Though it's hardly the only face-lift in Palm Beach, we're thrilled to report that The Brazilian Court hotel, built in 1926, has been splendidly redone, complete with a new Café Boulud, in a sunny, clubby, and intimate style. Some rooms are still to be completed—bathrooms doubled in size, heavy curtains replaced with wooden shutters. But already the refreshed yellow facade looks terrific, as does the lobby, done in warm mustard, red, and orange under a vaulted cypress ceiling. It leads right into Café Boulud, Daniel Boulud's first outside New York. The menu will be familiar to his fans: hibiscus iced tea, chilled lobster salad, and, yes, the DB Burger. But there are plenty of Palm Beach touches, like the Worth Avenue Martini with two Roquefort-stuffed olives, not to mention the dinner conversation ("I know how to wash your face so the stitches don't get wet"). When we were there, the bar and the restaurant were both full, proving that even Palm Beach is ready for something new. Rates, $500-$1,600. At 301 Australian Avenue; 800-552-0335; www.thebraziliancourt.com.
Hotel prices show high-season rates from the least expensive double to the most expensive suite.