There is nothing quite like the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The largest of its kind in the world, it is the place to be and be seen, while also observing the best of what the industry has on offer.
Fort Lauderdale is built to accommodate guests expecting the highest quality and comfortable luxury, so you can rest assured – no matter which hotel you choose, you will not be disappointed. Anyone finding themselves in Fort Lauderdale knows why they are there and more often than not you will spend your time by or on the water, so it only makes sense that the best places to stay at are within a stone’s throw.
Large resorts mixed with smaller luxury hotels make it easy to choose something that fits your needs and expectations, and here are our picks for some of the best hotels you will find at Fort Lauderdale.
Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale
Ritz-Carlton is one of those names that speaks for itself. Decades of excellence and outstanding service has made this company a go-to for anyone, who wants the cream of the crop. This luxury hotel sits at the most premium seafront location, right at home on Florida’s Gold Coast. The very essence of the hotel is being in harmony with its surroundings, and everything is inspired by the peaceful presence of the sea. And how could it not be, when the panoramic views graciously overlook the Atlantic?
Sophistication bursts through the seams in an unpretentious way at The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale. Elegant rooms and suites in neutral tones are all about naturally beautiful surroundings without the need to mask it with over-the-top interior elements. A definite highlight is the seventh-floor elevated swimming pool. After a day spent enjoying the International Boat Show, make sure to unwind in the tranquil spa – whether it’s cleansing or rejuvenation, the spa menu offers irresistible treatments.
W Fort Lauderdale
Stylish, modern, and effortlessly cool – W Fort Lauderdale by Marriott is where it’s at. Beachside chic defines this hotel and its grand, light-filled rooms and suites overlooking the ocean. The nautical design interiors are perfectly luxe yet minimalistic with stylish design elements throughout. The highlight, you might ask? The glass-bottomed pool, for sure. However, wherever you go, you can expect to see modern design touches that elevate this resort above others.
Almost every room in the hotel has a balcony, and floor-to-ceiling windows create a seamless transition between the indoor and outdoor space. All rooms feature spacious bathrooms. Just as you would expect, the hotel features a spa which couldn’t be more inviting with all the relaxing and pampering treatment options. Nevertheless, if you prefer lounging by the oceanfront, simply walk across the street and a welcoming white-sand beach with comfortable loungers and umbrellas are there for your use.
Conrad Fort Lauderdale
One of the newest additions on the Fort Lauderdale resort strip is the Conrad Fort Lauderdale Luxury Beach Hotel which opened in 2016. The gargantuan white tower overlooking its surroundings cannot be missed in the scenery and it is located in the premium North Beach with everything you might want within easy reach. The moment you step into the hotel, you are taken away by the luxe finishes throughout the hotel – marble floors, high-gloss hardwood, brass, high ceilings, and opulent chandeliers.
The hotel has an impressive number of all-suite accommodations – 290 in total with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterways. You can choose from a studio of up to three-bedroom suit as well as a pool-front duplex. Since it is Fort Lauderdale after all, nautical elements are everywhere and you can see subtle hints in Conrad as well. It’s all about the natural light and ocean here, so the interiors are classic and elegant without flashy elements. Light cream tones and beautiful wooden panels will appeal to anyone, who appreciates the highly-sophisticated superyacht interiors.
The Pillars Hotel
If you are after something smaller than the typical beachside resorts but still want that impeccable sophistication, The Pillars Hotel will be the perfect find. This boutique hotel is located on the Intracoastal side offering a more intimate and quiet atmosphere than its resort counterparts. You couldn’t wish for a better view than watching boats passing on the waterway, while you sip your morning mimosa.
Combining colonial-era style with Art Deco, this hotel has found its home in a historic building dating back to the 1930s. Elegant coziness runs through every part of the hotel, and the warm tones present in the interiors contribute to this feeling. Considering it is a boutique hotel, you won’t find the luxuries of a spa and a large gym here, but lounging by the kidney-shaped pool will definitely make up for it. The hotel’s unique location and its quaint setting transport you to a different time in the most positive way.
Marriott Harbor Beach Resort
An almost tropical beachfront feeling oozes out of the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort. While the interiors are exactly something you would expect from a Fort Lauderdale resort, the private beach, and outdoor grounds are particularly inviting. Oceanfront views are a given at Fort Lauderdale, but here at Marriott, the offer extends to a fantastic outdoor pool and spa area, water activities, an outdoor tennis court, snorkeling and much more. The rooms and suites have elegant white and cream-colored interiors with warm accents in soft orange and wood tones.
Don’t miss a meal at the celebrated 3030 Ocean Restaurant & Bar which offers excellent local seafood options or take it a step further and enjoy an oceanfront private dining experience – barefoot, fire roaming nearby, and a bottle of fine wine for you and your partner.