B Hotels & Resorts announced the renovation of the Yankee Clipper into the new B Ocean Resort in Fort Lauderdale. Started this August and scheduled for completion in mid-2016, the renovation project is led by New York City-based Stonehill & Taylor.
One of only four properties located on the beach in Fort Lauderdale, B Ocean Resort's new design will highlight the property's oceanfront setting and have a layout with floor-to-ceiling windows, staircase and new décor. The renovation 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-and-go dining venue and new meeting and event space.
Built in 1956 by Fort Lauderdale hotel pioneer Robert Gill Jr., the hotel will celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2016. The renovation will maintain the property's historical characteristics, including the Wreck Bar with porthole windows into the resort pool and live mermaid shows.
The resort's refreshed accommodations will have a new design inspired by the property's waterside setting with a color palette including blue and grey, and artwork inspired by Fort Lauderdale Beach's endangered sea turtle population. B Ocean will offer Wi-Fi connectivity.
The renovation will almost double the resort's indoor function space to 14,000 square feet and offer new design and technology. There will also be outdoor meeting space options, including B Ocean's private beach, Lido Deck, Main Pool Deck, Beachside Pool Deck, Cruise Deck and Marina Terrace.