I have spent the last 16 months living in an apartment that faces south over my pool in Fort Lauderdale. One of my favorite things about this view was always the fact that I could see a few of the bigger downtown buildings that make up this little city’s central business district. I’ve watched cranes come and go, buildings get knocked down, and taller ones go up, but the most amazing one I’ve been lucky enough to witness is The Dalmar Hotel.
Through the eagerly growing palm trees just outside my window, I have watched these 25-floors go up and up, standing much taller than any of its neighbors around it. Nights out on the town at the moment consist of friends gossiping amongst themselves about the latest building going up, scheming about what news they’d read about it, and what they think it’s going to be. It is clear that Fort Lauderdale as a city is on the brink of something big, finally.
As luck would have it my work connected me to the Food & Beverage Manager at The Dalmar who was truly one of the nicest humans I’ve met, and more than accommodating in showing me around the building which is set to open in October/November 2018. Studying the renderings of this space, and seeing it in person were simply amazing, and not only is this going to be the most gorgeous hotel to hit the Fort Lauderdale scene, but I firmly believe is going to be the one of the best things to happen to our little town, ever.
The Dalmar consists of a multitude of restaurants, bars, yoga studio, coffee shop and of course ridiculous views of the city like you’ve never seen before. Oh yeah and very pretty rooms (it is a hotel after all).
Highlights of this gorgeous space will be ‘The Terrace’, a restaurant on the ground floor whose interior décor and design was inspired by Cecconi’s restaurants, with a strong British influence of high ceilings, and lots of very grand looking wood finishes. The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner with a pretty easy, American-style menu, and will be an upmarket spot that is friendly for all, no matter whether it’s a Monday lunch meeting, or a Saturday night birthday dinner celebration.
On the sixth-floor guests will find the highly tropical check in area, with major influence from The Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles. Terrazzo floors run throughout the hotel, set with beautiful brass in-lay details, marble and stone feature walls, even painted cinder block accent walls which create depth and pattern in large communal areas. This level is also going to be home to the gym, retail/merchandise area, and of course, the pool.
Strategically placed, the pool length runs along the south side of the building and is exposed to full sunlight all day (a huge issue in most apartments/homes in Fort Lauderdale, locals will get it). The space will offer cabanas, shaded loungers under awnings, an inside and outside bar, as well as food service with seating inside for those who prefer not to eat out in the heat. The sixth floor is special as it is the only level on which the outside balcony wraps all the way around the hotel, allowing guests to wander through the landscaped edges (my money is on this becoming one of the most Instagrammable places in town) and see Fort Lauderdale from a complete 360-degree view. The Dalmar will be a members-only hotel for certain spaces like the pool, and in my opinion will be worth every penny.
Finally, on the very top of the building at the 25th floor, sits the appropriately named ‘Sparrow’. Fort Lauderdale, your moment has arrived. This bar is everything our city has needed. In true Dalmar style, the interior design is going to be done in luxurious finishes, with well thought out and changeable furniture plans, even window ledges inside to stand your cocktails on while you admire the view of this city like you’ve never seen it before. Rain is a non-issue at this venue with the majority of its space being inside, but still allowing guests to take in all of the outside feels through the floor to ceiling windows.
The DJ will play some tunes, while you wander outside onto the terracotta floored balcony, adorned in string lights. Order some light bites, enjoy cocktails created by the world-renowned artists at Death & Co. Two bars, a dedicated elevator to run guests from the ground floor to Sparrow, and even a private room which can be used for karaoke nights or events, The Dalmar spares nothing, and this is going to be the hottest spot in town to be seen at.
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