The Colony Hotel

Palm Beach’s pastel-pink paradise

A pastel-pink high-rise flanked by swaying palms and perfectly manicured hedges, The Colony Hotel is the very picture of Palm Beach luxury. A mixture of elegance and whimsy, the historic hotel underwent a full makeover in 2022 to debut a refreshed lobby and a set of suites that embody the unique spirit of this colorful retro-chic paradise.

Long a wintertime playground of the rich and famous, The Colony Hotel continues to attract modern-day glitterati and traveling royalty with its jovial bar featuring live music, oasis-like pool replete with lawn games and ever-popular onsite restaurant Swifty’s.

While the scene draws loyal guests season after season, another appealing attribute of the hotel is its address. Tucked just off of A1A, The Colony Hotel puts you just minutes from both the beach and the tony shops of Worth Avenue yet somehow feels a world away from the crowds.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • The Colony Hotel pays homage to its heritage by embracing a bold and beautiful vintage atmosphere, even following its 2022 redesign. It’s easy to imagine notable past guests like Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, John and Jackie Kennedy or Sophia Loren sipping champagne at the bar or strolling around the hot spot pool (it’s such a great people-watching spot that the legendary Slim Aarons shot photos there).
  • For the most luxurious places to stay, look to the collection of villas, bungalows and penthouses. The luxury hotel enlisted different partners, like Aerin Lauder and Serena & Lily, to give each accommodation its own look and feel. Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle company created the Goop Villa, which fuses Palm Beach (check out the hand-painted palm Lilly Pulitzer bathroom walls) with Paris (botanical Fromental wallpaper adds a feminine touch). Of course, bathrooms come stocked with goop skincare and body products.
  • Signature restaurant Swifty’s serves up New York-style cuisine with a Palm Beach twist alongside poolside views from beneath a twinkling canopy of light-filled greenery. The weekend champagne brunch is a highlight here, as are impressive raw bar offerings and sunset views.
  • Steps from the beach, Worth Avenue and the popular Everglades Golf Club, The Colony places you in a prime position to explore the best of Palm Beach, with the help of the concierge, of course.
  • With just 89 rooms, the hotel embraces a welcoming communal atmosphere. Live music and a roster of in-house entertainment like popular trivia nights and weekly bingo keep things convivial at the Palm Beach property. Be sure to also check out the rotating roster of exclusive pop-ups. You can find everything from Naturopathica spa treatments to Tracy Anderson workouts to a Dolce & Gabbana boutique.

Things to Know

  • Designer and Palm Beach native Mimi McMakin of Kemble Interiors was tapped to redo the historic hotel’s eclectic interiors with a cohesive theme. Her final vision includes four distinct room designs all centered around a tropical vintage vibe.
  • The hotel’s signature facade cannot be replicated. In honor of the property’s 75th birthday in 2022, Farrow & Ball mixed a custom rose hue to touch up the exterior. It’s dubbed “Pink Paradise” after the luxury hotel’s longtime nickname.
  • Whimsical accommodations come in one of four hues — pale green, ocean blue, sky blue or Palm Beach pink — though all feature similar bamboo-inspired carpets, custom rattan furniture from Society Social and cheeky touches like panther-themed end tables.
  • The Palm Beach hotel’s lobby takes on a tropical theme with oversized plants, foliage-patterned furniture and wicker accents. Hand-painted wallpaper from de Gournay features a mischievous monkey sipping a martini that beautifully anchors the space’s eclectic vibe. It’s a nod to the hotel’s mascot, a spider monkey named Johnnie Brown (affectionately known as JB) who was the pet of famed Palm Beach architect Addison Mizner.
  • The spacious Swifty’s terrace and adjoining pool area have wicker chairs, scallop-edged cloth umbrellas and a pale green palette that blends seamlessly with the meticulously manicured lawn and shrubbery that shield the oasis from the outside world.

24-hour room service
Fitness classes
House car
Meeting rooms
Outdoor pool
Pet friendly
Getting There
155 Hammon Avenue, Palm Beach, Florida 33480
PBI (12-26 min)   FLL (55 min-1 hr 20 min)   MIA (1 hr 15 min-1 hr 20 min)  
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