What's New in Greater Fort Lauderdale

New on the Hotel Scene 

hyatt centric

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 and 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.

Hard Rock Hotel

The $1.5 billion property-wide expansion and all-new "Guitar Hotel" at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Hollywood opened October 2019 showcasing 638 new luxury guest rooms and suites and an oasis tower with 168 guest rooms and suites. The casino nearly doubled in size, plus a new poker room. Additional amenities include a newly rebuilt Hard Rock Live entertainment venue, new restaurants, bars and lounges, 120,000 sq. ft. of meeting and convention space, as well as a 41,000 sq. ft. spa.

le meridien

The Le Méridien Dania Beach at Fort Lauderdale Airport (formerly Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port Hotel) underwent a $30 million renovation and conversion featuring 245 contemporary guest rooms, 20,000 sq. ft. of state-of-the-art flexible meeting space and two redesigned restaurants. 

The Dalmar Fort Lauderdale

The Dalmar, part of the Tribute Portfolio, Marriott International’s newest independent brand of hotels, opened in December 2018. The luxury lifestyle hotel features 209 rooms including 44 suites. The 25-story hotel offers an elevated arrival experience on the sixth floor along with a lobby lounge, pool deck and fitness room and includes 15,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor meeting and ballroom space, The Terrace Grill, a modern American restaurant, a high-rise rooftop bar Sparrow and Rose’s Coffee Bar. Accompanying The Dalmar, on floors 7 through 12, the Element by Westin, an extended stay experience, offers 114 rooms including 28 suites, and an exclusive third floor check-in experience.

New on the Dining Scene 

Sistrunk Marketplace exterior

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. Khoffner Brewery and Shady Distillery will also be opening inside the venue this fall.

The Old Riverhouse Vegan Village, a vegan comfort food restarant, opened in the heart of the historic district on Fort Lauderdale’s Riverwalk. Built in 1903, the Old Riverhouse is the second oldest building in the city (behind the 1901 Stranahan House). The restaurant serves vegan comfort food and will soon include a sushi bar, coffee bar and outside juice bar, tapas bar, vegan full liquor bar, ramen bar and tea cafe.

Unit B Eatery + Spirits, a speak easy-themed bar and restaurant, has opened in Pembroke Pines. The tapas-style restaurant serves 30 cocktails.

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 in August.

Papa’s Raw Bar in Lighthouse Point recently unveiled its new lounge called The Barrel Room, featuring elevated, smoked Papa’s Old-Fashioned cocktails, an oyster and seafood bar and a charcuterie menu.

Chick’nCone, the fast-casual to go restaurant featuring crispy air-fried chicken in a waffle cone, opened in Fort Lauderdale’s MASS District.

Opening Soon 

Gale Boutique Hotel

The historic Escape Hotel is being transformed into the Gale Boutique Hotel & Residences Fort Lauderdale, with 96 rooms and 129 condo residences, and will feature luxury amenities, sleek furnishings, rooftop sky deck, fitness center, spa and pool. Opening in 2020.

hotel maren

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Boca Raton-Deerfield Beach is the newest hotel coming to Deerfield Beach. The 101-room hotel opens in October 2020.

Yeasty Brews Artisanal Beers opens in Lauderhill this fall. The craft brewery and restaurant will offer small batch beers brewed with all-natural fruits, spices and herbs.

Hotel Maren Fort Lauderdale Beach, a Curio Collection by Hilton, a new 229,000 square feet, 12-story hotel with 136 luxurious resort rooms, oversize balconies and breathtaking ocean views, is scheduled to open in December 2020. Amenities include a VIP lounge, Ocean Club, 5th floor Pool and Pool Bar, meeting rooms, and a state-of-the-art fitness center.

The new 137-room Courtyard Fort Lauderdale Downtown is scheduled to open in December 2020.

Dual-Branded Tru by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton is expected to open in February 2021. The $50+ million development will merge two of Hilton’s popular brands in the Flagler Village neighborhood in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Upon completion, the property will have 112 Tru guestrooms and 106 Home2 Suites guestrooms. When it opens, the new-build hotel will be 19 stories and feature two distinctive lobbies – each of which will have its own breakfast bar, lounge, and other brand-specific amenities. The property will also offer an outdoor pool deck complimented by an outdoor bar, a fitness center, and 4,843 square feet of private event and conference space. 

Construction has begun on the Cambria Hotel & Suites Fort Lauderdale Beach, a new 104-room hotel will offer ocean views, a meeting room, coffee bar, pool deck and fitness room. Opening 2020.

On the Horizon

convention center rendering

A $1 billion expansion of the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center is underway. Phase one opens October 2021 with 350,000 sq. ft. of contiguous exhibit space. Full completion is projected for 2024. This sensational venue will be even bigger and better with a total of 1.2 million sq. ft. of meeting space, including 65,000 sq. ft. waterfront ballroom, a new expansive waterfront plaza, new dining concepts, enhanced water taxi access and an 800-room headquarters hotel.

The Abbey, part restaurant and part nightlife/entertainment venue, opens in early 2021 inside a transformed church in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

The highly anticipated Cuba Libra Restaurant & Rum Bar is expected to open in early 2021 on Las Olas Blvd. in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Chef-partner Guillermo Pernot promises a modern take on Havana-inspired dishes.

AC Hotels by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Downtown broke ground and is expected to open in March 2021. The new 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.

AC Hotels by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Sawgrass Mills/Sunrise, a new 174-room hotel in Sunrise, adjacent to Sawgrass Mills, is expected to open in spring 2021. The eight-story hotel will have 174 rooms, an arts-focused library, lounge with tapas-style menu and craft beers and cocktails, health and fitness center, rooftop restaurant, and offer 2,500 square feet of meeting space. The hotel is scheduled to be completed by spring 2021.

Another Tru by Hilton and Hilton Home2Suites is scheduled to open a 150-room hotel with a rooftop bar in Pompano Beach Fishing Village in April 2021.

Four Seasons

A new 23-story Four Seasons is anticipated to open in 2022 with 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

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 345 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.