Village Stroll: The Colony Hotel & Cabana Club

Florida Charm: The 1926 Colony Hotel & Cabana Club calls to mind the romantic Flagler era of Florida Mediterranean architecture: three bright yellow stories topped by twin domed towers that echo the color of the historic building’s striped awnings. The Colony Porch Bar and retail store fronts are located on Atlantic Avenue. The guestroom windows are sheltered from the Florida sun by colorful yellow-and-red awnings. Tall palms, exotic orchids and brightly cushioned original wicker furniture all add to the Florida charm throughout. Five blocks from the ocean and the historic Arts & Cultural Center on the vibrant main street amid sidewalk cafes, fine shops and art galleries, the landmark hotel is an architectural model for current development and a historic landmark. Hotel guests can enjoy The Colony Cabana Club, a private beach club located two miles from the hotel, where seagrapes, coconut palms and native flora sway in the breezes of the Atlantic. The Club offers 250 feet of private beach with complimentary umbrellas, cabanas and chaises right on the beach. This is uniquely authentic Florida charm and hospitality with a casual atmosphere. History: Martin Luther Hampton, an associate of Addison Mizner, designed and built The Colony Hotel in 1926. The interior of the romantic hotel includes the 1926 staff operated elevator and the original telephone switchboard. The lobby has the complete set of more than 50 pieces of Fixx Reed wicker furniture and is lit by the six original wood skylights. The lobby terrazzo floors, the red oak in the music and dining rooms and the Cuban 1926 tile floor on the porch are still intact. Last year, the Colony Hotel & Cabana Club restored and reinstalled the carved fireplace mantle as the centerpiece of the hotel lobby. The mantle had been stored in the attic of the sister Colony Hotel in Kennebunkport, Maine for more than 50 years. It again is united with the original black wrought iron lobby chandeliers which were restored in the lobby ten years ago after they had been stored in the Kennebunkport attic. Today the Colony is one of the most important historic landmarks in Delray Beach. The Mediterranean Revival architecture is a model in the Delray Beach Downtown Master Plan for new development. Its location on Atlantic Avenue in the heart of Delray Beach has allowed The Colony to witness the evolution of this Village by the Sea from its humble beginnings to its present day resort status and two-time All American City.

525 East Atlantic Avenue • Delray Beach •