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February 5, 2014
I hope you’re in Florida and not Massachusetts. We are ducking down to Florida to get out of the cold later in the month. Any hotels in Ft Lauderdale I should look at or avoid? I want to stay at the Ritz, but Jennifer is looking at other places (Atlantic Resort, B Ocean????). I’ll be spending most of the time working on my tan. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Hope all is well.
Fort Lauderdale Beach is a great option if you desire South Florida’s weather without what some consider “an overwhelming Miami Beach.” Maintained daily by city tractors that remove seaweed and sea-schmutz, the overall beach experience is clean, lively, and often quite busy, given the abundance of restaurants, bars and snack shacks opposite Route A1A—which separates The Strip from the sand. The Strip itself seems to be all encompassing; from sleek eateries to questionable watering holes, there is something for everyone on Fort Lauderdale Beach.
Most visitors opt for a beachfront hotel; however, once the sun goes down, the ocean view dissolves into a sea of blackness. Conversely, the Intracoastal Waterway side of Fort Lauderdale Beach offers a parade of yachts 24/7. Known as the Venice of America—with more than 80% of all yachts worldwide of significant length docking at one point or another in Fort Lauderdale for sales purposes or provisioning before heading Trans-Atlantic or south to the islands—you might want to consider an Intracoastal hotel.
Of the best hotels on Ft Lauderdale Beach, my favorite is THE PILLARS, which is on the Intracoastal Waterway side of Ft Lauderdale Beach—which, by the way, is a mere 175 yards from front door to beach. A discreet boutique hotel with stunning design, world-class service, an attractive pool overlooking the Intracoastal, and perhaps the city’s best restaurant with the most intimate ambiance situated directly on the dock, The Pillars offers a unique experience.
Other Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotels
Hotels RIGHT ON the beach, but distant from the Strip:
Pelican Grand Hotel – charming, family friendly
Lago Mar Beach Resort – quiet, family friendly, widest portion beach
Marriott Harbor Beach Resort – huge, corporate, full beach services
Hotels right in THE CENTER OF The Strip, but across A1A Boulevard:
Ritz Carlton Hotel – stunningly handsome, the very center of The Strip
Westin Resort & Spa – family friendly, corporate
Atlantic Beach Resort & Spa – solid, oversized rooms
B Ocean Hotel – cool & chic, but at too busy an intersection
W Hotel – while a fan of the brand, this particular W is overbuilt and unattractive
In order of preference, I would suggest The Pillars boutique hotel, The Ritz-Carlton and The Atlantic Resort. Hope this helps Joel—let me know when you plan to visit.
P.S. Even if you don’t stay at The Ritz, you must at least go for poolside lunch on the 7th floor—you’ll see . . . Also nearby, Casablanca is a restaurant and bar you must visit—with its indoor/outdoor dining in a former home of Moorish design and offering nightly live entertainment.
111 N Birch Road
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304