St. Regis to open first Florida outpost in 2006

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FORT LAUDERDALE -- St. Regis Hotels and Resorts will open its first Florida property, the St. Regis Resort, Fort Lauderdale, here in early 2006.

The new 24-story beachfront hotel was designed by the Miami-based architectural firm Arquitectonica, which is best known for designing the Regent South Beach hotel in nearby Miami Beach as well as the United Nations Peacekeepers Memorial to the Fallen, the Westin New York at Times Square and the Bronx Museum, all in New York.

The design features a terraced look -- with its upper floors receding away from the oceanfront -- and a 29,000-square-foot sundeck over the lower floors of the hotel.

The new five-star resort, located at 1 North Lauderdale Beach Boulevard, will offer 166 guest rooms, including eight suites, all with views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway.

Interiors of guest rooms and the lobby were designed by Hirsch Bedner Associates, the designer of the interiors of the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans, the Mandarin Oriental Miami and the St. Regis Grand in Rome.

The St. Regis, Fort Lauderdale will feature an 8,500-square-foot Remede Spa with 10 treatment rooms for men and women, along with a couples treatment suite.

The spa will offer exotic therapies, massage, aromatherapy, facial and body treatments, a fitness center, saunas and steam rooms, Jacuzzis and whirlpools and a full-service salon. 

The hotels 8,400-square-foot Grand Ballroom is positioned on the oceanfront. There are also 24,000 square feet of meeting space on the fourth floor of the hotel. 

On the oceanfront is a 120-seat restaurant called Cafe Lespinasse, which was designed to emulate the Lespinasse in St. Regis flagship New York hotel. Food will also be served at the lobby bar and the poolside cafe and bar, and in-room dining will be available around the clock.

For group sales, call (954) 465-2300 or visit www.stregis.com/ftlauderdale.

To contact reporter David Cogswell, send e-mail to [email protected].

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