by Patricia Serrano There's a hotel for every kind of traveler in Delray Beach. This is a list of the different hotels that I've stayed at. I will keep adding as the list grows.
If you’re a fancypants - Stay at the Seagate Hotel and Spa (1000 East Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33483, 1-877-57-SEAGATE, theseagatehotel.com). I LOVE the beds here. They have one of the most comfortable hotel beds that I’ve ever slept in. I also enjoyed their lap pool. I got up early to do my laps before the kids come out to play. There’s a gym and on-site spa as well where you can get pampered with their special Rain Massage ($180 for 80 minutes), a treatment where you get massaged with water. I found it a quite novel experience. Not recommended for those who don’t like to be drenched in water for 80 minutes straight. The hotel also has a seaside Seagate Beach Club for exclusive use by hotel guests and club members only with complimentary cabana service so take advantage while you’re there.
If you want a secluded hideaway - Stay at Crane’s Beach House (82 Gleason Street, Delray Beach, FL 33483, (561) 278.1700, cranesbeachhouse.com) You’ll feel like you’re tucked away on a secluded island in the Florida Keys. Phone reception was a bit spotty, but that may have just been my carrier, but it was so beautiful here that I really didn’t want anyone disturbing my peace. Also, the breakfast there is great. I really enjoyed sitting in a hammock under a tiki hut and sipping their freshly squeezed juice. Also, the hotel and all the inspiring art on the walls makes it an ideal place for a detox so if you’re looking for one, Holistic Life Coach, Jill Schneider in conjunction with Crane’s offers a 5-day Exclusive One-on-One Transformational Retreat.
Best for traveling on business - Marriott Delray Beach (10 North Ocean Boulevard Delray Beach, FL 33483, (561)274-3200, marriottdelraybeach.com). I stayed in a great suite where there was a separate sleeping area and separate work area. This made it easy to mentally separate work from play. Also, with convenient amenities, on-suite spa, N Spa, and the best and fastest WiFi I experienced in Delray, this is a great place to be if you need to be connected at all times. It’s also right across the beach so if you need a few hours of being disconnected R&R, it’s just a walk away.
For the view - Holiday Inn Highland Beach (2809 S Ocean Blvd, Highland Beach, FL 33487, (561) 278-6241, highlandbeachholidayinn.com) Nothing beats this view. You’re so close to the water that the sound of the waves therapeutically lulls you to sleep. Other than the view and the location, another good thing about this place is their Sunday brunch. A beautiful view coupled with bottomless mimosas and a large selection of seafood, including oysters.
For the romantic - The Sundy House (106 S Swinton Ave, Delray Beach, FL, 33444 (561) 272-5678, sundyhouse.com) Nestled in lush greenery, this quiet ex-mayor’s home turned 11-room boutique hotel is peaceful and beautifully landscaped. Each room is also creatively decorated in its own creative theme and the suites come with washer/dryers and full kitchens! I loved staying in a rainforest-themed room. What absolutely blew me away about this place is their landscaping. I loved having my morning coffee under a gazebo by a serene pond. Although the WiFi in the rooms worked well, I wish the WiFi in the rest of the hotel worked better so I could spend more time outdoors. I absolutely loved swimming in their freshwater cenote-style pool. The place feels so magical that it’s not surprising at all that so many weddings take place here.
For proximity to things to do - The Hyatt Place in Pineapple Grove (104 NE 2nd Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33444, (561) 330 3530, delraybeach.place.hyatt.com) is in the heart of everything cool in Delray's Pineapple Grove Arts District. I like how convenient this place is to get in and out of, with no big lobby to stroll through. Easy in and out, it’s like you’re in a serviced apartment with a great bar. It’s an extremely short walk to a lot of Delray’s best restaurants, bars and nightlife. Some nights there are even live jazz acts playing in the lobby.