Pretty soon West Palm Beachers could possibly talk to you, “Have you been to the Ben?”
Which is simply because a amazing new Florida resort — the Ben West Palm — is coming to the sizzling downtown location with an opening slated for Feb. 13.
The boutique resort sits on Flagler Banyan Square, in which Metropolis Hall utilized to be. The area presents the Ben bragging rights as downtown West Palm Beach’s only waterfront resort.
Having benefit of that watch, the Ben will have Spruzzo, the only drinking water-dealing with rooftop lounge in the downtown spot. Spruzzo will sit along with the hotel’s infinity pool and cabanas, and will have a fireplace pit as well as an categorical elevator to consider patrons from the foyer directly to the eighth floor al fresco boîte.
“From up there you can see earlier the Breakers into the ocean,” claims Thom Stewart, the director of sales and advertising and marketing for the Ben, who has been supplying really hard-hat tours of the assets due to the fact spring to companies searching for a room to phase charity galas and company occasions.
“Anyone who goes to the top rated floor, they are offered,” Stewart adds. “They are looking for a thing special.”
The Ben is aspect of the Marriott Autograph Assortment and will have near to 8,000 sq. ft of party place and 208 guest rooms, of which about 60% will facial area the Palm Harbor Marina.
“This market place has been extremely powerful, all the counties of South Florida,” describes Bernardo Neto, the Ben’s typical supervisor. “But West Palm Beach front in distinct has experienced huge situations and it requires an more exclusive lodge. Inside blocks of the Town Center you have terrific dining establishments and state of the art occasions, the (Palm Beach Worldwide Boat Exhibit) and SunFest.
“And even with all of that, the metropolis has not experienced the variety of lodge like Boca Raton or Fort Lauderdale previously has. The range of resorts and sampling of models that a traveler will profit from in other cities was under no circumstances available right here.”
The visitor area fees at the Ben start off at $259 in year and $159 off-period. The resort is now having reservations for March.
How the Ben obtained it’s title
The Ben is a throwback referencing a late 1800s property in the identical area that was known as Ben Trovato.
“It’s an Italian expression, which indicates a tale really perfectly told,” suggests Neto, who is originally from Portugal and formerly ran the Park MGM Las Vegas. “It’s … yet another way of stating ‘Even if it’s not genuine, it’s a superior tale.’ ”
Neto claims the Ben Trovato Estate was owned by Byrd “Birdie” Spilman Dewey, an author and South Florida pioneer who co-launched the town of Boynton Seashore. Dewey’s residence served as a kind of socializing salon for each organization and resourceful travelers as well as distinguished locals.
“The hotel is dependent on the spirit of the pioneer,” Neto adds. “We required to connect to that. There was a little something tremendous authentic about it … and the Marriott Autograph Assortment likes to find these distinctive stories.”
The interior of the resort, created by Malcolm Berg of EoA Group in Coral Gables, pays homage to the Ben Trovato Estate with lower, smooth seating and hardwood ending. The main bar in the lobby is half indoor and 50 % outside, “creating that household truly feel,” states Neto. “You wander into the foyer of the lodge and there are four chairs that dangle from the ceiling 25 feet significant.”
Stewart, who has lived in Fort Lauderdale and now resides in West Palm Beach front, provides, “There are matters that as you stroll by way of you have to prevent and look at for a 2nd time — the artwork function or the sculptures. And because Byrd Dewy was a author there is a sitting place, extremely exquisite … with gentle household furniture and two fireplaces. Just about every image has been hand-picked so they all have a tale driving it.
“When I get people today on these tours and they go into the foyer rest room, they arrive out and they say that they can not consider that they wallpapered the ceiling, but imagining back again on individuals outdated estates, that was really common.”
THE BEN’S Facilities
In addition to the infinity pool, ballroom and Spruzzo, the hotel will also have:
— The very first floor cafe is termed Good Grit and is what Neto phone calls “a signature Florida chop home, but a hipster version of a steak dwelling,” which he interprets as employing as much domestically sourced food and beverages as probable, shelling out notice to South Florida’s micro seasons. “For case in point, if strawberries are in time then for one month we could showcase that ingredient,” Neto clarifies. “And some of our visitors arrive in for stone crab period, so we want to join the guest to the local fishermen by means of our culinary offerings.” The identify arrives from the “grit” of the pioneers and the “proper” air of Dewey’s subtle socializing.
— There is a flex-use space identified as the Studio, which is an industrial-chic room with a glass garage door and an unfinished ceiling.
— To evoke the vibe of Ben Trovato, the Ben resort will have Superior Tea just about every afternoon.
— Canine will get treats, a exclusive little gown and have their individual area services menu when keeping in the resort (Dewey’s most well known reserve is titled “Bruno,” a title she also gave to her beloved puppy that she famously doted on).
— Dawn yoga classes will be offered and each guest space has a yoga mat. There will also be beer yoga, spotlighting neighborhood micro breweries.
— The rooms have a top secret door that when opened exposes painted glass in the shower.
— All the loos have direct daylight.
IF YOU GO
The Ben West Palm is situated at 251 N. Narcissus Ave., West Palm Beach, and is in the northeast quadrant of Olive Avenue and Banyan Boulevard, one particular block from Clematis Avenue.
For more information, phone 561-655-4001 or go to TheBenWestPalm.com.
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