Palm Beach County is one of the most exciting destinations in Florida but it’s sometimes lacked enough room inventory for certain larger conferences and conventions. That’s about to change. On December 6, Hilton Worldwide executives and Palm Beach County tourism officials attended a ground-breaking ceremony for the new 400-room Hilton West Palm Beach at Palm Beach County Convention Center. Opening is scheduled for the fall of 2015.
As the anchor hotel for the convention center, the Hilton West Palm Beach will be a fully self-contained meeting destination on its own. It will offer two ballrooms, eight conference rooms, a 225-seat indoor/outdoor restaurant and a 27,000-sf pool deck with cabanas for al fresco events.
For offsite activities, the hotel is located next to the bustling CityPlace shopping, dining and entertainment district, not far from the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. With the Palm Beach International Airport only one mile, a meeting or conference here has a very tight transportation package.
Palm Beach proper is just minutes across the Intracoastal Waterway for groups who want to visit one of the most upscale dining and shopping destinations in the country. Multiple DMCs in Palm Beach County provide group shopping/cocktail programs to fabled Worth Avenue.
“The new Hilton Hotel will allow The Palm Beaches to compete with many more regional convention facilities and increase our stature in the meetings industry,” said Jorge Pesquera, president/CEO of Discover Palm Beach County. “The close proximity of the hotel to the convention center, the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, CityPlace, downtown West Palm Beach’s Waterfront Commons and airport, will give us a compelling selling proposition to secure groups that require a larger room block and significant meeting space. This hotel project represents a quantum leap for West Palm Beach’s urban core, which is seeing a growth in popularity with the new waterfront park, the upcoming arrival of express rail services, and several other hotel projects currently underway.”
The Palm Beach County Convention Center includes a 100,000-sf exhibit hall, a 25,000-sf ballroom, 23,000 sf of flexible breakout space divisible into 23 rooms, and elevated glass atriums for prefunction events.