Hilton Ft. Lauderdale Beach Resort
Ft. Lauderdale beach is a great alternative to Miami and South Beach. One of my favorite places to stay in Ft. Lauderdale is the Hilton Ft. Lauderdale Beach Resort. This high rise on the beach is part of a long line of luxury hotels just steps from the sand. What I like about this sunny destination is the great hotels and convenient restaurants and bars within walking distance. The Hilton Ft. Lauderdale Beach Resort is located across A1A from Ft. Lauderdale Beach and is next door to the W Ft. Lauderdale.
The hotel's vibe is a mix of modern and luxury. As a Hilton Honors Gold level member I often end up staying in an oceanview junior suite on a high floor. Each king junior suite includes an entry foyer, spacious bathroom with separate tub and shower, king bed, separate living room with kitchenete and a balcony. The kitchennete has a refirgerator, two burner stove, granite countertop, microwave and coffee maker. The living space and bedroom are separated, but still part of the same room. From the living room you can step out onto the room's balcony. If you have an oceanview room your balcony will face the beach.
The room decor is modern and the bathroom is filled with luxury touches such as marble floors and high end plumbing fixtures. For those who enjoy a soak, the suites feature a large jetted tub and separate glass enclosed shower.
The Hilton Ft. Lauderdale Beach Resort features a poolside restaurant on the sixth floor that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. When the weather is nice a portion of the pool deck doubles as outdoor seating. This is great place to enjoy breakfast and watch the waves. The hotel's fitness center and SpaQ are located on the same floor adjacent to the restaurant and pool.
The hotel features a larged covered entry with valet service. Self parking is not available. The hotel is about a $25 cab ride from Ft. Lauderdale International Airport. The hotel's concierge can arrange private car service for about $35/each way. I highly recommend the car service. Cab drivers in Ft. Lauderdale are hit and miss. Many cabs will take credit cards, but in my experience the drivers are unpleasant if you try to pay with one.
The lobby is bright and spacious. A concierge desk is just to the left as you enter and I find the staff to be helpful. In my experience the front desk is effecient and friendly. Down the hall from the lobby the hotel has a small gift shop and a cafe that sells beer, wine, coffee and sandwhices. If you are planning on stocking up on snacks or beverages for your room I recommend heading to the CVS which is about six blocks away.
The Hilton Ft. Lauderdale beach resort is only a few blocks from a water taxi stop on the inner-coastal. This is a great way to see the city and get around.