Concierge, valet dry cleaning and laundry, and room service
Free Wi-Fi throughout
Outdoor pool, gym, and spa are small
Daily resort fee
Guest rooms don't have balconies or terraces
No free breakfast
Valet-only parking is expensive
The four-pearl Sonesta Fort Lauderdale is a stylish property located across the street from Fort Lauderdale Beach. The sleek, all-white hotel has a striking, curved design that gives its 240 guest rooms spectacular ocean views. Units are equipped with flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and Keurig coffeemakers, and boast seating areas and desks, but they lack balconies or terraces. The hotel's elegant on-site restaurant is a highlight, but other features -- an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a spa -- are small and a bit disappointing. There's also a daily resort fee, although it includes two free welcome drinks at the lobby or poolside bar. Travelers could compare rates with the nearby Atlantic Resort and Spa, a good alternative.
A modern and stylish hotel for couples, cruise tourists, families, and wedding parties
This design-conscious hotel is all about the fun-in-the-sun Fort Lauderdale Beach lifestyle. The memorable lobby with white, wavy walls and marble floors and pillars, is bathed in alternating neon colors that become more dramatic after dark. The property buzzes with activity, as travelers come and go throughout the day on the way to the beach or pool, which is typically packed. Guests are mostly couples, and it's a pick for wedding parties given the panoramic ocean views from its ample event space. It’s also a popular pre- and post-cruise hotel, and even though decor is trendy, the property's relaxed vibe suits the many families seen here as well.
On A1A highway, directly across the street from Fort Lauderdale Beach
The Sonesta Fort Lauderdale enjoys a great location directly across A1A Highway from Fort Lauderdale Beach. The hotel is in the heart of the main strip, within walking distance of restaurants and other hotels along the road. It's also close to area sights including lovely gardens, a state park, and top shopping. The highway can become congested -- especially on weekends -- but getting to airports and other cities close by is generally easy.
Nine-minute walk to Bonnet House Museum & Gardens
Five-minute drive to The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale
Modern with ocean views, flat-screen TVs, and Keurig coffeemakers, but basic bathrooms
It's tough to beat the sweeping ocean views seen from all of Sonesta Fort Lauderdale's guest rooms. The serene vistas inspire the units' airy ambiance, with decor that's kept to white and neutrals, except for bright pops of aqua from artwork and decorative pillows. Ample space is a big plus -- with plenty of room for desks, armchairs, and seating areas -- and amenities include flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, safes, and free Wi-Fi, and some rooms that are a step up have minibars. Bathrooms, however, are a bit basic for a four-pearl hotel, and toiletries are in wall-mounted dispensers. But there are large, walk-in showers with rainfall showerheads, and stainless steel-framed vanities, with basin sinks and ample space to stow towels and other items.
Full-service restaurant, 24-hour business center, and free Wi-Fi, but small pool, gym, and spa
The range of amenities at this hotel measure up to similar upscale Fort Lauderdale Beach properties, but features here fall a bit short. The outdoor pool has a lovely setting, with palm trees towering above, but it's small, as is the gym, although it has ocean views and three types of cardio equipment. The spa “suite” is just a single room with two-person whirlpool tub, offering massage and other treatments.
The hotel's elegant on-site restaurant, however, is a highlight. Breakfast is available for a fee, with a buffet served on weekends. Lunch and dinner menus have fresh seafood and other regional specialties, plus extensive wine lists.
A daily resort fee to cover beach chairs, towels, and bottled water is a drawback, but it includes two free welcome drinks at the lobby bar or poolside bar, both of which also serve light fare. The lobby bar features live music, too.
There's also a 24/7 business center in the lobby, with two desktop computers and free printing, and event space for up to 300 people, with excellent ocean views. Concierge services include valet dry cleaning and laundry, and there's room service and free Wi-Fi throughout, but parking is valet-only, and it’s expensive.
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