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“Old Florida charm”

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Colony Hotel and Cabana Club
Ranked #5 of 15 Hotels in Delray Beach
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Reviewed January 24, 2014

We have been staying here for several years and love the old Florida feel and charm of this historic hotel. The decor is tropical. There was a cold snap during our stay and there was a fire in the fireplace in the enormous lobby, with many comfy couches and chairs in conversational groups to curl up in. The location is great and we love to sit on the front porch with breakfast or a drink.
The beach club and pool are fantastic in every way. A beautiful large new pool, private beach area, and a nice cafe to have lunch by the beach. Staff and facilities are wonderful.

Some negatives to be aware of: the rooms are not new or luxurious, and they are quite small. They are clean and comfortable, but in a "historic", the smallest type, theres just enough room to get around the bed and furniture. The breakfast is adequate, but served in a dark and drab part of the lobby and not very attractive in the presentation. In Florida one would hope for a nice selection of fresh fruit, rather than just a jar of melon chunks. The coffee is quite good though.
Considering the prices, I think the breakfast presentation could be improved. The staff is efficient, but doesn't really go out of their way to be helpful or friendly.

Room Tip: The "historic" rooms are very small.
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 11, 2014

I stayed here and found it acceptable.

Check in guy was pleasant, though I only spent two minutes with him.

My room was right on the end of the 2nd floor. Everything was fine, and the bathroom was really nice.
My only issue was the TV. It was stuck on the wall, but not visible from the bed. And only visible from one, uncomfortable, chair. Surely at $160 a night, or whatever it was, they could buy a corner bracket? Or, if the window was an issue, a ceiling bracket.
I was travelling alone, so it wasn't an issue, but if you're travelling as a couple, are you expected to do rotations? An oversight, in my opinion.

Other than that, no major complaints.
The location can't be beaten though, right on Atlantic with everything in walking distance. I didn't hear any noise from the street, though I got home after all the bars closed and was comatosed until 10am when my alarm went off.

Didn't go to the pool/beach club thing, so can't comment on that.

One good point I remember, there were no riff-raff at the hotel. Well, until I arrived!

Would probably stay again, but would request a different room type.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled solo
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2  Thank MaxPower999
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Reviewed January 10, 2014 via mobile

We have stayed here 3 days and enjoyed the hotel for all the reasons that some malcontents have been critical. If you want glitz and glitter and the predictable decor of a chain hotel system then this isn't your place. If, however, you appreciate historic properties and all the idiosyncrasies that come with them then you will enjoy it. The staff have been very accommodating and made helpful recommendations. Their Cabana club is a relaxing oasis!

Stayed: January 2014
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

I live in Delray and I must say that the Colony is a landmark and perfectly located in downtown, close to everything. My husband and I got married in Palm Beach and several of our extended stay guests chose to stay at the Colony and loved it! We always recommend it and have stayed there ourselves for a quick romantic night or two.
The hotel is not on the beach, but has a beach club and service to get you there. If you want luxury, the Colony is not your cup of tea, trust me. It is, however, comfy and authentic and clean and perfectly situated on Atlantic Avenue.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

I love this hotel and have stayed several times but the draw is Fox Yoga classes. I have traveled the world on business and always look for Hotels that offer yoga links...Keith Fox and family put on without a doubt the most satisfying and pleasurable yoga experience around. On Saturdays and Sundays they draw a huge group of yogis in the old ballroom and present live music along with extremely detailed and well articulated instructions. They are a perfect match for the hotel and they consistently transform that ballroom from an empty space to a place of good vibrations and interactions. The crowd that shows up at these classes is totally congenial and the community that is created during those sessions is priceless. I am very grateful to the hotel management for exercising the foresight to bring in such a gathering every weekend.

Room Tip: Choose a quieter room at the back of the hotel.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed December 26, 2013

One has to be very open minded to stay at this place. If this is what 'old Florida " was like give me a hammock and palm tree some where else. The place is depressing and the staff fit the mood . All of this and a view of the main street with more pick up trucks then people . Go up the street to the Sea Gate for a wonderful experience and then
drive by the Colony which by now has probably been converted to a funeral home or should be

Room Tip: Check out the historical museum and see if you can book a room there.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 7, 2013

Incredible Hotel, what a rare find, the open air lobby with their wonderful sitting area directly on E. Atlantic Avenue, great guitarist on Saturday night, everyone was having an incredible time.

You can see the love this family has for their hotel, they have done a magnificent job adding modern amenities but keeping the historic elements. Everything is so clean and the staff is so helpful. The complimentary breakfast is perfect to start your day; the raisin nut bread is excellent.

We absolutely loved this hotel and wouldn’t stay anywhere else if visiting Delray Beach in the future.

Thanks to the Colony Family for allowing us to share their wonderful hotel.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Colony Hotel and Cabana Club

Address: 525 East Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, FL 33483-5323
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 Best Value Hotel in Delray Beach
#2 Green Hotel in Delray Beach
#3 Romantic Hotel in Delray Beach
#3 Family Hotel in Delray Beach
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Delray Beach
#4 Business Hotel in Delray Beach
Price Range: $133 - $186 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Colony Hotel and Cabana Club 3*
Number of rooms: 69
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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