5 Best Fort Lauderdale Hotels
As a Fort Lauderdale resident, you get a lot of visitors. You live where people vacation and they want to come and see you! The question I get all the time is “Where should I stay?” While there are many great options here, the answer depends completely on what kind of trip you want to have. Today I’m sharing 5 of the best Fort Lauderdale hotels for the ultimate South Florida vacation.
1. Riverside Hotel
Where old Florida charm meets new modern comfort. The only hotel on Las Olas Blvd, this location can’t be beat. Stroll the Riverwalk and watch the yachts float down the New River. Admire the coral fireplaces over a cocktail at Preston’s Lounge and then take a walk on Las Olas where you’ll find art studios, boutique shops, restaurants and cafés on every block. Be sure to order the fish dip alongside your cold beverage and just try to resist the enticing late-night smell of Kilwin’s ice cream.
2. The DalMar
An urban, luxury resort with a focus on wellness and self-care. This is a perfect place to treat yourself. Enjoy the spectacular views of the city skyline while you sip a rooftop cocktail at Sparrow or grab a bite in your bikini at The Terrace Grill. You’ll feel refreshed after a soak in their saline swimming pool and if you really want to namastay here, catch a flow at their onsite Yoga Joint with one of South Florida’s very best yoga teachers.
3. Pelican Grand Beach Resort
If it is comfort and relaxation that you want, this is your perfect getaway! One of the only hotels east of A1A, directly on the sand. Start your day with breakfast overlooking the Atlantic ocean then float down the lazy river or take a dip in the sea. Get comfy under an umbrella on a complimentary beach chair or visit the calming rooftop spa with a live ocean soundtrack. Don’t forget to grab a scoop at the old-fashioned ice cream emporium. Life’s a beach
4. W Fort Lauderdale
Pool parties here are iconic. If your dream vacation looks anything like spring break then the WET deck, sitting 5 floors up and overlooking the ocean is just the place for you! Hit a bootcamp class or rent a beach cruiser bike before the day-drinking begins. Refuel at El Vez for Mexican fare and margaritas or if you’re feeling fancy, go for a true culinary experience at Steak954. But don’t stare too long at the jellyfish tank. It’s mesmerizing!
5. The Ritz-Carlton
It’s easy to feel as if you’re actually on a ship while enjoying the breeze from your ocean-facing balcony. You’ll be lulled to sleep at night by the sounds of the surf and awaken to a sunrise over the ocean. Rent a bike to explore the nearby neighborhoods, cruise down A1A, lounge poolside in a private cabana or head to the beach to get some sand between your toes. The Spa uses local elements like cleansing sea salts, marine mud and tropical nodes of citrus to replenish and nourish. No doubt, this nautical oasis will leave you feeling one with the sea.
What’s your favorite Fort Lauderdale Hotel? Please share in the comments!
By Leigh Evans