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Luxury lodging — if you can’t afford The Breakers


By Jan Tuckwood

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

It’s The Season. That means Palm Beach hotels are super expensive.

If you want to splurge at the Ritz-Carlton in Manalapan for MLK Jr. weekend coming up, you’ll pay $599 for the “discover” package, which includes a $100 resort credit. The Breakers is $539 with $50 in resort credit.

That’s worth it – if you need five-star luxury.

But if you’re willing to go a half-star or so down, you can get a mighty fine hotel experience for $350 or so – still expensive, sure, but this is what fab accommodations cost in January.

Among the go-to hotels in the “not quite the Ritz” category are the Omphoy Ocean Resort, The Colony and The Chesterfield in Palm Beach and The Seagate on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach.

Each has different charms: The Omphoy is right on the beach and has a famous chef’s restaurant. The Seagate has one of the best hotel aquariums in the country, a beach club and the Atlantic Avenue scene. The Colony has one of the best entertainment venues in South Florida – the Royal Room, with top cabaret acts. And The Chesterfield has the Leopard Lounge, one of Palm Beach’s coolest, quirkiest old-school bars.

The Omphoy touts itself as a little piece of South Beach on Palm Beach, and that’s a good description. It has the cool vibe of a Delano or Gansevoort hotel. And Michelle Bernstein’s signature restaurant is so memory-worthy, I’m still thinking about the fried chicken I ate there in 2010. Plus, executive chef Lindsay Autry is a current contender on Top Chef on the Bravo network.

The Omphoy’s online rate for MLK weekend is around $340 per night, with breakfast for two and a half-day pool cabana.

The Colony has a pretty good deal: The Royal Room Season 2012 Package, $500 plus tax for a one-night, two-day stay from now until April 14. It includes room, a Royal Room dinner and show for two and full English breakfast for two. Add an extra night or two and receive these nights plus full English breakfast for $400 per night, plus tax.


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