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The Brazilian Court Hotel 4.0

Palm Beach, Florida, United States

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Pros

  • Eight-minute walk to Palm Beach’s stunning beaches
  • Beautiful, century-old property oozes Spanish Colonial charm
  • Posh rooms with wet bars, premium minibars, and jetted soaking tubs
  • Elegant Café Boulud restaurant with alfresco dining and room service
  • Boulud Bar has a bespoke cocktail menu
  • Intimate, heated garden pool with a hot tub
  • Full-service salon by celebrity stylist Frédéric Fekkai
  • Fast, free Wi-Fi in every room and common area
  • Free airport transfers 
  • 24-hour gym and concierge service
  • Pet-friendly (for a fee)

Cons

  • Only paid parking available
  • No dedicated spa

Bottom Line

The four-pearl Brazilian Court Hotel is an intimate, boutique option with a healthy dose of elegant Spanish Colonial charm that was originally built in the 1920s. What it lacks in the scale of amenities, it makes up for with the quality of what's on offer: an elegant French restaurant by Daniel Boulud, a Frédéric Fekkai salon, and an intimate heated pool set among garden grounds with tinkling fountains. Plus, it’s two blocks from one of South Florida’s most beautiful beaches. All 80 rooms feel regal with free Wi-Fi, wet bars, full minibars, and jetted soaking tubs. Suites upgrade to spacious layouts with multiple bathrooms. Expect to pay extra for parking, but airport transfers are free. As an alternative, the Hilton West Palm Beach has a more modern vibe, plus additional features and lower rates. 

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Scene

Famed, historical boutique property with all the elegance of The Great Gatsby

Built in 1926, the beautiful Mediterranean Revival hotel is a famous, local institution. Nearly all of Sicilian architect Rosario Candela’s original structure remains, complemented by a lush decor of rich mahogany paneling, buttery yellow buildings, and ornate antique furnishings. Two beautifully landscaped courtyards with sparkling fountains and intimate seating areas put a finer point on the boutique feel. The vibe is quiet, elegant, and sophisticated. Every space -- from the garden pool to the gourmet French restaurant to the twin reading nooks -- feels neatly designed for relaxed seclusion. Kids are welcome, but the reserved, honeymoon-worthy air draws far more couples than families.

Location

In Palm Beach’s exclusive residential district, eight minutes from the beach

The hotel is hidden in a residential neighborhood where every street is lined with lavish mansions and six-figure imported automobiles. It’s one of the most exclusive addresses, not just in Florida, but in the country. Blocks away lies famed Worth Avenue, jam-packed with the world’s most recognizable high-end brands from Gucci to Neiman Marcus to Tiffany. A 10-minute walk west takes guests to the Intracoastal, east to one of South Florida’s most beautiful beaches, and south to the famed Everglades Golf Course. For more dining and shopping options, the upscale CityPlace lifestyle district is a five-minute drive west. It's an eight-minute drive to the Kravis Center for Performing Arts. Palm Beach International (PBI) Airport is 15 minutes away by car, and free transfers are included both ways.

Rooms

Posh rooms with antique furniture, minibars, free Wi-Fi, and optional patios/terraces

The regal, sophisticated aesthetic from the public areas carries through to every room. Antique desks and dressers, rich mahogany seating, and luxurious beds with pillow-top bedding and plush linens all create a feel befitting the hotel’s landmark status. Rooms offer similar amenities but differ mainly in square footage. Every room, even entry-level Studios, is generously sized from between 400 to 1,800 square feet (37-167 square meters). Some units offer furnished patios or terraces overlooking the pool or courtyards. The list of standard amenities is excellent and includes fast, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen HDTVs, wine refrigerators, and premium minibars. Bathrooms are equally lavish. Fit and finish is impeccable with marble flooring and vanities, modern shower stalls, and jetted soaking tubs. Hairdryers and Gilchrist & Soames brand bath products are standard. Twice-daily housekeeping service is also provided.

Features

A world-class, gourmet French restaurant, an intimate garden pool, and a Frédéric Fekkai salon

The hotel can’t compete with the sheer number of amenities at the area’s largest, over-the-top hotels. But, every on-site amenity is intimate, thoughtful, and upscale. The gourmet French restaurant, Café Boulud, is a destination eatery for both hotel guests and locals. The haute cuisine breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus were personally designed by James Beard-award-winning Chef Daniel Boulud. Meals are served either in the elegant dining room or on a charming outdoor terrace overlooking the main courtyard. Boulud Bar anchors one end of the dining room with a moody backlit bar, a glowing, nightclub-worthy bar top, and a bespoke cocktail menu.

The heated outdoor pool feels manages to feel more intimate than small. It anchors a charming, secluded terrace surrounded by lush tropical landscaping and dozens of towering palm trees. Ample lounge chairs line both sides of the pool, and there’s a small hot tub tucked into one corner of the space. While the hotel lacks a dedicated spa, it does house a world-class salon backed by celebrity stylist Frédéric Fekkai. A long list of high-end beauty treatments are available. Basic massage services can be provided in rooms.

A small fitness center offers essential workout equipment, and bicycles are available to rent by the hour. Fast, free Wi-Fi is included throughout the property. Pets stay for a fee. Only paid valet parking is available, which is common for the area. 

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Things You Should Know About The Brazilian Court Hotel

Address

301 Australian Ave, Palm Beach, Florida 33480-4627, United States

Phone

(561) 655-7740

Also Known As

  • The Brazilian Court Hotel & Beach Club

Room Types

  • Luxury Studio
  • One Bedroom Luxury Suite
  • One Bedroom Suite w/ Den
  • One Bedroom Suite w/ Terrace
  • Poolside Lanai Suite
  • Terrace or Patio Studio
  • Two Bedroom Suite

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