Kimpton Goodland Hotel - Fort Lauderdale Beach opened in April 2021 at the location of the former and historic Escape Hotel. The Goodland offers a tucked-away oasis of lush greenery and tropical landscaping paired. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Botanic at The Kimpton Goodland Hotel serves up bold, healthful and eclectic flavors that feature local ingredients and Latin and Caribbean influences. The adjacent, pool-side Good Bar continues the good vibes but with a decidedly more relaxed scene. Set amongst lush landscaping, this secluded outdoor bar and lounge features a concise menu of shareable plates and lighter fare with a beverage menu featuring gin and tonics, inventive frozen drinks and patio-perfect white and rosé wines.
AC Hotel Fort Lauderdale Sawgrass Mills/Sunrise opened in March 2021, located adjacent to Sawgrass Mills mall and steps away from the BB&T Center. The eight story hotel is the first new hotel opening in Sunrise, FL in the past 15 years. The European style designed hotel features 174 stylishly sleek guest rooms, a lavish onsite lounge, and a lustrous rooftop bar called Horizon Bar and Lounge, which can accommodate up to 300 guests for a reception. The hotel is equipped with 1,940 square feet of indoor space, including a a meeting room with floor to ceiling windows and an adjacent outdoor terrace. The hotel specializes in European style breakfasts, Spanish style tapas, local craft beer and specialty cocktails.
Courtyard Fort Lauderdale Downtown opened in March 2021, bringing 137 rooms in to the trendy, arts-oriented Flagler Village section of downtown Fort Lauderdale. Features include a state-of-the-art lobby, two meetings rooms with a total of 2,300 square feet of flexible meeting space and a rooftop pool.
Cambria Hotel Lauderdale Beach opened in January 2021. The 104-room hotel offers ocean views, a meeting room, coffee bar, pool deck and fitness room.
Hotel Maren Fort Lauderdale Beach, a Curio Collection by Hilton opened its doors in January 2021 on A1A overlooking Fort Lauderdale beach. The stunning 229,000 square feet, 12-story hotel features 141 luxurious resort rooms, oversize balconies and breathtaking ocean views. Amenities include a VIP lounge, Ocean Club, 5th floor pool and pool bar, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. The ground floor centerpiece restaurant Riviera features coastal Italian cuisine with Mediterranean influences by celebrity chef Fabio Viviano, known for his turn as a “Top Chef” contestant.
Tru by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton Fort Lauderdale-Downtown Flagler Village opened in November 2020. The dual-branded property has 112 Tru guestrooms and 106 Home2 Suites guestrooms. At 19 stories high, the hotel features two distinctive lobbies – each of which has its own breakfast bar, lounge, and other brand-specific amenities. The property also offers an outdoor pool deck complimented by an outdoor bar, a fitness center, and 4,843 square feet of private event and conference space.
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Deerfield Beach Boca Raton opened in November 2020 with 101 rooms, located midway between the beautiful sands of Deerfield Beach and its International Fishing Pier and the expansive Quiet Waters Park.
Tru by Hilton Ft. Lauderdale Airport opened in June 2020. The 115-room hotel is located 3 miles from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and less than a mile away from Port Everglades.
The Hyatt Centric Las Olas, Fort Lauderdale hotel, located on the first 15 floors of 100 Las Olas, offers 238 guestrooms boasting city skyline views. The property features 15,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. Lobby-level Harborwood Urban Kitchen & Bar serves classic, modern-American cuisine, with a kitchen helmed by award-winning Executive Chef Greg McGowan. Elev8 rooftop features a pool deck and bar with panoramic downtown views. The hotel opened in April 2020.
NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale presents a major retrospective exhibition of fashion designer Anna Sui through October 3, 2021. With over 100 looks, The World of Anna Sui explores the glamorous and eclectic world of one of New York’s most beloved and accomplished designers and invites viewers to step inside Sui’s imagination to discover her creative process and the diverse influences that contribute to her signature aesthetic sensibility. The World of Anna Sui is organized by the Fashion and Textile Museum, London and is curated by Dennis Nothdruft.
Island SPACE Caribbean Museum, the first Caribbean heritage museum in the United States, is now open at the Westfield Mall in Plantation. The exhibition and event venue features a collection of artifacts, iconic and cultural relics and historical data representing South Florida’s Caribbean communities.
Art of Illusions, a 3D art museum, opened at Sawgrass Mills. The museum uses illusionary effects to create wild and amazing selfies.
Sistrunk Marketplace & Brewery, a 24,000-square-foot indoor food hall, mixed-use event space and retail concept, opened in the heart of Fort Lauderdale’s historic Sistrunk. The newly opened property features a myriad of food vendors including: Bronte Café, The Chop Shoppe, The Empanada Bodega, Fuoco Roman Pizza, Heavenly Raw, Hot Lime Craft Tacos and Ceviche, Kasai + Koori Asian Deserts, Needa’ Pita, Nellie’s Country Kitchen, OSOM Crepes, Poke OG, and Senbazuru Ramen. In addition, there are several private and shared event spaces; a DJ and production music academy – Wired Sound Academy, and a co-op style retail boutique – SistrunKollective. Shady Distillery and Khoffner Brewery are also now open inside Sistrunk Marketplace.
Takato, a Japanese-Korean fusion restaurant, is now open in the Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach. Takato, meaning 'in a state of extreme happiness' in Japanese, features an upscale menu with sharable small plates and entrees with an emphasis on sushi. The kitchen is headed up by Executive Chef Taek Lee (Taka), former executive sushi chef at Zuma in Miami and former executive chef at Monkitail in the Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood.
Sushi Garage on Las Olas is the newest outpost of the Japanese and traditional sushi restaurant. Sushi Garage offers a number of hot and cold appetizers such as Kampachi Yuzu, Cilantro Salt Tiradito and Chicken Shrimp Gyoza. Main entrées include items like Miso Maple Seabass and Sliced Tenderloin Teriyaki along with a number of unique nigiris ranging from Truffle Shiitake Nigiri to the delectable Hamachi Chili Tosazu. The exquisite dessert menu features masterfully-crafted Matcha Mille Crepes, Japanese Cheesecake and more sweet options. The 6,000 square foot restaurant will offer 250 seats indoors and 92 seats outdoors. Sushi Garage Las Olas will have similar design touches as its Miami Beach predecessor with its own twist, featuring sky-high ceilings, a large, panoramic open kitchen format, and an elegantly decorated, yet casual and charming space.
Sushi by Bou Beach Club recently opened at the Marriott Residence Inn Pompano Beach. Just steps from the ocean, the restaurant offers the concept’s renowned omakase experience as well as an eclectic beach club menu perfect for a relaxed beachside experience. Encompassing 2,500 square feet, the new restaurant features the brand’s signature intimate “chef’s choice” omakase bar as well as additional indoor and outdoor seating featuring a la carte izakaya, sushi and maki menus. Izakaya, which translates to “sit drink shop”, is similar in style to British gastropub, or Spanish tapas; with a menu built for sharing. The guided Omakase menu is a spirited 12-course interactive journey though fresh, locally sourced and flown in fish.
Bodega Taqueria y Tequila Fort Lauderdale doubles as a fast-casual taco joint and a late-night speakeasy-style lounge. The front half of the venue is a taqueria featuring an authentic Mexican street food menu created by culinary director and Chef Bernie Matz. Guests order from a full-sized, retrofitted vintage airstream trailer turned into a taco truck and then dine in the garage chic seating of picnic tables, neon bar stools, and graffiti walls. In addition to the regular menu, a weekend brunch menu is available. Inside the taqueria, a door leads guests to Bodega's late-night speakeasy, featuring an extensive cocktail menu and live music by local bands and DJs.
The highly anticipated Cuba Libra Restaurant & Rum Bar opened on Las Olas Blvd. in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The culinary program is led by two-time James Beard Award-winning Chef-Partner Guillermo Pernot. While the restaurant’s design reflects the distinctive Old Havana district, its menus reflect the cuisine served today in Cuban paladares throughout the island – chef crafted versions of its traditional cuisine and modern Cuban food. Covering 9,200 interior square feet with seating for 250, the restaurant features dramatic interior and exterior theming with its centerpiece being an exhibition style wood-burning Latin Grill & Chef’s Counter.
Twice Removed, a French fries-centric gastropub and speakeasy-themed beer and cocktail bar, is now open in Fort Lauderdale. Nearly every dish features double fried French fries, such as truffle fries, yucca fries, and zucchini fries. Fries also take center stage with duck confit, ropa vieja and curry chicken.
Eatapas, a Spanish restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, serves tapas, paella and tableside sangria. Diners can enjoy live Spanish guitar music nightly except Fridays, when the dining room is filled with flamenco dancing.
Unit B Eatery + Spirits, a speak easy-themed bar and restaurant, has opened in Pembroke Pines. The tapas-style restaurant serves 30 cocktails.
Yeasty Brews Artisanal Beers opened in Lauderhill. The craft brewery and restaurant offers small batch beers brewed with all-natural fruits, spices and herbs.
GIOIAEat (pronounced “joy-ah-eat") has opened on Young Circle in downtown Hollywood. Master Pizza Chef and Acrobatic Pizza World Champion Massimiliano Stammerra can be seen throwing pizza dough as he prepares 17 specialty pizzas.
Cleveland’s Old Fashion Ice Cream opened in Miramar. The ice cream parlour features 52 homemade ice-cream flavors including six vegan options, birch beer and soda floats.
Primadonna Ristorante e Bar serves traditional and inventive twists of Italian classics paired with a curated all Italian wine list. One of Fort Lauderdale’s favorite restaurants for over 25 years, Canyon (same restaurateurs as Primadonna) relocated and reopened next door.
Salt7 restaurant opened at the Icon Las Olas. The restaurant also includes a 2,200-square-foot mezzanine with a VIP area and DJ booth.
Eddie V's is now open on Las Olas Boulevard. The fine-dining restaurant serves prime seafood and steak, handcrafted cocktails, and live jazz in the V Lounge.
The NOW Massage brings its popular LA massage concept to the arts-centric Flagler Village neighborhood this spring when it opens its first South Florida location. The NOW Massage boutique reimagines the neighborhood spa with a clean, modern design and a focus on quality massages to facilitate relaxation and healing.
Hillsboro Beach Resort, a 99-room property on exclusive Hillsboro Mile, opens in May 2021. With direct oceanfront access as well as Intracoastal dockage, guests can enjoy the waves roll in on the serene private beach, lounge at the resort pool, or enjoy watersports from the Intracoastal mooring. Enjoy custom cocktails and the freshest creations at the oceanfront restaurant ROI.
Den Bar and Kitchen, a new gastropub in Fort Lauderdale, opens in spring 2021 in the downtown Himmarshee Village and will feature burgers, chicken wings, and other American pub grub.
The Abbey, part restaurant and part nightlife/entertainment venue, opens in spring 2021 inside a transformed church in downtown Fort Lauderdale.
AC Hotels by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach opens in June 2021 just steps away from Sebastian Street Beach in Fort Lauderdale. The 171-room hotel will boast ocean views, an open kitchen for European-style breakfast and specialty culinary events, a library, an expansive resort-style pool with cabanas and dining services, and 1,000 square feet of meeting space.
Tru by Hilton and Hilton Home2Suites is scheduled to open a 150-room hotel with a rooftop bar in Pompano Beach Fishing Village in June 2021.
The historic Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center and International Swimming Hall of Fame complex, home to Florida’s first Olympic-sized swimming pool that opened in 1926, is undergoing a $46 million renovation and expansion that includes five swimming pools and support amenities that will welcome new generations of aquatic sport enthusiasts to sporting activities and competitions. A major highlight for the new venue is a 27-meter dive tower with springboards and nine platform levels. Visitors will be able to experience “Top of the Tower” tours with scenic views of the Intracoastal Waterway and Fort Lauderdale beach. Pools are projected to open in August 2021 with expanded operations and meetings facilities opening in early 2022.
The highly anticipated expansion of the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center is underway. The all-new Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center will be bigger and better with 1.2 million square feet of space, including 350,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space.
A new 23-story Four Seasons is anticipated to open in December 2021 with 130 guest rooms and 90 residences, two restaurants, a spa, fitness center, children’s recreation room, “Beach Butlers” and ballroom and meeting facilities.
Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina, a South Florida icon for more than 50 years, is going through a total reimagination of the destination. Upon completion the hotel will have 376 guest rooms & suites, multi-level pool experience with family and adult areas, lobby lounge, Pier Top lounge, spa, fitness center, kids club, marina promenade and residential offerings. The hotel is officially closed, but the marina and Pelican Landing remain open, welcoming guests and boaters. Expected reopening 2022.