New Bed & Breakfast Opens in Downtown Fort Lauderdale Beach

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The Drift Hotel on Fort Lauderdale Beach has been redesigned and two 1920’s art deco buildings have been restored to create a traditional “Tommy Bahama” style boutique hotel complete with a tranquil courtyard enveloped in lush, dark green foliage just steps from the beach.

“Great find, cozy boutique hotel – little gem – heaven on earth – great location and customer service – best kept secret” are just a few of the most recent comments on TripAdvisor

An investment of over $500,000 by new Canadian owners Kim Ward and Chris Grossman has allowed for a complete transformation of two 1920’s art deco buildings, once separated by a fence, to one entity now known as The Drift Hotel located in Fort Lauderdale Beach. Every effort was made to honor the original design, including preservation of the custom window detailing and the original art deco concrete stairs, while offering modern comforts such as new windows, floors and doors and as well as upgraded electrical, air conditioning and fixtures. Guests will now be able to enjoy new beds, including mattresses chosen with guest comfort in mind, flat screen televisions and modern refrigerators. The authentic Florida architecture and attention to detail offers a pleasant alternative to the cookie cutter larger hotels.

Fresh Key West style plantation shutters, hardwood floors, white linens with decorator pillows and custom woven blankets complete the “Tommy Bahama” feel and returning guests are awe-struck at the transformation and are especially pleased that the quiet courtyard has been expanded.

Already one of Fort Lauderdale’s top rated Bed & Breakfasts on Trip Advisor, “The Drift” is known for its extra warm service provided by the “Guest Service” team, Regina and Al Schiavo. Breakfast finds the couple, who speak 3 languages, in the courtyard making new friends from around the world or planning the day’s activities with the owners. Their aim is to ensure that guests’ every need is catered to so that guests look at “The Drift” as their home away from home.

The property is a member of the Superior Small Lodging Association.

About The Drift Hotel
One half block from the heart of the world famous Fort Lauderdale Beach. The Drift, owned by Canadians Kim Ward and Chris Grossman, is an intimate boutique hotel just steps off A1A in a private enclave away from the traffic and noise. All the shops and restaurant and exciting Fort Lauderdale night life is just a few minutes away. The hotel offers a recently updated hotel setting with free internet access, and complimentary continental breakfast for your stay.

About The Superior Small Lodging Association
The Superior Small Lodging Association (SSLA) is a non-profit association of independently owned and managed boutique Inn’s, B&B’s and hotels throughout the State of Florida with fewer than 50 rooms. Established in 1989 to bring brand awareness to the smaller boutique lodgings as an alternative to the large corporate branded hotel chains, the Superior Small Lodging Brand has come to represent a partnership of unique lodging properties offering a high level of service, comfort and cleanliness at competitive rates. Each year our members’ properties are inspected by an independent inspection company and those that meet specific cleanliness standards are recognized with our White Glove Award for cleanliness. Excellence in quality and service are also recognized. With approximately 170 member properties representing almost 3,000 hotel rooms, time shares and vacation rentals throughout the State of Florida the success of the Superior Small Lodging program is undisputed and gives prospective guests the comfort of knowing that when they book a Superior Small Lodging property they can be assured of a high standard of excellence.

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