The Canopy Hotel in West Palm Beach is racing toward completion, with an opening set for March 5.
The furniture isn’t all in yet at The Canopy, West Palm Beach’s newest hotel, but the swaying palm trees atop the roof already beckon guests.
On this 13th floor rooftop space, dubbed Treehouse, visitors are treated to soaring water and city views at the highest rooftop bar in the city.
The buzz at this soon-to-open hotel is all about the views from the roof.
But a sneak peek visit reveals a calming, contemporary exterior deck featuring porcelain floors, a massive pool, glass railings and plenty of greenery.
Canopy is the Hilton brand-hotel being built at 704 S. Dixie Highway, on the west side of Two City Plaza condominium.
This is Hilton’s first Canopy Hotel in Florida and only the fifth in the United States. The 150-room hotel is being developed and will be managed by Driftwood Hospitality of North Palm Beach.
With the hotel’s March 5 opening fast approaching, every construction detail is being finalized.
Inside the 13th floor Treehouse lounge, a wall made of coral limestone anchors the interior space, which will serve light bites and shared plates.
By day, the lounge is a family friendly place, but in the evening, the space will take on a club-like feel, said Christopher Steele, hotel general manager.
The public is welcome to patronize both Treehouse and the downstairs Banter restaurant even if they are not hotel guests, Steele said.
Residents of the Two City Plaza condominium next to the hotel can expect music at the rooftop Treehouse to last until 10 p.m. The time that might change if Treehouse’s specially designed speakers minimize noise enough to allow music to play until 11 p.m., Steele said.
Steele said he welcomes feedback: “We want to be a good neighbor.”
Downstairs, the hotel rooms are coming together. Metal canopies already frame the soon-to-come beds. Whimsical touches abound, including exposed concrete ceilings and a sliding barn door for a bathroom door.
Every hotel room facing north features floor-to-ceiling windows.
The hotel also features some one-bedroom suites, which have kitchenettes and a dining room, plus a private terrace balcony.
In addition, there also is one, two-bedroom suite on the sixth floor, with exterior patio.
The Canopy Hotel already is booking events for 2020 and 2021, including conventions being held at the nearby Palm Beach County Convention Center, said Jen Garrett, the Canopy’s lead sales enthusiast.
The hotel also is in big demand for weddings, she said.
In fact, one couple living at the nearby Prado condominium has delayed the big day in order to host the wedding at the Canopy, Steele said.
Guests have a couple of venue choices at the hotel for an event. In addition to a sixth floor exterior terrace, the hotel has large ballrooms with floor-to-ceiling windows on the second floor.
An especially popular part of the second floor is the western side of the space, Garrett said. A glass wall facing west offers sunset views, as well as views into Banter restaurant on the ground floor.
There, guests will see massive sculpted banyan “roots” weaving in and out of the restaurant and lobby, a nod to the flora that dots the local landscape.
Art emanating from the first-floor lobby and restaurant will make The Canopy hard to miss. Those sculpted banyan roots, soon to be installed, are made of hand-painted tubing, dipped in sand and interwoven with hand-blown crystals. The artist creating the work is Norwegian-born Terje Lundaas of Miami.
Steele said the roots will contain LED lights. Not only will they be a visual stunner on a nightly basis, they also can be programmed to coincide with themes, holidays or a wedding’s colors.
In addition to the banyan roots in the lobby, Banter restaurant will have a banyan root bursting out of the side of the building and into the sidewalk below.
Banter’s interior includes a six-story “green” wall, already installed. It is made of 165-year-old wood from a Canadian barn and is decorated with hanging plants.
The hotel also has several special features.
They include purified water for hotel guests; Nespresso machines in each hotel room; and a downstairs cafe serving coffee from a local brewer, Oceana Coffee in Tequesta.
Complimentary bicycles are available to guests. Also, an electric car can will take guests to nearby destinations, including the convention center or the Norton Museum, Steele said.