The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale is planning an $8 million renovation, led by architect and interior designer, Streetsense. The enhancement includes an all-new restaurant and bar, transformation of the lobby, new retail outlets, and a spa makeover. The project will begin this summer and is set for completion in the fourth quarter. The 24-story hotel – across from a great stretch of Fort Lauderdale Beach – will remain open throughout the enhancement process.
The new restaurant and bar will feature a modern ambiance, offering views of the Atlantic Ocean. Historical aspects of the hotel – harkening back to the Prohibition era when Fort Lauderdale was known as a bootlegger’s paradise – are the inspiration for the overall concept. Plans for the to-be-named restaurant include an indoor-outdoor bar, a robust rum program, a well-curated wine and beer list and a seafood-centric menu. For guests on-the-go or locals looking for a quick bite, the restaurant will also incorporate a chic, yet casual marketplace café and bistro.
Catering to all types of travelers, the main lobby is set to transform into an interactive entertainment area featuring media walls, table top games and secluded areas to relax and enjoy a daytime cup of coffee or an evening libation. Additional retail shops will highlight the space with one of the largest spaces becoming the home to the Island Company, an island style resort wear shop featuring accessories, clothing, swimwear, vintage sunglasses and more.
The renovation further seeks to complement Fort Lauderdale’s beachfront setting through design, colors, textures and tones, setting the spa apart as one of Fort Lauderdale’s destination spas. A hair salon, steam room and sauna will be the newest additions, with additional transformations throughout the space and treatment rooms. Throughout the renovation, spa treatments will be available at an alternate location.