What's New in Greater Fort Lauderdale


New on the Hotel Scene

Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel pool viewConrad Fort Lauderdale Beach recently opened its doors with 290 all suite accommodations, indoor and outdoor dining venues, a 4,000-sq ft ocean view spa and fitness center, an elevated ocean-facing Sky Deck oasis with heated pool and cabanas, as well as 10,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting and event space.

Plunge Beach Hotel room overlooking the oceanThe Plunge Beach Hotel had its grand debut in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea in early 2017. The 157-room oceanfront hotel complex offers direct beach access and is comprised of three individual buildings referred to simply as the Island, Beach and Bungalow residences, each with its own distinct vibe and design aesthetic. Among the resort’s perks is the soon-to-be-famous Backflip Beach Bar, the only true toes-in-the-sand beach bar in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, along with Octopus Lobby Gastropub and Bean & Barnacle Coffee Shop and Marketplace serving locally roasted Wells Coffee, fresh sandwiches and gelato. The hotel’s amenities include two beachfront swimming pools with spectacular ocean views, free WiFi, a 24-hour fitness center and ample street level parking.

Hotel Morrison, a 143-room select service boutique hotel, is opening soon in Dania Beach offering upscale accommodations with environmentally-friendly products. For meetings and events, the hotel boasts 1,500 sq. ft. of flexible space including a pre-function area that flows into the pool deck.

HYDE Resort & Residences,HYDE Resort & Residenses room balcony overlooking the ocean a sparkling glass-clad jewel soaring 43 floors directly on the Atlantic Ocean in Hollywood. The resort’s 363 one-, two- and three-bedroom suites feature floor-to-ceiling glass doors opening to wrap-around terraces  and chef-caliber kitchens, along with two rooftop infinity pools, spa, and fine dining located on pristine beach.

The $23 million TRYP by Wyndham Maritime Hotel will be opening its doors in the fall 2017. The eight-story, 150 room, maritime-themed hotel will cater to business and leisure travelers and offer a European-style Spanish Tapas Bar, Rooftop Bar, free Wi-Fi, 5,000 sq. ft. of flexible event space, shuttle to the airport & cruise port, and featuring 11 aquariums.

The Le Meridien Dania Beach at Fort Lauderdale Airport, formerly Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port Hotel, is undergoing a $30 million renovation and conversion and will feature 245 contemporary guest rooms, 20,000 square feet of state-of-the-art flexible meeting space and two redesigned restaurants. Anticipated to open in 2018.

Melia Costa Hollywood hotel room overlooking the oceanA new property, the Costa Hollywood is expected to open in winter 2018 on Hollywood Broadwalk on the beach, bringing 307 new condo-hotel rooms ranging from oceanfront studios to one to three bedrooms apartments.

A new $21 million, 142 room Wyndham Garden Hotel in Dania Beach is expected to open late 2017 and plans to offer casual dining, flexible meeting space and an inviting lobby and lounge.

circCIRC Hotel, a 111-room modern, boutique hotel, is set to open in downtown Hollywood on Young Circle in early 2018. Designed with the area’s art scene in mind, the 12-story building will feature Olivia, an authentic Italian restaurant by Piero Filpi and Marcello Sindoni; Muse, a chic rooftop bar and lounge on the 12th floor pool deck; Presto Market & Coffee Bar; The Cellar, a private dining room featuring a wine wall; a fitness center; and 3,000 square feet of meeting space on the 11th floor.

Streetview of the Gale Boutique HotelThe historic Escape Hotel is being reborn and transformed into the Gale Boutique Hotel, with 96 rooms and 129 condo residences in Fort Lauderdale. Estimated to open in early 2018, the Gale will feature sleek furnishings and luxury amenities, rooftop sky deck, fitness center and spa, concierge services and pool.

View of Dalmar Hotel from across the streetA new full-service dual branded hotel is coming to downtown Fort Lauderdale in late Spring 2018. The Dalmar (209 rooms) is part of the Tribute Portfolio, an independent portfolio of hotels by Marriott, previously Starwood, and  The Element, an extended stay experience (114 rooms). The stylish new build is a 24-story, 323-room hotel and will offer an elevated arrival experience on the 6th floor along with a lobby bar, pool deck, and fitness room.  The complex will also include 9,000 square feet of meeting and ballroom space, a ground-floor coffee shop and retail component. The hotel will boast the city's first high-rise rooftop bar on its 25th floor; offering stunning 360 degree views and craft cocktails that will be curated by a yet unnamed James Beard award nominated nightlife operator. Both hotels will be part of the Marriott Portfolio, and will be owned and operated by Wurzak Hotel Group. 

Las Olas Ocean Resort, a 12-story, 136 room, fully-furnished hotel & a 257-vehicle automated parking facility that's located on floors 2-4 of the building. Guests can enjoy the hotel amenities including an exterior pool & pool bar, VIP lounge, Ocean Club, meeting room & fitness center. Opening spring 2018.

In addition to 136 loft-like rooms at Aloft Weston, the new property will offer 600 sq ft of meeting space and all the brand essentials such as WXYZ® bar, and a Splash pool. Opens Apr 2018. Aloft Fort Lauderdale will also provide loft-like rooms and all the brand’s signature amenities, along with 1,500 sq ft of meeting facilities. Opens Jan 2019.

Pool view of the Fourt Seasons Hotel with the city in the backdrop.Soon to break ground, a new 23-story Four Seasons will open in 2019 with 150 hotel rooms and 95 residences, two restaurants, a spa, fitness center, children’s recreation room, “Beach Butlers” and ballroom and meeting facilities.

Hotel Refresh

Oceanview from the Diplomat Beach Resort with palm trees and tables in the view.Fresh and fabulous after a $100 million transformation, The Diplomat Beach Resort ushers in a new era of oceanfront perfection with view-inspired guestrooms and suites, luxe amenities and 10 all new culinary experiences helmed by celebrity chefs including Geoffrey Zakarian and Michael Schulson. Beachfront and brilliant, The Diplomat Beach Resort is a shimmering gem overlooking the Atlantic surf, delivering an iconic resort experience in a lush playground by the sea.

W Fort Lauderdale room overlooking the beach and ocean.Fresh off a $55 million restyle and renovation, W Fort Lauderdale brings a high-contrast, sleek design to its 517 guestrooms & suites, Fourth Floor Living Room (lobby) & Terrace, two infinity-style WET Deck pools, and all its chic public spaces. Delectable cuisine from James Beard Award Nominee Stephen Starr still reigns supreme with award-winning Steak 954 plus a brand new addition, The Sushi Bar, featuring the freshest rolled sushi on Fort Lauderdale beach. A new 4,000 sq ft ballroom will enhance existing event space options and bring the property’s meeting space total an extraordinary 40,000 sq ft. Twenty versatile indoor and two spectacular outdoor spaces provide a stunning backdrop for 5-500 people corporate meetings, lavish weddings, reunions or retreats. New to the scene will also be an additional three-meal-a-day restaurant featuring ocean view sidewalk dining. Both the new ballroom and restaurant are slated for Q3 2017. 

View of room at the B Ocean Resort with King Bed and Art displayed above the headbord.B Ocean Resort, one of South Florida’s most iconic beachside properties has recently unveiled its all-encompassing renovation. The resort is conveniently located right on the ocean, on the famed coastal highway A1A, just minutes from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Port Everglades and downtown Las Olas Boulevard. Offering 484 spacious guest rooms and suites including an oceanfront presidential suite with picturesque, panoramic views, guests are treated to two outdoor infinity edge swimming pools, a 24-hour state-of-the-art B Active® Fitness Center, two B Indulged® Spa Suites and over 14,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor meeting space. As a full-service property, B Ocean Resort has partnered with Yes Hospitality Group and chef and TV personality, Ralph Pagano to lead the hotel’s food and beverage concepts including NAKED CRAB, Salty Siren, The Clipper grab-n-go, and its world-famous Wreck Bar, a favorite to locals and travelers since the 1950s.

TView of Harbor Beach and the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach  Resort & Spahe Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa has refreshed with major renovations in 2016. Redesigned guestrooms and suites feature sea-inspired décor, tile flooring and walk-in showers. The refreshed lobby invites guests to mingle and enjoy the scenery of the beachfront location, along with 100,000 square feet of meeting and event space The signature restaurant, 3030 Ocean, provides an inspired culinary experience with new design and menu.

Beach view of the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach REsort with palm trees.The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort completed a $5.5 million renovation in January 2017, transforming the arrival and dining experience with a more inviting guest arrival experience to the Porte cochere, lobby, and a new oceanfront restaurant Siren’s Table.

The Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port completed a total brand transformation with renovations to the hotel lobby, restaurants, and meeting space in January 2017 (guestrooms were refurbished in 2015).

The Elita Hotel (formerly the Ikona Hotel) opened its doors following a multi-million-dollar renovation that restored key features of the mid-century modern building while modernizing the interior design with smart technology and stylish amenities. A contemporary re-imagination of a seaside cottage, the Elita's 24 deluxe rooms, family apartment suites and penthouses include custom-made modern furnishings. The three-story hotel overlooks a private pool and courtyard garden with indoor and outdoor event space, including a second-level balcony overlooking the ocean. Elita’s sister properties, the Fortuna Hotel and the Fala Hotel, round out the Gzella Collection portfolio. 

The Sun Tower Hotel & Suites has newly remodeled suites, along with a refresh to The Sandbar Grille.

bahia marThe Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort - A DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel is undergoing a $7 million dollar refurbishing including the relaunching of the hotel's Waves Rooftop Pool Bar & Grill. The hotel is freshening up with new rooms, hallways, entertainment area, lobby, and ballroom in phase one. Phase two will consist of a brand-new 256-room hotel, residential components around the property, and a boardwalk that goes around the entire marina and ends at the marina village.

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood is adding a $1.5 billion, guitar-shaped tower with 806 rooms adding to its already 500 guest rooms. In addition, the project will bring a number of new dining and entertainment venues, and an estimated 50,000 square feet of function space to be completed by late 2019. Currently the property has Hard Rock Live (a 5,500-seat arena) and 40,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 16,000-square-foot ballroom, as well as a 4.5-acre water complex including cabanas and beach and operates a full-service Rock Spa.

The Fort Lauderdale Airport/Cruise Port Inn/Comfort Suites has officially been named Four Points by Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport / Cruise Port and opened a new restaurant, 1800 Bistro & Bar, on property. 

The Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six has become an independent property under the ownership of Tavistock Development Co. with the new name Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina.

The Crowne Plaza Hollywood is now the DoubleTree by Hilton Hollywood Beach.

The Residence Inn by Marriott Weston began their multi-million dollar renovations in September, redefining the property’s suites, all public areas, and recreational area. Completion is scheduled for Dec 2017.

AC Sawgrass Mills/Sunrise, a new 170-room hotel in Sunrise on property adjacent to Sawgrass Mills, is expected to begin construction in spring 2018 for opening in early 2020. The new hotel will be part of the AC Hotels by Marriott brand. The eight-story hotel will include 5,000 square feet of meeting and event space, an arts-focused library, lounge with tapas-style menu and craft beers and cocktails, health and fitness center and a rooftop water feature and full-service bar.

Broward County Convention Center Hotel & Expansion Project

ccNew plans for the development of the Broward County Convention Center Expansion and Headquarters Hotel Projects, which represents a significant increase in the destination’s meetings, convention and exhibition capacity, will add contiguous exhibition space to the current exhibit hall. In addition, negotiations will begin for the 800-room headquarters hotel with Omni Hotels and Resorts, as the branded flag for the new hotel. The projects will add an additional 400,000+ square feet of contemporary designed indoor and outdoor space and an upscale 800-room, four Diamond rated headquarters hotel that will attract increased meetings business with its mix of meeting space, accommodations, retail, and dining. The proposed 22-story hotel will be prominently positioned on the destination’s famed Intracoastal Waterway with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean and the destination’s airport, cruise port, and famed 23 miles of Blue Wave beaches.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport View of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport with a plane taking off at dusk over palm trees.opened Concourse A in Terminal 1 with a Customs Inspection Facility for five international gates, part of the second phase of a $450 million expansion and modernization project.

New Service for 2017: JetBlue: Aruba, Atlanta, Chicago, Long Beach and Salt Lake City (Nov); Allegiant: Cleveland, Allentown, Louisville, Milwaukee (Nov), and Norfolk (Nov); Delta: Salt Lake City (Nov); Southwest: Newark, Orlando and Washington Dulles, and new international service to Cancun, Montego Bay, Belize, Grand Cayman, and San Jose and Punta Cana (Nov); Spirit: Hartford and Pittsburgh; British Airways: London Gatwick; Norwegian Air Shuttle: Barcelona (Aug) and Martinique (French Caribbean) (Oct); and Emirates: Dubai.

FLL offers Mobile Passport Control, a free app allowing eligible travelers to submit their passport information and customs declaration form prior to arrival allowing faster processing: mobilepassport.us.

Port Everglades News

Port Everglades will be the first and only cruise port worldwide to have a terminal specially activated with Carnival Corporation’s new Ocean Medallion wearable technology that will enable passengers to seamlessly connect to enhanced services before and after they cruise. Regal Princess will be the first ship to offer the Ocean Medallion technology beginning in Nov 2017.

PSilversea Cruise ship on the ocean.ort Everglades welcomed Carnival Cruise’s Carnival Splendor to the summer roster. Silversea Cruises’ newest cruise ship Silver Muse will begin sailing Oct 2017. The 596-passenger Silver Muse is scheduled for five sailings in addition to voyages on Silver Spirit, Silver Whisper and Silver Wind also sailing from Port Everglades. Luxury cruise line Crystal Cruises will begin sailing from Port Everglades Oct 2017 with Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony. Princess Cruises begins year-round sailings with Caribbean Princess in Apr 2018, which will be equipped with Ocean Medallion technology, and Celebrity Cruises’ new 2,900 passenger, Celebrity Edge, will homeport fall 2018.


New Restaurant Openings

terra marTerra Mare, in the newly opened Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach, offers sophisticated shared-plate dining with a focus on fresh, locally sourced cuisine, going beyond tapas and encouraging an immersive experience.

coastalA new dining concept, Coastal, recently opened at The Atlantic Hotel & Spa featuring Italian-inspired Mediterranean coastal cuisine, along with beautiful oceanfront views.

Jackson’s Prime opened in Fort Lauderdale, a classic steakhouse with a modern twist featuring top-quality meat, poultry, seafood and vegetarian selections.

The Restaurant People opened Rooftop @1WLOS in downtown Fort Lauderdale on the 7th floor of the One West Las Olas building featuring dramatic views, crafted cocktails, extensive wine list and seasonally-inspired small plates. The Restaurant People will also open TRP Taste, a ground-floor pop-up kitchen and eatery welcoming rotating chefs, on the 1st floor of the same building this year.

Lona by Chef Pablo Salas, a new restaurant and tequila/mezcal bar, opens at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort in mid-December. Lona will offer Salas’ eclectic, soulful Mexican cooking in a chic, yet funky environment, complete with a gorgeous indoor/outdoor bar.

View of a seating area at Geoffrey Zakarian's Point Royal Restaurant at The Dipllomat Beach Resort.At The Diplomat Beach Resort, Geoffrey Zakarian’s Point Royal opened February 2017. A modern take on a coastal-influenced brasserie with a comfortable eatery that functions on a number of different levels, from breakfast and take-out to dinner and cocktails at the bar, with exceptional quality and a beautiful, vibrant atmosphere. Chef and restaurateur Michael Schulson opened his latest creation, Monkitail at The Diplomat Beach Resort. A modern Japanese fare, a contemporary izakaya — or Japanese gastropub — featuring sharable small plates and sushi, as well as an array of specialty cocktails and sake.

Also at The Diplomat Beach Resort, Diplomat Prime underwent a complete dining and design revamp and reopened in September 2016. The 108 seat restaurant boasts a refined décor, designed to add an approachable beachside feel to the traditional steakhouse. The redefined layout encompasses a 24 seat bar, 68 seat dining room, along with two 16 seat and 30 seat private dining rooms. And at the Diplomat Landing, are Bristol’s Burgers featuring ingredient-driven burgers, and Portico, a rustic outdoor beer and wine garden serving more than 20 beers, wines and cocktails, all on tap.

View of the bar counter at Park & Ocean at Hugh Taylor BIrch State ParkPark & Ocean, located at Fort Lauderdale’s Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, is a casual eatery sitting amid a shady grove on the Southeast side of the park along A1A, facing the Atlantic Ocean. A fresh, fun menu along with its own in-house brewery, Shady Brewing, featuring cold-brewed coffee, teas and soon-to-come craft beer, plus full access to the park and its activities.

MidiCi Neapolitan Pizza, a new restaurant and wine bar in Flagler Village, recently opened with meal choices for health-conscious foodies and epicureans.

Chef Josie Smith-Malave of Bravo TV's Top Chef opens her first restaurant, Bubbles & Pearls, a whimsical concept featuring a champagne raw bar in Wilton Manors.

NAKED CRAB Seafood Kitchen | Cocktail Bar, the B Ocean’s signature seafood and steak restaurant by Chef Ralph Pagano, is a modern seafood restaurant with all things surf or turf, pairing the finest prime steaks with the freshest seafood and the highest quality ingredients in a picturesque, beachside setting. The 150-seat restaurant and curbside patio also includes The Florida Bar, a wraparound bar with lounge seating.

Burger, frites and a glass of red win from B Square Burgers + BoozeB Square Burgers + Booze, gourmet burgers with a twist, recently opened on Las Olas Blvd in Fort Lauderdale. Other newcomers on Las Olas Blvd include Raw Poke Bar, a new fast-casual Hawaiian eatery, focusing on raw, cubed fish salad and CASH ONLY, an equal parts bar, a shake of lounge, and twist of nightclub.

New to Fort Lauderdale, the Poke House, a fast casual eatery offering Hawaiian poke bowls and many more island Pacific favorites and Bar Red Beard, a new craft beer bar and restaurant with homemade recipes and American crafted products.

Coming Soon

Stephen Starr, the James Beard Award-winning restaurateur announced the opening of his El Vez Mexican restaurant at the W Hotel in Fort Lauderdale in early 2018.

Red Door Asian Bistro will open in early 2018 on Las Olas Boulevard in the site formerly occupied by Johnny V.

El Camino, a 6,000-square-foot Mexican restaurant, is scheduled to open in Dec 2017 on Las Olas Boulevard (formerly Grill Republic and Voodka) serving tacos, margaritas (available in more than a dozen specialty flavors) and tequila offerings with more than 300 selections and around 100 different types of mezcal.

Bar Rita, an exciting new concept featuring a modern take on Mexican bar food with a rooftop margarita bar in Fort Lauderdale will be opening in 2017. 

Center Stage

The live music scene continues to heat up with RockFest 80s with Joan Jett, Quiet Riot, Sebastian Bach, Lynard Skynard and many of your favorite ‘80s bands Nov 4-5 at CB Smith Park in Pembroke Pines. Riptide Music Festival, a two-day alternative & classic hits music fest with bands including Cage The Elephant, Weezer, Boyz II Men, and KC & The Sunshine Band, returns to Fort Lauderdale beach Dec 2-3. Tortuga Music Festival, a three-day, multi-stage music festival featuring some of the biggest names in country, rock and roots music, also returns to Fort Lauderdale beach April 6-8, 2018.

What Else is New?

TV screen with Hello Sunny TV on display.Watch all things Greater Fort Lauderdale 24/7. Check out live events and other exclusive Greater Fort Lauderdale content on the new Hello Sunny TV Network. You can also watch on Apple TV (4th gen) - visit the app store & search Hello Sunny.

View of people walking across the street at the Pembroke Pines City Center Pembroke Pines City Center (PPCC) recently opened in the heart of Pembroke Pines, nestled between Mediterranean style residences, with casual-chic and family-style restaurants featuring international cuisine and numerous name-brand stores and shopping malls. The city center is a multi-use facility that is being built to serve the community by hosting events offering 35,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. The two-story structure, which spans 47,000 square feet, encompasses the Cultural Center (which includes an art gallery, a digital media arts center and a flexible space for performances and special events) and the new Broward County Library, opening this fall. Click here for more info and upcoming events.