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 the 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.
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 hotel doesn't quite match its main competitor, the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale, but it's much more affordable and prices are very reasonable considering all you get for your money.