The Hilton West Palm Beach opened its doors to welcome local patrons and visitors last week. The new hotel was built by Related Companies and targets tourists and convention audience.
With its high-profile position within the gateway to both Palm Beach and downtown West Palm Beach, the new 12-story convention hotel adds unparalleled ambience, service and a farm-to-fork culinary experience that will make it a coveted destination among locals and visitors. Featuring 400 guest rooms and 43 suites, Hilton West Palm Beach was designed by Miami-based architectural firm Nicholas Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates and Dallas-based interior design firm Looney and Associates. Design inspiration draws from the peaceful fluidity of the lush Florida oceanside landscape and utilizes natural woods and contrasted neutrals with bright blue, gold and teal hues that reflect the physical characteristics of the Palm Beaches and indigenous artistic flair.
The striking new architectural icon features a double-height grand lobby with views of the hotel’s exquisitely landscaped Palm Deck. Accentuated by a zero-entry expansive pool, private cabanas, Restoration Hardware furnishings and a poolside bar and fire pit, the action-packed, three quarter-acre outdoor lanai delivers a relaxed island-style ambience with popular Palm Beach DJ talent Adam Lipson who will curate the sound experience.
“With Related Companies’ vision, we have programmed a world-class hotel by celebrating the incredible local talent to foster a true sense of place for the community and represent the South Florida lifestyle,” said John L. Parkinson, general manager, Hilton West Palm Beach. “Hilton West Palm Beach is a melting pot of people and this ‘unconventional’ convention center will be the place to socialize, enjoy astonishing food and attend business meetings for locals, convention goers and guests alike.”
A focal point of the unconventional hotel is the strong commitment to fresh, quality food to create unique, top-notch cuisine for hotel guests and locals by an exceptionally talented team of celebrated chefs. Hilton West Palm Beach offers an immersive culinary experience including:
- Manor, the hotel’s signature farm-to-fork style restaurant serving contemporary American cuisine, is led by celebrated Palm Beach Chef Matthew Byrne, former chef to Tiger Woods and Owner/Executive Chef of the popular West Palm Beach restaurant, Kitchen. Collaborating with Chef Byrne is award winning Executive Chef Miguel Santiago, bringing more than 20 years of experience to the hotel having cooked for presidents and dignitaries during his time in Washington, D.C. Manor is located directly off the lobby and flows onto the poolside terrace.
- Galley, the hotel’s lobby bar with a nautical design theme, will inspire guests to indulge in Prohibition-style handcrafted cocktails and shared tapas, while overlooking the outdoor oasis. Guests can choose from custom wine blends and bourbon as well as on-tap local craft beers from South Florida’s fast budding beer scene.
- For those looking for food on the go, Provisions marketplace provides locally sourced goods such as Rabbit Coffee Roasting Company, freshly prepared bites, cold-pressed juices and gifts from Palm Beach shops and artists.
“We are creating an unforgettable culinary experience using our core principles of sourcing the best local ingredients, keeping dishes simple, full of flavor and delivering outstanding product to our guests in a spectacular environment,” said Chef Matthew Byrne.
Hilton West Palm Beach also features a curated art program that embodies the artistic energy of South Florida. Collaborations with artists include Zammy Migdal, who created a wall sculpture with more than 140 hand-forged iron sculptural elements, and life-sized photography by Chris Leidy, grandson of Lilly Pulitzer, who draws inspiration from within the depths of the world’s oceans.
Connected to The Palm Beach County Convention Center via an enclosed walkway, Hilton West Palm Beach earns distinction as the only hotel in South Florida to be directly connected to a convention center. The property offers more than 24,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, including the 13,350-sq. ft. Oceana Ballroom and the 5,800-sq. ft. Coral Ballroom as well as two 2,400-sq. ft. expansive lawn spaces for weddings, special events and fitness programming. With an in-house panel of experts to provide programs for team building, including glow-in-the-dark lawn games, scavenger hunts and outdoor boot camp fitness classes, the hotel goes the extra mile to enrich the group experience. Guests also have access to a state-of-the-art fitness center and specialty classes, floatation menu featuring inflatable toys and rafts for relaxing in-pool, oversized chessboard, outdoor fire pit and more.
The new Hilton West Palm beach was the vision of Related Companies, who developed the CityPlace directly across the street. CityPlace is a 72-acre mixed-use development created in public/private partnership with Related Companies and the City of West Palm Beach. It has served as the primary catalyst for billions of investments in the city since it opened in 2000. Hilton guests can enjoy access to more than 60 specialty retail shops, a distinguished collection of restaurants and bars and an open-air plaza with a distinctive water feature with dancing fountains.
“Today’s opening of the Hilton West Palm Beach represents the culmination of nearly 20 years of focus and dedication. With every development we seek to innovate and shift the paradigm and here in West Palm Beach we have reimagined the very definition of a convention center hotel and created a unique destination experience that has exceeded even our own expectations. With best-in-class creative design, top finishes and furnishings, a pool setting that rivals the best resorts, and culinary offerings that will surprise and delight visitors, we are proud to open the Hilton West Palm Beach and welcome our first customers to experience the property,” said Stephen Ross, Chairman and Founder of Related Companies. “But we could not have done it alone, and we are extremely grateful for the unwavering partnership of the County and the City. Without their support we would not be here today.”
“We created a hotel with the kind of originality and distinctive personalized service that will offer an unmatched experience in this market,” said Kenneth Himmel, President and CEO of Related Urban, the mixed-use division of Related Companies. “In collaboration with the County, City and Hilton, it’s an honor to see our flagship hotel come to fruition at a time when there is tremendous excitement in West Palm Beach.”
Hilton West Palm Beach is located in the heart of the city’s cultural triangle anchored by the nearby Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Norton Museum of Art, Clematis Street and Downtown’s Art & Entertainment District. All are within a short walk of the hotel, along with Worth Avenue and Palm Beach, which is a short three miles away.
“We are honored to present Hilton West Palm Beach, which represents our strong collaboration with Related Companies,” said Joe Berger, executive vice president and president, Americas, Hilton Worldwide. “The Palm Beaches have a long history of welcoming visitors from around the world and being home to coveted lifestyle brands. Now, we look forward to offering travelers a getaway to this immersive city through exceptional service and amenities for which the Hilton brand is known around the globe.”