Over the last 40 years, we've seen many things happen: men have landed on the moon, the Berlin Wall fell and a Skunk Ape was spotted in Florida. One thing we haven't seen, though, is The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach shut its doors, for any reason.
But starting in September 2014, the storied hotel will close for renovations. The construction will only keep guests out for five weeks. After that, visitors can expect some mammoth updates. What will change, you ask? As part of the multi-million dollar renovation, the rooms, restaurants and lobby area will change.
The rooms are currently the claim to fame of the hotel. Each is different, uniquely styled and decorated. Guests come to love specific layouts and even request the same room upon subsequent visits.
Most of the changes will revolve around technological upgrades like smart TVs and Bluetooth-enabled phones. There will be changes to color schemes, with brighter colors coming in along with fresher floral patterns. Older bed linens are on the outs, with comfy new ones replacing the outdated.
The Colony Hotel's renovated rooms will feature color upgrades per designer Carleton Varney — Photo courtesy of The Colony Hotel
The property, situated on the corner of Hammon Avenue, has enlisted the help of renowned design company Dorothy Draper & Co. (led by Carleton Varney) to assist with the facelift. Phases three out of four have already been completed, but it is this fourth stage that will ultimately require the boutique hotel to shut down for a bit.
The Colony Hotel has hosted the prestigious and the regal, from the U.S. and abroad. Its location between shopping district Worth Avenue and the shimmering sandy beach make it a favorite for people who chose to visit rather than spend a trust fund equivalent on an estate.
The hotel has 90 rooms, each of which has different furniture, colors, artwork by local artisans and auras. If you're a "baller," you can choose to stay at one of the hotel's two-bedroom suite villas, complete with their own private pool access and full kitchens.
The four-diamond property features great dining options on location, including Polo Steaks and Seafood. This restaurant is touted as having some of the best live music on the strip island, and it's the place to go for steaks on PBI. If you're content to spend a day at the pool, the Bimini Bar will serve you up a great drink and hot dog to match.
The Colony Hotel will be back in business on Oct. 2, 2014. Its new look will be exciting to regular guests, and new guests will undoubtedly experience a jaw-dropping sensation upon stepping foot on-site.
Check out The Colony Hotel's website today to book your '14 or '15 vacation to Palm Beach.