Large colorful flags and a gaudy florescent sign invited visitors,  including many Canadians, during its early history.   The sign is long gone but the flags remain, though temporarily removed during a recent hurricane threat.

Now an all-male “clothing optional” resort recently valued at about $1.8 million, Schubert strives to maintain the building’s retro look. Current renovations to the 30-room motel include restoring original terrazzo found under old flooring. It’s an off-the-beaten-path comfortable place, concealed by lush tropical foliage. Schubert Resort remains a Fort Lauderdale landmark, the same … but very different.

Their Web site claims some scenes from the 2001 film, “Ali,” were filmed there with Will Smith. Of note, a staffer says the current owner is a Swedish investor who recently bought a number of hotel/motel properties in the North Beach area of Fort Lauderdale beach for development.

For more on Clyde Beatty and the lion pit at Sunrise Boulevard, see:

Tags: Fort Lauderdale hotel history, Fort Lauderdale all male resort, Fort Lauderdale gay resorts

Fort Lauderdale, Playground of the Stars (below)

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