Since opening at the end of 2020, the White Elephant Palm Beach has become a modern classic. That’s not because of its hip vibe or edgy aesthetic, but rather because it honors an important part of Palm Beach’s heritage while reimagining it for a new era.
Prior to its acquisition by New England Development, the property built in 1924 – originally an iconic hotel serving Colonel ER Bradley’s gambling casino – was an aging architectural gem. NED president (and part-time Palm Beacher) Stephen Karp saw the potential of its terraces, arcades and exterior staircases and immediately considered a partner hotel of NED’s White Elephant Nantucket. Elkus Manfredi Architects, specialists in the restoration of historic properties, transformed the original Mediterranean Revival-style structure into a 32-key boutique hotel with a residential feel, down to carefully preserved art.
Although the architecture is classic, it looks anything but dated thanks to a host contemporary counterpoints. Raised materials such as metals, Carrara marble and parquet floors are interpreted with a fresh eye. The furnishings are elegant and modern. The highlight is the art collection, consisting of 120 original pieces of pop and modern art. The most monumental, a 7-foot white elephant statue by Santa Fe artist Fredrick Prescott, greets guests outside the main entrance.
In the lobby, a 54-inch round acrylic painting by Orit Fuchs draws attention and draws attention to the rest of the collection, which includes works by Japanese-American painter Kenzo Okada, the New York artist Donald Baechler, by legendary painter Robert Rauschenberg and others. Noteworthy is the powder room sketches of Doodle Boy, a 10-year-old British artist who created the designs with a marker, incorporating a hidden elephant into each.
The four-story hotel is organized around a courtyard that houses the pool and outdoor seating for the signature restaurant, LoLa 41. It’s the heart of the property, and it buzzes with energy, especially at night when the lights are on. subdued create a magical atmosphere. atmosphere. Although the hotel is a short walk from Royal Poinciana Way, the town’s original main street, the courtyard feels secluded thanks to smart landscaping and stunning design that emphasizes the interior .
Rooms and suites vary in size from 510 to 3,000 square feet and are so tastefully appointed that you feel more like a guest in a private house. The most special spaces are the two penthouse suites, sized for graceful entertaining or multigenerational gatherings. The decks alone are up to 1,200 square feet. From this area, the view encompasses the lush expanses of Bradley Park and the famous terracotta rooftops of Palm Beach. In all of Palm Beach, there is no better place than the Park Suite Terrace for private dining under the stars.
When it’s time to get out, the White Elephant offers free use of bikes or chauffeured rides in the BMW 7 Series sedans. Either is a good way to explore the recently reinvigorated Royal Poinciana Way. and its charming businesses. Where to go? Shop the eclectic haute couture boutiques of the Royal Poinciana Plaza, cycle or walk the Lake Trail, stop for a Butterscotch Bomb ice cream Sprinkles cone, grab a novel read by the pool at the Palm Beach Book Store and dive into the new Via Flagler by The Breakers (don’t miss the mini donuts at Main Street Cafe). Like the white elephant, the evolution of the old main street is a perfect blend of tradition and modernity – and just the right way to experience today’s Palm Beach.