Ft. Lauderdale Travel Guide
Anyone check the calendar today? The 240-room B Ocean Fort Lauderdale is taking advantage of the auspicious 12/12/12 date with a host of promos, from room rates to food and drink offerings.
Any reservations made today for stays through Sept 30, 2013 will get a third night for just $12 (the first two nights will be at the BAR from $159-$279 per night). On top of that, the daily breakfast buffet will be only $12 per person. Evening fun comes in the form of two cocktails for just $12 when you use promo code 121212. Best of all, the breakfast and drink specials are good for any nights stay.
And though it will be hard to roll out of the room's signature Blissful Bed (and tear yourself away from the free WiFi) to take advantage of the breakfast promo, we think it's worth it as well as getting your sip on at the hotel's SAIA Sushi restaurant, a sushi and teppanyaki duo.
Naturally, this being Fort Lauderdale, you'll be at the beach in between time, or at the infinity pool tap-tap-tapping away on the hotel's free guest iPads.
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We guess stranger things have happened but we're still perplexed as to why one of our favorite Mexican eateries, Dos Caminos, chose the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale (formerly the Yankee Clipper) to open their fourth restaurant (the other three are in New York and Vegas.)
Located off the lobby of the hotel and right below the hotel's iconic, uh, hull, Dos Caminos is a fairly large and seductive space that serves blueberry pomegranate margaritas, freshly made guacamole and super savory fish tacos. And the Mexico City Street Corn on the cob, topped with mayo, lime, chile, and cotija cheese, may change your life. There's an outdoor patio too, perfect for warm breezy nights.
But this is not like the other Dos Caminos. First, it's in Fort Lauderdale, home to aging Spring Breakers. You can put on a tight dress and high heels if you like but most people will be wearing only slightly fancier versions of their beach attire.
If you love the botoxed, catty vixens from Bravo's The Real Housewives of Orange County, you can test out the luxe O.C. lifestyle with the W Fort Lauderdale's Live It Up Like a Housewife package.
The deal's inspired by an episode that will air Thursday, when the high-maintenance ladies jetted to Fort Lauderdale and checked into the W for a girls' weekend. At the hotel, the housewives stayed in suite accommodations, got manis at Bliss Spa, dined at Steak 954, got tipsy at Whiskey Blue—where they smack-talked about Vicki—and in true VIP style, lounged in a private cabana on the pool deck.
There is a Trump condo-hotel project going up in Fort Lauderdale. Not surprisingly let us not forget the problems that have seemed to plague many, many upscale condo-hotel projects recently (i.e. the condos aren't sellin' too well) there are some problems with the 298-room development. Some big problems, really so big, in fact, that the whole thing might never be completed and The Donald is trying to yank his name from the project altogether.
The Miami Herald is saying that its "opening date" of late 2009 is a bit ambitious. Apparently, the developers had sent a letter out to condo buyers to notify them that developers of the condo-hotel were in default of a licensing agreement that allowed use of Trump's name on the project among other things:
The May 13 letter said given the ''uncharted economic climate,'' developers did not expect the hotel to open if fewer than 50 percent of buyers close on their units. But if the hotel doesn't open, the letter said, owners could not occupy their units, given local zoning rules for condo-hotels.
Good one. Now 30 of those condo buyers have turned around and are trying to sue the developers and Trump for misleading them into thinking Trump was definitely going to be in on the project. As for whether or not the hotel is going to open up at all? Well, we're thinkin' that if things are bad enough for Trump to want to pull out, they must be real bad; after all, he's had his name on the Taj Mahal for all these years (zing!)
Snooze alert in effect for Fort Lauderdale: The troubled St. Regis Fort Lauderdale will stop operating under the St. Regis brand on August 11th and become a Ritz-Carlton. Great. Like as if we didn't already have enough Ritz-Carltons in South Florida. Oh, you think we are just exaggerating? Lookie here:
This would be its fourth South Florida property, with a fifth on the way. Ritz-Carlton already operates hotels in Key Biscayne, South Beach and Coconut Grove, and is building a luxury timeshare and condominium resort in Miami Beach. It also furthers Ritz-Carlton's big expansion push in Florida, where it operates nine resorts.
Another thing that sucks? The Ritz is going to want to charge more than its sister property, The Marriott Harbor Beach, which is actually located on the beach whereas this property is across the street. Booo....
If you're down in South Florida, consider grabbing the kids, your friends and/or a beach tote to spend the day at the Pelican Grand Beach Resort in Ft. Lauderdale.
Until September 15, the hotel is offering a day rate of $99 Monday through Thursday to compensate for slower business during the summer months.
The rate includes an oceanfront room for the day (check in after 8 a.m. and head out by 6 p.m.) for up to six, use of their pools (Lazy River pool too!), all facilities, free ice cream and, of course, lots o' beach.
The overnight rate starts at $189.
Move over shopping and nightlife concierges. The newest kid on the block is the Cocktail Concierge and you can find him or her at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.
Newly-appointed cocktail concierges mix up martinis (shaken or stirred), muddle mojitos and craft any number of guests' favorite libations and tropical beverages in the comfort of one's seaside guest room.
The service is available in your room from 11:30am to 1am. You can even use these cocktail concierges (who come equipped with their own Cocktail Cart) to help you pair a wine or beer with your room service meal. Try one of the signature cocktails, the Living Room Martini.
Room rates start at $299 a night and there's a standard 20 percent service charge to the drinks but hey, you'll have no problem getting the bartender's attention.
Have you stayed at the Harbor Beach Marriott? Let us know what it was like in comments below.
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While the hotel is close to the Florida Convention Center and thus gets a lot of spillover business, it's also parked on the intracoastal, giving guests great water views. And the hotel has a 33-slip marina meaning you can just boat your way down to Ft. Lauderdale instead of driving on 95 or chancing it on JetBlue. (Although we doubt your boat is as big as the ones in the pic above.)
The hotel offers five categories of rooms, two types of suites and the presidential suite. The starting room, called The Fort Lauderdale Room, is about 312-sg.ft. with floor-to-ceiling windows and a full balcony. All rooms have mosaic-tiled baths, flat screen TVs and spacious work desks. That last bit alerts us to the fact that a lot of biz travelers probably will stay here.
But the hotel is not all business. When you kick it by the pool, the hotel has a Poolside Ambassador on hand to "provide you with an invigorating Eucalyptus towel or fresh Evian spray." There's also a poolside lounge and restaurant and the hotel will try to set up any leisure activities like water sports or golf.
Introductory rates start at $199 and our source says that will continue until the China Grill Restaurant opens. Yes, that China Grill brand. Also, the Fort Lauderdale Grande is part of Hilton Hotels so you might be able to use your HHonors points here.
If you stay at the Fort Lauderdale Grande, let us know how the renovations look.
[Ed. Note: Welcome to our Good Rate/Bad Rate feature where we look at hotel prices in the same city and decide which one most deserves your hard-earned benjamins. Rates quotes here were captured July 10, 2007 and are subject to change. Enjoy.]
Finding a St. Regis package deal that is more than just a bean counter's sum of its parts is a challenge, but we found one that is worth looking into. The new St. Regis in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida is kicking things off with an oddly named "Taste of Luxury" package. What fine touches of luxury do you get with this package? Breakfast for two and the inclusion of taxes in the rates. Ooohhh pinch us - we can't believe we landed such VIP treatment!