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New & Coming Soon to Fort Lauderdale
• June 2020 is the projected opening date of the Fort Lauderdale Beach Curio Collection by Hilton. The 12-story property will have 136 guest rooms with oversized balconies and ocean views. Amenities will include a VIP lounge, a fifth-floor pool and pool bar, and a state-of-the-art fitness center, plus meeting space.
• A Hyatt Centric hotel will be part of the new 100 Las Olas building, set to open in 2020. The property will have 238 guest rooms, 6,000 square feet of meeting and event space, and a ground-level restaurant/bar with indoor and outdoor seating. The hotel will occupy the first 15 floors of the building, which at 46 stories will be the tallest structure in the city. In addition to the hotel component, 100 Las Olas will have 8,500 square feet of retail and fine-dining establishments.
• An accelerated timetable has been set for the Broward County Convention Center expansion’s convention-district enhancement initiative. Plans originally called for the project, which includes the expansion of the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center along with the construction of an 800-room convention headquarters hotel, to be wrapped up by 2023. The new plan will see the convention center close from February 2020 to November 2021, with work on the west and east sides of the facility slated for completion in October 2021 and January 2023, respectively. The expanded convention center will offer more than 1.2 million square feet of indoor and outdoor event space, including 350,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space, a new 65,000-square-foot waterfront ballroom, new technology, new dining concepts, improved water-taxi access and a waterfront plaza. An additional 73,000 square feet of meeting space will be available at the hotel, which is scheduled to open in May 2023 and will be managed by Omni Hotels & Resorts.
• The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is undergoing a $1.5 billion
property-wide expansion. To be completed on October 24, 2019, the property will sport an iconic guitar-shaped hotel tower, increasing the number of guest rooms to more than 1,200. In addition, the casino will 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.
• Opening early 2020 in 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.
• Ground has been broken for a 23-story Four Seasons property scheduled to open on Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard in late 2019. The hotel will offer 150 guest rooms and 95
residences, two restaurants, a spa, a fitness center, a ballroom and meeting facilities, plus “beach butlers” services.
• Le Méridien Dania Beach at Fort Lauderdale Airport,
formerly the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport Hotel, is set to debut by the end of the year. Currently undergoing a $30 million renovation, the upgraded property will include 245 guest rooms, 17,669 square feet of meeting space and two redesigned restaurants.
• The Dalmar, a member of Marriott's Tribute Portfolio, is open in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Guest accommodations include 209 rooms and suites equipped with iPads (which guests can use to order room service) and Amazon Alexa automation. The 25-story property offers 14,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including 9,000 square feet of interior space that accommodates 10 to 300 people. Outdoor function space spans 5,000 square feet and includes an area nicknamed The Garden, which can hold up to 200 people for events. All five of the hotel's dining outlets have indoor and outdoor components. Its signature restaurant, the Terrace Grill, serves classic American fare with subtle Italian influences and can be reserved for group functions. Rose's Coffee Bar offers coffee drinks and a selection of baked goods. The Lobby Lounge and Bar has a specialty cocktail menu and live music on weekends, while the Sip 'N Dip bar serves libations poolside. Opening later this spring on the property's 25th floor is Sparrow, the city's highest rooftop bar. Other amenities include an infinity pool with cabanas and a state-of-the-art sound system, a fitness center and a yoga studio, as well as complimentary shuttle service to and from the beach and Fort Lauderdale's city center.
• A propertywide renovation that involved the addition of a new restaurant has wrapped up at Solé Miami, a Noble House Resort. All of the boutique beachfront property’s 249 guest rooms and suites feature new custom lighting, carpeting, furniture and artwork. Public areas, including the lobby, common spaces, swimming pool and on-site restaurant, also have undergone a refresh. Now known as BALEENKitchen, the 4,200-square-foot oceanfront eatery serves globally inspired cuisine. Fresh takes on dishes highlighting the land and sea incorporate exotic flavors and local produce; examples include cioppino, lobster sliders, spicy tuna tacos, calamari fritto, Caribbean conch chowder, miso-glazed mahimahi, blue cheese crusted filet of beef and Key West pink shrimp. Guests also can select from an extensive menu of craft cocktails and assorted takes on the classic Moscow Mule. Located in Sunny Isles Beach within close proximity of urban Fort Lauderdale, the hotel accommodates multiple groups of up to 500 people in 6,500 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting and event space.
• A total of $15 million was poured into a property-wide renovation of the Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach-a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. New nautically inspired décor reflective of the hotel’s proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, the Intracoastal Waterway and the Fort Lauderdale Marina graces the hotel’s 296 upgraded guest rooms and suites. All 25,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting space are freshly refurbished, as is the swimming pool. The rooftop High Tide Lounge opened in March and can be reserved for meetings and events. Offering panoramic views of the Intracoastal Waterway and the ocean, the lounge serves local craft beer and unique cocktails, like the Matcha Made in Heaven (Hendrick’s gin, matcha green tea, ginger and fresh lime juice) and Peach, Don’t Kill My Vibe (Ketel One peach and orange-blossom vodka, St. Germain liqueur, pineapple, orange juice and prosecco). Light bites, like mini-New England lobster sliders and chimichurri chicken wings, can be had as well.
• A branch of upscale steak-house chain Del Frisco's Grille has opened on East Las Olas Boulevard. Del Frisco’s Grille Fort Lauderdale features a beachy design with driftwood gray millwork, blue and white terrazzo floors, blue and “lifeguard orange” furniture, and ocean-blue Venetian plasterwork, along with floor-to-ceiling windows and an open kitchen. The menu includes prime steaks and seafood dishes, including house specialties like salmon with roasted asparagus, citrus and herb vinaigrette, and charred lemon; and pan-seared scallops with goat cheese polenta. The full bar menu features original quaffs such as a Mole Manhattan (Manhattan with mole flavoring) and an aromatic Spanish gin and tonic with a cardamom and juniper berry ice cube. Several private dining rooms accommodate groups.
• Dune, a contemporary oceanfront eatery, has opened at the Auberge Beach Residences & Spa in Fort Lauderdale. Featuring three private dining rooms, Dune serves fare prepared primarily from sustainable and local ingredients. Signature dishes include wood oven-roasted mahi mahi with fennel, stone fruit, citrus and ramps; short ribs with sweet potato puree, faro and mixed green salad; whole grilled pompano with wood oven-baked Yukon potato and white asparagus; top sirloin with spicy roasted romaine and hollandaise sauce; and crispy-skin chicken with homemade macaroni and cheese, bacon and broccolini. A Napa-inspired wine list features more than 600 selections, while a menu of signature cocktails incorporates local and house-made ingredients.
• Just steps from the expansive, 2.2-mile-long Hollywood Beach "Broadwalk," the chic Costa Hollywood Beach Resort accommodates guests in 307 suites. A 25,000-square-foot
rooftop pool deck provides sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway and a bar that serves light bites.
• The Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach–a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel has completed a renovation of all 115 guest rooms and
common areas in the Marina Building. The full-service Breezes restaurant has undergone a refresh, and a new fitness center overlooking the Atlantic Ocean is now open.
• Following a $7 million renovation, the Pelican Grand Beach Resort is sporting
eight new luxury suites. All 145 of the property's existing guest rooms and each of its 16 original suites have been completely redesigned as well.
• The LGBT+ Visitor Center, which showcases
attractions of interest to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and related visitors, has opened in Wilton Manors, Fla. The center is a joint venture between the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau
and the Greater Fort Lauderdale LGBT Chamber of Commerce.
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.