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Marriott International’s Autograph Collection announced the opening of the Ben, the first hotel on the downtown West Palm Beach, Florida waterfront. The Ben joins Autograph Collection’s portfolio of 18 hotels in Florida, including the newly opened Cadillac Hotel & Beach Club in Miami Beach, the Daytona in Daytona Beach, and Fenway Hotel in Dunedin.

The 208-room, new-build features a modern design reflecting the spirit of the Ben Trovato Estate, one of West Palm Beach’s original homes. Byrd Spilman Dewey, one of Florida’s most prolific authors of the pioneer era, named her 1892 Victorian home Ben Trovato, meaning “well invented.” The name is derived from “Se non è vero, è ben trovato,” an Italian phrase which, loosely translated, means “Even if it isn’t true, it’s a good story.” The Estate put West Palm Beach on the cultural map, hosting luminaries from Henry Phipps Jr. to Woodrow Wilson and the Vanderbilts.

Pioneered by South Florida architecture firm EoA and its founder and design director Malcolm Berg, the Ben’s design combines vintage Florida style with modern elements. Interiorsfeature a combination of rich textures and earth tones accented with lush greenery evocative of the South Florida setting and climate that enchanted Dewey. Guestrooms showcase eclectic elements including sliding bookcases that, when discovered, reveal a window into the shower and whimsical, mod iconic collage portraiture. In the lobby, a book display wall is arranged to manifest the silhouette of Dewey’s face.

Photo: Courtesy of Marriott International

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