Posted by: Waheeda Harris | April 27, 2011

Dining at The Colony Hotel, Palm Beach

Within this exclusive enclave, dining is a grand excursion in Palm Beach.

Although there are a smattering of restaurants in its downtown core and along Worth Avenue, many locals prefer the confines of the boutique hotels, which are elegant retreats with classing dining options.

This British Colonial style hotel is just steps from Worth Avenue, and has a distinct collection of 90 rooms, suites, villas and penthouses, as well as the Casa Manana, an adjacent mansion that houses seven villas, many of which are rented for the season.

The traditional Palm Beach yellow is seen throughout the property, as is the use of wicker, rattan, brass and tropical floral motif.

With its classic lines and elegant public rooms, The Colony Hotel has been the favoured choice of many well-known names, including the infamous Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, June Russell and several US Presidents including Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

These days the names are just as famous, but the hotel is as discreet as its community. The best time to do some spotting is at the annual Friday night Motown revue, well-known in Palm Beach for drawing a diverse crowd of New York’s theatre A-list and arts patrons.

Dinner at The Colony Hotel is classic American dining at its finest at The Polo Steakhouse – tableside caesar salad and jumbo shrimp cocktail are must-haves on this menu, and as well as Baked oyster Rockefeller or chopped salad. Indulge in being steps from the ocean with the seafood bounty of yellow tail snapper, grouper, shrimp scampi or ahi tuna, offered baked, grilled or in a risotto.

The in-house dry-aged steaks, served with options such as creamed spinach, steakhouse onion rings, sauteed wild mushrooms or baked Idaho potato are a favourite from several decades past. Don’t forget the bearnaise, fresh herb butter or peppercorn sauce on the side. And if there’s room, there is a dessert menu with daily options to consider.

For more information: The Colony Hotel

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