Luxury Hotels in Fort Lauderdale: Expect Only the Best Stays

Visitors to Fort Lauderdale are no strangers to luxury. In fact, this is why many choose the Venice of America because of the number of world-class, world-famous luxury hotels that not only dot its award-winning Blue Wave beaches, but are available throughout Broward County. And, admit it, everyone needs a little "me" time every now and then, so why not check in at one of these posh luxury hotels and be pampered from check-in to check-out? Enjoy spoiling yourself with the finest service and amenities Fort Lauderdale has to offer. Idulge in ritzy, on-premises upscale dining or pamper yourself with plush king-sized beds at The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale. Immediately recognized world-wide for its over-the-top service, this will be a memorable stay without doubt. Or perhaps checking in at the W Fort Lauderdale will fit the bill. One of the newest hotels to grace Fort Lauderdale Beach, it was met with great fanfare and has been a hit ever since. The Pillars Hotel Fort Lauderdale is a choice stay. Perhaps smaller than many properties, it was recently voted as one of the best hotels in Florida, and for good reason. And for a local landmark make reservations at the Hyatt Recency Pier 66. With a prime location on the famous Intracoastal Waterway, this is a must-visit. If you travel extravagantly, Fort Lauderdale luxury hotels are the only way to fly.


Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina
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Undoubtedly charming, the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Hotel's elegant setting near the cruise port and airport provides ideal lodging for vacationers as well as busy business guests coming and going. Located near amazing shopping, restaurants and the best nightclubs. Its impeccable facilities, guest rooms with amazing waterway views, top-notch staff and superior amenities make for an unsurpassed travel experience, and the on-site restaurant, China Grill, is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Be sure to visit the bar and lounge area for terrific happy hour specials. Great place for a meeting, banquet, social event or elegant wedding. This will be your home away from home.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Impeccable service, amazing location, easy access to great shopping and restaurants.

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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 Luxury Hotels because: A local landmark next to the playful Intracoastal Waterway with and famous for its in-house restaurant and luxurious amenities.

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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 Luxury Hotels because: Great for family vacations and for yachting enthusiasts who can walk to the docks of the oceanfront marina.

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The Pillars at New River Sound is considered a local gem. It's the perfect place for those who want to be near the exciting beach and nightlife action, yet slightly set back from it all by a pleasant walk. Recently named by a premier international travel magazine as the best hotel in Florida, the Pillars Hotel is a boutique property of just 28 rooms. This prestigious recognition holds a certain cachet for this property that locals and frequent travelers have known about all along. This beautiful and romantic property lies on the Intracoastal Waterway and is adorned with colonial plantation style decor. Its finely furnished rooms and suites feature high-speed Internet access, a mini-bar, complimentary bathrobe and toiletries. Amenities include 24-hour room and concierge services, daily turn-down service, same day laundry and dry-cleaning, a water-taxi service and complimentary poolside iced tea. Meeting space for twelve people.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: This hotel is nationally-known as being named as the best hotel in Florida a few years ago, and that speaks volumes.

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The legendary Lago Mar Resort and Club is beautifully situated on thirteen tropical acres between Mayan Lake and the Atlantic ocean. This spectacular Fort Lauderdale resort offers guests contemporary and comfortable rooms, numerous amenities and a friendly and efficient staff. Guest rooms contain kitchenettes, wet bars and amazing views. On-site facilities include spectacular, sparkling pools, of which the Olympic-size is the smallest, tennis courts, a near-by private beach and a popular fitness center, as well as complimentary miniature golf, beachfront volleyball and shuffleboard. Complimentary parking and valet service is available. A contemporary and spacious meeting space is equipped to accommodate 350.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: This is a true resort in every sense of the word.

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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 Luxury Hotels because: This very grand property speaks rest and relaxation in its oceanside location, and even equipped with rocking chairs.

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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 and 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 Luxury Hotels because: Great hotel for business stay, family vacation or even a honeymoon, great service and amenities.

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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 Luxury Hotels because: Well-known for its luxurious services and amenities and prime location right on Fort Lauderdale Beach.

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W Fort Lauderdale
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To outstanding fanfare and high expectations, W Fort Lauderdale recently opened its doors on Fort Lauderdale Beach and offered a new, high standard of the beachside resort. Dubbed by the press as a more modern and urbane resort than what the beach is used to, W Fort Lauderdale appeals to guests who enjoy its playful yet sophisticated atmosphere. From the two infinity pools to the 315 feet of golden sandy beach, this superstar in hospitality is anything but ordinary. Treat yourself to the sensory indulgences of the spa, make a cabana your second home, or dance the night away in one of the area's hippest nightclubs. Gorgeous guest rooms offer unexpected surprises and sophisticated style.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: One of the newest and most prestigious properties on Fort Lauderdale Beach.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale
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Who says you can't have it all? Just think of the name Ritz Carlton and your mind immediately goes to its glamorous and legendary properties in New York and Paris and London. Now you can enjoy the exclusivity of the Ritz Carlton with its world-class amenities and stellar service right here on Ft. Lauderdale's famous beach. The Ritz Carlton's elegance and Old World charm are a few of the reasons guests have come to love this Fort Lauderdale beach hotel's accommodations. The 29,000-square-foot tropical pool deck and heated infinity pool on the seventh floor offer everything from poolside service to exclusive cabanas. The polished design extends to the lavish rooms, luxurious spa and the dramatic oceanfront setting. You may never make it to the beach because the hotel offers so many appealing features! And yes, you really can have it all!

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: With a stellar, world-recognized name like Ritz-Carlton, this is a winning stay.

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