History and Luxury Combined at The Breakers Resort Palm Beach, FL

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Standing like a bastion in the center of Palm Beach; The Breakers Resort is a national historic landmark steeped in history.   Being a hotelier myself and having worked in two historic landmark hotels, The Waldorf-Astoria and The Boca Raton Resort & Club, I have always been attracted to the more historic classic hotels throughout the world.   Even if I do not always stay in one I feel compelled to always visit and encourage others to do the same as the “Grand Dame” hotels of the world are actual museums of history, art, design worthy of landmark status.   The Breakers coincidentally was designed by Schulze of Schulze and Weaver fame the same designers of the my very own Waldorf Astoria.  The Breakers is a magnificent landmark reproduction of the Villa Medici from Rome involving more than 200 Italian artisans who came over in the 1920s to complete the project and world famous hotel.

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More than 140 acres of extensive gardens, golf, swimming, beach etc. are interspersed with Italian Renaissance design.  Hence the elaborate entranceway complete with palm lined driveway and an elaborate fountain resembling that of Trevi.

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The public rooms are my favorite feature of this beautiful landmark hotel.  One truly has a feeling of being in a Venetian Palazzo adorned with elaborate art, design, and dramatic carved frescoed ceilings with chandeliers.

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The impressive Main Lobby is beautifully furnished and opens to an inner courtyard of lush gardens and vegetation.   I am so happy to return and feel the old world charm.  When I use to live in Palm Beach, I always came here on Christmas Eve to see the elaborate Christmas Tree, decorations and listen to the carollers.

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Just one example of the many elaborate candelabra type chandeliers dropping from the high vaulted frescoed ceiling.

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If these walls could talk….. The beautiful Mediterranean Ballroom among other elaborate and extensive meeting room and function space.

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Classic elegant furnishings, complimentary wi-fi, bottled water, and all the creature comforts of home.

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A tribute to Henry Flagler; the Standard Oil magnate with a vision to build the railway system to South Florida and create a tropical mediterranean hotel for the rich and famous during the turn of the century.   Today The Breakers still retains its classic Italian mediterranean elegance with some modern refurbishments but most importantly the staff aim to please with a smile and offer friendly relaxed comforting service to their guests.   I am sure Henry Flagler would be very proud of The Breakers today. I for one have been quite impressed especially when returning each time at the entranceway the staff will remember and use your name; “Welcome Back Mr. Romei”

 

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