WFA Review – the Doubletree by Hilton West Palm International

WFA Review – the Doubletree by Hilton West Palm International

In May 2024, we headed down to West Palm Beach to check out the WFA opportunities, places to live and places to work from, for short, medium or long term stays. Here is a recap of my basic criteria for a WFA short term hotel:

  1. Space to work
  2. Quality Coffee –
    • Coffee choices must include a Cappucino – if they can’t do this, they need to lose stars
  3. Food
  4. Close proximity to an airport OR downtown OR event center
    • Grocery/Supplies
  5. Quality Internet

This is a standard 3-star (no way it is a 4-star) work hotel very close to West Palm International Airport (about 5 minutes away), downtown West Palm Beach (about 7-9 minutes), and the Square (formerly City Place) – about 5 minutes

Pool at the DoublteTree

Doubletree WPI Hotel Amenity Overview

  • Complimentary Airport Shuttle
  • Pool
  • On-site bar Restaurant (closes at 10 pm)
  • On-site mini-market (basic snacks, mini-wines $9, seltzers)
  • USB and power sockets
  • Suites with sitting area

Brief Summary

The hotel is in need of some love and restoration – especially the carpets and furniture but its comfortable and has good enough WiFi for work calls. Most of the staff were extremely pleasant and helpful and the complimentary shuttle service even occasionally drops guests at City Place when its quiet. However, the hotel is skimping on a much-needed updating of furniture and there are much better hotels at a similar price nearby. The distances are not that big and traffic is very light except when the trains run.

What I didn’t like and what was missing

Cappucino! There are no food or coffee services throughout the day, making this a sub-standard option for Nomadic/on-the-road working. There were also no spaces to do calls and meetings – which is why we upgraded – however, after checking in, the upgrade had been lost and we had the bad luck of checking in with the one person who worked there who clearly didn’t like their clientele or working in hospitality.

The breakfast wasn’t great – I would give it a 6/10 – it was somewhat comprehensive but at $20 a person, you’re paying for convenience. We found a lovely coffee shop about 4 minutes by Uber 10 minutes walk away that did great breakfasts and coffee

Digital Nomad Rating

I’d give this a 6/10 – it was great to have the pool to ourselves and we could work on the wifi outside and inside, do video calls, and get decent internet access. The food was a big no so we ate out all of the time – City Place and Clematis street

Nearby in West Palm

  • Fresh Waves Cofee shop does a better breakfast
  • City Center and Remote Work Offices
  • Brightline
  • Tri-rail
  • West Palm and Palm Beach
  • Singer Island

Top Restaurants in West Palm Beach

  • City Cellar and Barrio
  • Lyonaras
  • Pistache
David Quaid
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