Fort Lauderdale's Family-Friendly Hotels Range from World-Class to Affordable

Don't let family vacation time intimidate you; travel with the whole crew and stay at a family friendly hotel in Fort Lauderdale. Looking to spend time in the company of your kids or relatives without sacrificing privacy with your spouse? Try the The Westin Beach Resort & Spa, Fort Lauderdale or The Atlantic Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale. Beachside accommodations are plentiful here, of course, and the good news is they welcome the entire family. Check in at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort and Spa or the legendary the Bahia Mar Beach Resort where families can enjoy world-class amenities as well as the convenience of being right next to the beach. But Fort Lauderdale is not just about the beach. Staying in the western suburbs has its perks and hotels here are just as expert at catering to families. The Holiday Inn Express Hotel Suites in Plantation is conveniently located and offers complimentary breakfast. Doubletree by Hilton Sunrise Sawgrass Mills is another excellent choice, being right across from South Florida's shopping mecca, Sawgrass Mills, and the the kids will love being greeted with yummy chocolate chip cookies. Let the whole family create and share the memories from your visit to Fort Lauderdale. Family friendly hotels can help remove some of the stress of a group trip so you can focus on time with your loved ones.


Doubletree Hilton is world-known for its outstanding quality properties with world-class amenities and attentive service and outstanding concierge. Upon arrival here, guests are greeted with Doubletree's signature, warm chocolate chip cookies and by the friendly staff. Guest rooms and suites are comfortably suited with double or king Sweet Dreams beds, all with hypo-allergenic down pillows, and oversized chair with ottoman. All rooms come with convenient small refrigerator and microwave, TV's, high-speed wireless internet access and a desktop outlet with comfortable, adjustable ergonomic executive chair to make getting that work done a bit more pleasurable. And only blocks from the BB&T Center and across the street from Sawgrass Mills Mall.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Right across the street from Sawgrass Mills, Florida's second most popular tourist attraction after Disney World.

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Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft. Lauderdale-Plantation
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Conveniently located just four miles east of the BB&T Center, Sawgrass Mills and across the street from the regional headquarters of Mototola at University Drive and Sunrise Boulevard, the Holiday Inn Express Hotel Suites in Plantation is in the business of accommodating the many out-of-towners they often see. Guests can expect the comfortable stay and excellent service they are familiar with with Holiday Inn. Rooms are beautifully furnished and equipped with high-speed internet access. Amenities include a business center with personal computer and printer available, health and fitness center available with lifecyle, stairmaster and treadmills, outdoor pool, on-site guest self-laundry facilities.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Great location for those visiting the western suburbs, and complimentary breakfast.

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Premiere Hotel
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Hoping to find cheap hotels in Fort Lauderdale that don't skimp on service? In the classic old Florida style teaming with an inviting pool of sparkling blue water, and a building gleaming of white and pastel yellow, Premiere Hotel Fort Lauderdale welcomes guests who expect a traditional Florida vacation just steps from the beach – and that won't break the budget. The staff at here hang their hats on warm courtesy, and the owner, Mario, is ever-present and incredibly welcoming. Location is another key factor that adds to the hotel's fantastic value – you'll find no shortage of beaches, shops and restaurants nearby. The rooms are astonishingly well outfitted with amenities like cable TV and DVD players.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Affordable for the entire family right on the beach is hard and this is a welcoming, classic property.

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Pelican Grand Beach Resort - A Noble House Resort
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Just take a glance at the beautiful Pelican Grand Beach Resort and immediately you will begin to relax. This amazing property exudes Old Florida grandeur and welcomes you to one of the premier hotels set directly on Fort Lauderdale beach. Offering 156 rooms including 106 oceanfront suites with balconies offering spectacular views of the Atlantic and access to the 500-foot private beach, this is just the spot to enjoy complimentary chairs and umbrellas as you lunch. Kids love the area's only lazy river and the beautiful zero-entry pool, while a relaxing massage in the beach spa cabana appeals to adults. Veranda rocking chairs provide the perfect place to unwind after a day of family fun.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Comfortable and cozy just steps from the sand, and home to the Lazy River, every kid's favorite.

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The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
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For undisputed class and elegance right on the beach, The Westin Beach Resort & Spa, Fort Lauderdale has set a standard that many have chosen to follow. Offering uniquely designed and furnished suites with million-dollar views, and such amenities as a rejuvenating spa and fitness center, serene oceanfront pool and an endless assortment of water sports, all easily arranged by the hotel's concierge, The Westin is an all-inclusive resort for the entire family. A special treat is the on-site restaurant Shula's On The Beach, the well-known steakhouse that is part of the Shula's family of steakhouses, and which offers diners incredible seating that looks out over the ocean. This incredible property will, no doubt, become your home away from home just steps from Fort Lauderdale's beautiful blue wave beach.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Classic and dependable quality and service, and home to one great steakhouse – which the kids will love!

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Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach
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Having recently opened on the corner of Sunrise and A1A, B Ocean Fort Lauderdale has become one of the hottest hotels on the beach. Conveniently located with spectacular ocean views and with an awesome proximity to great luxury shopping at the Galleria just up the street, upscale dining in the hotel or along the beach, or for a fun cafe or pizza stop within walking distance, as well as great access to the beach just across the street, B Ocean has become a classic hotel in just a short amount of time. That alone speaks volumes of this property's quality and service. Each room is beautifully designed and guests have access to world class amenities such as a relaxing pool and patio bar and FreeB-wi-fi accessibility. B Mesmerized!

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Within walking distance from great eateries, shops and the beach.

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The Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six is a contemporary, 17-story resort hotel encompassing twenty-two acres and situated on the Intracoastal Waterway. This amazing landmark is located only three blocks from the beach and three miles from the Fort Lauderdale International Airport. Guest rooms are beautifully appointed and well equipped with TV, hair dryer, private balconies and service-bars. The hotel also features a 142-slip marina, complete fitness center, full service spa, tennis courts, and three pools. Several restaurants, bars and lounges are also provided on site. Guests receive privileges at the nearby Grande Oaks Golf Club. 22 miles from Miami International Airport. Meeting rooms to accommodate 1100.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: A legendary property in a superb location right on the Intercoastal.

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Sitting on Fort Lauderdale's exclusive pristine waterfront is the Bahia Mar Beach Resort. Surrounded on three sides by the Intracoastal Waterway, this hotel enjoys a unique location and offers excellent accommodations and services to all guests. For yachting enthusiasts, walk the docks of the oceanfront marina to see up close and personal many of the finest luxury yachts in the world. A stroll across the convenient skywalk over A1A to the world famous Fort Lauderdale Beach offers a day of soaking up the sunshine and getting that tan you came for. This legendary property offers each room equipped with coffeemaker, dataport, and cable TV. The hotel features a bar and restaurant, a private beach, tennis courts, a 330-slip marina, and several shops. Located just 15 minutes from Fort Lauderdale International Airport. Meeting space to accommodate 2000.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Serving families for decades with great access to the beach, stellar service in an amazing facility.

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Amazingly secluded on sixteen waterfront acres, the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort and Spa is a choice property for those who desire the finest in service and amenities. If it's steps from this property's private beach you're looking for, this is it. With three restaurants including the popular modern American seafood eatery, 3030 Ocean, as well The Spa on Harbor Beach where you will experience the therapies of Europe and the Far East, mind-body wellness activities, and a renewed sense of oneness with nature. Suites are designed with rich fabrics, colors and a modern design for the utmost in comfort and sophistication. Your stay in Fort Lauderdale will be the utmost in elegance, class and style.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: A local favorite with incredible views and amenities that are world-class.

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Private Residences at the Atlantic Resort and Spa
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The Atlantic Resort and Spa is exactly the property people think of when they picture ultimate luxury, ultimate service and ultimate Gold Coast seaside views. From the spacious oceanfront rooms to the penthouse suites, the contemporary luxury of this Fort Lauderdale resort will take your breath away. The stunning views from the balconies are only matched by the resort's sophisticated style and world-class service. Airy rooms vie with the spa, golden beach and outdoor pool for your attention. Don't miss an award-winning meal at one of the area's best restaurants with an ocean view while you're there. Conveniently located just six miles from the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood airport, and just minutes from world class shopping, galleries, theater and dining.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Classic in style and service and conveniently across from the beach for the entire family.

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