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The extreme makeover of the seductive hotel will be undertaken by The Related Group/Related Companies, who purchased the W last summer and the renovations will be carried out in stages throughout the year.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
Another hotel auction site?! Yes, indeedy. But before you start to panic about trying to figure out yet another one, look at this shot of the pool at the Atlantic Hotel in Fort Lauderdale. We're finding it hard to keep with all the new Hotel Auction Sites, too, but if anything will inspire us to give them all a whirl, it's the fast-approaching winter and our desire to get away to fancy places for a whole let less.
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.
Are you a buff guy? Do you spend considerable time manscaping every day? Are you not afraid to drop down to your skivvies and walk the runway in your bathing suit in front of a bunch of random judges, one of which is a drag queen?
If so, then you will want to enter W Fort Lauderdales' first-ever Blissguy competition, held in conjunction with the hotel's own Bliss Spa. And if you win, you will get a serious prize:
Ten well-groomed guys will walk the runway in casual wear and swimwear by Original Penguin, followed by a fun and flirty Q&A to impress the judges panel. The lucky winner will receive the most fully loaded grand prize gift package this side of the sunshine state including: one year's worth of Bliss spa services, $1,000 gift certificate to Original Penguin (redeemable at the Lincoln Road store), a mega gift basket of super spa-strength Bliss products (valued at over $1,000) and will be featured in a local Bliss spa ad as the “Blissguy Fort Lauderdale.”
Remember when you were a kid and you had to be bribed into doing anything with ice cream? What? Oh, that was just yesterday? Great news! You're now primed for a visit to the W Fort Lauderdale, which has been bragging about the ice-cream sandwiches at Steak 954 all over Florida.
Frankly, there are other things we can be wooed with, but the dessert pastry chef Sarah Magoon created for the restaurant sounds pretty damn tempting.