According to Boissonneault, the Flagler Suite, “recently refurbished with color- and design-coordinated wall, floor and window treatments in creme and taupe, is a favorite room with high-end clientele.” In fact, she adds, “We complete refurbishments and renovations every year, with guestrooms redone on a cyclical basis. In the fourth quarter of 2011, over a third of our guestrooms and suites were completely renovated. 2013 will bring another round of guestroom refurbishments.”
The hotel’s public areas, too, are a delight with a beautiful tropical pool area—ideal for a poolside lunch—wood-paneled library that’s perfect for afternoon tea, Churchill’s Cigar Room, a lushly landscaped courtyard restaurant (recommend a leisurely breakfast here), and the famed Leopard Lounge, which, locals insist, is a must-visit. It was renovated in late-2011 and offers up a playful piano bar scene, and should you think it’s only for adults, there’s an irresistible candy bar (like Bookholder says, it’s all in the details).
Boissonneault notes that “our leisure guest is a sophisticated, experienced traveler with an annual household income over $200k and high expectations of quality and service. The most productive feeder markets for us in this country are the Northeast including New York and Boston, the mid-Atlantic, including Washington, D.C. and the mid-West including Chicago.”
The hotel offers several packages such as the Nights and the Museums package that includes 2-night accommodations in a Deluxe King room or Executive Suite; deluxe fruit plate in room upon arrival; two 1-day admissions to the Norton Museum; two 1-day admissions to the Flagler Museum; two 1-day admissions to the South Florida Science Museum; English breakfast each morning; and a romantic Interlude Dinner on a night of your client’s choice in the Leopard Room. Rates start a $460 dbl.
Nearly 15 domestic and international airlines currently serve Palm Beach International Airport, which Conde Nast Traveler readers have noted as being one of the best airports in the U.S. The concierge can arrange for a car service to chauffeur guests to and from the airport. Additionally, while on-property the hotel offers a limousine service that charges by the hour or day, and sedans that seat two to three people can also be provided. Travel agents should call in advance to reserve a vehicle.
when in palm beach…
■ Window shop on Worth Avenue, which just completed a $10 million+ renovation to its land- and street-scapes and
it shows; the Avenue is peppered with elegantly designed doggie bars, so Fido won’t go thirsty as your clients show him off
■ Check out the playful bronze sculptures of children in the courtyard of Gallery Via Veneto
■ Sunbathe with the elite on one of Florida’s best-known stretches of sand
■ Step back in time at the Flagler Museum and Whitehall, Henry Flagler’s grand mansion and estate built in 1902
■ Take an afternoon drive to view some of the world’s grandest mansions—there are some you can actually get a peek of behind those hedges
■ Go spa-hopping—from The Spa at The Breakers Palm Beach to The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach
■ Dine out at Clay Conley’s eateries: Buccan and the sushi bar, Imoto, within walking distance from The Chesterfield
■ Go vintage by exploring an array of shops such as The Church Mouse on the island; and Glam Vintage and Palm Beach Vintage in West Palm Beach
Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau: palmbeachfl.com/travel-trade
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