by Lisa A. Grimaldi | December 29, 2014
Local Update

The Margaritaville Resort is scheduled to debut this summer. The Jimmy Buffet-themed property will have 349 guest rooms, seven restaurants, multiple pools and a full-service spa, along with 11 meeting and event spaces.

The 219-room Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa opened last year, just 15 miles from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The property features nearly 4,000 square feet of meeting space divided among seven rooms, the largest of which is the Grand Bahama Ballroom, able to accommodate up to 300 people. Among other property highlights are a rooftop terrace overlooking the Atlantic, several pools, a seafood restaurant and a spa.

The Westin Diplomat & Spa has joined the Curio Collection by Hilton, following its sale last August. Major investments are planned, though a timeline had not been set as of press time. The 998-room hotel, now known as the Diplomat Resort & Spa Hollywood, a Curio Collection by Hilton, offers 209,000 square feet of meeting space.

The 290-room Conrad Fort Lauderdale Resort and Residences is slated to open this summer. The former Trump International Hotel and Tower is undergoing a $34 million upgrade that will include a spa. The property offers 15,000 square feet of indoor space for functions of up to 500 people, and 20,000 square feet of outdoor oceanfront space.

The 304-room Costa Hollywood opened last year. The $180 million condo-hotel complex includes a gym, a day spa, dining and retail shops.

Set to open in April, the Beachwalk Resort in Hallandale Beach will have 216 two-bedroom resort rental units and a swimming pool overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway.

The Broward County Convention Center now offers free Wi-Fi to patrons in its public spaces. The center earned LEED Gold certification for an existing building, making it one of only three such U.S. facilities to be so designated.

Groups that stay at one of six hotels in the Lauderdale Convention Collection can receive free services such as a reception at the Broward County Convention Center. For details: