Hotels and restaurants in West Palm Beach
West Palm Beach is approaching a new level of chic, with sister companies investing heavily in the area and high-end condos popping up everywhere. Even one of New York’s most beloved high-end restaurants, Miloopens on the once less rental side of town, and apartments are selling for up to $30 million on Flagler Drive.
There are already wonderful restaurants in the area. Mermaid is a warm, family-friendly Italian spot with outstanding classic dishes like ravioli pillows filled with chunks of lobster meat, double-cut pork chops with demi-glace and shiitakes, and whole local snappers. The prices are a little softer than on the island, but the quality is just as good.
There are also hotels in the area that are great value, which is a hard find in today’s economic climate, and in addition to enjoying West Palm locations, you can easily walk the bridge leading to the island of Palm Beach. Awning by Hilton opened just before the pandemic, with stylish rooms, a lovely restaurant, friendly staff, and an impressive atrium lobby containing a six-story living wall and huge banyan tree.
There is a greater hilton in West Palm, just across from The Square, which is full of shops and restaurants. The hotel itself has rooms and suites with spectacular city views and a giant pool. AT Gallley restaurant, on the property, chef Guillermo Eleicegui not only prepares his own wood-grilled dishes, but he partners with a guest chef every month to create an in-hotel food and wine event called Parrilla con Amigos. Hilton guests also get discounts to the Norton Museum, water sports at Visit Palm Beach, and Anushka Salon & Spa, which offers massages and facials as well as hair and nail services.
Dining options across the street at The place include vegetarian Mecca Plant, sweetgreen and city cellar, which has something for everyone and a great selection of wines by the glass. The owners of City Cellar have also opened a 100-seat outdoor tribute to Latin street food called Barrio in the square.
There’s a coffee shop trend in Palm Beach hotels — The colony opened her lovely Pink Paradise CafeThe Hilton has its entertainment Provisions, PGA to the liveliness Marletand the Water has just unveiled its chic little boutique in partnership with Oceane coffees, which is roasted in small quantities. Besides lattes, cappuccinos, filter coffee, and loose leaf teas, there are homemade baked goods worth swooning over.
The hall of the Ambassador hotel maybe unassuming, but the rooms are so nicely updated you’ll ask for the contractor’s number, and some corner units have large windows close enough to the ocean that you feel like you’re sitting on the beach before you even get out of bed. The restaurant, right by the pool, is low-key, but the food is fresh and simply prepared, and it’s a great alternative to the busier spots on the island.
Start your day with a heady lavender latte served with a sprig of fresh flower, which immediately puts you in a luxurious spa state of mind. Four Seasons Palm Beach appeal. After enjoying an oceanfront yoga class and a dip in the tranquil new adult pool, you can head to the spa, which has some of the best massage therapists in town (you can’t go wrong with David or Jade). The facials use the cult Biologique Recherche products, or the natural Seed to Skin line from Tuscany, rich in natural oils. In the evening, it is not necessary to venture out of the property; at Florie’s is a partnership between the hotel and chef Mauro Colagreco, whose kitchens have won three Michelin stars, and the locally sourced food is some of the most expertly prepared you’ll find in Palm Beach. The chef loves gardening (even the cocktails are from the garden), so the vegetables are on another level. Start with the cauliflower, softened in the tandoori oven and served with mashed cauliflower, buckwheat and yogurt; or heirloom tomato and plum carpaccio. Yakitori options include black cod with rice cream and kabozu lemon; and wagyu with ginger and red pepper; while stone hearth oven selections range from cioppino to salt-crusted Mediterranean sea bream.
No setting is prettier than the gardens of the Brazilian court — it’s hard to believe the lush greenery, flowers and fountains that fill the courtyard are located right downtown. As a guest, you can stay in sophisticated rooms appointed with mahogany, leather, and brass, and swim in the pool surrounded by palm trees. Otherwise, meet Cafe Boulud for breakfast, lunch, dinner or drinks, and experience elegance for a few hours.
The Breakers expands its commercial area, ViaFlagler, located on Royal Poinciana Way. The latest: a Sisley-Paris boutique, where you can pick up the latest in luxury skincare before heading to lunch at at Henry’s.
If you cycle the lake trail and look north you can see Singer Island, gifted by the King of Sewing to his wife and home to the Palm Beach Singer Island Hotel. The beachfront property has two pools — a lagoon style perfect for families and a large heated rectangle that most swimmers will love. Don’t miss the If Spa here, with facials like Si de la Jeunesse, which promotes collagen production and helps restore volume and elasticity with infusions of oxygen, vitamins and peptides. Restaurant, 3800 Ocean, offers savory dishes and the chefs nod to diners’ health concerns, using rice to thicken the lobster bisque, rather than roux or cornstarch. The freshly cooked lobster is also used in a pot pie, the black grouper with coconut rice and mango crab salsa is not to be missed, and the desserts are Instagram worthy.
The Boca Raton, a reincarnation of the old Boca Resort is decidedly elevated after a multi-million dollar renovation. As always, it’s an activity paradise, from tennis and golf to a range of classes including yoga on the bucolic lawn, and a fun mix of ballet, weights and Pilates. The dining options are a foodie’s dream. Some, like the Italian spot which will open soon, Principessaand the bustling steakhouse, Flamingo Grill, are colorfully designed by the talented David Rockwell with concepts designed by Major Food Group, the force behind New York’s Carbone. There is also a beachfront Mediterranean restaurant called Marisoldefinitely worth a visit (the local fish preparations and squash labneh are a must), and a nostalgic supper club, Moit is ideal for a more elegant night.
Just across from the Intracoastal is an intimate hotel, the water stone, where each room has a balcony with a view of the water. The hotel has just reopened Boca landing terrace and living room last week. It sits on Lake Boca, features live music and pop-up menu on weekends by Pizza heaven, as well as small plates such as truffle street corn and edamame hummus. The resort also offers a range of water activities, including Paddle Diva lessons.
The Wyndham, located in the heart of Boca, is focused on wellness. In addition to a large swimming pool, MesoFit Studiowhich offers a range of courses, is in the building, as is Tendency tea room, while Peasant tableon the ground, offers a wonderful menu focused on health and a mandate to use a third less salt and butter than in traditional restaurants.
Don’t let the crystal chandeliers and elegant decor fool you — even the most buttoned-up folks in Palm Beach go wild at The Wine Bar. Various artists play the piano and the crowd gets up, sings and dances, while enjoying an impressive list of wines and champagnes, including many low-dosage varieties that contain smaller amounts of sugar and give you less hangover.
Down in Delray, The Seagate Hotel will undergo a renovation of the rooms, restaurant and public areas from May. Even now it’s a great resort to visit, with a beach club, country club, tranquil spa, spectacular pool and the restaurant Atlantic Grill.
On the other side of the street, the Opal Grand’s new restaurant, Derivative, is not to be missed. It offers a perfect perch for watching the Atlantic Avenue street parade from an elevated distance, and dishes like black grouper, baked oysters, lobster avocado toast and rack of lamb with polenta goat cheese are expertly prepared. Get there early and treat yourself to the new Tammy Fender Holistic Spa, which has a salt room — especially useful if you have respiratory issues — and several facials and massages. Try the hot jade stone.
There are actually a few casual restaurants in Delray and one for lovers of simply prepared Mediterranean cuisine is The cicada. It has been around for decades and is a good choice for a romantic outing.
One of the biggest hits of the season is butchers club at the very recently renovated PGA National Resortwhich offers prized cuts of meat and seafood, but James Beard nominee Lindsey Autrey is set to present her full menu at honeybelle, the resort’s main restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. It will include a larger version of its famous fried chicken, which will be presented family-style with lots of toppings. Don’t miss her melt-in-your-mouth Key West Shrimp Cocktail, tangy with lemon, lime, orange and cilantro. If you want to work up an appetite first, or burn a few calories later, the resort, famous for its golf, also offers tennis courts and a fitness center offering classes ranging from ballet sculpting to Aqua Zumba!