Palm Beach's Colony Hotel to close for the first time for renovations

The Colony Hotel – the center of Palm Beach Society since 1947 – is closing for the first time in 40 years.

The hotel will close Sept. 2 during a multi-million dollar update headed by decorator Carleton Varney, president of Dorothy Draper & Company.

The hotel will re-open Oct. 10, 2014, with new suite designs including colors, floral patterns and contrasts, and with new amenities such as large, flat-screen smart TVs and Bluetooth-enabled telephones with built-in chargers, as well as slow-glow lights in the bathrooms, striped walk-in closets, Frette linens and views of the ocean, the Everglades Club golf course and the town of Palm Beach.     

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Varney, who has written a weekly design column for the Palm Beach Daily News for more than 30 years, is associated with the restoration and decoration of hotels and resorts including Dromoland and Ashford Castles in Ireland; The Waldorf Towers and Plaza Hotel in New York; Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island (Michigan); The Breakers in Palm Beach and the Greenbrier in West Virginia. Based in New York City, Dorothy Draper & Co. is the oldest established interior design firm in the United States.

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