I’m not sure what rock I’ve been under, that the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort was sold and is now B Ocean Resort.
The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort has also been sold
Starwood of course lost the iconic Diplomat hotel outside of Fort Lauderdale to Hilton.
But seeing the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort leave the fold struck me, in part because it flew the Sheraton flag since 1956. The Sheraton Beach Resort is the former Sheraton Yankee Clipper, and the Westin Beach Resort is the former Sheraton Yankee Trader.
Both hotels received makeovers in recent years, in my view the Westin a nicer one than the Sheraton. But it’s the Sheraton that holds the most memories for me because it’s where I stayed as a high school debate coach during the 1995 national finals.
The Sheraton had its own style, such as it is.
It is of course shaped like a boat, and looks out over the ocean.
The bar — most recently a coffee shop — is where I also got to know the effects of gin. For some reason straight Beefeater and rocks was particularly inexpensive in the bar years ago, and the older coaches enjoyed that I could keep up and then some with what tasted like water… until it didn’t. (Fortunately the bartender never carded there..)
I didn’t spend nearly as much time at this hotel as I did at the Diplomat. Yet it seems somehow wrong that it should be anything other than a Sheraton.
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