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Fort Lauderdale Hotel Area Help!!!!

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Bloomington, IN
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Fort Lauderdale Hotel Area Help!!!!

I am going to Fort Lauderdale in Mid March and I am so confused about the neighborhood. It is my first time in in Fort Lauderdale and I will be traveling with my boyfriend. We are both 23 so we are looking for nice relaxing place walking distance to the beach and hopely close to all the night scenes. We are not a hard core party animal but we do like drinking. I've been searching for a hotel for couple of days and I am clueless. I don't know which area to choos among FORT LAUDERDALE BEACH, LAUDERDALE by the see, holleywood, plantation, pompano, or deerfield beach. Please help me! All I am looking for is nice place to relax and have fun without a car. And, I am looking for 3 star resort type hotel. Thanks

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1. Re: Fort Lauderdale Hotel Area Help!!!!

Well, you can eliminate Plantation from your list- nowhere near the beach. I would tell you to eliminate Pompano Beach and Lauderdale by the Sea as well, because there are not many nice hotels in that area and no night life to speak of- ditto for Deerfield Beach. I don't know much about Hollywood, but I'm going to say you probably want to be in Fort Lauderdale either on the Beach (maybe Yankee Trader?) or at best Western Pelican Beach- although you would have to probably get to Las Olas Blvd or Himmarshee Village for a really rocking nightlife. Unfortunately the only hotel in that area is the Riverside and if you read those reviews I think you'll reject it ( pretty stuffy) If you look at Yankee Trader you can enjoy Beach Place which has several bars- but since I'm way out of your age category, let's see what some younger, hipper posters think.

Indian Trail, North...
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2. Re: Fort Lauderdale Hotel Area Help!!!!

I would definitely stay in Ft Lauderdale Beach. Hollywood is nice too but a lot more families and a lot more laid back. Ft lauderdale you can relax during the day, if desired, and party at night. As long as you stay on the beach you can take a water taxi over to Las Olas where a lot of the action is. There are numerous bars/restaurants right on the beach too. Yankee Trader would be good, Yankee Clipper, Bahia Mar, are other ones. I would go to sunny.org and look there for a place, b/c there are a lot of hotels I can't remember. You want to be semi close to Beachplace and if you aren't sure of the location you can call the hotel and ask. You can also request a planner be sent to you. Have fun! I wish I was going back but I was just there 3 weeks ago!

Fort Lauderdale...
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3. Re: Fort Lauderdale Hotel Area Help!!!!

All the advice above is about right - you definitely want to be in Fort Lauderdale for proximity to decent nightlife and good restaurants. The surrounding areas do not compare.

As for hotels, again the suggestions above are on the ball - except I really liked the Riverside and its location, although it is not on the beach so you can probably discount it.

The beach area has a bunch of bars and restaurants, although the area is a little tacky. My girlfriend hates Beach Place, but some people seem to really like.

Las Olas Blvd runs from the beach into downtown, and tiwards the downtown area on Las Olas there are loads of bars, restaurants, galleries, boutique shops etc. Really nice area, which can be accessed by Water Taxi from the beach area.

A little further down the road is the Riverfront and Himmarshee Village, which is where most of the late night action takes place. Again bars and restaurants, but also a bunch of night clubs. This is probably where you want to head for a night out after a meal on Las Olas.

If you get bored of this area or want a variety, you can take a taxi to the Hard Rock casino and resort, whcih also has a bunch of of bars, restaurants, and clubs. This area is further away (about 20 mins in a taxi) but on the right night has a great vibe and seems to have stolen a large amount of Downtown Ft Lauds nightlife patrons.

ny
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4. Re: Fort Lauderdale Hotel Area Help!!!!

Sheraton Yankee Trader is a great hotel in Fort Lauderdale right across from the beach. Great friendly service as well as easy walking across bridge to beach. Walking distance to shops/restaurants.

Liverpool, England
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for St. Pete Beach
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5. Re: Fort Lauderdale Hotel Area Help!!!!

We have just spent 6 nights at the Best Western Oceanside which is right on the beach and walking distance to a number of bars and restaurants (But NOT to Las Olas Boulevard my feet are still sore from that one)

The room we had was great and the breakfast which is included will fill you up all day and there is a wide choice of items.

It is very clean and comfortable, taxis to Las Olas are cheap and plentiful and I recommend it.

Fort Lauderdale...
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6. Re: Fort Lauderdale Hotel Area Help!!!!

Glamourpuss, since you just had a nice stay at the Best Western can you clarify whether there are some renovations going on there that inconvenience guests in any way? There was a comment to that effect posted some months ago which has made some folks afraid to book there and if you can advise everyone about that if might be very helpful. The Oceanside is one of the few reasonably priced accomodations right on the sand and I'm sure some folks would be better inclined to select it if they were sure there was no work going on there that is annoying. I saw no evidence of it from driving by not long ago.

Boy, I'll bet your feet are sore if you walked all the way down Las Olas! Lots of visitors don't realize that the shops and restaurants of Las Olas are not on the end near the beach. Hopefully others will learn from your experience. What restaurants did you try there?

Liverpool, England
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7. Re: Fort Lauderdale Hotel Area Help!!!!

Lulu,

I saw the last review about the renovations and I have posted a review of my trip under Best Western Oceanside on Trip Advisor.

As you said the awning above the front door is still not fixed but on talking to people there is a shortage of workmen as there is so much work to be done since the hurricane.

Other than that there is no damage.

The hotel was very comfortable, there is construction work next door(see my review).

We did set out to walk to Las Olas - it looks a deceptively small distance on the map - in fact we got as far as the Cheesecake factory! We were exhausted!

The breakfast in the hotel is great, a buffet, so we ate there every day, dishes included excellent corned beef hash and make your own waffles.

We ate at the Floridian diner on Las Olas which I thought was good, nice choice and I understand it's open 24 hours, we found it to be a very friendly place.

We also ate outside one night in January at the Oasis on the seafront which I enjoyed, prices are reasonable.

We love Indian food and you don't see all that many Indian restaurants so we ate twice at the Nabab in Lauderdale-by -the -sea, it was always busy and we had a lovely meal both times, their garlic and coriander nan bread is fantastic.

We went to Thai on the Beach where I thought the service was very good, it had a nice atmosphere and good food.

We also went to the Siam House over the 17th?street causeway which was good too.

We went to Storks on Las Olas one afternoon and liked that too, we sat outside with nice coffees, the cakes are great, very civilised.

We also went on the boat trip and I saw a few houses I am thinking of buying (in my dreams!)

We had a day in Miami which is where we usually stay, nice trip to Lincoln Road and Bal Harbour, and went to Sawgrass Mills too. We have visited Southern Florida about 18 times now so it was lovely to stay somewhere different, we enjoyed Fort Lauderdale greatly and will stay there again.

Ithaca ny
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Stayed at Tropi-Roc resort in Ft Lauderdale beach in '04. It's a bit to the north, but still within walk of beach side restaurants and bars. A bit on the funky side, with a tennis court, shuffle board court, and interesting tiled pool. Not for the corportate hotel type, but very comfortable and well located.

Bloomington, IN
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9. Re: Fort Lauderdale Hotel Area Help!!!!

Thank you so much for all of your help everyone! It really helped me narrow down my hotel searches. I am so excited and I cannot wait! thanks