On the Scene: Conrad Hotel & Ocean Residence Hard Hat Tour

More than 100 brokers attended a hard hat tour of the Ocean Residences Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort. Sales manager Philip Freedman, of Cervera Real Estate, led the walkthrough tour that included a sneak peek at model units and the the ballroom space, Jewel Box  – a five-story glass-enclosed building that connects the hotel-condo in Fort Lauderdale Beach.



When completed, the Ocean Resort Residences at Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach will offer 109 condominium residences and beachfront villas as well as 181 resort residences. The property will feature a full-service Conrad branded spa, heated swimming pool, two whirlpools, serenity deck, poolside restaurant and lounge with a 20,000 square foot terrace, beach services, oceanfront upscale dining, a gourmet market, a fitness center, meeting rooms and event facilities. It will also house a sixth floor Sky Beach with sand, a private beach club in Fort Lauderdale

Orchestra Hotels & Resorts is the developer behind the 275-room condo-hotel, which is managed by Hilton Worldwide’s Conrad Hotels & Resorts.

Earlier this year, Alfredo Alvarez, formerly executive chef at Miami’s Seasalt & Pepper, now called Seaspice, was chosen by developer Andreas Ioannou to serve as consulting chef at Conrad’s first resort in the United States.

In his consulting role, Alvarez will develop custom recipes, plate presentation, full menu design, beverage menu programming, restaurant construction and layout, kitchen plans, naming and branding, and more.

“Chef Alvarez joins our team with more than 35 years of experience in the culinary industry serving revered clientele including Sofia Vergara, Beyoncé and Jay-Z, and former president Bill Clinton,” Ioannou, CEO of Orchestra Hotels & Resorts, said in a statement.

Alvarez, who trained at Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland, has managed some of the top restaurants in Miami and New York City including Giacosa, Soco and Trattoria Dopo Teatro. His consulting experience ranges from restaurants to cruise lines, with previous positions as a consultant at Celebrity Cruise Lines and Renaissance Cruise Line. Alvarez also recently co-authored a novel about Julia Child with fellow chefs Frank Crispo and Michael Schwartz.

Adapted from TheRealDeal.com
Photo credit: Randy Borges Photography