Construction On The Ray Hotel Underway In Pineapple Grove

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Folks visiting Delray’s Pineapple Grove Arts District will soon have a new place to stay.

The Ray, a 141-room hotel, is under construction. Delray Beach-based Menin Development broke ground on the new hotel last month.

“We are glad to get to this point,” Craig Menin said, adding the project has been in the works for the past three years.

City officials joined the Menin team and Moss Construction employees, who will be in charge of construction for the ground breaking.

“We are very excited,” Mayor Shelly Petrolia said.

When it opens, the hotel will be part of the Curio Collection by Hilton.

It will feature a new architectural style for the city billed as “Tropical Modernism.” Elements include living walls, rooftop garden, courtyards, large-scale sculptures and art installations.

There will be a 20,000-square-foot rooftop pool deck with lounge areas and cabanas. There will be rooftop yoga, fitness and massage areas and a rooftop restaurant and bar.

There will be a private event space for up to 300 hosted in a “floating” glass cube.

Dining options include a signature Akira Back restaurant, The Ray Grill by Clique Hospitality, the rooftop eatery and bar and The Ray Signature Lobby Bar.

“The Ray has been conceived and designed to be the ultimate hotel and dining destination in Delray Beach and the entire region,” Menin said.

The hotel is expected to welcome its first guests in May 2021.