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Solid service, akin to most other large-scale resorts in its price range
- 24-hour room service
- Concierge available from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Turndown service upon request
- No free shuttles to the airport or points of interest
- Valet parking, $26.95 per day
Directly on a long stretch of beach, in a harbor inlet of Fort Lauderdale
Surrounding the Marriott, there are a few other hotels within walking distance, but not much else -- plan to drive west into Fort Lauderdale to find most restaurants, bars (including the Elbo Room), shops, and the Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop (a large outdoor flea market and home of the world's largest drive-in movie theater).
- 15-minute drive or $20 taxi to Fort Lauderdale International Airport
- 35-minute drive or $85 taxi to Miami International Airport
- 40-minute drive to the Port of Miami
- 40-minute drive to Parrot Jungle Island and the Miami Children's Museum
- 20-minute drive to the Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop
- Five-minute drive to the Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
- Five-minute drive to the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
- The Beach Bar, directly on the beach, serves light snacks and drinks.
- Activities such as sailing, Jet Skiing, kayaking, surfing, and parasailing are all available, but at a high cost ($80, including tax and "fuel charge," for 30 minutes on a Jet Ski).
- Lounge chairs with mats cost an extra $5; hammocks and umbrellas are an extra $15.
After a $250 million renovation, the guest rooms are clean, comfortable, and quiet.
A King Ocean Front Room
- Standard guest rooms have either one king or two double-size beds; rooms with a balcony cost extra.
- Large, 32-inch flat-screen TVs in all standard rooms
- iPod docks
- Stocked minibars
- Electronic safes, each large enough for a laptop
- Excellent beds; plush, 100-percent cotton bedding
- No smoking rooms
- Handicap-accessible rooms available
- Hard-wired Internet costs $12.95; no Wi-Fi.
- Six different suites: Wind Drift (676 squre feet, with a a king-bed and a pullout sofa); Seaside (741 square feet, about the same layout as Wind Drift); Turtle Point (722-square-foot, one-bedroom suite with a king, a pullout sofa, and wraparound balcony); Atlantic (1,120 square feet, with a partially divided bedroom and a pullout sofa in the living and dining area); Vice Presidential (1,994-square-foot one-bedroom with a pullout sofa and large bar area); Presidential (2,347-square-foot one-bedroom with a fitness area, office, and bar). Click here for a full description of each, and their floor plans.
- Huge, 8,000-square-foot, freeform pool (open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.); food and drink service available, as well comfy, well-padded lounge chairs
- Quieter, adult-only pool
- Large, bright, 24-hour fitness center: cardio machines each have their own private TV; fitness classes include kickboxing, yoga, spinning, aqua-fitness (each class costs $30, but they're free when booked with a spa treatment)
- Spa and salon, offering a full range of massages, mani/pedis, and bridal treatments; access to its steam room, Jacuzzi, and sauna costs $30 per day (unless you book a treatment)
- Surf Club, a supervised kids' club for kids ages five to 12, features activities like sandcastle building, pool games, and arts and crafts. Full- ($80, with lunch) or half-day sessions ($45, without lunch) are available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; just note that parents must remain on the property while their kids are at the camp.
Three restaurants, one lounge, a raw bar and the ubiquitous Starbucks round out Marriott Harbor's food offerings.
The Marriott Harbor sports three restaurant, the casual - well as casual as the Marriott Harbor can get -- Riva and Sea Level Restaurant & Ocean Bar and the more formal 3030 Ocean.
Riva is a family friendly beach restaurant where guests can catch breakfast -- a daily breakfast buffet is served for $19- lunch, Sunday brunch and occasionally dinner -- depending on the season. The entrees are standard American fare with items like a BLT ($14) for lunch and meatloaf ($22) served for dinner.
Sea Level's lunch and dinner offerings are similar, with an atmosphere equally casual to Riva's. The restaurant serves up moderately priced sandwiches and salads for lunch and entrees like brick grilled tanglewood chicken ($28) and grilled NY steak and fries ($34) for dinner. At this establishment guests can dine indoors or outdoors or hit the daily happy hour at its Ocean Bar from 5-7 p.m.
3030 Ocean is the much more sophisticated option of the two. This reservation only spot serves up items like roasted Maine lobster ($42) and something called grilled local Wahoo ($29). Adventurous dinners can feast on the $80 "chef surprise" tasting menu. The restaurant is also the site of the hotel's raw bar, called 3030 Raw Bar where dinners can get items like ahi tuna coconut ceviche ($15) and spicy tuna tartar ($15). The restaurant's lounge, the 3030 Bar, serves cocktails until 1 a.m. as well as lunch until 5:30 p.m. and dinner until midnight.
Starbucks is also onsite and open for breakfast and lunch.
In-room dining is available 24 hours a day.
After its $25 million makeover, this 650-room Marriott in Fort Lauderdale is great for kids -- giant pool, kids' club, big, comfortable guest rooms -- but there's still plenty for grown-ups, including yoga classes at the fitness center, an adult-only pool, and a full-service spa and salon. Just watch out for the nickel-and-diming.
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