“From the moment Andrew and I purchased The Colony Palm Beach, we wanted to restore the lobby back to its original glamorous stature,” Colony co-owner Sarah Wetenhall says of herself and her husband. “Hospitality is all about first impressions…[and] I had this dream of visually immersing our guests in the Colony experience in a truly unique way.”
Although the Wetenhalls went about this by installing a perfectly pink custom de Gournay wallpaper mural (more on that later), they’re not alone in partaking in what seems to be a Floridan hotel renaissance. Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and its notably high rates in the Sunshine State, a slew of hospitality ventures are piquing interest and turning heads—thanks in no small part to their emphases on historic design.
On Fisher Island, designer Adriana Hoyos has been hard at work on the resort component of the Fisher Island Club after recently completing a series of refreshed common spaces within the famously exclusive members-only social club. Notably, the Vanderbilt Mansion is the keystone of the property. “I wanted to know a little bit about its history,” she says