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B Ocean Resort Fort Lauderdale to Undergo Extensive Facelift

Hotel & Resort | Claudette Covey | July 22, 2015

B Ocean Resort Fort Lauderdale to Undergo Extensive Facelift

Photo courtesy of B Hotels & Resorts

In late August, B Ocean Resort Fort Lauderdale, which formerly operated as the Yankee Clipper, will undergo an expansive renovation.

B Hotels & Resorts began operating the property in December. Renovations will commence on Aug. 25 and are scheduled for completion by the middle of next year. The hotel will remain open during the renovation process.

The facelift will impact virtually all areas of the property, including its 487 rooms and suites, lobby, restaurants, corridors and outdoor spaces. It will also include the addition of two new spa suites and a grab-and-go dining facility.

The refit of the 59-year-old property, whose profile bears a striking to a cruise ship, will not come at the expense of what it is best known for. The Wreck Bar, for instance, whose porthole windows offer views of the pool, will be updated rather than overhauled.

“B Hotels & Resorts is proud to be part of the transformation of one of Fort Lauderdale's most historic landmarks,” said Chris Tompkins, COO of B Hotels & Resorts. “This hotel truly epitomizes the foundation of our brand’s DNA. The approachability of our team allows us to bring this landmark back to life, welcoming guests from yesterday while saying hello to the guests of tomorrow.”

For starters, the renovation will take advantage of the property’s beachfront setting, adding floor-to-ceiling windows and a new gathering area.

The facelift to the property’s rooms and suites will reflect its beachfront setting, with accommodations appointed in blues and greys, and artwork themed to endangered sea turtles.

The renovation will also add a considerable amount of meetings space, nearly doubling existing space to 14,000 square feet.

The resort is one of four Fort Lauderdale hotels that is situated directly on the beach.

B Hotels & Resorts also operates the B Resort and Spa in Downtown Disney in Orlando, and B Historic Savannah. 

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