PALM BEACH – On the island, where visitors have their choice of the grand dame, The Breakers, or the Four Seasons or Ritz nearby, I love the Chesterfield Hotel, and recommend it often to friends who ask where to stay in Palm Beach. It’s a true English B&B format, and the cozy rooms are pretty and comfortable.
The hotel is a historic building and modifications to the rooms are in the decor – not reconstruction. Several suites are available, and 41 other rooms built to accommodate two or four. It’s one-of-a-kind, which always pleases me when I travel. The traditional English touches are welcome – a full English breakfast is included in most stays, and you can take it on the patio or poolside – or have it delivered to your room. Afternoon tea is well known here – mostly for the unique scones prepared by the hotel chef.
The 1920s 52-room hotel gets raves for its European appeal – it’s among the “Small Luxury Hotels of the World.” The decor is comfortable English elegance; rooms are decorated individually. Free wi-fi throughout the hotel is a nod to the modern age, but the friendly staff is Old-World accommodating.
A tropical-landscaped pool area is nice this time of year for sunbathing, though public beaches are only a short walk or bike ride away. A bike shop will rent cyclists a bike to take advantage of the path that runs along the Intracoastal Waterway behind private mansions.
Other activities include boating, fishing and diving from nearby marinas; spa services; museum outings at Whitehall, the Flagler Museum, or the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach.
Near Worth Avenue
The hotel sits in the middle of the town’s downtown area – blocks from Worth Avenue with its shopping, galleries and restaurants, and the bridge leading a short distance to the downtown West Palm Beach shopping and nightlife areas of Clematis Street and CityPlace.
You may not want to leave the hotel for people-watching; the hotel’s famous Leopard Lounge attracts a crowd on weekend nights with live entertainment. (Don’t miss a glance at the painted ceiling if you choose not to go for dinner or drinks.)
The hotel’s special for the 4th of July includes a free stay for Monday, July 4th – if you book a 2-night stay for the weekend before. Queen rooms start at $130 per night.
- 363 Cocoanut Row, Palm Beach
- 561-659-5800; www.chesterfieldpb.com