The Ben West Palm eyes winter opening

The Ben West Palm is slated for a winter opening. Part of Autograph Collection, Marriott International’s collection of hotels, The Ben is the focal point of Flagler Banyan Square, a 3.5-acre mixed-use waterfront development in downtown West Palm Beach, Fla.

Owned and operated by Concord Hospitality, The Ben will be located in downtown West Palm Beach, the only hotel in downtown with water-facing views.

The 208-room hotel will have a modern design reflecting the spirit of the Ben Trovato estate, one of West Palm Beach’s homes owned by Byrd and Fred Dewey, city pioneers and socialites. Byrd Dewey’s love for West Palm Beach is documented in her writing, in particular her book “Bruno”, which showcases tales of her time spent living in South Florida in the late 1800s and provides an account of a time that helped shape the city.

The hotel will have a rooftop lounge and bar, to be called Spruzzo. Access to Spruzzo will be available via an express elevator that will give guests a direct entrance to the rooftop.

The rooftop will also have a swimming pool with bird’s eye views of Palm Harbor Marina, the Intracoastal Waterway and Palm Beach Island.

Additionally, the property will have Proper Grit, the hotel’s restaurant, on the ground level. It will have indoor and outdoor seating.

The property is being outfitted by South Florida design and architecture firm EoA. Upon completion, eclectic elements and fixtures, as well as classic pieces will be evident throughout the lobby, common areas and guestrooms.

For events, The Ben West Palm will have over 8,000 square feet of meeting spaces, from traditional boardrooms to a gallery. The Studio will provide a supplementary space, with flexible design to allow for multiple room configurations. The property will also have the rooftop Blue Heron Ballroom that will be able to host up to 500 guests and will be the only rooftop ballroom in West Palm Beach, It will have views of Singer Island, Palm Beach Island and Palm Harbor Marina.

Bernardo Neto is the GM of the property.

The new Flagler Banyan Square development also includes the 251-unit luxury apartments known as Oversea, a public park known as “The Square,” public art, 20,000 square feet of street-facing retail, a waterfront destination restaurant, and office space.

Photo credit: The Ben West Palm