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Three large Lauderdale hotels get major makeovers

Renovations upgrade the W Hotel, Renaissance Fort Lauderdale and B Ocean Resort
February 05, 2017 11:50AM

W Hotel & Residences Fort Lauderdale (Source: YouTube)

Three large hotels in Fort Lauderdale have undergone major renovations ahead of the busy winter season.

New York-based Related Companies just finished upgrades to 517 guest rooms at the W Hotel & Residences Fort Lauderdale, part of an ongoing $55 million renovation of the property expected to continue until fall.

Guest rooms at the W got new carpeting, window treatments and furnishings.  Public-space upgrades to the property include a redesign of the lobby area on the fourth floor.  Ongoing work at the hotel-condo building includes a ballroom renovation scheduled for completion by May 1 and construction of new porte-cochere entrance to the property at 401 North Federal Highway.

A renovation of the B Ocean Resort Fort Lauderdale that began in 2015 has upgraded the property’s 484 rooms and suites.

The renovation of the B Ocean Resort at 1140 Seabreeze Boulevard, which  opened in 1956 as the Yankee Clipper hotel, also includes a redesigned lobby and a new coffee bar, plus enlarged meeting space, two suites for spa customers, and a two-story penthouse with a private elevator.

The hotel’s Wreck Bar has been expanded with the addition of a sushi bar, and the bar will start featuring a new burlesque mermaid show on weekends (for adults only) starting Feb. 10.

The Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel near Port Everglades underwent a $5 million renovation that improved the property’s lobby area, meeting space, pool area and lighting. Several new food and beverage locations also opened at the hotel including Bistro 17, Calusa Coffee Bar and R Lounge.

Atlanta-based Noble Investment Group purchased The Renaissance for $48.1 million in 2015.  [Sun-Sentinel] Mike Seemuth