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Colony Hotel and Cabana Club
525 East Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, FL 33483   |  
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Ranked #5 of 22 hotels in Delray Beach
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Columbia, Maryland
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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“Ambience and Service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

Ambiance and service that best describe our recent stay at the Colony. The retro atmosphere provides a pleasant respite from the "hustle and bustle" of a typical modern-day hotel. The owners deserve kudos for their historic preservation, while providing the expected contemporary amenities. Service is outstanding ---- always a smiling face and an offer to assist. The associated beach located a few minutes away provides an excellent place to relax and enjoy the beach (or, if preferred, a pool). The beautiful front porch is a perfect place to watch the world go by.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Waterloo, Ont., Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

What a treat to stay in an authentically restored 1920s Florida resort hotel, updated with modern amenities! Dazzling colors, friendly staff, simplicity, cleanliness, quiet, understated elegance. The free breakfast is a cut above the one at Holiday Inns. As if the cars and people on Atlantic Avenue were not entertainment enough on a warm Friday night in February, the Colony provided the perfect live band on its front porch: a duo called PinkSlip, perfect complement to the architecture and decor, fresh, gentle harmony applied to 1960s classics and current hits. Easy listening, easy living, oh what a night.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

My husband and I spent an enjoyable five days at The Colony Hotel And Cabana Club in Delray Beach. We knew that it was an older hotel, so the small size of our room was no surprise. Both the room and (very large) bathroom were immaculate. The entire hotel and cabana areas were exceptionally clean and well maintained. The pool could use a little cement around the edges though.
The breakfast buffet featured real food (no smelly waffle machine) simple and varied.
We were most impressed by the cabana/beach area. What a treat to sit under an umbrella in the sand or go for a swim in the salt water pool. There is also nice cafe area for lunch. We loved the whole relaxed atmosphere.
For location, price, and service our experience here was perfect.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We loved our stay at The Colony Hotel. We especially loved the foyer with the vibrant colours, ceiling fans and jazz music. I felt like I was in a Bogart movie. They have photos on the walls of days gone by. Yes, it's an older hotel and many guests are older too. But I happen to love the ambiance. It's a beautiful building, well maintained, great little breakfast with plentiful seating to people watch. Their beach club is beautiful. It should have more shuttles to the beach though.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

This is an historic hotel well situated right in the middle of the majority of shops, bars and restaurants on Delray's Atlantic Avenue. The beach and other places are just a short walk East.

It is an old property, obviously, that the staff and ownership has done a great job keeping clean, open and inviting. With old properties come the obvious issues as to room size, somewhat lack of modern amenities such as old a/c units and overall value. Old style room key (actual key and plastic chain holder) and a manned elevator. If you have an open attitude and don't demand too much from a property when you are on a beach vacation, then its a very good choice.

Every staff member I encountered was exeedingly friendly and access to the Beach Club was great. I had a car so I drove the 1-2 miles to the Ocean and then south a bit. Had lunch there too - highly recommend. Very dog friendly hotel, but not noisy at least the nights I stayed. The porch was a good place to have breakfast (self serve eggs, breakfast meats, fruit, breads, coffee, etc. offered in back of lobby each morning) or evening drinks.

I'm glad I stayed there for the experience and would return. I would probably opt for larger room offerings though if the cost made sense given other options in the area.

Room Tip: Probably worth paying extra for larger room especially if 2 people
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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10 hotel reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

Recently stayed at the Colony, while visiting my parents in Delray.The pros.Great location, right in the middle of Atlantic ave.Walkable to all the restaurants and shops. Great porch for people watching. Nice beach club! very good lunch and byo,Free parking. Now the cons. Very old hotel,found the lobby to be very dark. while our room was large and clean, thought it was dark for Florida. All the floors are hard wood so we did hear the neighbors in the hallway. All in all ,found it a great value for the money. Will likely return!

Room Tip: Much quieter in the back of hotel
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

the hotel management would enforce some policies to rein in oblivious and inconsiderate guests.

We stayed at this hotel again over Christmas and New Year's. Everything I wrote in 2011 still holds true. We got the same room on the second floor in the back of the hotel. We occasionally heard people in the hallway and we could here the train, but as we had stayed here before, I had my earplugs and wasn't particularly disturbed by these things. Delray has become an ever more popular destination and this hotel is ideally located. A highlight of this visit was the opening of Le Macaron directly across the street. This is a dog friendly hotel and we never were disturbed by dogs or dog noise while in our room.

While we found the hotel staff to be pleasant and helpful, we were disappointed that they didn't address quality of life type issues.

If it weren't for:
the rude woman with a giant poodle splayed on the floor making it difficult to approach registration or the bar (her dog was disabled, but why take it to the bar?),
the woman who thought it was fine to take her dog to yoga class and have it prance on our mats,
the smokers on the veranda (Note: this is supposed to be a non-smoking hotel),
the children sneezing or coughing on the breakfast buffet,
the guest who dropped a serving spoon on the floor and then returned it to the buffet.
we might stay here again.

Room Tip: Rooms in the back and on the top floor are quieter.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Colony Hotel and Cabana Club

Address: 525 East Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, FL 33483
Location: United States > Florida > Delray Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Delray Beach
#1 Best Value Hotel in Delray Beach
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Delray Beach
#4 Romantic Hotel in Delray Beach
#4 Family Hotel in Delray Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
historic Florida charm in a select service downtown hotel with a private oceanfront beach club ... more   less 
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