FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., July 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Celebrating the old and the new, the renovation and transformation of the iconic landmark Yankee Clipper into the new B Ocean Resort in Fort Lauderdale will muster in a new era of beachfront hospitality. Beginning in late-August and scheduled for completion in mid-2016, the extensive renovation will be as refreshing as the warm breezes off the Atlantic while maintaining the landmark property's celebrated heritage. The project led by New York City-based Stonehill & Taylor will include redesigns to the resort's lobby, restaurants, corridors, outdoor and public spaces, all 487 guestrooms and suites plus the addition and introduction of new features including two B Indulged® Spa Suites AVEDA, a Grab n' Go dining venue and new meeting and event space.
Built in 1956 by Fort Lauderdale hotel pioneer Robert "Bob" Gill Jr., the historic hotel is set to celebrate its 60th anniversary next year. The forthcoming renovation will maintain the property's iconic characteristics including the famous Wreck Bar featuring porthole windows into the resort pool and live mermaid shows, while introducing a refreshed ambiance and design that will invite both leisure and business guests to relish in B Hotels & Resorts' approachable Self-Expression Hospitality™.
"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 the company. "This hotel truly epitomizes the foundation of our brand's DNA. It's a one-of-a-kind on the beach destination within a world-class destination. The property's renovation allows us to fully capitalize and showcase our brand's N'Vogue styling and decor," said Tompkins. "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."
One of only four properties located directly on the beach in Fort Lauderdale, B Ocean Resort's new design will highlight the property's oceanfront setting and feature a spacious layout with floor-to-ceiling windows, an eye-catching staircase and sophisticated decor, and introduce a social gathering space that will attract guests and locals alike.
The resort's refreshed guest accommodations will boast a new design inspired by the property's serene waterside setting with relaxing hues of blue and grey, and artwork subtly inspired by Fort Lauderdale Beach's endangered sea turtle population. As with all B Hotels & Resorts® properties, B Ocean will continue to offer complimentary FreeB WiFi™ and a B Treated™ Tray of sweet and savory snacks available for purchase.
The renovation will almost double the resort's flexible indoor function space to 14,000 square feet and offer sophisticated new design and technology. In addition to the property's indoor venues, groups can also enjoy access to a myriad of outdoor meeting space options including B Ocean's private beach, Lido Deck, Main Pool Deck, Beachside Pool Deck, Cruise Deck and Marina Terrace.
B Ocean Resort will remain open throughout the renovation with minimal impact on guests' onsite experience and is conveniently located just minutes from local attractions, including Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, Port Everglades and downtown Fort Lauderdale.
For more information or to book a stay at B Ocean Resort in Fort Lauderdale please visit boceanfortlauderdale.com or contact the resort at 954.564.1000.
About B Hotels & Resorts®
B Hotels & Resorts® defines and establishes the next generation of lifestyle hotels, inviting guests to revel in Self-Expression Hospitality™ and tailor experiences how they desire them to be. The D(destination)-N(n'vogue)-A(approachability) of each hotel defines the identity, character and available programming, while creating a fresh and approachable setting that welcomes today's business and leisure travelers. Core B Signature Elements, available at each property, ignite a genuine emotional connection to the hotel and the brand. Combining lifestyle characteristics with distinct, engaging elements, guests are provided a platform to express their individuality with no inhibitions.
Additional hotels include the B Resort and Spa in Downtown Disney in Orlando and B Historic Savannah. The company is continuing to expand to B Near You soon.
SOURCE B Hotels & Resorts