The Ben West Palm, THE Place to Stay in West Palm Beach, A Luxurious Contemporary Italianate Hotel Overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway in Downtown West Palm Beach, Florida, a Tribute to Old Palm Beach, Part of The Autograph Collection by Marriott. Also Home to Proper Grit, Locally Inspired Gastro Pub with Craft Cocktails, and Spruzzo, the Happening Rooftop Restaurant and Bar Overlooking the Pool with Live Music! Florida’s Newest Platinum Palate Destination



The Ben West Palm, an Autograph Collection Hotel (part of the Marriott Bonvoy family), channels the spirit of one of West Palm Beach’s original homes and interprets it for a modern traveler. Byrd Spillman Dewey gave her 1892 Victorian home the name Ben Trovato, literally meaning “well invented” or “well found”; 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, entertaining luminaries like Henry Phipps Jr., Woodrow Wilson, and the Vanderbilts. Much like the Ben Trovato Estate, The Ben is an unconventional hotel experience and a place for socialization, lively conversation, enjoyment, and enrichment.

Drawn to magical, uninhabited land of South Florida in late 1800s – “a land of romance, fanned by mysterious spice-laden breezes” Byrd and Fred Dewey, moved to West Palm when only 200 people lived in all of South Florida and built the Ben Trovato.

Byrd and Fred Dewey, whose Palm Beach estate, Ben Trovato provided inspiration for The Ben West Palm.

Byrd Dewey, Grandniece of President Zachary Taylor, was a published and celebrated author, including national bestseller Bruno. She was a noted conservationist and animal lover. The hotel creatively channels Byrd Dewey’s joie de vivre, her love of entertaining, her whimsical interests and personal passions, as well as her strong advocacy for the natural world.

Hailing from Kentucky, Byrd Spilman Dewey’s many talents brought her fame – as a columnist, author, land investor and bon vivant known throughout society as a superb hostess, demonstrating her charming hospitality at Ben Trovato. She wrote often of her pioneering days in a paradise that the world was just discovering. Her love of West Palm Beach and South Florida, her home for more than 30 years, is captured in her writings through their everlasting legacy in telling her story.

The location and attention to detail that went into creating The Ben certainly lend themselves to creativity and inspiration. It is a great place to stay for a staycation, a business meeting or conference, to host a wedding or family reunion, and more! I highly recommend The Ben as my go-to place to stay in Downtown West Palm Beach, and as an alternative to staying on Palm Beach, as it is a short five-minute drive or ten-minute walk across the bridge. Other West Palm Beach attractions include The Norton Museum of Art, Rosemary Square Shopping and Entertainment District, The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, the Palm Beach Zoo, and Palm Beach County Convention Center. Downtown West Palm also hosts Sunfest each spring, as well as popular art/antique shows each year, including Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary Art Fair and The Palm Beach Show (Jewelry, Art, Antiques, and Design), making The Ben an ideally situated place to stay whatever brings you to The Palm Beaches!


Luxury has arrived in Downtown West Palm Beach, The Ben combines the city’s early days as an untamed tropical paradise, mingling it with modern comforts and vibrant local culture. Reimagined for today, The Ben is a classic hotel for a new age. Guest Rooms at The Ben are true to the intended design of this Autograph Collection Hotel blending the feel of Palm Beach including rich textures, quality linens and designer bath amenities with modern nuances reflective of today’s traveler.

The Ben offers complimentary bikes for guests to explore Downtown West Palm Beach, or perhaps ride over the bridge and enjoy Palm Beach.

Sunrise from my balcony at The Ben.

Beautiful Sitting area between the Lobby and Proper Grit.

Stylish and comfortable rooms.

Dining at The Ben is upscale and comfortably local, infused with inspiration, representing the social city center of West Palm and the time-honor spirit of sharing. For banquets or meeting breaks, work retreats or weddings, the options are endless.

Fun is at the heart of it – local leaders meet at our stylish signature restaurant Proper Grit for appetizers or entrees with a side of innovation; business travelers find comfortable corners to loosen up over crafted cocktails, and groups gather at the rooftop bar Spruzzo to plan the next day’s agenda over uniquely crafted cocktails, micro-brewed beers and a wide variety of award-winning wines and spirits.

Whole Fish at Spruzzo on the rooftop.

Breakfast in your Junior Suite.

Delicious Smoked Fish Dip with Parmesan Crisps at Proper Grit.

Poached Salmon with Asparagus at Proper Grit.

Beet Salad at Proper Grit

New York Strip Steak at Proper Grit

Orecchiette Pasta with Shrimp and Roasted Mushrooms at Proper Grit

Roasted Mushroom Bruschetta

Your cocktail is waiting for you at The Ben!


Executive Chef Jesse Pita

The Ben features two restaurants for all-day dining and enjoyment. Proper Grit offers a comfortable, upscale ambience and features locally sourced inspired cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, located just steps from the lobby and a host of beautiful seating areas, a contemporary nod to old Palm Beach elegance, which make The Ben a perfect place to meet and mingle with friends and colleagues, with lots of instagram-worthy locations to sip and savor! Proper Grit features a locally-inspired menu with a number of craft cocktails, and approachable wine list. Proper Grit honors the high-spirited, casual-yet-refined experience of an early nineteenth-century public house, with the innovative culinary and libation offerings of a modern-day gastro pub. Set in our lobby-floor dining room styled after Old Florida’s regal beginnings mixed with the warm, casual comforts of home, Proper Grit offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, and a daily happy hour with live entertainment. Executive Chef Jesse Pita present a curated collection of comfortable gastro pub favorites, created with elevated preparations and locally-sourced ingredients. Modernized traditional cocktails and comfort foods dominate the all-day menu, while fresh-and-healthy and classic-with-a-twist dishes come together in the breakfast and brunch menus.

Spruzzo, the fabulously popular rooftop bar and restaurant overlooks the pool and the Intracoastal.

Cocktails pool side? Yes, please!

Nighttime by the pool, a very popular spot for cocktails, bites, and live music.

Between Proper Grit and Spruzzo, there’s a delicious cocktail with your name on it!


Upstairs overlooking the pool area, the Intracoastal Waterway, Palm Beach, and the Atlantic Ocean is the hippest rooftop in the area, Spruzzo. With a similar menu to downstairs, Spruzzo also offers Oysters on the half shell, buckets of Mussels, and Lobster Roll Sliders. Spruzzo also features live music and entertainment on select nights.

Rooms are spacious, modern, and comfortable, with large showers, balconies, Nespresso Coffee Makers, mini fridges, and Ortigia Sicilian bath products.

The rooftop pool with cabanas and ample seating is an oasis overlooking West Palm Beach and Palm Beach, with Ocean Breezes coming in off the nearby Atlantic. The Ben also features a fitness center with ample equipment, including a Peloton bike so you don’t miss your ride! The location is two blocks from Clematis Street, West Palm’s entertainment hub, across the street from Palm Harbor Marina (home to the Palm Beach International Boat Show each spring–a perfect spot to stay), and just across the north bridge from Palm Beach’s famed Royal Poinciana Way and The Royal Shopping Center, home to many upscale shops and restaurants!

The Beach in Palm Beach


Fashionable Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, one of the most exclusive shopping streets in the World is just a few minutes drive.


The Ben West Palm has been recognized by Fred Bollaci as a Platinum Palate destination, for its warm hospitality, stellar service, great food and beverage program, decor, and amenities, putting it among the most sought after destinations not only in Florida but anywhere! See you in The Palm Beaches and tell them Fred Bollaci sent you!

The Ben West Palm

251 N. Narcissus Avenue

West Palm Beach, FL 33401


About Fred Bollaci

I'm CEO and President of Fred Bollaci Enterprises. I lost more than 100 pounds while living "La Dolce Vita" and I'm now known as "The Healthy Gourmet." Sample the good life with me through fitness, fine food, and good wine. Meet chefs who cater to a healthy gourmet lifestyle through my Golden Palate blog.
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