WHAT'S NEW: HOTELS, RESORTS, RV PARKS

 


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NORTHERN REGION

AC Hotel Tallahassee Universities at the Capitol - Tallahassee - This sleek and modern hotel will be located in Tallahassee’s newest entertainment district. Inside Cascades Park and minutes from Doak Campbell Stadium, FSU, the Florida Supreme Court, and the Tallahassee Airport, this property will open April 2021. 

Courtyard and Springhill Suites by Marriott- Amelia Island - In the Main Beach area of Fernandina Beach, Courtyard and Springhill Suites by Marriott will be operating under one roof. The two hotels will also bolster the economy in the area by increasing foot traffic to the nearby Sandbar & Kitchen and the newly opened Salt Life Food Shack. The hotels will share four-stories and 239 guest rooms, featuring a spacious pool and outdoor area, and state-of-the-art meeting and event space with breakout capabilities for small and medium meetings and events. Opening in April 2021.

Lee House Boutique Hotel - Pensacola - The historic Lee House Boutique Hotel in downtown Pensacola is undergoing a facelift following its recent purchase. Opposite Pensacola Bay, this genteel hotel in a quaint 1860s-style building with a wraparound porch is a 5-minute walk from the museums and archaeological trails of Historic Pensacola Village, and a mile from Interstate 110. The renovation is set to be completed by early 2021 and will include fresh paint and updated interior.

Best Western Premier Fanning Springs Hotel & Resort - Fanning Springs - Currently under construction but expected to open early 2021. Located in North Central Florida, on US Hwy 19, we cater to the ecotourism industry, offering all kinds of outdoor activities such as, canoeing, cave diving, fishing, bike on our eco friendly 40-mile Nature Coast State Trail, horseback riding, tubing down the historic Suwannee or Santa Fe river, and many more activities. Located on the top 5th floor of our resort, you will find our beautiful sundeck lounge, where you can enjoy some great food and beverage bar as you watch the sun setting. If you are ready to get outdoors and have some real fun, come stay a day or a week and enjoy your vacation of a lifetime.

Hotel Effie Sandestin - Sandestin - Facing setbacks due to COVID-19 that delayed the 2020 opening, Hotel Effie is now confirmed to open February 1, 2021. Located between the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Choctawhatchee Bay, Hotel Effie was designed to welcome all guests of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort to an experience that exemplifies genuine southern hospitality and exceptional service wrapped in comfortable luxury. The 250-room hotel features multiple room configurations with thoughtful design and exquisite detail. Taking inspiration from the locale, the fully appointed rooms and suites will welcome guests with a complement of amenities, including an upscale spa, state-of-the-art fitness center, and the only rooftop pool on Florida’s Emerald Coast. Add 20,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, to include a 13,000 sq. ft. ballroom, plus all of the unique offerings of the hotel and resort, and Hotel Effie is the perfect setting for a dream wedding, corporate meetings, memorable events and unforgettable vacations.

Island Oaks RV Resort - Glen St. Mary - A new destination, Island Oaks RV Resort is scheduled to open spring 2021. Located in Glen St. Mary, just off I-10, 30 miles west of Jacksonville, RV travelers will discover a new resort, nestled in nature. Island Oaks president, Carter Funk said, “We have most underground infrastructure in place, and will now begin the exciting part; construction and development of our guest amenities.” Funk continued, “No question, like so many adversely affected by Covid-19, permitting and inspections have been slowed over the past several months, making the exact opening date a bit of a moving target. However, we are thrilled with recent progress and can’t wait to send out photos and details about our Grand Opening plans to all those looking for a new resort experience.”

Hampton Inn & Suites on Vilano Beach - Vilano Beach - This seaside Inn is currently undergoing an interior renovation with the expected completion date of March 1, 2021. The hotel remains a preferred choice of many families and business travelers, and these extensive renovations allow the Hampton Inn & Suites to provide the very best hotel experience for guests.

Homewood Suites by Hilton St. Augustine - St. Augustine - This new hotel is set on the banks of the San Sebastian River and will feature 117 guest rooms when it opens in Spring 2021. Hidden Harbor Marina is located on site and St. Augustine’s historic attractions, dining and unique shopping are within walking distance.

Renaissance Historic Downtown St. Augustine Hotel - St. Augustine - In the heart of St. Augustine’s Historic District, this new hotel will be scheduled to open in Spring 2021. This fantastic hotel is designed to replicate the historic San Marco Hotel that sat on the same spot during the Gilded Age. The new hotel will feature 89 guest rooms, distinct event spaces, world-class dining, traditional Southern hospitality and modern amenities. 

 

CENTRAL REGION

JW Marriott Tampa Water Street - Tampa - Recently opened, this new property is located in Tampa’s Water Street neighborhood, the buzzing center of the city’s ongoing revitalization. Designed to bring guests together, the new hotel marks the brand’s 100th property worldwide and was one of Super Bowl LV’s headquarter hotels. Tampa’s first luxury property also boasts over 100,000 square feet of artful event space, a Spa by JW®, an atrium lobby lounge, among many other outstanding amenities. Along with its sister property, the recently redesigned Tampa Marriott Water Street, JW Marriott Tampa Water Street is set to become the centerpiece of the booming Water Street neighborhood.

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort - Lake Buena Vista - This resort is constructing a new tower that will include a 349-room hotel to complement the iconic Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin’s two original hotels. The new tower will be called The Walt Disney World Swan Reserve. The new tower is scheduled to open summer 2021. 

Five Star RV Resort - Auburndale - Five Star RV Resort is the newest luxury RV resort located in Auburndale, Florida, less than an hour from both Tampa and Orlando. We’re in watersports country, next to the new USA Watersports Complex! The resort borders Lake Myrtle and will have spacious pull-through and back-in RV sites. Opening January 1, 2021.

LEGOLAND Pirate Island Hotel - Winter Haven - In case you missed it, the first LEGO® Pirate Hotel opened in North America in 2020!

The Resort at Canopy Oaks - Lake Wales - Florida’s newest RV resort, the Resort at Canopy Oaks will feature 1,000 sites, with a mix between RV spaces, and cottages. Set in the beautiful countryside complete with natural water features and 200 acres of preserved green space, the Resort at Canopy Oaks is a destination for vacations, weddings, corporate events and much more. Opening December 28, 2020.

Grand Plaza Hotel & The Beachcomber - St. Pete Beach - Two St. Pete Beach, Florida hotels will see nearly $30 million in improvements with one undergoing a rebrand, Benchmark®, a global hospitality company, announced today. Grand Plaza Hotel and The Beachcomber – both owned by affiliates of Miami-based Gencom and operated by Benchmark – are set for transformative renovations that will deliver each of the gulf-front properties a fresh look and upgraded experience. Construction will begin this November and wrap by mid-2021.

Hyatt Place/Hyatt House - Tampa - With a prime downtown location, the dual-branded property will feature 230 rooms, opening March 2021.

Aloft Tampa Midtown - Tampa - Aloft Tampa Midtown is located in the city’s hottest new destination district. Combing Westshore and Downtown with a central neighborhood that’s undeniably energetic and contemporary. Tampa International Airport, Raymond James Stadium, International Plaza and Bay Street are minutes away. When it’s time to retreat, breeze into one of the loft-like rooms and suites, featuring forward-thinking designs.. Head upstairs to the rooftop pool and soak in the Florida sunshine. Opening January 2021.

Caribe Royale Orlando - Orlando - Central Florida’s largest all-suite convention hotel located in the heart of the nation’s number one convention and tourist destination, is about to get even bigger. The property is in the midst of a $125 million phased renovation that will include a complete renovation of all of its one-bedroom suites, the addition of a stunning grand ballroom, and a new lobby featuring extensive lighting upgrades and a dramatic new arrival experience. Construction has commenced on the ballroom which is expected to open in March 2021.

 

SOUTHERN REGION

The Ray Hotel - Delray Beach - Two blocks north of Atlantic Avenue in the highly coveted Pineapple Grove area of downtown Delray Beach, The Ray Hotel will feature tropical modernism architecture punctuated by living walls, multiple rooftop gardens, large-scale sculptures and art installations. The property will include 141 smart guest rooms with balconies and 20,000 square feet of pool deck with a restaurant and bar. Multiple private event spaces will be available for parties ranging from 135-458 guests. Opening July 2021. 

Kimpton Key West - Key West - In Key West, the new 219-room Kimpton Key West collection is scheduled to open its fourth and fifth Old Town boutique-style resorts, Ella’s Cottages, for groups and extended stays; and Ridley House, ideal for honeymooners and VIPs, in late November. 

AC Hotels by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach - Fort Lauderdale - The new hotel will boast ocean views, an open kitchen for European-style breakfast and specialty culinary events, a library, an expansive resort-style pool with cabanas and dining services, and 1,000 square feet of meeting space. Opening June 2021. 

AC Hotels by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Sawgrass Mills/Sunrise - Fort Lauderdale -  Located adjacent to the Sawgrass Mills outlet shopping center, the eight-story hotel will have 174 rooms, an arts-focused library, lounge with tapas-style menu and craft beers and cocktails, health and fitness center, rooftop restaurant, and offer 2,500 square feet of meeting space. Opening March 2021. 

Opal Grand Oceanfront Resort & Spa - Delray Beach - Poised in the heart of Delray Beach, a chic, coastal community named as one of “America’s Happiest Seaside Towns” by Coastal Living, the new Opal Grand Oceanfront Resort & Spa presents laid back sophistication, contemporary amenities, thoughtfully-composed American-Caribbean design and an enviable location overlooking the blue water and pristine beach of the Atlantic Ocean. With lavish guestroom offerings, including 277 extra-large rooms including 89 suites and more than 30,000 square feet of meeting and event space and a new, two-story restaurant overlooking the allure of Atlantic Avenue, and a spa grounded in wellness, the revitalized resort brings it all together with an inviting and casually elegant atmosphere, designed to appreciate it’s one of a kind location. Opal Grand Oceanfront Resort & Spa will present its transformation through the months ahead, with the new two-story oceanfront restaurant slated to open in Q2 2020, and the GRAND reveal featuring exteriors, all guestrooms, meeting space and public areas at the beginning of 2021.

The Hyatt Centric Las Olas - Fort Lauderdale - The the area’s newest hotel is located on the first 15 floors of the 100 Las Olas building in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale. The chic hotel offers 238 guest rooms boasting city skyline views. The lobby-level Harborwood Urban Kitchen & Bar serves classic, modern-American cuisine with a kitchen helmed by award-winning Executive Chef Greg McGowan. Elev8 rooftop features a pool deck and bar with panoramic downtown views. The hotel opened in April 2020.

Hampton Inn & Suites - North Port - North Port, in Sarasota County, is opening its first new hotel in the city since 1973. The hotel is a new prototype for Hilton and is near the new Braves Spring Training stadium, CoolToday Park.

The Copper Door B&B - Miami - The Copper Door B&B is an intimate 22-room bed and breakfast located in the historic Black community of Overtown in Miami. The charming property which launched in summer 2009, is owned and operated by hospitality veterans Jamila Ross and Akino West, whose passion lies in resurrecting Southern Hospitality while honoring the neighborhood’s powerful cultural past. The on-site, pop-up restaurant Rosie’s combines Italian ingredients and techniques with Southern-American roots and inspiration with a nod to the couple’s formal culinary training in award-winning kitchens across the globe.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Marathon Florida Keys - Marathon - An ambitious renovation project by OTO Development brings a new Fairfield Inn & Suites to Marathon in the Florida Keys. A total upfit of an existing lodging property, this brand-new hotel offers resort-like amenities for an unforgettable vacation experience. Located at 13201 Overseas Highway, about an hour from Key West and spanning Vaca, Fat Deer and Grassy Keys, guests can enjoy a tropical Middle Keys vacation. Jet skis, kayaks, paddleboards and more are available for rent from Deep Blue Dive and Marina onsite, offering underwater adventures. A boat ramp at the hotel makes enjoying the clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean easy. Overlooking the marina, Sparky’s Landing Tiki Bar & Restaurant is a local favorite specializing in hand-crafted cocktails, tasty fresh seafood and live entertainment.

Opal Key Resort & Marina - Key West - Located directly next to Mallory Square, 245 Front Street is the former waterfront residence of Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina, and in 2021 was reimagined as Opal Key Resort & Marina. Ideally located right on the waterfront of Old Town Key West within a working cruise ship port and just one block from Duval Street is a hub of relaxation and luxury in the middle of all of the excitement that Key West is famous for.

Luminary Hotel & Co. - Fort Myers - On Sept. 23, 2020, the waterfront Luminary Hotel & Co. opened its doors, soaring 12 stories above downtown Fort Myers as the area’s first hotel in the prestigious Autograph Collection® of Marriott International. The 243-room boutique hotel is home to the signature Silver King Ocean Brasserie and Lobby Bar; Beacon Social Drinkery rooftop lounge; Ella Mae's Diner; Dean Street Coffee; The Workshop culinary theater; an indoor and outdoor fitness facility; and a spacious pool area on the fourth floor features an event deck overlooking the Caloosahatchee River. Luminary offers 10,000 square feet of adaptable indoor and outdoor function space ideal for a variety of events and meetings and is adjacent to the neighboring Caloosa Sound Convention Center. The hotel also offers convenient access to the new riverfront Oxbow Bar & Grill, Oxbow Retail & Rentals, and Caloosa Sound Amphitheater, all located on the Caloosahatchee and scheduled to open in 2021.

Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village - Cape Coral - The $15 million room renovation at Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village is planned for completion by February 2021. It will include increased room inventory and a new design taking inspiration from the concept of biophilia, a belief that people have an innate need to connect with nature. Each room includes natural materials locally sourced from Florida with soothing fluid patterns related to water and vibrant accents evoking a peaceful ambiance, complementing waterfront views from each guest room.

Kimpton Surfcomber - Miami - Kimpton Surfcomber, an Art Basel-preferred hotel situated oceanfront in the heart of South Beach’s Art Deco District, is currently in the final stages of a full rooms and public areas renovation. Taking the romance of the south of France as inspiration, the refreshed design of the hotel is playful, simple, clean and earthy. All throughout this boutique hotel, designers have created a fresh, alluring vibe, featuring understated statement pieces, sleek Calacatta marble, teak moulding and textured grasscloth. Additionally, the hotel’s beloved Vines Cabanas at Surfcomber, a unique dedicated outdoor space that provides guests with an elevated and private lounging alternative, have also been recently reimagined with brand new furniture and fixtures. The property also recently welcomed Javier Carballo as the property’s Executive Chef overseeing its signature restaurant, The Social Club, as well as the property’s outdoor restaurant and bar, High Tide Beach Bar & Grill, which is nestled between the hotel and the beach. Chef Carballo’s crowd-pleasing cuisine incorporates Latin American touches and Spanish and Italian influences, bringing a fresh flair to the South Beach dining scene in Miami. Insider tip: try the handmade empanadas at The Social Club, inspired by the flavors of Uruguay and Chef Carballo’s grandmother’s classic recipe.

The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples - Naples - The Ritz-Carlton announced it will undergo a remastering of the resort including the addition of a new swimming pool, an immersive water activity experience, a new outdoor restaurant and bar and event lawn. The new dining experience will be complete by the end of November 2020 with the new pools and water experiences expected to be complete in May 2021. The enhancements will elevate the extensive amenities already available at one of Southwest Florida’s premiere luxury resort, known for its pristine beaches, championship golf, relaxing spa and innovative children’s programming.

Hilton Home2 Suites - Pompano Beach - This 90-room hotel with a rooftop bar in Pompano Beach Fishing Village is scheduled to open in April 2021.