The Chesterfield Palm Beach
What We Love
- Coolers, beach chairs and umbrellas are available to use at the nearby beach
- Short stroll to shops and restaurants on posh Worth Avenue
- The hotel offers fresh-baked cookies in the lobby, as well as lemonade and fresh fruit at the pool
- Free WiFi and valet parking
What To Know
- The beach is three blocks away, and there’s no private area for guests
- There’s no gym or spa
- Some of the rooms are a bit small
- Palm Beach can be expensive, but West Palm Beach, right across the bridge, has lots of more affordable shop and restaurant options
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Just a few blocks from the Atlantic Ocean and Worth Avenue in one of Florida’s most exclusive towns stands the Chesterfield. The European-style hotel has 53 guestrooms, each designed with sumptuous fabrics and modern decor. Overall, the effect feels fresh and what one would expect in Palm Beach luxury, and what some of the rooms lack in size they make up for in comfortable details, like good-size marble bathrooms, plush bathrobes and soft bedding. The hotel offers fresh-baked cookies in the lobby, as well as lemonade and fresh fruit by the pool. The Leopard Lounge, a Palm Beach staple, serves internationally-inspired dishes like Chicken Curry and Josper Grilled Veal Chop in the dining room (and courtyard, weather permitting), as well as a traditional English afternoon tea, featuring dainty tea sandwiches and warm baked scones. Surrounded by tropical plants and tall ficus bushes, the scene at the pool is quiet, and there’s a beautiful stretch of coral-flecked sand lapped by deep blue water only three blocks away. (There’s no private area for guests, but the valet can provide chairs and umbrellas.)
In the Area
In Palm Beach there’s plenty to do besides sunning yourself on the beach. Most notably, the Chesterfield is two blocks south of Worth Avenue, which is lined with such boutiques as Cartier, Tiffany’s, Chanel and Valentino, among others. And just across the bridge, along the Intracoastal Waterway in the town of West Palm Beach, there are hundreds more restaurants and shops. For excellent Italian fare, book a table under the palms at the lively Cucina dell’Arte. For brunch visit the landmark Taboo restaurant, which resembles a British colonial club and claims to have originated the Bloody Mary (for Barbara Hutton); theirs has now been imbibed by such diverse celebs as Woody Allen, Deepak Chopra, Jeff Gordon and Ozzy Osbourne.
How to Get There
This is our second stay in a year and we hoped we’d like it as much the second time as the first. We were not at all disappointed. Palm Beach is the Over The Top capital of Florida, but the Chesterfield is friendly, comfortable and still has what it takes to deliver a most pleasant stay. It’s a short walk to the Worth Ave shopping and a short drive to most everything else. The staff have almost all been at the hotel for years, and there is real pride in sharing “their” place with guests, many of whom are repeat visitors. The value for the $ is very good or even excellent, but book well ahead and on their website. There are little finds that make the value even better, such as the Happy Hour Sun-Thursday and a continental breakfast if the AAA state is used. All this said, if you need or expect a super modern “lux life” place, go elsewhere. If you like a warm, somewhat low key stay, and one you’ll probably want to return to, go for it!
Arriving after a tiring drive we were offered bottled water and went to our room. The superior queen had a nice view of the pool which was dirty at 3 pm . They did clean it overnight and it was as more inviting the following morning but we were checking out by then. The bed was comfortable but our “superior “ room was tiny! The only chair in it was a desk chair. The bathroom was beautifully tiled but also tight.
There was confusion about our breakfast so after a hearty and tasty English Breakfast, our bill was discounted for two continental breakfasts($20) but upon checkout we learned that was a mistake and had to pay the extra$20..understandable but after paying $276 for s room not worth $176, it just left a bad taste. Do not recommend- we have been to Their property in Ireland (Ashford Castle) and this isn’t that caliber- hated the monkeys.
I stay at the Chesterfield often. The rates are good, the staff is professional and you have the feeling of the way Palm Beach was when we were growing up. Decorated like a lovely English club with a library, meeting room and well respected restaurant “The Leopard Lounge” the hotel maintains its boutique style. The swimming pool makes you feel as though you’re at your great aunts home : Classic palm beach, intimate, pink and green with water and essentials available at a table at the end of the pool.
This trip was for my birthday so I stayed in a suite with living room , bedroom and two bathrooms. My husband arrived later in the stay and having two bathrooms was great! One had a walk in shower with a hand held shower head and the other had a tub/shower combo. The rooms are cleverly designed with closets and a shoe/accessories closet so you can put everything away. Thank you to the staff for spoiling us , much appreciated.
We love the old Palm Beach feel, the chocolate chip cookies left in the lobby in the afternoon and the candy in the front of the restaurant. I also love that you can have your breakfast downstairs in the restaurant or by room service. I often arrive exhausted and just enjoy relaxing in the room. The staff always helps me get whatever I need to be comfortable and I appreciate it greatly.
I often stay in Red Carnation Hotels in London for the same reason : good location, good food, good service and rates that I can live with at the end of the day.