W Fort Lauderdale – Carpe Diem

September 6, 2009 at 12:36 am (Design, Florida, Fort Lauderdale, South Florida) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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The W Hotel Fort Lauderdale is as striking during the day as it is at night. The highly stylized interior combines clean lines and a neutral pallet with dimensional textures and splashes of blues and reds. Throughout the décor of the hotel a coral pattern is used in tasteful hints. The shape can be seen as a backlit abstract art feature, negative space in the coffee tables of the Living Room’s patio, and it is even severely abstracted, but still legible, along the walls and ceiling of the billiards area.

During the day the hotel has a quite calm about it. Light shines through skylights in the bottom of pool, which allows dancing light patterns to project along walls, floors, through staircases and into atriums. This adds a wonderful and soothing kinetic energy to the elegance of the Living Room and areas of the convention center. The ballrooms feature plush benches with bench-to-ceiling upholstered walls, the ceiling design looks like giant woven bands, and the chandeliers are reminiscent of floral flash used on Broadway.

Water features, fresh flowers and river-rock are used as accents throughout the common areas, and the whole hotel has an open and airy vibe during the day. The hotel was so calm – even mid-morning on the Friday of Labor Day Weekend – that I would love to have daytime client meetings there

The W Fort Lauderdale is truly a stunning hotel. It has the styling of South Beach with the more laid-back feel of Fort Lauderdale. Thanks again to my friends at O’Connell & Goldberg for recommending a visit to the hotel.

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