Florida's East Coast is Primed for Meetings

Expansion and renovation is on the agenda up and down the coast.

From the Keys in the south to Jacksonville in the north, Florida’s East Coast is booming, with new resorts and major renovations all over. Here’s a roundup of what you’ll find on the Atlantic seaboard this year.

Down in the Keys, the former Islander Resort has completed its conversion to The Islander, A Guy Harvey Outpost Resort. The 139-room property has had work done to its guestrooms, lobby, and public spaces, and some meeting space is being repurposed.

In June, the 631-room Eden Roc Hotel underwent an “upward repositioning,” and is now the Eden Roc Miami Beach, overseen by Destination Hotels & Resorts. The renamed Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach reopens early this year following a $150-million renovation and redesign. Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants recently acquired the Angler’s Hotel South Beach and will keep it open during the addition of an 88-room tower, with more meeting space, next to the existing 45-suite property this summer.

In Fort Lauderdale, the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa recently opened with 224 rooms. Costa Hollywood, a $180-million, 304-room condo-hotel is set to open in late 2014. A 290-room Conrad Hilton Fort Lauderdale Resort and Residences will open at the site of the former Trump International Hotel and Tower in 2015. The $147-million, 349-room Margaritaville Resort is set to break ground this summer with completion scheduled in two years.

In Boca Raton, the Boca Raton Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, will complete a $30-million renovation of the historic Cloister building in early 2014. The Waterstone Resort & Marina Boca Raton – a DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, will open by April with 8,000 square feet of meeting space.

In the Palm Beaches, the long-awaited convention center hotel, a 403-room Hilton Hotel, broke ground in December and will open in 2015. The Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach was rebranded the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa in June.

In Daytona Beach, the big news is the $400million “re-imagining” of Daytona International Speedway, which will include everything from better access, to 60 new luxury suites, to completely revamped hospitality facilities for corporate groups. Daytona Beach is now home to the 143room Hyatt Place Daytona Beach – Oceanfront, which opened in October. On Amelia Island, the Omni Amelia Island Plantation completed a major $100-million renovation project last year, including a new, 155-room Oceanside wing and the expansion of the meeting facilities to 80,000 square feet.

In Jacksonville, The Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront overhauled its 963 guestrooms. The Aloft Jacksonville Tapestry Park reopened in August after an intensive renovation. The Jacksonville Omni Hotel has begun work on all 354 guestrooms. The Jacksonville Airport Hotel is undergoing renovations prior to rebranding as the Doubletree by Hilton Jacksonville Airport. The Radisson Jacksonville Butler Boulevard recently renovated all public spaces.

In nearby Ponte Vedra Beach, the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa, home of the PGA’s THE PLAYERS Championship, has undergone a major renovation, including the golf course villas and the numerous meeting spaces.