By Ken Panton
Photography by David Lewis Taylor
Oh yes, their house car is a classic Rolls-Royce! The Chesterfield Palm Beach effortlessly imparts the legendary sophistication of its surrounds with the high traditions of exceptional service and English hospitality. At center stage is the opulent yellow lobby/sitting area where the grand chandelier overhead warms the richly patterned and textured ruby upholstered furnishing. Just behind the lobby are a state-of-the-art boardroom and the hotel's English style library, where afternoon tea is served. It is not uncommon to see women dressed in Chanel pass through the lobby on their way to a meeting in the boardroom and to see nattily dressed gentlemen clad in the latest Tom Ford heading to the library for cocktails or afternoon tea. The day finds guest returning from shopping on nearby Worth Avenue or from a visit to a great golf course. The beautiful Atlantic Ocean, only 3 blocks away, is also a delightful day destination for guests at the Chesterfield Hotel. In the early evening guests come and go dressed for elegant dinner parties, banquets and socials gatherings. This is Palm Beach after all.
The Chesterfield Hotel, located on the main island of Palm Beach, is the perfect setting for any retreat. This Palm Beach historical landmark built in 1926 maintains the romance and glamour of a past era while offering truly updated modern luxury and service. An inviting outdoor courtyard leads you to an elegant lobby filled with fresh flowers and decorated with English antiques. You are invited to sit at a desk with a glass of sherry while checking in. Fine service is a given at four-star hotels, but because The Chesterfield has 42 guest rooms and 11 suites, their excellent service becomes personalized. The hotel maintains that "no request too large, no detail too small."
The tropically lush heated pool and spa area, warm intimate library, and richly appointed lobby entice guests to relax in style and luxury. The bedrooms and European style suites are luxurious and plush. The hint of wild animal prints, evident throughout the hotel's decor, suggests a touch of decadence lurking behind the refinement.
One of Palm Beach's most infamous rooms, and the place to meet in Palm Beach, is located at The Chesterfield Hotel. The Leopard Lounge and Restaurant come to life in the evenings with live entertainment and dancing seven nights a week. Exquisite dining, prepared by renowned Chef Gerard Coughlin and his culinary team, is served amidst the dramatic red, black, and leopard print decor. Those who enjoy dinner can stay and dance the night away. Many guests arrive later in the evening for dancing and socializing. Overhead, the hand painted murals by Lino Mario on the ceiling give a wink to the thoughts of the patrons below.
With the grace of an era of elegance, fine English charm, and discreet service, The Chesterfield Hotel is a truly special retreat.