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New & Coming Soon to Greater Fort Lauderdale
• Many hotels, tourist attractions, restaurants and businesses throughout
the city and county are taking Visit Lauderdale’s Safe + Clean Pledge,
which provides a unified message that health and safety standards, and
protection against the spread of COVID-19, are a top priority. Businesses that
sign the pledge agree to follow CDC cleaning protocols, practice and promote
mask-wearing, provide hand sanitizer, practice social distancing, train staff
on how to be Safe + Clean, and work to incorporate contactless payment in
up the first 15 floors of 100 Las Olas Blvd., the Hyatt Centric Las Olas, Fort
opened in April with 238 guest rooms offering city-skyline views. The hotel has
15,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. For dining, the
lobby-level Harborwood Urban Kitchen and Bar serves classic modern American
cuisine from a kitchen helmed by award-winning executive chef Greg McGowan,
while on the rooftop, Elev8 has a pool deck and bar overlooking downtown.
The 136-room, 12-story Hotel Maren Fort Lauderdale
Beach, a Curio Collection by Hilton property, is slated to open in December
2020. The property will have a VIP lounge, a fifth-floor pool and pool bar, and
a fitness center. Stay tuned for details on meeting and event space.
• Greater Fort Lauderdale will soon be home to two new AC Hotels by Marriott properties. The AC Hotels by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach will have 1,000 square feet of meeting space, an open kitchen for specialty culinary events, a library, an expansive a pool with cabanas and ocean views. The 174-room AC Hotels by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Sawgrass Mills/Sunrise will open adjacent to the Sawgrass Mills shopping center. Spanning eight stories, the property will offer 5,000 square feet of meeting and event space; a library and a lounge serving tapas-style fare, craft beers, and craft cocktails. Other amenities will include a health and fitness center.
A South Florida icon for more than 50 years, the Pier
Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina is undergoing a thorough transformation that will result in 345 guest rooms and
suites, a multi-level pool experience with family and adult areas, a new lobby
lounge, a spa, a fitness center, marina promenade and more. The property is
officially closed for the work, expected to be completed in 2022, but the
marina and the eateries Pelican Landing and Grille 66 remain open.
Beat The Heat
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A $1 billion expansion of the Greater Fort
Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center is underway. The project will add 532,000 square feet of meeting space and an
800-room headquarters hotel. Phase one is set to open in October 2021 with
expanded exhibit space; by 2024, the venue will span a total of 1.2 million
square feet, including 350,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space (up from
262,198 square feet) and a 65,000-square-foot waterfront ballroom, plus new
original dining concepts, enhanced water-taxi service and a new expansive
waterfront plaza with public access.
• The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino debuted a $1.5 billion
property-wide expansion on October 24, 2019. The property now sports an iconic guitar-shaped hotel tower, increasing the number of guest rooms to more than 1,200. In addition, the casino has double in size to hold more than 3,000 slot machines
and nearly 200 table games, plus a new poker room. A newly rebuilt Hard Rock Live entertainment venue, new food-and-beverage venues, 120,000 square feet of meeting and convention space, and a 41,000-square-foot spa round out the list of amenities.
• Coming soon to downtown Fort Lauderdale’s Flagler Village is the dual-branded Tru by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton. Rising 19 stories, the hotel will offer two distinctive lobbies, each with its own breakfast bar, lounge and other brand-specific amenities; other features include an outdoor pool deck with bar, a fitness
center and 4,823 square feet of private event and conference space. Accommodations will include 112 Tru guest rooms and 106 Home2 Suites guest rooms.
More Event Venues
• A hub for local galleries, studios and other creative businesses, Flagler Arts and Technology Village (FATVillage) lies within the heart of Fort Lauderdale's Arts District. Choose from one of two repurposed warehouses: The Projects, spanning 8,000 square feet, and Building 517, with 6,800 square feet for gatherings. Another option is the Artsup Building, with 5,880 square feet of indoor space crowned by an artwork-embellished ceiling, the indoor Far Gallery and an outdoor courtyard. Furniture, artwork and lighting rentals are available for an even more unique touch.
• The Bamboo Gallery offers a tropical setting with authentic tiki huts and waterfalls. On 2.5 acres of lush landscape, the venue accommodates 400 people for receptions and up to 180 for seated meals.
• On two floors and accommodating groups of 3,000 guests, the Museum of Discovery and Science features more than 200 interactive exhibits. Displays include live animal habitats, flight simulators, a Wall of Wind hurricane exhibit, a Florida ecoscapes exhibit and an airboat ride simulator.
• Take to the water in style aboard an Anticipation Yacht Charters luxury vessel; the largest of the outfit's three vessels can host 350 guests. The ships offer state-of-the-art sound systems, plush carpeting and elegant furnishings.
• The Mary N. Porter Riverview Ballroom, in the new Huizenga Pavilion at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, has breathtaking views of the New River, Esplanade Park and the meticulously landscaped Wendt Terraces. The venue offers 3,600 square feet of event space.