• The Dalmar, a member of Marriott’s Tribute Portfolio, is set to open in downtown Fort Lauderdale early next year. Accommodations will include 209 guest rooms and suites; smart technology will allow guests to order room service using Amazon Alexa or their own personal devices. Groups will have access to 9,000 square feet of indoor meeting and event space and 5,000 square feet of outdoor event space, including a tropical garden.
• Conceptual plans for the Broward County Convention Center Expansion Projects’ convention-district enhancement have
been approved by the Broward County Commission. The plans call for a new 800-room Omni
Hotels & Resorts headquarters property with more than 73,000 square feet of meeting space, as well for the addition of more than 525,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space to the Greater Fort Lauderdale
Broward County Convention Center. Construction is slated to begin in early 2020 with completed expected in the fourth quarter of 2023.
• The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is undergoing a $1.5 billion
property-wide expansion. Upon completion in 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 late next year 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.
• Credited with having launched Fort Lauderdale as a tourist destination more than 60 years ago, the historic Escape Hotel is being transformed into the Gale Boutique Hotel & Residences.
Featuring 96 guest rooms, 129 condo residences, luxury amenities, sleek furnishings, a rooftop sky deck, a fitness center, a spa and a pool, the property is expected to open in early 2019.
• A full renovation of all 104 suites is underway at the beachfront Atlantic Hotel & Spa,
with completion expected sometime during the winter of 2018-2019.
• September 2019 will mark the debut of Le Méridien Dania Beach at Fort Lauderdale Airport,
formerly the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport Hotel. 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.
• 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.
• 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.
The CIRC Hotel, a 111-room modern boutique property designed with contemporary flair and inspired by downtown Hollywood's burgeoning arts scene, opened on Young Circle in May 2018. The 12-story building houses Olivia Restaurant & Bar by Piero Filpi,
The Muse Rooftop Bar & Lounge and 3,000 square feet of meeting space on the 11th floor.
• 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.