Fort Lauderdale Travel Guide
No hot SoFla hotel is complete without a sleek salon doling out sleek tresses, so it was inevitable that the W Fort Lauderdale would join the blowout set. And it comes with serious A-list cred, as the beachfront property is the proud new location of a Ted Gibson Salon.
For anyone who doesn't know, Gibson is the kind of hairstylist who's always in demand at events like last night's Golden Globes. You may have also seen him work his magic on What Not to Wear.
If you want to head to the hot party of the summer, go out when the moon is full. The Ritz-Carlton South Beach and Hotel Solamar throw full moon parties, but the latest to have the celestial celebrations is the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale.
The Fort Lauderdale hotel will offer a new spin on the moonlit soirees by giving it a '70s theme on its July 15 event from 7 to 10 p.m. An extra incentive to go, aside from the fact that you can break out those bell bottoms again, is that it's free.
The Fort Lauderdale hotel scene got its latest pop with the opening of B Ocean recently, but one other much-hyped opening--one that that crashed and burned--is still casting an empty shadow on the beach. We're talking about the ill-fated Trump Fort Lauderdale--which is no longer a Trump, and no longer much of anything, really...
When we last checked in on the project, we were hoping that someone else would scoop up the beachfront property, maybe in time for Christmas 2011. Yeah, well, thanks for nothing, Santa.
When we turn out the light for the night in our hotel room, there's one thing we always do--and that's slide the safety latch above the door lock into place.
Sure, a determined thief could use a special tool to dismantle the latch but we still feel safer doing it.
Usually, the safety latch is a chain link with a nobbin on the end of it that you insert into another piece on the door. When the door opens, it immediately gets caught by the latch. (OMG we totally just tried to explain how a safety latch works.)
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Calling all bridezillas: Go head to head with each other in the Battle of the Beach Brides from Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel and the Westin Beach Resort & Spa, Fort Lauderdale. The first 50 brides to sign up will claw their way through the May 15 high-stakes competition to win a 75-person beach wedding at the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale.
You'll get the full wedding shebang, including the event space as well as a food and beverage package—with butler-passed hors d'oeuvres and cocktail station, a four-course sit-down dinner, wedding cake and five hours of premium open bar. It's worth it just for the open bar.
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Feel that warm ocean
For those of you stuck inside because of Snowmageddon, here's something to fantasize about - the new B Ocean Fort Lauderdale is offering a warm-weather escape for only $149 a night as part of its Snow Day sale.
Today's the big opening day for B Ocean Fort Lauderdale, the hotel brand that substitutes as many B's for be's as is humanly possible. So get ready for an onslaught of "B our guest" and other marketing gimmicks.
That's what we dislike about it, but here's what we're liking about the Fort Lauderdale hotel, the first of the B Hotels brand and its signature property: All 240 rooms overlook the Atlantic Ocean; free WiFi is provided; rooms come with "B Treated," some goodies; and there is a patio bar called Quench with an infinity pool.
If your winter getaway plans went down the toilet with the Snowpocalypse in December, just think: you still have a few more months of miserably cold weather, ice and snow to contend with. But don't worry, B happy! The B Ocean Hotel on A1A in Fort Lauderdale is now opening on January 24, giving snowbirds something to look forward to.
As we've mentioned here before, the hotel's B-randing gets old fast--and it hasn't even opened yet!--but if we can get take a deep breath and get past all of that, we think there's a pretty darn good hotel here.
The 298-unit condo-hotel is beset by litigation, including two class action lawsuits from buyers and a foreclosure by a government-chosen successor to the original lender, Corus Bank.
Apparently, Trump terminated the licensing deal with the building's developers "a long time ago" and shouldn't be responsible for the building's financial woes, mainly defaulting on a $139 million loan.
As we said last month, W Hotels better "B" careful, because another letter is out to stake its claim in the alphabet hotel branding game--and soon. The first of the B Hotels--B Ocean Fort Lauderdale is opening on the corner of Sunrise and A1A on December 15.
So far, we love that they'll be offering Free WiFi, and who could complain about those ocean views? This room looks simply designed yet comfortable--all you really need in a beachfront hotel. But as we try to learn more about the new hotel by checking out its website, all we could think was: could this marketing concept B any more annoying?
When we hit up South Florida, we like it hot. But with 5,000 bottles of wine, the Wine Vault at the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale has to be kept cool--55 degrees, to be precise. So, to keep vino fans warm while they taste wines or enjoy a private dinner in the vault, the hotel has come up with a rather glamorous solution: faux-fur stoles.
The stoles are available as loaners for special evenings like the $50-a-head Flight of Six Wines tasting and the Five Course, Wine-Paired Culinary Journey, which is $125 per person.
Cue the Black-Eyed Peas song, "I'm a Be"
We knew this day would come and it's finally here--someone is brazen enough to rip-off the whole one-letter name thing from W Hotels. Travel Weekly reports that the new one-letter competitor for W Hotels is B Hotels and Resorts (not to be confused with the B Hotel in Barcelona.)
The new upscale lifestyle brand was unveiled at the annual Lodging Conference hotel investment summit in Phoenix and it's being developed by Christopher Tompkins, who not-so-coincidentally helped to launch W Fort Lauderdale. And guess where's B Hotels first location will be? That's right! Ft. Lauderdale.
But lest we jump to conclusions, B Hotels won't be anything like the W. Ok, maybe a little bit like W:
Where W has adopted a "whenever, wherever" motto, B uses its one-letter name with all of its programs. "B green," for example, emphasizes its environmental consciousness, "B activities" its fitness program and "B indulge" its spa.