16 total reviews
We had a wonderful experience having our wedding at B Ocean and wanted to share our thoughts on the venue for those considering a wedding along the beaches of Fort Lauderdale. We had our wedding at the penthouse with a gorgeous view of the beach. The hotel is surrounded by Birch State Park to the North and the Bonnet house to the South offering a birds eye view of Florida flora. We had both the ceremony and reception on the top floor of the hotel and we had quite the turn out (150+ guests) so we had to use the venue for all its potential.
Judy Hartstein was wonderful helping plan all of our guests room accommodations and helping us manage our hotel block. Arthur Sands was our go-to guy at B Ocean, and he was more than amazing and accommodating. Arthur, along with Jeff, William and the rest of the B staff were excellent and were able to make our night go on flawlessly without a hitch.
All of our guests are still raving about delicious food and the gorgeous view. The only thing we would have changed would be to have had the night go longer so we could celebrate more. There was definitely not enough dancing!
I simply loved the B-Ocean. The service and food were amazing. The view from the penthouse overlooking the ocean was nice. Simply enjoyed working with Arther Sands and his whole catering staff. The even was well worth the money and very special. The hotel staff as well as the Junior Suite was also amazing and wouldn't have wanted my wedding any other way! Best day ever
Our wedding at B Ocean was just beautiful. We had many guests fly in from the cold weather, so we wanted to impress them a little bit with the ocean scenery - safe to say we accomplished that! We were married outside under a full moon over the ocean - simply stunning. All of our guests commented on how well run the whole night was. The service was smooth and the staff just couldn't do enough for us. One guest told us that the food was so delicious, he was going to come back the next night for dinner! Not what one usually hears about wedding food! Arthur was extremely helpful and responsive throughout the entire planning process - he must have responded to each email I sent him within 5 minutes! He also recommended the most wonderful vendors who worked together seamlessly as a cohesive unit. I'm sure it took an army to make our wedding perfect, but I would never know. I had the least stressful day I could have imagined, and I want to do it all over again! THANK YOU!!
I had my wedding at Sonesta after planning for 2 years from Chicago. Arthur Sands was my contact and he was so patient with my never ending questions via email. He got my vision and accommodated all of my requests. The staff, the food and the atmosphere was just PERFECT...It could not have gone any better. We had 60 guests all in from Chicago and all staying at the hotel all week. We had a rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception and breakfast the day after. All events went flawlessly and the staff was so accommodating. We will be back to this hotel in the future just because of how well they handled us and the view is just breathtaking...Highly recommend them!!!
I have to say that the the venue is absolutely gorgeous and the view made it all worth it. It was beautiful and our guests were amazed by the beauty of the place. The staff was great, our bartender Sandra was part of the entertainment of the night because she was so much fun! Jeff was so professional and helpful.
Arthur was great too, although my only complaint is that sometimes he would take many days to get back to us, which made the groom very frustrated, and the night before the wedding the floor plan was not right so I had to go hunt for the table myself.
Overall I recommend the venue for sure! It was gorgeous and it made it all very magical for us.
We selected the B Ocean (now the Sonesta Hotel) on Fort Lauderdale Beach as our venue for our wedding ceremony and reception. We used the 2nd floor balcony for the ceremony and the Infinity Ballroom for our reception. You absolutely can not beat the views in their ballroom space. Not only was the venue is amazing, but the hotel and event staff were also incredible. We could not have been more happy with this selection for our wedding. As a word of warning, I insisted on being married outside on the balcony and we were treated to the sounds of a poorly-timed fire truck parade during our ceremony. It ended up perfect for us, but the noise levels are something to consider.
Many of our guests (including my husband & I) stayed at this hotel and it was incredible. The rooms were very nice and the hotel staff was amazing. We ate in the restaurant several times and all of the meals were very good. There are also several bars & restaurants in the neighborhood so guests had plenty of options for activity while they were attending our wedding.
I want to start off by saying that my wedding at B Ocean was perfect and fantastic. B Ocean is a gorgeous venue, and with the decor that Panache Style provided, I can't imagine having a nicer wedding anywhere else. The view of the ocean from the penthouse can't be beat. The food is delicious and the catering manager who worked the night of the wedding, and all the bartenders and staff that night were excellent. My only complaint is that the staff members who I worked with prior to the day of were unresponsive and unhelpful and made my life miserable dealing with last minute details that I had presumed they would have helped to take care of. Most venues that I had looked at had staff that help you to coordinate vendors and the ceremony day of and will stay with you to help out with things you need during the wedding. I never even saw the woman who I was working with prior to the day of the wedding on the day of my wedding and she was definitely not even in the building by the time the wedding began. She took a long time to answer my emails and never clearly answered my questions. I ended up having to hire a day of coordinator to help with all these things when it became apparent that she would not. I still highly recommend this venue, as the pros greatly outweigh the cons, just heed my warnings and don't expect the staff to help with anything prior to the event or be very responsive with your questions, or help with anything day of other than provide waiter service. They do not help coordinating any of your vendors and you will need to do that yourself or hire someone to do it for you, which in my opinion was pretty ridiculous given how expensive the venue is.
To all the brides out there, please book your wedding at B Ocean hotel only if you want superb service, excellent food, and a view to die for. From the Catering Manager Arthur Sands, to the Sales Manager Judy Harstein everything was done in perfection and class. I recently wed at the B Ocean hotel in August 2013, my guest loved the hotel setting and the services that they provided my ceremony and reception was organized and the evening flowed perfectly. Working with Arthur and Judy was one of the easiest relationships to have during my wedding process. They made me and my family and friends feel comfortable and at home. I will recommend this hotel to anyone who is truly ready to have a classy and absolutely good time at their wedding. You are definitely in good hands with the venue, they took care of all of my needs and request and was always professional. My husband and I are officially going back to B Ocean Hotel every year.
What a great experience - the reception staff were amazing. The planning and coordinators for the hotel were wonderful in the planning process, however, the day of - we didn't see them much.
We recently got married at B Ocean Hotel and we had an amazing experience and saw our Dream Wedding come to Life.
Arthur Sands really is a pleasure to work with, he is personable and he pays attention to every single detail and takes his job seriously and works diligently and delivered to our needs. He really is a great asset to B Ocean Hotel.
Arthur and his wonderful team exceeded all of our expectations we'd hoped for. He went the extra mile to help us & make us feel comfortable and put our minds at ease, we didn't worry about a thing before or on the day of our wedding they provided the best service ever !!
He also recommended Wedding vendors who we ran with and we were highly impressed with every single vendor that we worked with and my husband & I are very grateful to Arthur.
The General Manager Eduardo Fernandez and the his entire staff were very professional and worked hand in hand with all our wedding vendors. They put in so much hard work and effort into our wedding and we are so happy and can not thank them enough, they were always warm and helpful.
Our family and friends who stayed at the hotel were highly impressed and loved their bedrooms with the most spectacular views of the ocean and the high level of staff service. Thank you for making our guests and family feel so comfortable.
Everyone who attended our wedding had a fun time and were full of compliments for the venue. The Horizon Ballroom, oh my gosh had the most stunning floor to ceiling views of the Ocean, wow !! Panache Style, Bobby created an ambience filled with love, romance, class and glitz.
Our ceremony was hosted on The Breeze Terrace and Bobby created simple elegance with a beautiful chandelier Hupa. It was so romantic and I was the happiest bride ever !!
The catering for our cocktail hour and our reception was appreciated by all our guests the B Ocean Menu/Buffet was so delicious and satisfied our taste buds fully. Our Wedding planner Joni Scalzo made sure my husband & I ate lol !! The presentation of the food and beverage was excellent, we were very happy.
The morning after our wedding we had brunch at Saia with our family and friends and again it was so perfect, great food, service and a very relaxed atmosphere.
The entire experience was unforgettable & memorable and everything and more than we had hoped for.
I highly recommend Arthur and his team at The B Ocean Hotel, Fort Lauderdale the venue was perfect for our wedding and I am sure you will also love it here.
Honestly, make it your first choice in Fort Lauderdale you will not regret it !! We loved it and we will treasure our very special day at B Ocean Hotel for giving us our Dream Wedding day.
Thank you, thank you so very much Arthur, Eduardo and B Ocean. We will be back for dinner at Saia for your most delicious Sushi and of course to say hi to you all !!
My wedding at the B Ocean was absolutely beautiful. Although they offer packages for the ceremony and reception, I had only my reception there. And I can't even describe how beautiful it was! The hotel has a sleek and modern look, which I loved. We had our cocktail hour and reception in different rooms on the penthouse floor, and both rooms had floor-to-ceiling panoramic views of the ocean on one side and the city on the other. It was breathtaking.
We worked with Noha, who was very responsive and professional. On the day of, William went above and beyond to make sure that everything was going perfectly.
The food was delicious; honestly, I expected it to be just okay. It was great at the tasting, but that is when the chef is making it specially for you (and for you to love). But it was just as good, if not better, the night of, which really impressed me. We had a chicken dish, and even days later, several of our guests continued to comment how good it was.
I gave only four stars for flexibility because the B Ocean was not very flexible with prices. They will give you an array of add-ons, and they will work with you when they can, but they were not willing to do much negotiation (it's probably a sales tactic, but I noticed that other venues were ready to slash the price for this or throw in that for free). They are also not flexible with meals--they must know each meal in advance, so if you ordered 90 steak dinners and 50 chicken dinners, but on the day of, 10 guests wanted to swap their meal, they would not be able to accommodate that.
I thought the value was excellent, and they also gave us a great rate for our room block.
Overall, though, I cannot rave enough about my experience there the night of my wedding. Everything went so smoothly: meals were delivered quickly and delivered warm; drinks were served quickly; the staff seemed to bend over backwards to make sure our guests were enjoying themselves. And, did I mention, the views are breathtaking?!
OMG, I fell in love with this place and view the first time I saw it. However, my fiancé thought it was to pricy so we went somewhere else. However, due to reasons we changed our wedding date and my fiancé then said we could try the B Ocean again. So we went back and Arthur totally worked with us even when we changed the date again he had no issue! It was amazing. We married on the terrace and had the reception in the Horizon room…panoramic ocean views! On the day of the wedding his staff was amazing, helping us with everything and anticipating what we might need. I would defiantly recommend this to everybody I know!
I absolutely loved our venue- we got married on the terrace (almost didn't due to the weather) which was exactly what we wanted and used two rooms for our reception- the Infinity ballroom (floor to ceiling windows with ocean views) and a second, secret room for our guests which was our dessert/party room. We loved that every guest room had an ocean view and the lobby was great for photo options not to mention the beach across the street. We had a few hiccups, however, Arthur was concerned with our issues and made it right. We can't wait to visit the B Ocean again in the near future for a weekend getaway.
The B-Ocean is a fantastic venue for someone looking for an indoor wedding with the most beautiful oceanview in Fort Lauderdale! It's like getting the best of both worlds: having an indoor wedding with an outdoor view! Very romantic setting. The staff is very friendly and Arthur, the catering director is very pleasant to work with. Overall we are satisfied and glad with the venue and the service. Our only problem was after the wedding, we realized that they made a mistake and charged us twice for the balance. It took a few weeks, a lot of emails and phone calls but they finally gave us a refund. That was a bit frustrating. If it wasn't for that, they would have a perfect rating!
The team at B Ocean was incredible. They were friendly, attentive and proactive. Chelsea the catering managering helped every step of the way and made great suggestions.
My reception was held in the Horizon Ballroom; which had a panaramic view of Fort Lauderdale Beach. The view breath taking and the guest raved about the food days after the wedding.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone.
We almost went with this vendor but wasn't able to due to dates. Very impressed though!
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Weddings at Sonesta Fort Lauderdale
From intimate gatherings to grandiose affairs, Sonesta Fort Lauderdale is the perfect setting for your special day. Whether you choose to wed on the beach, be exclusive on our private terrace, or celebrate on our Penthouse floor, we are committed to helping ensure your day is unforgettable.
- Price Range: $$$
- Amenities: Indoor Ceremony Area, Liability Insurance, Liquor License, Onsite Catering, Onsite Overnight Accommodations, Onsite Parking, Onsite Wedding Consultant, Outdoor Ceremony Area, Outdoor Reception Area, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible
- Capacity: Up to 300
- Style: Banquet/Reception Hall, Hotel/Resort, Restaurant, Unusual/Alternative
awards and affiliations
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2013