Once a year during Sunfest, I stay at the Breakers hotel. Here's why:
I hate this expression, but since I don't want to give actual dates, I will just start this conversation off with, "back in the day". Back in the day, I was a valet parker and a bellman at the very famous Breakers hotel in Palm Beach. I credit these years with me becoming the smart ass I am today on the radio because, I was thrust into the world of making the quick buck at a very young age with a group of men, who were craftier and crustier than I was, but I was a quick study. I basically had to unload a guests car, park it, and carry their luggage to their room. If I did a good job at that, I would be rewarded with a handsome tip. A "Fin" was five bucks, A Sawbuck was a ten, a double saw a twenty and a C note: A hundred, They didn't come that often, but when they did, it was sweet.
I left the Breakers and went to the University of Florida, but always hold those years in high regard, so much so that I said, "one day, when I can afford it, I'm going back as a guest". I accomplished that , and I drive my wife and Son nuts with it. Why? Because I can't check into the hotel without telling every employee that, "ya know, Sonny, I used to work here". My family rolls their eyes while I try and impress to the bellhop that I was a former employee. They're always gracious, but I'm sure I annoy them. Let me just say this: The hotel was always about great service and man alive, they haven't missed a beat. I know they have good summer rates, and if you ever want to treat yourself, I highly recommend it.
Side note HMF: they just opened up a new concept restaurant that is really a killer bar, and it's called HMF. What a great idea: a 1940's era type supper club, with music, a lively atmosphere, classic cocktails and small plates. We ended up ordering the whole menu! One part of the menu is sushi, another part is food inspired by gourmet food trucks (duck pot stickers!), and it just keeps going. You drink a little, you order a few plates, you drink some more, you get it. Highly recommended. Oh, and it rocks until 2am, but I was long gone by then. Because Back in the day, I could hang.
Gina marveling at the architecture.
A really nice toilet. I took full advantage.
Ok, it was after Sunfest and I was slightly buzzed.
The ceiling of the Gold Room, they do wedding ceremonies and killer cocktail parties in here.
Early morning swell on Breakers Beach, Singer Island in the distance.