Your Everything Guide to Fort Lauderdale Hotels

A porthole bedroom at the brand new Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach resort.

Need a change of pace in a hurry? Fort Lauderdale’s barely an hour’s drive from Miami and offers a totally different spin on a South Florida getaway. Here’s where to stay.

Best of What’s New

A suite at Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach

Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach

The luxurious nautical-themed Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach (551 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.; 954-414-5100) is the brand’s first foray into beach resorts. It boasts 290 all-suite accommodations, ample meeting space, a spa and elevated pool deck. There are also four food and drink destinations, including the signature oceanfront restaurant Terre Mare serving Mediterranean fare.

A bird’s eye view of one of Plunge’s pools.

Plunge Beach Hotel

Head north to Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, a throw back beach village that feels like you’ve stepped inside a 1950s postcard. Plunge Beach Hotel (4660 El Mar Dr., Lauderdale-by-the-Sea; 754-200-3346) plays up the kitschy mid-century charm with colorful, design-minded rooms throughout its campus of three buildings along the oceanfront. Dining is also top notch with a beach bar serving fresh fish tacos and a lobby restaurant with elevated small plates.

 

Oceanfront Resorts

The dreamy poolscape at The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale.

The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale

A towering luxury retreat in the heart of Fort Lauderdale, The Ritz-Carlton (One N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.; 954-465-2300) offers a panoramic perch to the glittering Atlantic Ocean. With a tranquil elevated swimming pool on the seventh floor and a luxurious spa, this hotel delivers exactly what you’d expect from a Ritz-Carlton: sophistication and stellar hospitality.

An aerial view of the Sonesta Fort Lauderdale.

Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach

Tucked away on the northern stretch of the Fort Lauderdale Beach strip, the Sonesta (999 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.; 954-315-1460) offers comfortable rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the beach. There’s a small swimming pool and an onsite restaurant, but you’re probably better off exploring nearby dive bars and greasy spoons like Primanti Brothers, El Taquito, McSorley’s Beach Pub and the Parrot Lounge.

A view of the ocean from the Atlantic Hotel & Spa.

The Atlantic Hotel & Spa

In the heart of the Fort Lauderdale Beach strip, The Atlantic Hotel & Spa (601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.; 954-567-8020) offers spacious, residential-style studio and suite accommodations with fully equipped kitchens including refrigerators, stovetop burners and microwaves. There are two onsite restaurants, one at the ground level and the other on the elevated pool deck.

The Balqony deck at Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort.

Hilton Fort Lauderdale

The Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort (505 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.; 954-414-2222) towers above the ocean, boasting a sprawling, elevated poolscape with the dramatic pool bar Balqony plunging into the horizon. There’s also a trendy sushi restaurant and lavish spa. The all-suite hotel is an inviting retreat to spread out, relax and soak up the sun.

The updated Wet Deck at W Fort Lauderdale.

W Fort Lauderdale

Fresh off a $55 million renovation, W Fort Lauderdale (401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.; 954-414-8200) is easily the trendiest hotel on the strip. Relax at their stylish Wet Deck pool, indulge in a sumptuous meal from Stephen Starr’s Steak 954 or try a bite at the new Sushi Bar.

Life’s a beach at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort.

Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort

The Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort (3030 Holiday Dr..; 954-525-4000) is a sprawling, family-friendly retreat in the heart of Fort Lauderdale with a lagoon-style swimming pool, water sports, inviting beach bar and the popular 3030 Ocean restaurant helmed by Chef Adrienne Grenier.

 

Historic Gems

Intracoastal vibes at The Pillars.

The Pillars Hotel

Tucked away on Fort Lauderdale Beach’s Intracoastal Waterway, The Pillars Hotel (111 N. Birch Rd.; 954-467-9639) is an intimate boutique hotel with tons of charm. Relax by the kidney-shaped swimming pool on a striped lounge chair and watch boats cruise through the waterway. Their Secret Garden restaurant offers a romantic dining experience only accessible to hotel guests and members.

The facade of the historic Riverside Hotel.

Riverside

Anchored by Chef Toby Joseph’s Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grill, The Riverside Hotel (620 E. Las Olas Blvd.; 954-467-0671) is a historic gem located in the heart of Las Olas. The lime green stucco façade is a portal into a bygone era of Old Florida charm, while placing travelers in the heart of the action in this bustling area.

The oceanfront pool at B Ocean.

B Ocean

B Ocean (1140 Seabreeze Blvd.; 954-564-1000) is a sprawling beachfront oasis with modern rooms and multiple dining options, including the historic Wreck Bar where live mermaids swim past porthole-style windows for nightly shows on the weekends. It’s also home to Ralph Pagano’s Naked Crab and a relaxing poolside café.

 

Hot For Hollywood

Relaxing rooms in Margaritaville

Margaritaville Beach Resort 

A window into the chilled-out world of legendary singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett, Margaritaville Beach Resort (1111 N. Ocean Dr.; 954-874-4444) is a destination that will delight both his devoted following of Parrotheads and anyone looking for a laid-back, yet luxurious stay with plenty of diversions for the whole family.

Guest rooms at the newly renovated Diplomat Beach Resort.

The Diplomat Beach Resort

The Diplomat Beach Resort (3555 S. Ocean Dr.; 954-602-6000) is a longstanding, sprawling resort in the heart of Hollywood Beach fresh off a $100 million renovation. The hotel is recognizable for its lavish poolscape, but celebrity chef-helmed restaurants by Geoffrey Zakarian and Michael Schulson make it a foodie paradise, as well.

Hyde Resort & Residences Hollywood boasts a high-energy pool scene on the weekends.

Hyde Resort & Residences

Hyde Resort & Residences (4111 S. Ocean Dr.; 754-201-2040) offers stylish, all-suite accommodations inside a modern oceanfront resort that looms large over Hollywood Beach. It boasts an elevated infinity pool, a beach club, spa and al fresco restaurant. Contemporary art is featured prominently throughout.

For those about to rock… The Hard Rock Hollywood.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

A mega-plex of entertainment midway between Fort Lauderdale and Miami, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (One Seminole Way; 866-502-7529) is a haven for gambling, live music, comedy, nightclubs, shopping and fine dining, all with the rock’n roll theme the international brand is famous for.

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