B Ocean Is Getting A Huge Transformation, But The Yankee Clipper Charm Will Remain
The B Ocean is about to get a huge facelift.
B Hotels & Resorts will renovate the inside of the former Yankee Clipper starting Aug. 25. The transformation is set to be completed by mid-2016, just in time for the property’s 60th anniversary.
The transformation will include changes to the lobby, restaurants, guest rooms and more, but don’t worry; memorable characteristics of the iconic Fort Lauderdale Beach landmark aren’t going anywhere.
The ship decor on the exterior of the building will remain the same, and while the iconic Wreck Bar — which was featured in the 1999 movie “Analyze This” — will get “a little refresh” with items like new TVs, there are no major changes planned. The mermaid shows will also continue.
The idea is to preserve the property’s heritage, while sprucing the place up a bit, hotel representative Courtney Schuermann explained.
“You can really enjoy both elements, the new and the old,” she said.
The company plans to open up the lobby and brighten the space with the addition of floor-to-ceiling windows.
A staircase will lead guests to the second floor, where they may enjoy massages and other treatments in two new B Indulged Aveda spa suites that overlook the pool area.
And in case you forgot you were just steps from the ocean, the hotel’s beach-themed decor will remind you in no time. Guest rooms will have blue and gray hues and feature artwork inspired by Fort Lauderdale.
Changes will also include a new meeting and event space, as well as a casual grab n’ go eatery.
First built in 1956, the former Yankee Clipper property has seen its fair share of changes over the years. It was known as the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel before B Hotels & Resorts rebranded the property in December 2014.
B Ocean will remain open during the renovation, the cost of which has not been released.
"B Hotels & Resorts is proud to be part of the transformation of one of Fort Lauderdale's most historic landmarks," COO Chris Tompkins said in a release. “It's a one-of-a-kind on the beach destination within a world-class destination.”
B Ocean; 1140 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale