The Town of Palm Beach, Florida has an air of exclusivity. This boutique hotel is your ticket “in.”
By Hope S. Philbrick
When your address—even if just for one night—is a stylish Palm Beach society landmark, a place that has hosted notable guests like the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, it’s hard not to feel like you’ve arrived.
Really arrived, as in someone might ask you for your autograph.
Forgive anyone for assuming you must be famous, since guests who’ve strolled through The Colony include heads of state, royalty, movie stars, senators, rock stars, Nobel laureates and other celebrities such as Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, Harry Belafonte, Joan Collins, Phyllis Diller, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Judy Garland, Dorothy Hamill, George Hamilton, Tommy Hilfiger, Estee Lauder, John Lennon, Mike Wallace, Tommy Lee Jones, Dean Martin, Regis Philbin and many others.
No wonder Travel Agent Magazine says that The Colony “serves as a good base for serious celebrity watching.”
But don’t gawk. It kind of ruins the whole “I totally belong here” guise.
In the 1870s, Palm Beach was a little-known settlement. During Prohibition it boomed, thanks to the well-to-do who built extravagant mansions on the island to entertain friends with lavish parties where bootleg liquor flowed freely. Today it’s still an address of choice for folks who can afford properties in the $5+ million range. The Colony is a more affordable way to call Palm Beach home.
Since it opened after World War II in 1947, The Colony has been the center of Palm Beach social life and a popular destination for discerning travelers. The reason may be attributed to location, location: The boutique hotel is just steps away from the beach and the famed Worth Avenue, a three-block, high-end shopping destination for international designer style.
Even if you’re overlooked by the paparazzi, it’s hard not to feel like a celeb at The Colony. Rooms are lovely, spacious and thoughtfully appointed. The hotel is clean, comfortable and upscale. Staffers treat every guest like royalty.
Built in classic British Colonial style, The Colony recently completed a $12 million renovation including updated décor by Carleton Varney, an international designer.
To access Palm Beach’s nightlife hotspot, you need only head downstairs.
The Colony is perhaps best known for its entertainment. The Royal Room has been hailed by The Palm Beach Post “as probably the best place for cabaret on the planet.” And that’s not the only venue on the property to host incredible live musical performances: Polo Steaks and Seafood restaurant hosts wildly popular Motown Nights with Memory Lane each Friday, and features The Mel Urban Trio with Charmaine every Saturday night. Every Tuesday through Thursday Tommy Mitchell, lead singer of the legendary rock group Blood Sweat & Tears performs.
The Colony is an all-in-one destination with a luxurious vibe.
@21plusTravel Quick Stop Itinerary: Shop, Drop & Roll
If you’re only able to spend one night, here’s how to squeeze the best of Palm Beach into your itinerary:
- After arrival, shop Worth Avenue.
- Once you’ve spent all you can afford and/or have tired feet, drop into your guestroom at The Colony for a nap. Check-in is 4 p.m.
- Dance the night away.
- Sleep (optional).
- Head to the beach to watch the waves roll in.
- Check-out by Noon and depart. Odds are, as you pull out of the driveway you’ll make a promise to yourself to return to The Colony some day.
- Odds of Encountering Children… Low.
- The town of Palm Beach is an island; you may not notice since you approach by bridge.
- The Colony offers 90 rooms: 64 standard guestrooms, 16 suites, 3 penthouse suites and 7 two-bedroom villas.
- Recently, the hotel completed an extensive $12 million renovation.
- The Colony is the closest hotel to the legendary Worth Avenue.
- The Colony is the closest hotel to the Atlantic Ocean beach on the island. Note that some sections are monitored by lifeguards but other aren’t, so pay attention for safety protection.
- The Colony was voted “Quintessentially Palm Beach” in 2011.
- The Colony is 3.8 miles away from Palm Beach International Airport. Cab fare is approximately $20; the hotel does not have a shuttle.
- Located on site, Polo Steaks and Seafood is the No. 1 steakhouse on Palm Beach and is widely considered to have the best prime, dry-aged steaks on the island. Chefs treat even simple fare like caprese salad to innovative twists. Expect elegant service whether dining inside or al fresco overlooking the pool. There’s also a great bar.
- Café 155 is a small New York-style deli that serves breakfast and lunch.
- The Bimini Bar serves lunch and poolside cocktails.
- Luxury bath amenities and robes are provided.
- Pillow top mattresses are dressed in 350 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets.
- All rooms have flat-screen TVs and cable including HBO.
- Complimentary refrigerators upon request.
- Complimentary Wall Street Journal.
- Complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi.
- Valet parking is $15/day.
- Free local calls.
- Car and bike rentals are available.
- The hotel has two pools, one for the hotel and one for the villas.
- The Colony has business relationships with five local golf courses.
- Rates from $230/night include breakfast for two.
The Colony Palm Beach
155 Hammon Avenue
Palm Beach, FL 33480
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