15 Fort Lauderdale Luxury Hotels Perfect For A Staycation
Fort Lauderdale is one of the most desired travel destinations in the country, and with that comes an array of upscale resorts and boutique hotels. From unparalleled oceanfront views and penthouse spas, to Prohibition era-themed dining rooms and celebrity chef-run restaurants, here are the 15 most luxurious stays in the Venice of America.
1. The Ritz-Carlton
This beachfront property, facing Florida’s Gold Coast, is replete with more than a dozen amenities, including bike rentals and water taxi passes, a state-of-the-art fitness center facing the Intracoastal, an 8,500 square-foot spa, a 29,000 square-foot tropical pool deck and complimentary cocktails at Burlock Coast, the hotel’s signature restaurant known for its Prohibition era-themed dining room. The hotel’s marketplace also offers Panther Coffee and bakery items from Zak the Baker, saving guests a drive down to Wynwood.
One N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.465.2300; ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/florida/fort-lauderdale
2. The Atlantic Hotel & Spa
This boutique oceanfront property overlooks miles of sandy coastline on Fort Lauderdale Beach. Featuring a European-style spa, fitness center, fifth-floor terrace pool and its signature restaurant Atlantic Grill, the hotel is minutes away from downtown Fort Lauderdale, close to shops, galleries, nightlife, restaurants, museums and theaters.
601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.567.8020; atlantichotelfl.com
3. The Diplomat Beach Resort
The Diplomat Beach Resort recently underwent a $100 million renovation, updating the lobby and pool areas, landscaping and guest rooms. But beyond its surface transformation, the hotel added a roster of new chef-driven restaurants, including Geoffrey Zakarian’s coastal American restaurant, Point Royal; Michael Schulson’s Japanese gastropub, Monkitail; renovated steakhouse, Diplomat Prime; and old-school burger joint Bristol’s Burgers, with a goal of becoming Fort Lauderdale’s leading dining destination.
3555 S. Ocean Drive., Hollywood; 954.602.6000; diplomatresort.com
4. Pelican Grand Beach Resort
This island-inspired hotel features one of the tallest oceanfront views in Fort Lauderdale, as well as the city’s only lazy river. Guests can also enjoy an upscale waterfront restaurant, Ocean2000, where dinner is served either on the beach or within your private balcony; and a Swedish-inspired spa overlooking the Atlantic.
2000 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.568.9431; pelicanbeach.com
5. Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
Towering above Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard, the Hilton, located across the street from the ocean, is set on a busy strip of land with restaurants and shops all within walking distance. About half a mile north of Las Olas Boulevard, the property's central location, and amenities — like a swanky sushi restaurant, an upscale spa and a sixth-floor pool and cabana space — draw guests from around the world.
505 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.414.2222; hilton.com/fortlauderdale
6. Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina
As one of Fort Lauderdale’s most recognizable hotels, this sprawling resort boasts a 17-story tower, a rotating, panorama rooftop, five food and beverage outlets, three tropical oasis pools with cascading waterfalls, 41,000 square feet of event space and an expansive marina. The property was recently sold for $163 million and may undergo redevelopment in the near future.
2301 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale; 954.525.6666; pier66.hyatt.com
7. Lago Mar Beach Resort & Club
With more than 200 suites, two large pools, a private beach, an oversized outdoor chessboard, a full-service spa and fitness center and a medley of dining options, including American bistro Acquario, Lago Mar is a lavish, classically-designed resort known for excellent customer service.
1700 S. Ocean Lane, Fort Lauderdale; 855.421.1389; lagomar.com
8. W Fort Lauderdale
Not only was it rated the sixth best hotel in the country by Condé Nast Traveler, but this Fort Lauderdale hotel recently completed the first phase of a $55 million renovation, updating nearly every inch of the property. All 517 guest rooms, suites, residential suites, the grand porte cochère, rooftop pool and meeting spaces were renovated to meet the hotel’s new vision. For the first time ever, the pool at W Fort Lauderdale is open to locals thanks to its new day pass program available Mondays through Thursdays for $25 a pass. On the fourth floor, find SUSHI Bar, which features a menu created by Shuji Hiyakawa, protégé of Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. The second, and final, phase of the renovation will be completed in the fall, which will include a ballroom and an oceanfront restaurant by Stephen Starr.
401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.414.8200; wfortlauderdalehotel.com
9. Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach
With panoramic beach views, every room inside the Sonesta in Fort Lauderdale are sea-facing. The property is designed to reflect its surroundings, featuring large, open-air spaces and light, bright hues throughout the hotel. Beyond in-house offerings, including a globally-inspired beachfront restaurant, a spa and cabanas throughout the pool and beach, the hotel is only a few minutes away from Las Olas Boulevard, the Fort Lauderdale Riverwalk and the Broward Center for Performing Arts.
999 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.315.1460; sonesta.com
10. The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
Unlike many of Fort Lauderdale’s luxurious hotels, The Westin is located further inland. Swap the beach for a heated outdoor lagoon. The property also features a sleek fitness studio paired with a program where guests can opt for a selection of the latest New Balance workout gear to use during one’s stay. Make sure to grab a bite at Alfiere's Mediterranean Bistro, which features a superfood-packed menu.
321 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.467.1111; westinfortlauderdalehotel.com
11. The Pillars Hotel
This small, charming resort, located on the Intracoastal, was named the fourth best hotel in the country by Condé Nast Traveler. Featuring an intimate, European-style boutique atmosphere, the property is known for its opulent culinary program, which is only available to hotel guests and members of the hotel’s private dining club.
111 N. Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale; 954.467.9639; pillarshotel.com
12. Bahia Mar
The iconic Bahia Mar hotel, the base for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, recently announced a $7 million redesign, inspired by the city’s reputation as the Venice of America. Expected to be completed in mid-October, plans show that the building’s guestrooms, common areas and meeting spaces will be redesigned with a modern ocean theme, featuring blue and white hues with sleek furniture and fixtures. Expect a new food and beverage program to roll out in the next few months too, curated by director Ronnie Montoya and executive chef Kelli-Ann Chin, in which all restaurant and bar menus will receive a major revamp.
801 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.764.2233; bahiamar.com
13. Riverside Hotel
Within central downtown Fort Lauderdale, find the Riverside Hotel, an Old Florida-inspired property located a short walk away from Las Olas. The hotel boasts two restaurants—Wild Sea Oyster Bar and Grille and Indigo—along with a wine and martini bar, a vintage pub, a well-equipped fitness room and boat dockage.
620 East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.467.0671; riversidehotel.com
14. B Ocean Resort
This oceanfront hotel offers two outdoor pools, a fitness center, an AVEDA spa suite and the Wreck Bar, which hosts its longstanding mermaid show. The newly-renovated property is also home to Naked Crab, a swanky seafood house owned by chef Ralph Pagano, who has appeared on "Hell's Kitchen" and "Iron Chef."
1140 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. 954.564.1000; bhotelsandresorts.com
15. Residence Inn Intracoastal
If you’re traveling with your boat, stop at the Marriott’s Residence Inn, a waterfront hotel on the Intracoastal. The upscale property features a pool, fitness center and bike rentals, and is one of Fort Lauderdale’s more affordable options. It’s designed for vacationers interested in a long-term stay, with all of the hotel’s suites equipped with kitchens and balconies.
3333 NE 32nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954.564.4400; marriott.com
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