STAMFORD, CT – Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc announced today that its Parisian-born Le Méridien brand will open in Dania Beach, Fort Lauderdale, in partnership with owner and prominent US real estate developer Charles S Cohen. Le Méridien Fort Lauderdale Airport will debut in 2017, following a comprehensive $30 million renovation and conversion of the hotel. This forthcoming opening follows on the heels of tremendous brand growth in North America over the last 18 months in Charlotte, Chicago, Columbus, New Orleans, Tampa and Indianapolis.
“We are delighted to partner with Starwood to introduce Le Méridien in Fort Lauderdale, following the top-to-bottom transformation and repositioning of this ideally located hotel,” stated Charles S. Cohen, President and CEO of New York-based Cohen Brothers Realty Corporation. “Le Méridien Fort Lauderdale Airport will help to meet rising demand for high-quality lodging within close proximity of the airport, Broward County Convention Center and the downtown business district and will also serve the growing need for meeting rooms and event facilities for tenants of our corporate center.”
“Le Méridien Fort Lauderdale Airport will be the brand’s second hotel in Florida, joining its growing North America portfolio,” said Allison Reid, Senior Vice President of North America Development, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. “Le Méridien is a perfect brand for strategic conversions and adaptive re-use projects, which are driving the brand’s growth in the region, allowing us to enter mature metropolitan markets more quickly.”