Hotel Lush Royale is in the heart of the festive seaside North Beach neighborhood, which is just a few miles from downtown Fort Lauderdale. This award-winning, 28-room gay resort is just steps from the beach, fine dining restaurants, boutique shopping and the city’s sizzling nightlife. It's also a mere blocks from Wilton Manors.
Guests are welcomed, as the gate is opened by a friendly staff member who greets them, holding a silver tray containing a refreshing seasonal cocktail, herbal towels and a cooling spritz. After checking in, guests are guided to their rooms on calming brick paths that are lined with tropical foliage and dotted with brilliantly colorful orchids, creating a hushed cocoon of retreat.
Hotel Lush Royale — Photo courtesy of Dale Mack
All suites are spacious, comfortable and stylish. Beds are king size, and sitting areas are complete with plush sofas and chairs. All come equipped with flat-screen TVs, DVD players and alarm clocks as well as handy instructions for use.
Convenient kitchenettes and generous closet space are provided along with glassware, a safe for personal belongings, an ironing board and, in keeping in line with the meticulous attention to detail, even a convenient can of spray starch. Each room is carefully given two inspections before the guest arrives to guarantee its readiness.
The guest’s day begins with a generous continental breakfast complete with fresh fruits, bagels, juices and an assortment of cereals which include choices for the health-conscious guest. Calming jazz music can be heard as everyone enjoys their meal while getting acquainted and discussing plans for the day ahead.
Guests are free to spend time lounging poolside at either of two sparkling pools, one clothing-optional. Or they can relax in a soothing hot tub, while being served refreshing cocktails. This service is available 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
This stately facility recently underwent a major expansion, with the acquisition of the neighboring mid-century-style hotel. Both properties are now joined, and this addition offers guests the unique option of a king suite with one bedroom or a spacious standard queen room, decorated in a tasteful European chic urban décor.
Other generous amenities and services include a barbecue facility, which can be reserved and used by guests for private gatherings; a library and computer room; and the use of the gym equipment at the resort’s sister property, The Royal Palms, just blocks away.
For those who wish to peruse the various menus from local restaurants, delivery orders are thoughtfully intercepted by a staff member and a place setting will be prepared and the guest’s order will be served to them.
Returning guests account for over 50% of the reservations, and rooms are in high demand, especially during the always-busy winter season. This speaks volumes for the property’s stellar service and consistent attention to detail, which has kept it as one of the city’s top gay resorts.