by Leo Jakobson | January 29, 2016
On Friday, January 29, the 400-room Hilton West Palm Beach opened its doors, achieving the long-held goal of Palm Beach County, FL, to add a headquarters hotel to the Palm Beach County Convention Center.

The Hilton West Palm Beach, however, is not a standard convention property. Located at the south end of the outdoor CityPlace dining, shopping, and entertainment development, it is also in the heart of the city's growing cultural district, near the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts and Norton Museum of Art, as well as Clematis Street and the downtown Art & Entertainment district.

Other distinctive features include a strong farm-to-fork culinary focus, striking architecture, expansive outdoor pool area, and a "curated art program that embodies the artistic energy of South Florida."

"Today's opening of the Hilton West Palm Beach represents the culmination of nearly 20 years of focus and dedication," said Stephen Ross, chairman and founder of Related Companies, which developed both the hotel and 72-acre City Place development. "We have reimagined the very definition of a convention center hotel and created a unique destination experience that 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."

The property has more than 24,000 square feet of meeting space, including the 13,350-square-foot Oceana Ballroom and the 5,800-square-foot Coral Ballroom, and two 2,400-square-foot event lawns.

The 12-story property's double-height grand lobby offers views of the landscaped Palm Deck and zero-entry pool with private cabanas, as well as the quarter-acre outdoor lanai.

The food and beverage offerings begin with Manor, featuring farm-to-fork contemporary American cuisine by Chef Matthew Byrne, who owns the celebrated local restaurant Kitchen. "We are creating an unforgettable culinary experience using...the best local ingredients, keeping dishes simple [and] full of flavor," said Byrne.

Galley, a nautical-themed lobby bar, features Prohibition-style handcrafted cocktails and tapas.