The History of the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach

Gerald Lombardo
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The iconic Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach was founded in 1896 by the industry tycoon Henry M. Flagler. Flagler, one of the great American industrialists started a trend on the island of Palm Beach of elegant properties. Soon after, other industry tycoons and socialites began flocking to the new destination.

Flagler first made his debut on the island with The Royal Poinciana, a six-story hotel on the Intracoastal side of the island. Just two years later, Flagler debuted the premier oceanfront hotel, The Breakers. 

Unfortunately, the hotel had two fires, in 1903 and then again in 1925 and the hotel had to undergo renovations. The second renovations were awarded to New York-based architects and designers, Shultze and Weaver, who would later go on to create some of Manhattan’s most beautiful hotels. The hotel reopened to guests in 1926 with a more European architectural influence and flair. During this time, the resort's reputation grew, and many notable guests would vacation here year after year. The hotel in 1973 was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Today, the luxury hotel offers world-class service and has been continuously ranked amongst the top hotels in Florida and the United States with guest rooms overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the beach. The lavish 538 room and suites feature a high-end tropical design with many accommodations and amenities located on the grounds of the historic hotel. The amenities and accommodations include several pools, spa treatments, plenty of children’s activities, elegant ballrooms, delicious restaurants, golf at one of 2 courses, tennis, a fitness facility, shopping at many stores including Lilly Pulitzer, and much more. 

This hotel is truly one of a kind, click here to visit their website and explore more.


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