Marriott Harbor Beach to begin second phase of refurbishment

FORT LAUDERDALE -- Marriott's Harbor Beach Resort in July will launch the second phase of its two-year, $36 million renovation, beginning work on a 22,000-square-foot European spa, a new lobby and two restaurants.

With the rejuvenation of the beach and downtown, "we are seeing more sophisticated travelers with more upscale tastes," said Marc Hoffman, general manager.

"With this renovation, we will be able to meet the demand for luxury accommodations."

The European spa, opening in May 2001, will have 18 private treatment rooms.

Plans for the lobby call for expansive views of the ocean, a new grand staircase and a waterfall.

The new restaurants will be open bistros serving Florida-Caribbean and Mediterranean cuisine, with a "sea bar" featuring sushi, and an Italian eatery. Also, the existing Oceanview family restaurant will be redecorated, and a Starbucks coffee shop will open.

In addition, the business center will double in size and will be moved to the convention area, and the pool and sun deck will undergo a $350,000 face-lift, with added features such as slides.

Under the first phase of the project, which took place in 1999, rooms and suites received upgrades, including carpeting, furnishings, bathrooms and wall treatments.

All rooms have a desk/dining table, dataports for laptop computers, broadband high-speed Internet access and 25-inch televisions with video game capability. Bathrooms have polished granite vanities, Italian marble floors, designer lighting and wraparound mirrors.

The project is slated to be completed by November, with the exception of the spa.

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