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“Nice Simplicity and Nicer Private Beach Club”

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Colony Hotel and Cabana Club
Ranked #5 of 15 Hotels in Delray Beach
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Reviewed February 3, 2010

This is an historic hotel and well maintained. My room was super quiet and comfortable, simply furnished with high quality bedding and hardwood floors. There is a small gym with one barbell and one bike. There is a large yoga crowd, for classes referenced in Yoga Journal. A simple breakfast with eggs, meat, cereals etc is provided gratis but other food is not available in the hotel, but restaurants and carry out is easily obtainable within steps. Weekends feature live music on the front verandah which was a nice place to sit, dance, talk to fellow travellers. I noticed and spoke to all kinds of travellers from young to old, gay to straight, foriegn and U.S. nationals and all seemed to coexist peacefully. The private beach club is easy to get to and park there, or take their shuttle. Once there you will find a lack of crowds, some clam shell style cabanas on the beach, a pool, outdoor and lovely, private locker/shower/changing rooms. There is a restaurant there that serves a really good lunch in a beautiful and casual setting.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 1, 2009

I believe that this hotel as well as the sister hotel in Maine fill my needs for beautiful views, historical hotel, outstanding swimming opportunitites, and nearness to a beach.
The staff is well trained and the location is superb for shopping and beautiful scenery.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 29, 2009

This is a bit of an "old Delray" experience, a historic hotel in downtown, walking distance to many wonderful restaurants and shops. When one considers free hotel parking, free breakfast, free beach club (with free parking or free shittle from hotel), this place is a bargain. We are frequent travelers and our room (King bed) is probably the largest hotel room we've ever occupied. Our room was quiet despite nightly, weekend entertainment on the front veranda. All hardwood floors, rooms and hallways, immaculately clean. Dog friendly hotel! It's not the Marriott but it doesn't try to be. I love Delray Beach and the Colony Hotel.

Stayed: November 2009
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Reviewed August 20, 2009

We have stayed at the Colony at least 6 times in the last couple of years. On our recent visit nothing has changed. Great staff, spotless rooms and common areas. Their private beach/pool area is great for a day of relaxing, and enjoy a lunch overlooking their beach.
Would never stay any where else when we are in that area.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 18, 2009

Let me start by stating I'm not the type of person that likes old, quaint hotels. I would much rather stay in a modern, efficient room any day of the week. I was traveling to Delray Beach on business and there wasn't much to choose from, so chose Colony Hotel for a 2-night stay. I have to say, I was very pleasantly surprised. While the hotel is fairly old (built in the 1920's I believe), it has all the amenities of a modern hotel. The beds & pillows were really comfortable, the A/C kept the room cool during the height of summer, there was a flat screen TV, the water pressure was strong and the temperature consistent. There was even free high-speed internet so I could log-on and get some work done. Also, the hotel is very conveniently located, walking distance from all the nice restaurants and shops on Atlantic Blvd. The only downsides of the hotel were that my particular room (queen) was on the small side and the private beach club is a mile away from the hotel.

Stayed: August 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed August 16, 2009

We found this hotel on-line with no idea of what to expect. Read the reviews on Trip Advisor and decided to give it is a shot. I have never had a hotel that exceeded my expectations more than The Colony. We first went in May over a weekend for a concert in West Palm Beach. Opted to drive down to Delray to escape the ridiculous prices for anything in that area.

When you arrive, you feel like you are in a vintage South Florida Hotel. Original wood floors, ceiling fans and open doors. Nothing "cookie cutter" about it which is something we love. The coolest part is the staff operated elevator. There are only 2 floors so you don't have to take it every time but it adds an intangible charm that you rarely see.

The staff was exceptionally accomodating for our late check in. Because they had availability, the upgraded us to a king size bed at no extra charge. They walked us to our room to make sure we were satisfied. Although the ground floor is completely open air with no A/C, it is never too hot because of the fans and ocean breeze--which was very comfortable even during our most recent stay in the middle of August. No worries though, the hallways and rooms are all air conditioned. Rooms are extremely clean (wood floors in the rooms) and decorated very nicely. We had 42 inch (I think) flat screen TV's and IPod docking stations with speakers both times we were there. Beds are as comfortable as any Westin or JW I have stayed at.

Complimentary breakfast is one of the best things about the stay. Eggs, sausage and oatmeal with fresh OJ, coffee, toast, fruit (pineapple and watermelon) and cereal to choose from. It is buffet style so you help yourself. You can sit inside or on the patio which is right on Atlantic Avenue.

That brings me to the location...it is in the heart of the shopping district. You can walk to countless shops, boutiques, restaurants, bars and 2 Starbucks! Our first stay was our first extended time in Delray Beach. I have lived in Florida for over 20 years and never heard much about the city. It is a completely hidden treasure. No pretencious atttiude like many parts of South Florida and not commercial like Daytona or Cocoa Beach, etc. It has its own feel that is hard to describe but it is very cool and unassuming.

In the evening, there was a live spanish guitarist on the patio. There is a small bar located inside the lobby area with access on the patio as well. Many people just sat around the lobby area chatting over a drink or relaxing.

The Colony has its own private cabana resort area that has direct access to the beach (with chairs and shaded umbrellas for free). It is only a 5-7 minute drive and easy to get to. There is a large pool and restaurant (try the strawberry soup!). Staff is very friendly and helpful there as well.

Overall, you can tell that we would recommend this to just about anyone--young, old, single, married, kids, no kids. You will not find a hotel with the amenities for a better price.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 3, 2009

This was an AMAZING hotel!!! We absolutely enjoyed our stay here. The service was wonderful, very friendly and attentive staff, charming rooms (good size) and good location! The bright colors, beautiful hardwood floors, large common areas...Plus..free parking..woo hoo! The hotel had a very nice continental breakfast and the Cabana club was an awesome feature. We checked out of the hotel at 11am but had access to the Cabana Club the whole day, what a treat! There are showers on site so we were able to be on the beach all day and then shower off before leaving at sunset.

The only drawbacks to this wonderful hotel were the music from a nearby bar (turn on the AC or fan and you don't hear it) and the ability to hear a little more than in a newer hotel (walking down hallway, etc.). That was no bother in comparison to the wonderful time had at this hotel.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Colony Hotel and Cabana Club

Address: 525 E 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:
#2 Green Hotel in Delray Beach
#3 Family Hotel in Delray Beach
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Delray Beach
#3 Romantic Hotel in Delray Beach
#4 Business Hotel in Delray Beach
Price Range: $144 - $337 (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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