Ft Lauderdale Hotels
In transforming itself from a spring break party town to a chic metropolis, Fort Lauderdale accommodation runs the gamut. With hotel options lining nearly every block, Fort Lauderdale hotels can range from a modest Florida beach hotel to luxury towers such as the terraced St. Regis Resort tower and the W Fort Lauderdale Hotel & Residences.
Weary travelers may also be interested in relaxing at the Westin Diplomat in nearby Hollywood. The $600 million, 39-story twin towers overlook the water and feature an impressive recreation complex of clay tennis courts, lakes, designer golf course, as well as a signature glass-bottom pool with waterfalls. On-site venues include Asian-themed Satine and the tropical Nikki Marina bar.
One of Fort Lauderdale’s most historic hotels, the Riverside dates back to 1936. Modern renovations have included tropical wood-and-tile décor, as well as a twelve-story tower addition to the original building. Of course, one of the best reasons to stay here is its heart-of-downtown location on Las Olas Boulevard.
The secret is out about the splendid Pillars Hotel, a charming two-story British Colonial, Caribbean-style retreat tucked away on the Intracoastal Waterway. With only 23 rooms, 24-hour concierge, and top-notch staff, you’ll feel like a royal houseguest. The hotel boasts deluxe touches like mahogany furnishings, antique etchings, and blackout drapes to allow you to sleep in. Guests can also take advantage of such plush room amenities as private-label bath products, ultra-plush bedding and even a rub down from a private masseuse. The main room features a baby grand piano, a 500-book library, and a wine and beer bar in the afternoons. Its lush tropical garden courtyard pool features free iced tea on tap, and is just a short walk to water taxis to whisk you off to nearby Max's Beach Place restaurant. Note that all rooms are non-smoking.
Ranked by Zagat Survey as the best hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Lago Mar is a classic Fort Lauderdale resort. Lago Mar has a private oceanfront beach, a swimming lagoon, and an Olympic-sized pool, so every room looks out on water. The lush grounds are covered in palm trees and bougainvillea. Tropical Key West-style décor make up the rooms, while the common areas feature a Venetian theme.
The new four-star Atlantic Hotel greets you with a cocktail and lavender-scented towel as you check in from its lobby sofas. This terraced-balcony hotel by the beach includes luxury accommodations such as full-featured kitchens with granite countertops, marble bathroom floors, and glass enclosed showers.
You may think you are in Las Vegas at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. If you like to play, the video slot machines and poker tables are always packed at the 130,000-square-foot casino. The rooms are surprisingly luxurious and include flat screen TVs, Egyptian-cotton sheets, and oversized showerheads. The complex features a waterfall lagoon pool similar to its sister establishment in Vegas, a 22,000-square-foot spa, two nightclubs open all night every night, and a host of restaurants and shops.
Bahia Mar Hotel
Bahia Mar Hotel
A tranquil port located just minutes from downtown Fort Lauderdale, Bahia Mar Hotel provides its guests with access to seven miles of pristine, white sand beaches. Rooms are decorated in bright, modern décor and include complimentary WiFi, flat screen TVs, and private balconies. Guests can relax in the heated outdoor pool, dine in one of the hotel’s three unique restaurants, or experience an ocean cruise in a bottom-glass boat. More adventurous travelers can enjoy recreational activities such as parasailing, scuba diving, jet-skiing and water-skiing.