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The Breakers, Palm Beach 

1 South County Road
Palm Beach , Florida
Tel: 561 655 6611
Tel: 888 273 2537
Fax: 561 659 8403
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Aah, the Breakers—one of the most famous, most exclusive, and yes, priciest places to stay in America (it's even snagged a spot on the National Register of Historic Places). Since its opening in 1896, the 550-room Breakers has played host to generations of great families—and those willing to pay big bucks to mix with the great families—during the social season. This 140-acre oceanfront Italian Renaissance–style property has extraordinary views, exceptional service, and amenities galore: Book in here for two 18-hole championship golf courses, three fitness centers, a beach club with fancy cabanas and water sports, five swimming pools, ten tennis courts, a 20,000-square-foot spa, and eight restaurants, most notably gourmet French spot L'Escalier. Lifelong visitors might remember the Breakers' rooms during the less-than-glorious 1990s, when they were, frankly, a little dingy and careworn. The owners have spent $250 million since then, updating the rooms and ensuring guests have access to high-speed Internet while they lounge on the gilt-and-floral furniture.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
This Italian Renaissance landmark on 140 acres has "an unforgettable location on the ocean." A five-year, $64 million renovation will be completed in summer 2011, with more-residential rooms in soothing tones of blue, green, and yellow and equipped with Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Numerous restaurants include L'Escalier, the signature restaurant, serving contemporary French cuisine. The family entertainment center includes a video arcade and a movie theater. Unwind at day bungalows around the adults-only Relaxation pool.

(540 rooms)
—2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 90.0
  • Activities: 89.6
  • Design: 93.7
  • Food: 87.1
  • Location: 96.2
  • Rooms: 84.0
  • Service: 89.5

Also appeared in the Gold List in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

Amenities: Beach, Golf, Pool, Spa, Tennis, Water sports

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