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This low-key hotel attracts business and leisure travelers seeking a reasonably priced downtown address.
This 352-room Marriott has all the key hotel amenities -- a fitness center, bar, restaurant, and pool -- plus a convenient downtown location and reasonable rates. Typical guests include business travelers, conventioneers, and vacationers who don’t mind a 10-minute drive to the beach.
As far as style goes, the hotel looks fairly run-of-the-mill. The best feature is the pool area, which has nice landscaping and a laid-back vibe.
The hotel restaurant, Bistro Ten Zero One, is open all day and serves dinner well into the night. It has a bar, though not much of a bar scene.
Easy access to downtown hot spots, but two miles from the beach
The Marriott is located next to one of the city’s two lakes, Clear Lake. Okeechobee Boulevard, a busy two-lane road that runs through the center of downtown, passes by the hotel. A short walk down Okeechobee will bring visitors to a park, the Convention Center, and dozens of shops and restaurants at CityPlace. A free hotel shuttle takes guests to CityPlace and the Palm Beach Airport, located just seven minutes away.
To visit the nice public beaches in Palm Beach, two miles east, guests can either drive or take a cab.
Unlike uber-rich Palm Beach Island, West Palm Beach is a more typical Florida city with a population of about 100,000.
Ordinary rooms with modern amenities and small bathrooms
The rooms are fairly run-of-the-mill, but they still have modern features such as flat-screen TVs, iPod stereo docking stations, and mini-fridges. Guests can get a decent view of the nearby lake from the top floors in the Concierge Level rooms. These rooms cost slightly more and include access to the Concierge Lounge, which has free continental breakfast, hors d'oeuvres, dessert, and Wi-Fi. Weekend visitors should think twice before upgrading to a Concierge Level room, as the lounge is closed on Fridays and Saturdays.
Guestrooms are slightly smaller than average, ranging from 338 square feet for a standard room to 350 square feet for a Concierge Level room. The hotel also has a handful of one-bedroom suites that run from 870 square feet to 1,000 square feet. The bathrooms are generally small and unremarkable. Rooms fit a maximum of four people, or eight people using connecting rooms.
Heated outdoor pool is a peaceful spot to lounge outside.
This Marriott has a heated outdoor pool and whirlpool, surrounded by well-groomed hedges and palm trees. The pool area has a number of shaded tables and padded lounge chairs to relax on. No poolside food or drink service is offered.
Few families visit the hotel (and those who do are likely at the nearby beach), so the pool area is rarely crowded or noisy. The pool opens early and closes late.
24-hour fitness center has all the basics
Casual restaurant serves affordable American fare.
The hotel restaurant, Bistro Ten Zero One, is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It serves American cuisine, such as chicken sandwiches, rib-eye steaks, and crab cakes. There’s also a bar that serves traditional cocktails and drinks. A Starbucks café serves pastries and coffee drinks next to the lobby.
Guests staying on the Concierge Level have access to the Concierge Lounge, which serves free continental breakfast, hors d'oeuvres, and dessert five days a week.
With no 24-hour room service or minibars, food is hard to come by at the hotel after midnight.
Laundry room, computer station, and free shuttle
This Marriott is mostly geared toward business travelers due to its location near the convention center and two miles from the beach. The 352-room property has a heated outdoor pool, 24-hour fitness center, on-site restaurant, bar, coffee shop, and run-of-the-mill rooms. Its central location and free shuttle service provide easy access to the airport and downtown attractions. Overall, the hotel offers a good blend of amenities, location, and affordability. Guests wanting to stay a bit closer to the ocean should try Hyatt Place, located about six blocks east.