The Dalmar reimagines the very essence of downtown lodging. It is set close to Olas Boulevard, just two miles away from adrenaline-fuelled activities such as jet skiing and parasailing. Bold floral décor, sleek planters, and a living wall of ivy characterize the hotel’s interior. The rooms and suites are ambient and bright and promote a comfy stay through plush mattresses, Sferra luxury linens, and tech-forward amenities.
There are five dining options on-site. First, you have The Terrace Grill, where you can gather around the granite countertop and savor a crafted cocktail alongside à la carte Italian entrées. Rose’s Coffee Bar, serving premium coffee from La Colombe, is the perfect option for on-the-go snacks and beverages. Sip-N-Dip, the American spot dotted with soft lounge chairs, serves drinks and light snacks next to the infinity pool.
The ultra-chic lobby bar, decorated with stylish petal etchings, invites you to savor a glass of champagne from a Moet vending machine. And finally, the famous Sparrow Rooftop Bar, half inside and half out, evokes a funky 60’s atmosphere and is backdropped by effervescent downtown vistas.
On-site, you’ll also find a 24-hour fitness center with Peloton bikes and eight event venues with AV equipment. Meanwhile, the rooftop infinity pool beckons guests to peer out across the cityscape while pampering the senses.
Hip Instagrammable interiors
24-hour fitness center
Comfy spacious rooms
Rooftop infinity pool
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood
The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is a mega-plex of entertainment and a haven for live music, comedy, nightclubs, shopping, fine dining, and gambling. All the while reflecting the rock’n’roll theme the Hard Rock brand is known for.
You’ll definitely feel like you’ve stepped inside a Las Vegas casino here – the campus is enormous. It boasts a lagoon-style swimming pool and a shopping center, in addition to the entertainment complex. The rooms come with balconies overlooking the pool and are accompanied by an open-concept bathroom with an oversized soaking tub, as well as televisions and iPhone docking stations.
In addition to a fully equipped food court, there are more than 15 bars and restaurants in the complex. The recent addition of the elegant Japanese restaurant Kuro has proven to be a hit with guests! You can enjoy an ambitious cocktail menu here, as well as sumptuous bites.
Another popular choice is the Council Oak, which offers a more traditional steakhouse experience. But the showpiece is, without a doubt, the 140,000-square-foot casino, offering over 2200 slot machines and 90 table games. Adjacent to the hotel, the Seminole Paradise outdoor mall features 15 retail outlets and is upheld by a friendly, discreet service.
Guitar shaped building
Lagoon style pool
Food is a bit pricey
No indoor pool
Four Seasons Hotel and Residences
This sophisticated hotel is a modern reflection of the classic yacht club lifestyle. Its prime beachfront address, moments away from Fort Lauderdale’s best shops, restaurants, and entertainment options, means you’ll be surrounded by the spirit of one of the world’s top yachting locales.
The guestrooms come with furnished balconies, offering stunning vistas of the city, the Atlantic, and the Intracoastal Waterway.
The hotel’s third-level Ocean Sun Deck offers the atmosphere of a private club and is a perfect spot for all-day dining. You are invited up here to celebrate in style, owing to the expert team of Mixologists who are there to create the ideal happy-hour escape.
You can relish a spot of respite by one of the two horizon pools, both of which are framed by comfy daybeds and endless views of the Atlantic azure.
Prepare for sunny days along the stretches of the hotel’s beachfront or leisurely bike rides to nearby nature activities. You can take with you a picnic packed with food from the hotel’s Honey Fitz café, providing the fuel for your adventures.
For moments of serenity, you can restore balance and well-being with in-residence spa treatments accompanied by the refreshing ocean breeze.
Sophisticated modern ambiance
Rooms with brown hues
Furnished oceanfront balconies
Two horizon-edge pools
No in-room microwave
No lobby bar
W Fort Lauderdale
W Fort Lauderdale embodies the party lifestyle of Fort Lauderdale. The mood inside is laid-back, indulgent, and beautifully hip. Also, all you have to do is step out of the hotel, walk across the street, and you’ll have your toes in the sand.
A funky, sail-shaped architectural style radiates through the resort, with eclectic design elements at every turn. There’s a glass-bottomed pool that looks into the lobby, a jellyfish aquarium, and ocean-facing rooms with easy beach access, to name just a few of the distinctive features.
Bright, trendy, and relaxed, the hotel is adorned with an abundance of modern art and is surrounded by jaw-dropping views of the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic azure.
The rooms are spacious and boast floor-to-ceiling windows, 50-inch TVs, and dramatic navy accents filling the visual frame. Further amenities include a coffeemaker, a mini fridge, a Bluetooth clock, bedside USB ports, and crisp white bedding.
At Steak 954, you’ll discover the true meaning of ‘Super Steak.’ This esteemed eatery is a product of James Beard Award-winning chef Steven Starr, founder of Buddakan in New York City. This is also the spot where you’ll enjoy breakfast, which features a selection of tempting hot and cold dishes.
By night, you can grab an after-dinner cocktail in the Living Room Bar as you overlook the white sands from a comfy sofa on the deck.
Laidback hip ambiance
Bright navy-white rooms
Dark room lighting
Hyatt Centric Las Olas Fort Lauderdale
This upscale Fort Lauderdale Hotel invites you to live in the moment and enjoy every day of your Florida escape. It’s a stunning boutique with a high-end dining facility and a rooftop pool, situated conveniently close to the city’s top restaurants, nightlife options, shopping district, and famous attractions. You’ll enjoy elegant waterfront dining, sidewalk cafés, and boardwalk strolls minutes from the hotel’s doors.
The 238 rooms and suites, many of which come with balconies, are sleek and feature custom artwork, playful accents with nautically inspired elements, and stunning cityscape panoramas that beam through floor-to-ceiling windows.
On-site, you’ll find the Elev8 Pool Bar, offering an authentic urban experience on the 8th floor, among Fort Lauderdale’s skyscrapers. Here, you can gear up for the night with the help of expertly crafted cocktails and light bites. There’s also the Harborwood Bar, one of the hottest restaurants in the downtown area. Its menu features globally inspired cuisine, and the space is surrounded by windows that open out onto Las Olas Boulevard.
There’s also an expensive speakeasy experience, Room Nine01, which will transport you right back to the roaring 1920s with antique carpets, sultry lighting, retro-style lamps, vintage artifacts, and plush furnishings. To re-energize, there’s a modern fitness center equipped with cutting-edge cardio machines and free weights.
Boutique style hotel
No in-room microwave
Pool closes early
No room service
Hotel Maren Fort Lauderdale Beach
Hotel Maren is a place where coastal luxury meets innovative design. Nestled right across from the renowned Las Olas Beach, the Fort Lauderdale Aquatics Centre, and the International Swimming Hall of Fame, the hotel’s prime location puts you at the heart of the vibrant action.
For an elevated experience, you can opt for one of the Marina View rooms, where patterned tiles, smooth woodwork, a cozy seating area, and state-of-the-art amenities complement the sweeping panoramas. Each room comes with ultra-high-velocity Wi-Fi, allowing you to combine work and leisure seamlessly.
For an exquisite dining experience, you can make your way to Riviera by Fabio Viviana. Inspired by the accessible luxury of the Curio Hotel Collection and the charm of Italian cuisine, this signature concept eatery combines timeless elegance with innovative culinary creations. From private tables with comfortable booths to communal seating and an inviting veranda patio offering sweeping ocean views, Riviera sets the stage for unforgettable moments.
As you ascend to the fifth-floor pool deck, the Acqua Pool Bar beckons with breathtaking ocean vistas and a relaxed, refreshing atmosphere. Here, you can sip on handcrafted cocktails as you soak up the sun and revel in the panoramic views.
Resort-style modern hotel
Marina View rooms
Weak water pressure
Pool closes early
AC Hotel by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach
AC Hotel by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach invites you to escape traditional travel and experience a modern, purposefully designed accommodation that offers everything you need for a vibrant welcome to the city.
The hotel is conveniently located near shops, dining, and the nightlife of Las Olas Boulevard, as well as the Port Everglades cruise port. All of the rooms and suites are adorned with modern comforts and accompanied by balconies offering stunning beach views. Upscale perks in each unit include adjustable reading lamps, super comfy beds, plush linens, and smart flat-screen TVs.
On-site dining options include the AC Kitchen, which serves up a European-inspired breakfast each morning, with a variety of European and domestic cheeses, artisan cured meats, seasonal fruits, savory tarts, and a selection of cereals and yogurts. There’s also the AC Lounge Lobby Bar, where bartenders serve up expertly crafted cocktails, and award-winning chefs prepare tapas-style small plates.
For a spot of pampered elegance, head to the Pool Bar, which, as the name suggests, sits beside a shimmering outdoor pool caressed by the soft breeze of the Atlantic Ocean. From up here, your experience will be backdropped by endless views of the palm-fringed beaches.
Contemporary wooden rooms
Less wardrobe space
Less breakfast variety
Plunge Beach Resort
This eclectic resort is a postcard-perfect throwback to Florida beach vacations of the 1950s. Originally a motel and now a chic getaway for the modern traveler, on-site, you’ll find a stellar food and drink program.
Plunge Beach sits about five miles north of Fort Lauderdale Beach’s main drag and about half a mile north of Anglin’s Fishing Pier and Commercial Boulevard, where you will discover an abundance of cafés and bars with live music. The hotel comprises three separate buildings. The main Island Building houses the lobby with a restaurant, bar, and coffee shop and is blessed by a high-ceilinged, industrial vibe of pastel-colored, beach-inspired furniture.
The guestrooms are bright and colorful and graced by a surf theme, with stunning works of art hanging above the plush beds. Brilliant furniture and creative touches like a neon pink wire lounge chair enhance the in-room experience. While the hotel embodies the laid-back, budget-friendly getaway style, the attention to food and drink is astonishing. Every meal served here is perfectly prepared, and all the on-site eateries are upheld by a service that leaves guests yearning to return.
A bamboo-backed bar with an island charm consisting of natural rattan chairs and tables adds a young, hip atmosphere to your stay. There are also two swimming pools on-site, one of which is reserved solely for Bungalow guests. Plunge Beach Resort is the most idyllic spot for jet-setting Gen Z’s.
Excellent food and drinks
No in-room coffee
Old hallway carpeting
Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina
Every moment at this captivating oasis is infused with the essence of indulgence and relaxation. The hotel is situated just moments away from the iconic Las Olas Boulevard, the vibrant downtown area, and the sun-kissed beaches that define Fort Lauderdale.
The design is precisely what you’d expect from a stunning, coastal rendition of the Hilton brand, with lavish open spaces befitted with upscale materials and sea-inspired artwork dotting the walls. This timeless, sophisticated style beautifully complements the picturesque ocean views, which are in full force in every corner of the property. The guestrooms are adorned with contemporary furnishings and offer a private balcony, where you can retreat to after an action-packed day to admire the jaw-dropping vistas.
The bar and grill serves South Florida-inspired meals and handcrafted cocktails under the palm trees by the resort-style pool. The colorful atmosphere here truly sets the tone for a vibrant evening. Popular dishes here are the Chicken Tinga Quesadilla and the freshly caught fish tacos. Meanwhile, Dockside, a refined haven with a wide variety of specialty dishes, is perfect if you’re in need of a meal on the go. The highlight of the hotel, however, is the palm-lined outdoor pool, beside which you can soak up the sun on a cozy lounger.
Palm-lined outdoor pool
A bit pricey
No in-room safe
Atlantic Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa
Atlantic Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa is a sanctuary where opulence and relaxation converge. It is located on the oceanfront in the most coveted stretch of Fort Lauderdale Beach, making it easy to find plenty of dining and nightlife options within two blocks.
The hotel is part of The Atlantic complex, a towering concrete resort that spans the entire block. The property’s traditional design has been very well preserved, with dark marble floors, sturdy wood-paneled desks, and upholstered furniture characterizing the interior aesthetic, accompanied by sporadic bursts of colorful, contemporary art.
There’s a wide variety of spacious rooms and suites, all of which feature balconies with ocean or partial ocean views. Some also boast kitchenettes with mini-fridges.
The complex’s restaurant is designed in a jungle-like motif with a vertical garden accent wall, crocodile-leather bar stools, and hardwood floors, offering both indoor and alfresco seating areas overlooking the ocean. There are plenty of tempting plates to choose from, whether you’re in the mood for a succulent crab arancini or a flatbread pizza.
The bar is a trendy space, perfect for pre-dinner cocktails. There’s also a full-service spa with a sauna and steam room, as well as a hair and nail salon.
Elegantly peaceful ambiance
Colorful contemporary art
Weak Wi-Fi connection
No room service
Disturbed TV signals
The Pillars Hotel & Club
The Pillars Hotel & Club is a tranquil boutique property with a historic feel. It is uniquely positioned on the Intracoastal side of Fort Lauderdale Beach, offering a more intimate and sophisticated setting than many of the towering oceanfront hotels. As an added benefit, the views of the Intracoastal from the balustrade balconies are simply spectacular, consisting of boats cruising along the waterway and the city lights glimmering at night.
Inside, the aesthetic harks back to the 1930s, with an eclectic combination of British colonial-style architecture and Art Deco verve—the pillars that give it its name run alongside the outdoor catwalk to support the second-story balconies.
The rooms and suites offer a slightly different décor and floor plan, but all are graced by a plush bed, a white leather tufted headboard, and a dedicated desk area, while some boast a wet bar and a Nespresso machine. Neutral, creamy, and pops of orange or green are the primary colors on display, while the bathrooms, with their polished limestone tiles, exude an added touch of luxury.
For dining, head to the on-site Secret Garden restaurant, where the chef incorporates flavors from his Moroccan heritage into an ever-evolving menu. The wine list here is exceptional, making for a great ‘special occasion’ restaurant. Evoking a Beverly Hills-like flair, the kidney-shaped swimming pool is the hotel’s centerpiece, surrounded by limestone tiles and orange-and-white striped cushioned lounge chairs. And beyond the quaint lobby, you’ll find a seating area featuring a harp and library.
Elegant fancy hotel
Neutral toned accommodations
B Ocean Resort
You’re in for an excellent, unique accommodation experience at B Ocean Resort, which is set inside a rare mid-century building. It overlooks the ocean towards the southern end of Fort Lauderdale Beach, close to the causeway that leads to Las Olas Boulevard and the heart of mainland Fort Lauderdale.
Across the multiple buildings, the rooms come with a range of views. Each one is outfitted with accent walls in shades of ocean blue and boasts Keurig coffee makers, plush beds and linens, and luxury bathrooms with rosemary-mint Aveda products.
Naked Crab, the on-site restaurant, is adorned with fun cartoon drawings of sea creatures on the walls. It adjoins on to a bar, which offers a daily happy hour of half-price drinks and small plates. Breakfast is also served here.
There’s also the Salty Siren, which is a poolside café offering an idyllic spot for an alfresco lunch.
The hotel also boasts one of South Florida hotels’ most unique offerings – a weekend mermaid show inside the historic Wreck Bar. This vibrant spot is dressed like an olden-time wooden schooner, with windows opening up to the original courtyard pool. There’s also a charming oceanfront pool in the newly built wing, reached via the outdoor catwalk.
Location on private beach
Naked Crab restaurant
Oceanfront pool overlooking beach
Dated gym machines
Limited clothes storage
No towel hangers
The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale
The Ritz-Carlton is like a modern, hip take on classic elegance, topped with a slow, indulgent vibe. It is separated from the seaside by just a handy pedestrian bridge that goes over the main strip of highway, a 5-10 minute walk from numerous restaurants and cafés.
Maritime décor and a laid-back beachy atmosphere give this sophisticated, polished abode an added dash of flair. As you first enter the glossy, orchid-accented lobby, its curved lines and marble flooring complement the cruise-ship style. You’ll immediately come across a pool table, boutique shops, and even a real estate office as soon as you walk in.
The outdoors is brought into the guestrooms through floor-to-ceiling windows, and the cherry wood wardrobes and headboards exude a homely, restful vibe. The high-quality amenities include DVD entertainment systems, stocked refreshment cabinets, and thoughtful touches such as a daily newspaper, an iPod docking station, an honor bar, and plush robes. Each room comes with a furnished balcony, but if you request a corner room, the terrace wraps around, giving you twice the view!
There’s a dedicated bar and food service at the seventh floor’s infinity pool. However, the main restaurant, Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits, is the place to see and be seen. The most majestic waterfront view complements it and also serves up several grab-and-go options. The ocean theme continues into the spa, the shop, and the salon, making your experience even more elegant.
Luxurious beachfront hotel
Limited gym machines
Cold pool temperature
Alani Bay Luxury Condos
Escape to the epitome of luxury and convenience at Alani Bay Deluxe Condos, where you can immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of the city while also relishing a laid-back, residential vibe. Each fully furnished luxury apartment exudes comfort and style and is a masterpiece of boutique décor. Each unit is flooded with natural light, and the in-room aesthetic is topped off with rattan elements, gorgeous floral hues, and intricate splashes of tropical artwork.
There’s a well-equipped kitchen and a separate dining area in each unit, allowing you to unleash your inner culinary artist. There’s also a spacious living room where you can kick back and relax after a day of creating lasting memories with loved ones.
As well as a pristine, white-washed aesthetic, you’ll enjoy ultra-high-velocity Wi-Fi, a private balcony, and a dedicated parking spot. The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale Shopping Centre and Las Olas Boulevard are located just a stone’s throw away, so there are plenty of eating and entertainment options to take advantage of. For many, the highlight of staying here is the feeling of total immersion into local life as you make the most of your own home from home and be pampered by the state-of-the-art amenities.
Laid-back cozy vibe
No TV in bedroom
No towel hangers
Indulge in the ultimate beachside escape at Soleado Hotel, where sun-soaked days and vibrant nights await. Just a block away from the sparkling ocean, this hidden gem dares you to leave your car behind and embark on an adventure filled with sandy toes, ocean breezes, and the tantalizing aroma of fresh seafood.
All the apartments are designed to make your stay truly exceptional. From the bright and sunny one-bedroom abodes with kitchens and spacious living areas to the cozy studio apartments with convenient amenities, every need is taken care of.
The surrounding area is brimming with vibrant restaurants with live music, and the delightful ocean breeze fills all the nights with a summertime feel. Stepping a tiny bit further to Las Olas Boulevard will present you with even more elegant dining, shopping, and tourist opportunities. There’s a charming outdoor pool dotted by rustling palm trees, where you can enjoy a once-of-a-kind, peaceful sunbathing session in the afternoon.
A stand-out experience here is embarking on a boat tour, where you can marvel at the magnificent multi-million dollar mansions that line the water’s edge. You can also take a leisurely bike ride or test your balance on a paddleboard or canoe – the possibilities are truly endless.
Bright boutique hotel
Charming outdoor pool
All Hotels in Fort Lauderdale Compared
In the table below, we have compared the top 15 cool and trendy hotels in Fort Lauderdale. You can sort the table based on different factors like location, distance from attractions, price per night, and restaurants nearby:
Hotel Name Location Price Range (per night) Fitness Facilities Distance To Attractions (km) Nearby Restaurants
The Dalmar, Fort Lauderdale, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel 299 N. Federal Highway $242 - $457 Yes 1.6 4
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood 1 Seminole Way $717 - $1112 Yes 0.2 1
Four Seasons Hotel and Residences Fort Lauderdale 525 NORTH FORT LAUDERDALE BEACH BOULEVARD $646 - $15,621 Yes 4.5 3
W Fort Lauderdale 3101 Bayshore Drive 1601 $813 - $846 (min 2 nights) Yes 1.2 4
Hyatt Centric Las Olas Fort Lauderdale 100 East Las Olas Blvd $249 - $627 Yes 0.1 4
Hotel Maren Fort Lauderdale Beach, Curio Collection By Hilton 525 S Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd $317 - $626 Yes 3.5 4
AC Hotel by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach 3029 Alhambra Street $254 - $369 Yes 1.4 7
Plunge Beach Resort 4660 El Mar Dr $228 - $381 Yes 0.8 4
Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina 1881 South East 17th Street $186 - $580 Yes 0.4 5
Atlantic Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa 601 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd $841 - $911 (min 3 nights) Yes 1.2 7
The Pillars Hotel & Club 111 North Birch Road $355 - $477 Yes 1.9 4
B Ocean Resort 1140 Seabreeze Boulevard $236 - $473 Yes 1.1 7
The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale 1 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard $400 - $1575 Yes 3.5 3
Alani Bay Luxury Condos 1716 - 1720 Northeast 7th Street $209 - $222 No 2.2 5
Soleado Hotel 2901 Belmar Street $180 - $205 Yes 1.2 2
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Ever since he was knee-high to a grasshopper Michael has always had an affinity for adventure. Growing up he was lucky enough to live in a handful of exotic far flung locations including Hong Kong, Pakistan, Kenya and Tanzania and since then he’s continued seeking out new places and cultures. In his spare time he explores everywhere from the sizzling street markets in Bangkok to random back alleys in Sri Lanka and everything in between! He also has a special fondness for Cohibas, trying all kinds of street food, playing carrom with random strangers, and fine wine – he knows his clarets from his chiantis. He counts Cuba, Amsterdam, Indonesia, Goa, Cambodia and Italy as his favourite destinations. Find Michael on Instagram or Twitter.