by Elise Schoening | February 13, 2020
Autograph Collection Hotels has opened a new hotel, The Ben, on the West Palm Beach waterfront. The 208-room property is a book lover's paradise, inspired by famed Florida author Byrd Spilman Dewey

The hotel, designed by South Florida architecture firm EoA, is modeled after Dewey's Ben Trovato Estate. It features earth tones and lush greenery accents that reflect the Southern Florida setting. Guest rooms are outfitted with collage portraits and a sliding bookcase that reveals a window into the shower. A book display wall in the lobby is arranged as a silhouette of Dewey's face.

Proper Grit, the hotel's signature restaurant, is a contemporary South Florida chophouse that serves fresh-caught snapper and ribeye steaks in an upscale setting. Also on the property is a rooftop bar and pool, where guests can enjoy Mediterranean bites and sweeping views of the waterfront.

The Ben offers 8,000 square feet of meetings space, including the Blue Heron Ballroom which can accommodate up to 500. A glass-enclosed gallery provides 1,800 square feet of open-air flex space, and the sleek Kingfishers Boardroom can seat 16. 

"We're thrilled to introduce The Ben, an unmistakably original hotel that injects new energy into the traditionally classic city of West Palm Beach," said Jennifer Connell, VP and global brand leader of Autograph Collection Hotels, in a statement. "The Ben reimagines classic South Florida lifestyle for today's travelers by blending elements inspired by the city's early days as an untamed tropical paradise with modern touches, making it a perfect fit for the Autograph Collection."