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The 9 best hotels in Fort Lauderdale

The best hotels in Fort Lauderdale range from beachfront abodes to all-suite hotels with plenty of room to spread out

Megan duBois
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Megan duBois
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One of the most daunting parts of planning a vacation or staycation is deciding where to stay. After all, you need to think about price, amenities, location, and more. You are supposed to be on holiday! While there are dozens of hotels around the greater Fort Lauderdale area, some of the best hotels in Fort Lauderdale are just steps away from the beach, and one is even shaped like a giant guitar. A day in the Venice of America is all about time spent at the sandy beachestop-notch restaurants, and exploring the things to do, and ends with you jumping into a cozy hotel bed as you gaze out the window to the ocean waves.

There are plenty of hotels with waterfront views, mermaids shows, and luxury facilities to choose from in the area. Some resorts even have rooftop pools and award-winning restaurants. No matter what type of hotel you’re looking for or what your budget is, there’s something for everyone here.

Best hotels in Fort Lauderdale

The oceanfront escape of Royal Blues Hotel in Deerfield Beach is worth the splurge, especially since it’s the only Relais and Chateaux hotel in Florida. The art-driven hotel brings together modern seaside style and 1960s Americana in an elevated and unexpected way. In each room, you’ll find modern amenities like digital blackout blinds, Japanese-style bidets, and digital temperature-controlled showers. Dining is an incredible experience at both the lounge and full-service restaurant, where the chefs focus on local ingredients while ensuring that the final result passes the eye test.

The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale is a 24-story hotel that is modeled after an art deco ocean liner and influenced by the city’s yachting culture. Burlock Coast, the hotel's prohibition-style restaurant, serves dishes made with locally caught seafood and grown produce. The pool deck on the seventh floor has everything you could imagine for a splash-heavy day, including an infinity pool, poolside service, and cabanas. The oceanfront resort also has a full-service spa and immaculate rooms to relax in.

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Looking for an extended stay or going on a family vacation? You will love Conrad Fort Lauderdale. The all-suite oceanfront resort is known for its onsite restaurant Takato, with its Japanese-Korean fusion menu, immaculately run by executive chef Taek Lee. Each of the rooms at the Conrad features a furnished balcony to relax and take in the views and a small kitchen where you can prepare meals or snacks to take down to the beach with you.

Travelers looking for a unique place to stay on a budget will love B Ocean Resort, where rooms start at just under $140. The historic beachfront resort dates back to 1956 and has maintained its 1950s kitschy vibes. If you’re traveling with kids, be sure to catch the family-friendly mermaid show or snag a reservation for the mermaid and mimosa-filled brunch. The entertainment is best enjoyed through the portholes of B’s Wreck Bar. Around the resort, you’ll find original artwork that can be purchased, with a portion of the proceeds going to local sea turtle conservation.

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Pelican Grand Beach Resort is one of the few in the Fort Lauderdale area with direct beach access. The resort boasts a lazy river and onsite ice cream parlor that kids will enjoy while adults relax at the rooftop spa that faces the ocean. Each of the newly renovated suites is inspired by the world just under the ocean waves. An ocean-facing verandah acts as a common area for guests to enjoy the view while relaxing in one of the rocking chairs, talking about their plans for the evening.

The Pillars is the place to be since it’s just a short walk to both the beach and the Fort Lauderdale nightlife. The boutique property has 28 rooms and suites, most of which face some sort of water, whether it be the glittering pool or the waters of the Intracoastal. Each morning you can start your day with complimentary parking before heading to the private water taxi stop. If you plan on driving your own car or a rental car to the hotel, parking is free for guests.

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The Dalmar Fort Lauderdale is a modern retreat filled with tropical touches. In the lobby, you’ll find a trendy Moet champagne vending machine, along with communal tables and a marble bar. Each of the rooms faces either the ocean or skyline of downtown Fort Lauderdale and some rooms have attached balconies. The resort rooftop boasts a stunning infinity pool and 1960s-style lounge called Sparrow, where you can enjoy happy hour with a view.

Travelers looking for a party vibe at their hotel should look no further than the W Fort Lauderdale. Each of the rooms at the resort has floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies that allow you to take in the views of the waterways, ocean, and downtown Fort Lauderdale. The lobby bar, Living Room, is a good spot for people-watching and enjoying a drink after a day in the sun. The resort also boasts two infinity pools, a full-service spa, and is pet-friendly.

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One of the most unique hotels in Fort Lauderdale (and the whole world) is The Guitar Hotel at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood Hotel and Casino. The all-glass hotel has 638 rooms, with the smallest being the large 520 square foot Deluxe King room. Guests can explore 19 restaurants, 20 bars, a concert venue, a comedy club, nightclub, mall, casino, and more while staying at the resort complex. One unique thing about this hotel is that guests can learn how to play the guitar by borrowing one of the resort’s axes and learning through an audio headset focused on basic playing. Rock star education and a great night's sleep? Count us in.

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