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A few years ago, the planned Trump Hotel in Fort Lauderdale was still "blowing in the wind" without an operator and it continued that way until last month, when Conrad Hotels announced they would be taking over the property (in partnership with CFLB Partnership LLC) and renaming it the The Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach Residences.
According to the Sun-Sentinel, the 290-roomproperty will be a condo-hotel with different residential layouts which will be rented to guests when the owners are not staying in them. Prices for the units will start at $450,000.
But since the building was left unoccupied for so long, it will now require some loving care to get it up to Conrad Hotels luxury standards. Word is the property will get about $34 million in enhancements that will also include a fitness center, a Conrad Spa, a swimming pool and an oceanfront restaurant. It will open in 2015. Better late than never at all.
Hat tip to Thackftl for the on-the-scene observation.
[Photo: Michael Graves Design]
Despite the fact that the new wind turbines being installed on the roof of the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort will produce a very small percentage of the hotel's power, Randy Gaines, Hilton's VP of Engineering, Housekeeping and Laundry Operations, thinks it's a huge step in the right direction.
“The turbines will help us visualize the hotel as a place to be conscious of energy use,” Gaines told the South Florida Business Journal. “It’s not going to be a big percentage of the hotel power, but it will help to highlight the importance of conserving electricity, and to start dialogue.”
The symbolism of the six turbines is definitely a welcome sight for the hotel industry, a move that speaks volumes in terms of Hilton's determination to be environmentally friendly. Considering the appearance of the turbines has always been a source of conflict when it comes to wind energy, the fact that Hilton is putting them on its roof sends a strong message. Not to be overly dramatic, but it shows the industry is capable of making decisions based on something a little less shallow.
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The weekend is upon us and all we can think of is having a Calgon moment. A soothing, it’ll-be-all right session seems about due, and we’re certain you can use one as well. The stars must be in alignment because we received a great mix of spa news this week, so we’ve gotta share. Chances are, some of you need a good old massage, and the spa gurus are searching for the new treatment du jour. And because it’s summertime, that means kids are hopped up on ice cream, candy and the like, so they need to calm the heck down, too. Just thinking about these treatments are already calming our nerves.
The new Chillax Lounge at Vermont’s Stowe Mountain Lodge is tailor-made for the hyperactive whippersnapper set. Kids come in fresh from a day at the pool or on the mountains, wrap a plush robe around their clothes, and hop into a cozy Pier One-style papasan chair drapped with a covered massage pad (the kind you can get at the Sharper Image). After they get over pressing the buttons and settling into the right vibrations—the relaxing and pampering begins with a chocolate face mask, cucumber slices for the eyes, and well a soothing scalp massage. The room looks right out into the mountains, so the view is incredible and the destimulation begins. What’s amazing is, according to Stowe's spa director, this service is booked more by preteen boys than girls! Apparently the guys are better at kicking back, enjoying the silence, and decompressing for a while, while girls tend to turn into chatty Cathy’s after a few minutes. Hmm, go figure.
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.
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If you're panicking because Father's Day is this weekend and you still haven't picked up a gift for dad, there's still time to show him that you care. Whether you want to treat him to a cooking class—or not so subtly show him there's more to food than TV dinners—or send him flying down a zip line, these hotels offer the perfect gift for dear old dad.
Check out our top five list of Father's Day hotels after the jump.
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.
The other night we finally got to experience the new B Hotels and Resorts brand at their first (and only) hotel, The B Ocean Hotel in Fort Lauderdale.
Don't worry, W, your standing as the Prom King of boutique hotels is not in any jeopardy at all. But B Ocean definitely surprised us with their rooms and amenities. We just hope that future B Hotels open in more exciting places than Fort Lauderdale.
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.
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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.
If you are looking for a Fort Lauderdale alternative to Lords South Beach, head down to the Royal Palms Resort & Spa. The Royal Palms hopes to even surpass its SoBe peer with a soon-to-be-unveiled expansion that will make it the largest luxury gay hotel in North America.
The hotel will debut its 62-room expansion on April 11. There will be some nice tech perks: All rooms will come with 42-inch flat-screen TVs, free WiFi throughout the property, and access to iPad 2s and mobile phones. But the biggest amenity is a 54' private yacht, available for guest trips, commitment ceremonies and more.
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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.