I lived in the Palm Beach area for a year and a half right out of college, and one of my favorite rituals was my daily drive to and from work along A1A—blue ocean to my right, mega-mansions to my left. Last week I returned to Palm Beach for a stay at the new-ish Eau Palm Beach. The hotel occupies what used to be The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach, which I passed every day on that drive. So, when I heard that the hotel had re-branded and that Jonathan Adler had re-imagined its oceanfront suites, I couldn’t wait to see it for myself. You guys—it did not disappoint. The lobby and ground floor remain true to the Ritz-Carlton’s very classic style—crystal chandeliers, ivory upholstery, opulent floral arrangements, nothing out of place—but everything changes upstairs when you step off the elevator. Boom! Shades of blue, aqua, and turquoise burst from the carpet and the wallpaper, and everything from the headboard to the side tables are splashed with geometric patterns. Mod light fixtures twinkle overhead, and cheeky art adorns the walls. If Mad Men and The Greenbrier spent a drunken night in bed together, this is the baby they’d birth—and it’s a match made in hotel heaven.
It all started with a champagne check-in. I didn’t care what happened from here.
Mirrored. Bamboo. Wallpaper.
This bathroom. So good!
The only thing missing from this picture? Liz Taylor and her That’s Entertainment caftan lounging on the couch.
We’ve all seen (and probably owned) a pair of these mustache/lip mugs.
Not just a myth. Mirrors with built-in TVs do exist!
Finally, a hotel where my ancient Benefit makeup bag didn’t feel too girlish or out of place—rather, right at home!
Perhaps not until this visit did I realize just how colorful Palm Beach is. The boldes, most brilliant blues!
Eau, what a fun place to stay! What’s your favorite funky hotel?