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Palm Beach and the Treasure Coast Hotels

The Colony

Pros

  • Unbeatable location
  • Famous polo bar
  • Pillow-top mattresses
  • Full English breakfast included

Cons

  • Lobby is small
  • Elevators are tight

Updated 05/12/2014

Fodor's Review

This legendary British colonial-style hotel has sunny rooms, suites, and villas with traditional furnishings and a slight Caribbean flair in a particularly convenient location, just one block from Worth Avenue and one block from a pretty beach on the Atlantic Ocean. The pool area has ornamental plants, fountains, wicker furniture, and billowing white panels reminiscent of South Beach's grand art deco hotels. The pool itself is actually shaped like the state of Florida,

although the panhandle is severely reduced in size. An attentive staff, youthful yet experienced, is buzzing with competence and a desire to please. Guest rooms are decorated with West Indies accents: yellow walls, dark mahogany desks, and pineapple-carved poster beds in some. Spacious suites have sleeper sofas, and luxurious two-bedroom villas have laundry facilities and full kitchens. Reserve early for the in-house dinner cabaret shows in the Royal Room, which have featured entertainers such as Diahann Carroll and John Pizzarelli. The polo bar is super popular with locals during the early evening hours.

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Hotel Information

Address:

155 Hammon Ave., Palm Beach, Florida, 33480, USA

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Phone:

561-655–5430; 800-521–5525

Hotel Details:

  • 83 rooms, 7 villas
  • Breakfast

Updated 05/12/2014

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Feb 3, 2009

A lovely hotel

This is a wonderful hotel; it's older and has a lot of charm. Rooms and bathrooms are immaculate and the staff is exceptional in their graciousness. Breakfast by the pool is not to be missed. Hotel is probably not for young children but other than that, it's a great place to stay while in Palm Beach. Much better than The Breakers.

By R

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Oct 25, 2004

The Colony Stinks (literally)

The lobby and rooms smell a bit like toilet cleaner. I have stayed here numerous times on business (because of the special business rate), and my impression continues to worsen. The last time I stayed, the room didn't even have a clock or phone on the bedside table. The tubs don't drain properly; paint is peeling off the walls. Everything is very skanky. A remodel is in order. The service tries to be helpful, but doesn't quite get there. The

car attendant, when I asked him to take my bags to the car, disappeared, and I ended up carrying my bags myself. The front desk attendant, when I asked for change for a five to tip the car attendant, didn't know where to get any change. (It ended up not being necessary, since the car attendant didn't do anything warranting a tip). They wanted to charge more than $3 for a paper cup of coffee (even though others were given a breakfast coupon). The internet access costs $5 and hasn't worked either time I've attempted to use it. (It's in a psuedo "business center" in the lobby; there is no internet access in the rooms.) Stay elsewhere, if you can! (I've also stayed at the Breakers -- a HUGE contrast (although probably also in price)).

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By Mike

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Mar 31, 2004

Chic for the Blue Blood (and hair) Set

The Colony was as pretentious as it comes. From the concierge who floated in and out of her ersatz British accent to the guests who argued about marmalade, eggs and to-mah-toes. The room was tiny and any "deco charm" the place has was erroded by a bad paint job and large gaps in the door jamb which made private conversation impossible. The luggage took 2 phone calls and an hour to get to the room. In our early 40s, my wife and I might have been

the youngest guests in the hotel. We're millionaires, but my wife and I don't believe that our money buys us the right to be nasty to others. I don't think most of the patrons at The Colony feel the same way. Unless you get off pulling up in your rented Jag and making a pretentious entrance, The Colony is not for you.

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By Charles

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Dec 17, 2002

Good location needs investment

Some very small and basic rooms. Owners need to renovate. Pool area is nice.

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