Palm Fun Days at The Colony Hotel

With a chic redesign, it is Palm Beach’s paradise found



Considered a Florida icon for the past 75 years, THE COLONY HOTEL continues its legacy as a “Pink Paradise” in Palm Beach, now with brand-new guest room designs from Kemble Interiors. Photography by Lesley Unruh.


While the Beverly Hills Hotel reigns as the “Pink Palace” on the West Coast, the answer on the Atlantic is The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, which is affectionately referred to as the “Pink Paradise.” In true Barbiecore fashion, the iconic bubble gum pink Colonial-style treasure recently unveiled a full-scale redesign of its guest rooms, led by Kemble Interiors, on the occasion of its 75th anniversary.

Tasteful tropicana vibes are evident from the moment you step into the lobby, where bespoke de Gournay murals depict a jungle of leopards, snakes, and the hotel’s playful mascot, an adorable spider monkey named Johnnie Brown, posing on palm fronds. None of the 89 guest rooms is like any of the others, but each one features rattan and faux bamboo furnishings from the hotel’s collaboration with Society Social, sunny pastel wallcoverings by Schumacher, and Matouk’s cloudlike linens and robes. Living up to its nickname, the façade has been freshly painted with a bespoke color, Colony Pink, by Farrow & Ball.


De Gournay murals depict leopards, snakes, and a monkey


Situated between the beach and the ritzy shops on Worth Avenue, it isn’t the first time the hotel has collaborated with a celebrity designer. Following Aerin Lauder and Celerie Kemble, acclaimed L.A.-based designer Mark D. Sikes was also recently tapped to overhaul one of the property’s villas in his signature blue and white. “It feels old school,” says Sikes, who is a regular guest,  “but fresh and fun.” 155 Hammon Ave., Palm Beach, 561-655-5430; thecolonypalmbeach.com


Photography by Carmel Brantley.


Photography by Carmel Brantley.


Photography by Carmel Brantley.


Feature image: Photography by Carmel Brantley.


This story originally appeared in the Fall 2023 issue of C Magazine.

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