4 New Meeting Hotels Coming to the Palm Beaches

These conference-friendly properties are yet more lures to Florida's Atlantic Coast for planners.

The Ben will debut in West Palm Beach in 2020
The Ben will debut in West Palm Beach in 2020

The Palm Beaches offer some of the best of Florida's natural resources, including gorgeous coastlines, the vast Atlantic Ocean, great fishing and a backdrop of swaying palm trees. The destination also features the 350,000-square-foot Palm Beach County Convention Center and a variety of group-friendly resorts, making the destination as fitting for planners and attendees as it is for swimmers and anglers. 

Following are four properties that will debut here in the near future. 

The Ben, a Marriott Autograph Collection

Set to open in West Palm Beach in January 2020, the 208-room Ben, a Marriott Autograph Collection (pictured above), will feature 7,791 square feet of meeting space; the waterfront Blue Heron Ballroom; a rooftop pool; a fitness center; and Spruzzo, an open-air bar and grill serving fresh-caught seafood and craft cocktails. Its location on Narcissus Avenue affords views of both the Palm Harbor Marina and the Intracoastal Waterway, and within walking distance are the retail-and-entertainment throughfares of Clematis and Main streets, along with  the newly rebranded Rosemary Square (formerly CithPlace).

The property was named in honor of Byrd and Fred Dewey, co-founders of the town of Boynton, whose original estate was called Ben Trovato. The new hotel will blend Florida history with modern amenities like mobile check-in and smart appliances. 

Aloft Delray Beach

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The Aloft Delray Beach will debut this October.

The 122-room Aloft Delray Beach will open in downtown Delray Beach's SofA (South of the Atlantic) District this October. The property will feature 9,000 square feet of event space, a 24/7 fitness center, a splash pool and the W XYZ Bar, serving up live music, craft beers and American cuisine. 

Aloft's central location provides guests with convenient access to Delray's beaches, art venues, high-end restaurants and local shopping; Boca Raton is just a short drive south.

Mandarin Oriental

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The Mandarin Oriental Downtown Boca Raton will open in 2021.

Marking the second Florida property (with an establishment in Miami) for the brand, and sixth in the U.S., the 158-room Mandarin Oriental is set to debut in Boca Raton's downtown in late 2021. The hotel will include a 4,500-square foot ballroom, several breakout conference rooms, two rooftop pools, an Asian- and European-inspired spa, and several fine dining restaurants, bars and an on-site confectionary. 

Adjacent to the property, golf pro Jack Niklaus has redesigned the 18-hole Via Mizner Golf and City Club course that will be accessible to guests. The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, consisting of an additional 92 rooms, will be located in an adjoining tower connected to the hotel via a sky bridge. The two buildings will form part of a 2-million-square-foot mixed-use development called Via Mizner, which will also include a half-mile of luxury retail and dining outlets. 

Canopy by Hilton West Palm Downtown

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Coming next year: The Canopy by Hilton Hotel West Palm Beach Downtown

The Canopy by Hilton Hotel West Palm Beach Downtown represents a more meetings-friendy reboot for the brand. Expected to open in January 2020 as Florida's first Canopy, the 13-story property will include 150 guest rooms; 5,000 square feet on meeting space, including a 3,060-square-foot ballroom and an outdoor prefunction terrace; an infinity pool overlooking the ocean; a restaurant and bar, and a fitness center. A six-story banyon tree will weave its way through the center of the hotel, meant to evoke historical reference to the indigenous flora and fauna of Palm Beach County.

The hotel will sit just two blocks from the Rosemary Square entertainment district, less than a mile from the convention center and five miles from Palm Beach International Airport