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B Ocean makes A-list for pre-cruise comfortShare
With Fort Lauderdale playing host to numerous cruise ships this coming fall, including the giant Allure and Oasis of the Seas, it seems only fitting that we take a look at one of the coolest hotels Iâ€™ve seen in a while: the B Ocean Fort Lauderdale (bhotelsandresorts.com).
Opened in spring 2011, the B Ocean Fort Lauderdale revitalized a section of Fort Lauderdale Beach that had been languishing for years, and while the property occupied by this refreshingly different boutique hotel may have been built decades ago, youâ€™d never know it.
Rooms display a crisp, almost European level of comfort and design â€” and thatâ€™s a good thing. Gone are the absurd upcharges that are present at many hotels. Complimentary â€śFreeBâ€ť Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel, and even the mini-bar includes a whole box of goodies that are just $5 each.
You can even get married at the hotel, with some amazing packages that come with such reasonable price tags that your jaw might hit the ocean (which is just across the street, by the way.) An oceanfront wedding, all in, for under a grand? No matter how hard I scrutinized the brochures, I couldnâ€™t find a catch. Itâ€™s just not the B-way.
Unable to shed my techie roots, I thought the hotelâ€™s Monsierge was a stunningly-cool feature. An oversized iPad strapped to a support column in the colourful lobby, the Monsierge performs every function a Concierge typically would, but without the long lineup and mandatory tip.
With just a few taps, I was able to check the weather forecast for the entire week (hurricane!); check the status of my flight, find local attractions and even restaurants listed by category in the area, complete with detailed maps and walking information. Should you want to, the Monsierge will print your boarding passes for your flights; now thatâ€™s handy!
But what struck me most about this hotel was what a great difference it represented from other hotels in similar price categories. Indeed, the hotel could probably charge double the going rate per night â€” but they donâ€™t. Instead, B Ocean Hotels is bringing life and energy to a mid-range segment of hotels that badly needed a shakeup.
Truly excellent hotels at the B Oceanâ€™s price-point are harder to find, which is why I was thrilled to learn that the B Ocean experience will soon be available in other Floridian cities. The new b2 Downtown Miami will open in December of this year, with the B South Beach following in spring, 2013. Cruisers sailing from Port Canaveral wonâ€™t be left out of the action, as the B Resort Lake Buena Vista opens in the fall of 2013.
Itâ€™s no stretch of the imagination to say that I will â€śBâ€ť back!
Visit fromthedeckchair.com for a complete tour of the B Ocean Fort Lauderdale.
By Arran Saunders, The Province