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Where to Stay in West Palm Beach
With its golden beaches, swaying palm trees and historic architecture, West Palm Beach is a leisure seeker’s dream-come-true. If you’re planning on spending most of your time on the sand or in the water, you’ll want to book a hotel near the city’s beautiful waterfront. The El Cid neighborhood in particular offers easy access to the ocean in a setting decorated with Mediterranean-influenced architecture. Meanwhile, the downtown district of West Palm Beach features a number of prime shopping destinations, including the boutiques along Clematis Street and the major chains at CityPlace, a 600,000-square foot open-air mall.
West Palm Beach Hotel Tips
Advanced planning is key when it comes to finding cheap West Palm Beach hotels. Because the city and its nearby neighbor Palm Beach are both such popular tourist destinations, rooms can fill fast during peak tourist season, which lasts from around November to late spring. Call months ahead if you’re planning to visit in May when the city throws its annual SunFest, Florida’s largest waterfront music and arts festival. Bargain hunters can find the best hotel deals during the summer months, when the weather is hotter and more humid.
West Palm Beach Hotel Recommendations
Offering the finest in five-star luxury, The Breakers is a 140-acre oceanfront resort located in nearby Palm Beach. The stunning facility features a number of unique amenities, including a private beach set amid a lush, tropical beachfront. There are also five waterfront pools and four whirlpool spas; nine restaurants and five bars on site; and 36 holes of championship golf. The resort is also home to some of the best shopping options in the city, including upscale retailers like Burberry and Ralph Lauren.
Located in the historic Grandview Heights neighborhood, the Grandview Gardens Bed & Breakfast offers travelers Spanish Mediterranean-style rooms that each features their own private terraces. Fully furnished vacation rentals are also available. Grandview Gardens is only a short walk from many of West Palm Beach’s top attractions, including CityPlace and the Norton Museum of Art. Two of the hotel’s rooms are pet friendly, and children 12 years old and younger stay free. In addition, discount rates are available during the summer months.
Or consider booking a stay at Hotel Biba in the historic El Cid district. This funky motor lodge-style accommodation is the work of several famous architects, including avant-garde Miami designer Barbara Hulanicki. The hotel is located about one mile from West Palm Beach’s downtown district, making it a short drive to major shopping and sightseeing destinations. There is also a swank onsite wine bar, which frequently features live music.
West Palm Beach Transportation
If you’re staying in downtown West Palm Beach, take advantage of the trolley, which transports passengers to some of the areas best destinations, including Clematis Street and CityPlace. Hop aboard a water taxi and sail the open waters to oceanfront places of interest.
After you catch your flight to Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), hop aboard the Palm Tran, the Palm Beach County’s public bus service, which can transport you into the city. You can also rent a car at the airport, which can speed up travel time between West Palm Beach’s many historic neighborhoods.