Hilton’s luxury brand Conrad, named after the hotel group’s founder, opened its first beachfront resort this month in Fort Lauderdale. The Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach (551 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., 954-414-5100; current rates from $549) towers over the North Beach strip with 290 all-suite accommodations, ranging from studios with two queen beds to three bedroom suites with expansive oceanfront terraces.
The overall design scheme has subtle nautical elements for the feeling that you’ve checked into the stateroom of a luxurious yacht. Inside, you’ll find high-gloss wood paneling in the kitchens, ergonomic white leather sofas and patio furniture with tan and navy accent piping, white leather headboards, club chairs and porthole references in the windows. Each suite is outfitted with Subzero and Wolf gourmet kitchen appliances and Italian marble bathrooms with deep soaking tubs and separate showers.
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There’s also a spa, fitness center and elevated swimming pool deck, as well as four food and drink destinations. Terra Mare is the signature restaurant with a lovely oceanfront dining room serving a Mediterranean-inspired menu, while Atlas Cocktail Lounge is an elegant destination for a handcrafted cocktails. There’s also a grab-and-go market and a poolside cafe.
The expansive resort is designed to accommodate meetings and conventions with 10 meeting rooms and 10,000-square-feet of function space including the Ocean Ballroom, as well as an elevated oceanfront outdoor function space. It’s an all around welcome addition to the hotel landscape in Fort Lauderdale.