The Colony Hotel and Cabana Club
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Colony Hotel and Cabana Club Delray Beach
We just returned from attending a wedding in Delray Beach this weekend where the majority of the folks attending the wedding stayed at the Colony. Well, we had a fabulous time! I was expecting to be very disappointed in the hotel based upon the previous reviews but I was pleasantly surprised. The hotel has a lot of character being a historic site and I just loved the bright colors. In my opinion, you'll enjoy yourself here if you know what you are getting into. To put things in perspective, when traveling for business I prefer to stay at Westins and W hotels and when traveling on personal vacation prefer b&b's.
Have had the opportunity to stay at The Colony three times, last time over the 2004 Chrismas Vacation Week. Upon arrival on December 28th, drove to the Cabana Club to find out that the saltwater pool had sprung a leak and might not be operational until January 1. They did have it fixed by the 30th, so we could swim. At lunch at the Club we were told that you now had to pay for the side with your sandwich which had previously included cole slaw or potato salad. Chips were not available until January! The ladies dressing room was under construction and twice I returned a large double edge utility razor that had been left on the countertop.
Firstly, I'm being generous with my rating here. I could have gone for "Terrible"...but the fact is that I wasn't severely injured or food poisoned during my stay at The Colony.
Looking forward to a repeat trip
Spent one night there in early August. The Colony is a grand, beautiful hotel, just as promised. I understand how the hardwood floors would be loud if they hotel was busy, but the early August weather made for a low occupancy rate. A buffet breakfast was served in the lobby area; the food was good, hot, and even served on real plates. While each room had a window a/c unit, I found that running the a/c covered up any street noise. The only complaint I had with my room was that it had a musty odor, similar to a hunting or lake lodge.
Two winters ago we stayed at the Colony and had a wonderful time. The staff was great and we had a lovely room. The building itself has lots of charm. We thought we would stay there whenever we were in town.
Stayed in hotel May 2004. Location of hotel is great. The hotel is in the heart of downtown Delray. The hotel also has a beach club which we spent a couple hours at. We stayed in a superior queen room. The room was not huge but adequate. Rooms have a single window air conditioner which is noisy and barely manages to keep the room cool. We managed to sleep well though the night though. Friends stayed in the larger 2 bedroom room which was very nice. Would recommend this if you don't mind sharing a bathroom between the 2 bedrooms. There's a large seating area in one of the rooms. The hotel has an old fashioned elevator which can only be operated by the staff. Sometimes it was annoying to have to wait to use the elevator but not the end of the world. The hotel has a lot of history and that was very interesting. This was our first stay at the hotel.
There was some confusion with the room rate we had been quoted when we called to make our reservation several months ago. When we checked in, we discovered that the rate they were going to charge us was significantly higher. We spoke to the manager who grudgingly agreed to give us a "lower" rate -- but not the rate we were originally quoted (although that was documented in their computer system).
Recently stayed at the Colony on business. This hotel may have some charm for some people on vacation but all in all, it does not meet standards for business travellers. The combination of its central location with old windows,(that don't completely shut up) makes it such that the noisy and rowdy traffic at night will awake you. You can also hear what is going on in your neighbors' rooms. The hardwood flors throughout also don't help with the noise factor. The hotel is clean but in need of a revitalization. One can feel money has not been pouring into this place lately. The staff is friendly, but the service is no more than standard. There is a feel that the place is not tightly run. All in all, with the great choice one has in Florida for places to stay, I would look elsewhere. Not worth the money.
My husband and I have stayed at The Colony every year for the past 5 yrs. and it's always comfortable, clean and welcoming. The location is perfect for walking through the ever-changing downtown area. The staff is always friendly and helpful. It's a low key, funky, slightly retro styled hotel that is very fairly priced. The front porch is perfect for people watching. The brightly painted halls don't reflect the clean and calmer sleeping rooms. Food service needs some upgrading, but it doesn't affect us ---there are so many good places to eat within a two block radius it's hard to choose. As far as we're concerned, The Colony IS Delray Beach. S & G
We booked a queen size room at the hotel for two days for our honeymoon trip to Florida. When we arrived I was struck by the history surrounding the hotel. When you enter, there are wicker chairs and tables in the lobby which gives the place a homey, welcoming feel. The concierge was very nice and gave us a brief history of the hotel as well as suggestions of good places to dine. Also, when he found out we were on our honeymoon, he upgraded us to a king size bed room at no extra charge!He even took our suitcases up for us in the antique elevator, which was very neat.The hotel is from the 1920's and is painted in funky tropical colors. It is very well kept and is a historical landmark.Since we were staying in the off season the restaurant wasn't open but the restaurants the front desk suggested were awesome. The private beach was exactly that; private. I saw maybe 5 people there the whole time. We relaxed and swam and slept in the hammocks under the palm trees.I would like to go back again, in fact we stayed an extra night.