Margaritaville Resort planned for Ocean City MD

From the Dispatch: “Margaritaville Resort Planned For Old Phillips Beach Plaza Property; Planners Endorse Alley Conveyance

An entire city block in the downtown area could become a major hotel, conference center and restaurant and retail complex after resort planners this week tacitly approved the conceptual plans.

Last week, the new owners of the iconic Phillips Beach Plaza property came before the Mayor and Council seeking conceptual approval of conveying an alley that bisects the property between 13th and 14th streets from the Boardwalk to Baltimore Avenue, a request to which the elected officials agreed pending what will likely become a lengthy, multi-layered approval process. On Tuesday, the developers presented conceptual plans to bring a major Margaritaville hotel, conference center, restaurant and bar, and retail complex to the city block between 13th and 14th Streets from the Boardwalk to Baltimore Avenue.

On Tuesday, the developers presented tentative plans to the Ocean City Planning Commission in order to gage the body’s general feelings about the project. Again, the project is in its very early stages in the approval process and there are numerous details to work out including on-site parking issues and the disposition of the city-owned alley, essentially Washington Lane. The commission voiced some early concerns about the amount of on-site parking for the vast project, along with concerns about the retaining public access to the alley, but by and large, the commission endorsed the plan conceptually.

On Tuesday, the developers presented tentative plans to the Ocean City Planning Commission in order to gage the body’s general feelings about the project. Again, the project is in its very early stages in the approval process and there are numerous details to work out including on-site parking issues and the disposition of the city-owned alley, essentially Washington Lane. The commission voiced some early concerns about the amount of on-site parking for the vast project, along with concerns about the retaining public access to the alley, but by and large, the commission endorsed the plan conceptually.

Smith said the Margaritaville hotel and conference center complex could help draw a different clientele to the downtown area.

“We believe everything about this will be very positive,” he said. “It will enhance the experience people have when they come to Ocean City. We believe what we do here will complement the effort to bring the type of clientele to Ocean City that will make a difference.”

Buffett performs at the Margaritaville Resort Times Square

Jimmy Buffett gave a surprise performance on Thursday at the new Margaritaville Resort Times Square. It was part of a first-look celebration for the 32-story hotel located at Seventh Avenue and 40th Street. The official opening is set for July 1.

From Bloomberg: “Jimmy Buffett Has Just What New York Needs Right Now: A $370 Million Monument to Frozen Drinks

Margaritaville Resort coming back to Key West

From the Orlando Weekly: “Key West saw its Margaritaville resort close earlier this year, but a new one is already in the works

After a four-year run, the Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina rebranded earlier this year, leaving the Conch Republic with no accommodations dedicated to the island’s most famous living legend. But parrotheads won’t have to wait for space for long as Margaritaville will take up residence at another waterfront resort later this year.

Barbary Beach House Key West, located just across from Smathers Beach, underwent an $18 million renovation, with the resort being rebranded as Margaritaville Beach House Key West. With the pool, landscaping, lobby and all 186 suites updated recently, the switch to Margaritaville will be an easy one. New Jimmy Buffet-inspired design touches, Margaritaville dining concepts and an expanded retail outlet will anchor the $3 million upgrade to the resort, owned by DiamondRock Hospitality Company.

“We are excited to announce a new affiliation with Margaritaville at our Key West resort,” said Mark W. Brugger, President and Chief Executive Officer of DiamondRock Hospitality Company. “Margaritaville is synonymous with Key West and as a leading leisure hotel brand will drive more demand to the resort.”

Once open, Margaritaville Beach House Key West will give guests a true Key West experience with numerous on-site and nearby tropical-inspired amenities.

The first Margaritaville restaurant opened in Key West in 1985, about two miles from the soon to open Margaritaville Beach House Key West.The brand saw early success with its Margaritaville-themed restaurants. Since then, it has opened other Jimmy Buffet-branded restaurant concepts, such as LandShark Bar & Grill, JWB Prime Steak and Seafood and the 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar.

In recent years, the brand has experimented with ever more ambitious endeavors, including multiple casinos, timeshare resorts, a lifestyle resort in Central Florida, campgrounds, and tropical-themed retirement communities. The Latitude Margaritaville planned housing communities made history earlier this year when a house in one of the neighborhoods was given away as a prize on Wheel of Fortune, the first house to be won on the long-running game show.

Most of the Margaritaville offerings are done via licensing agreements with the Orlando-based company ensuring each meets the laid-back lifestyle celebrated by its founder.

Reservations now available for Margaritaville Resort Times Square

Margaritaville plans to debut its Margaritaville Resort Times Square in New York by late spring, recently launching online reservations for stays starting June 15.

Set to open at the corner of Seventh Avenue and West 40th Street, the 32-story development will feature 234 guestrooms, each outfitted with floor-to-ceiling soundproof windows. 

One of the property’s highlights will be a year-round, outdoor heated pool, which will be perched on the building’s sixth floor. Other amenities will include a fitness center, a street-level Margaritaville retail store and a variety of food and beverage concepts, including outposts of the brand’s Margaritaville Restaurant, LandShark Bar & Grill, 5 o’clock Somewhere Rooftop Bar, License to Chill Bar and Joe Merchant’s Coffee & Provisions.

Ahead of its opening, the property is promoting a new Escape to Margaritaville Resort Times Square exclusive offer, applicable on stays booked by June 1. The package includes a 30% savings on two-night accommodations, two welcome drinks, a $50 dining credit, tickets to the Edge observation deck, a waived resort fee, a 1 p.m. late checkout and a Margaritaville Resort Times Square robe.

Margaritaville Resort Times Square to open Spring 2021

From the New York Post: “Times Square Margaritaville with outdoor pool to open amid COVID-19 pandemic

Musician and businessman Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Resort empire is coming to Manhattan and, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, plans to open in Times Square late this spring. 

Initially set to open in fall 2020, the new Midtown leisure behemoth will feature 234 guest rooms, 4,861 square feet of ground-floor retail space, five restaurants and bars (License to Chill Bar, 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar, Landshark Bar & Grill, Joe Merchant and Margaritaville Restaurant), Times Square’s only outdoor pool, sweeping rooftop views and at least one margarita-equipped Statue of Liberty replica across its 32-story building at 560 Seventh Ave., Curbed reported based on renderings.

Construction is estimated to have cost about $300 million. An exact date was not given but it’s set to open amid an industry-wide crisis.

The lot previously held a six-story Parsons School of Design building, the first floor of which was occupied by the Garment Center Congregation temple. (The synagogue managed to maintain pricey commercial property thanks to its rent being just $1 a year due to a 99-year 1970s-era lease.) When the New School sold the building in 2014, the buyer was required to negotiate with the temple, and ultimately came to the agreement the new building would house the congregation, Curbed reported.

While cheeseburgers are not allowed in the Jewish heaven on Earth, onion slices certainly are, and Garment Center’s new home is equipped with a kosher kitchen as well as a terrace and two below-ground levels, in addition to a first-floor space. It will be the Margaritaville conglomerate’s first in-house temple. 

The Jewish house of worship sets the new Manhattan Margaritaville apart, but it’s otherwise quite humble in comparison to the over 20 other Margaritaville locations, which feature spas, zip lines, erupting volcanoes and even an amusement park at the Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, branch.

NYC guests, however, will be able to enjoy valet parking, a gym, laundry, Keurig coffee makers, walk-in rain showers and other amenities.

“Margaritaville Resort Times Square will bring an authentic no worries vibe to the city that never sleeps,” the resort’s homepage promises to potential customers and tourists

Margaritaville Resort Lake Conroe now open

From the Houston Chronicle: “Margaritaville preps for opening on Lake Conroe

The first Margaritaville Resort in Texas is set to open June 26 in Montgomery. The highly anticipated 186-acre resort features a splash of dining concepts and recreational activities, including a water park, an 18-hole golf course, a ‘5 O’Clock Somewhere’ swim-up pool bar and boat rentals. In addition to a 72,000 square foot conference and event space, there are 303 suites in the 20-story luxury tower and another 32 lake cottages on the property.

The tiki huts and hammocks are set up and the white sand is waiting for guests as the first Margaritaville Resort in Texas opens this week on Lake Conroe.

The former La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa will officially drift away in Montgomery County’s history as Jimmy Buffett’s new 186-acre island escape officially and fully opens Friday.

The highly anticipated, renovated retreat that greets its guests with a 20-story tower, a flip flop statue, and large yellow LandShark chair is set to offer a variety of ways for folks to not only rest and relax but also to dine and play.

“We are excited to open up on Friday … Margaritaville Lake Resort Lake Conroe — the first Margaritaville Resort in the state of Texas,” Faust said. “We have something for everyone here, young and old, with an 18-hole golf course, three acre water park, full service spa and salon, expansive fitness center, boat slips, miniature golf, five Margaritaville inspired restaurants and bars, 335 guest suites and lake cottages.”