A List of Interesting Facts About The Breakers, Palm Beach
Henry Morrison Flagler opened The Breakers in 1896, and his heirs still own and run the hotel.
The Breakers Had Burned Down Twice
The Breakers, formerly the Palm Beach Inn until 1901, burned down in 1903 and 1925. The first fire ignited during renovations to expand the building, and the second fire originated in a room where a curling iron was supposedly left on by the Chicago Mayor’s wife.
The architects of the Waldorf Astoria in New York also designed The Breakers that opened in 1926, that we know today. They based their plan on Villa Medici in Rome.
In the early 1900’s, guests included the Rockefeller’s, J. P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, and the Vanderbilts to name a few. Today, presidents, nobility, businessmen, politicians, and movie stars still visit the world-renowned hotel.
While dining or sipping cocktails at the oceanfront Seafood Bar, unsuspecting patrons may flinch when they get the Impression of something sliding under their plate or wiggling beneath their drink. The bar is a saltwater aquarium that contains marine life including fish, eels, sponges, coral and more.
The Breakers is detail oriented:
- In the Palm Courtyard, orchids are attached to the trunks of palm trees and appear to grow from the bark.
- Crystal chandeliers hang in the lobby as well as the hallways.
- The receptionists and concierge wear Lilly Pulitzer making a tropical Impression.
- Fresh flowers adorn the hotel rooms.
- Flowers grow and bloom on The Breakers’ seawall.
More Interesting Facts
In 2009, a trapper stole Amazon parrot chicks from The Breakers resort. When he failed to sell them to a pet store, he abandoned the unharmed chicks at the store, and the owner called the authorities.
The Egyptian Goose is a combination of duck and goose. Many of them live on the Breakers’ property.
The Breakers accommodates children with a family pool, camps, and a Family Entertainment Center. Also, the staff keeps a supply of stuffed animals at the lobby entrance.
Hotel activities including visiting the spa, tennis, golf, nature walks, biking, fitness, water sports, shopping, dining and more. Visit their website for the latest offers.