B Hotels & Resorts opened B Ocean Resort in Fort Lauderdale, South Florida following a complete renovation. Stonehill & Taylor helped in the renovation of the resort located in the city, minutes from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Port Everglades, downtown Las Olas Boulevard and along the coastal highway A1A.
Originally built in 1956 as the Yankee Clipper, named after its ship-like structure, the renovation of the hotel blends historic elements with modern touches.
The property has 484 guestrooms and suites that range in size from 300 square feet to 1,700 square feet. Many of the rooms have a private balcony, including an oceanfront presidential suite with panoramic views.
The design evokes a coastal-chic vibe, inspired by the property's waterside backdrop. The color palette includes hues of blue and grey. There are also dark woods used, as well as prints reminiscent of the local endangered sea turtle. Each room has custom furnishings, a 55" HD LED flat-screen TV, reading nook, Aveda bath amenities, coffee-maker, in-room safe and mini-fridge.
As part of the refurbishment, the resort also introduced a two-story penthouse with private elevator, kitchenette, separate sitting area and a sleeping room with king-size bed.
Beyond the guestrooms, B Ocean Resort has a lobby and meeting space, as well as a 50-foot skylight. The interior design incorporates natural elements of water and light with marine-themed décor, surrounding a glass staircase and water feature.
There are two outdoor infinity-edge swimming pools, a 24-hour fitness center, two B Indulged spa suites and over 14,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space that was expanded onto the second floor. The second floor Point Room has floor-to-ceiling windows with an attached outdoor beachfront terrace. B Ocean also has a private beach, pool decks and first-level ballroom.
For dining, the property has Naked Crab, Salty Siren, The Clipper grab-n-go and Wreck Bar, with the latter designed to resemble an underwater shipwreck highlighted by its aquariums and porthole-shaped views looking into the hotels' main pool where the bar hosts the MeduSirena Mermaid Show, a live underwater aquatic performance.