The Atlantic Resort and Spa Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Although there's a pool deck overlooking the ocean, a lovely spa, and cutting-edge gym, the real stand-out here is the large rooms that start at 600 square feet (and each one has a full kitchenette and spacious marble bathroom). The ground floor restaurant and lounge includes a wrap-around porch for eating al fresco, and more casual dining can be had up on the pool deck. The beautiful beach is large, sandy and equipped with bright blue umbrellas and loungers.
W Fort Lauderdale Rating: 4.5 Pearls
By far the sexiest of the grand dames lining Fort Lauderdale Beach, the stunning design and painstaking attention to detail here are enough to wow even the most jaded travelers; unique design elements are around every corner, like a clear staircase that takes you up through the pool. In addition, there are two pool decks, a happening scene at three bars, a steak restaurant, sleek rooms, and a Bliss Spa. However, the hotel's size means you can't count on personalized service.
Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa Rating: 4.0 Pearls
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. Water sports are available on the beach, as well as loungers, a bar and, best of all, hammocks tied to straw umbrellas.
Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The first in a new brand of "B" hotels, the all-white B Ocean sits just across the street from a great beach, with an austere, minimalist design -- similar to the style of a W hotel, with subtle neon lighting in the lobby come nightfall. The ocean views are the star here, but you'll also find two great restaurants and a small pool with an accompanying outdoor bar. Despite a trendy appearance, this 240-room hotel is popular with families, and it's not uncommon to see kids splashing in the pool or eating dinner in the restaurants.