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“Good for vacation, not for business” 4 of 5 stars
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Riverside Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   620 E. Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301   |  
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Ranked #26 of 134 Hotels in Fort Lauderdale
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Schaumburg, Illinois
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Good for vacation, not for business”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

We stayed at the Riverside for a work conference that was being held at that location. The staff, location, and food were outstanding. Being right on Las Olas was wonderful, the staff were friendly with service that was excellent, and we had a fantastic amount of food provided for over 100 people. Also, they had a pretty cool touch screen in the lobby that gave directions for things to do in the area. However, the one down side - which, for a conference facility is crucial - was their internet service. It was only strong in the lobby and very sketchy in the rooms. If you are housed there for work, you expect to be able to connect online easily. If it wasn't for this part, I would give it an outstanding review. So if you are coming for vacation - stay. If you are looking for a place for a conference or do work out of, I'd currently look elsewhere.

Room Tip: I'd ask for a tower room as I think the views would be great.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Heiko D, General Manager at Riverside Hotel, responded to this review, May 3, 2013
Good Day,
I really appreciate you are taking the time in writing a TripAdvisor about your most recent stay at the Riverside Hotel. It was very pleasing for me to see, that you had a great experience. In particular I enjoyed your highlight of the outstanding service by my team and that you enjoyed the food.

I hope to see you in the near future to returning to our lovely property.

Thank you,

Heiko

Heiko Dobrikow
General Manager – Riverside Hotel
Executive Vice President – The Las Olas Company
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Clarkston, MI
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

We booked this room through Hotwire and obtained a good rate. We asked for an upgrade to a tower room. The desk clerk said none would be available until later in the afternoon so we said we would take the room in the older section. Well we walked in and turned around and walked out - decided we would wait the couple of hours for a tower room. The old room smelled musty. The air conditioner was a unit under the window. The view was of a flat roof full of equipment. The tower room had a balcony with a view of the inter coastal. It was large and basic. The bed was comfortable, the bedding non descript. The bathroom was adequate. It was clean and well serviced. The room cooled quickly and was very comfortable. The pool, which is located across the street, is on the inter-coastal. It is small and old but well maintained. There are about 35 lounge chairs and a nice shaded area with tables and chairs. A bar was set up a few of the days that we were there. Other days you had to use a house phone to order food and drink - and someone delivered it from the main building. My only complaint about the pool was the size of the towels - regular bath size. The hotel has a happy hour every day from 5 - 7 which was a very good deal. Bar service was hit or miss. There is a lovely quiet outdoor space to enjoy a drink. The hotel is pet friendly ( not my thing) and I was dismayed to see a bar patron use a stool for her dogs. A comment about this to the bartender was just shrugged off. This hotel is all about location, location, location. Steps away from restaurants, bars, music and shops. A great place to stay for a getaway.

Room Tip: Stay in the tower. Ask for a balcony room.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Heiko D, General Manager at Riverside Hotel, responded to this review, May 3, 2013
Good Day,
I really appreciate you are taking the time in writing a TripAdvisor about your most recent stay at the Riverside Hotel. It was very pleasing for me to see, that you had a great experience. In particular I enjoyed your highlight of staying in the tower and spending time at our pool, located right along the New River.

I hope to see you in the near future to returning to our lovely property.

Thank you,

Heiko

Heiko Dobrikow
General Manager – Riverside Hotel
Executive Vice President – The Las Olas Company
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Cleveland, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

My husband and I stayed at the Riverside during our recent visit to Ft. Lauderdale. Loved the view from our Tower Room, loved the balcony too!. Location was perfect for getting out and about to "all things Las Olas". Pool is relaxing and never crowded, Bar is great for late night cocktails and live music. Parking staff gets an A for Awesome!

Room Tip: Tower Room makes ALL the difference!
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Heiko D, General Manager at Riverside Hotel, responded to this review, May 3, 2013
Good Day,
I really appreciate you are taking the time in writing a TripAdvisor about your most recent stay at the Riverside Hotel. It was very pleasing for me to see, that you had a great experience. In particular I enjoyed your highlight of the perfect getaway for your husband and you. You are correct that the tower units are lovely and our bar is a locals hotspot.

I hope to see you in the near future to returning to our lovely property.

Thank you,

Heiko

Heiko Dobrikow
General Manager – Riverside Hotel
Executive Vice President – The Las Olas Company
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

As a wedding photographer, I have taken many photographs and made many visits to the RIverside Hotel. It is just beautiful ... right on the water and is close to EVERYTHING Fort Lauderdale has to offer. I have never stayed overnight here, but I can tell you that the staff, food, environment and charm of this beautiful property will take your breath away. Located right off Las Olas Blvd to the north and the New River to the south ... this hotel is close to everything. Don't wanna take a "car" taxi to the city? Jump on a water taxi instead. Simply one of the best hotels not only in Fort Lauderdale, but in nation too! You'll love it!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Heiko D, General Manager at Riverside Hotel, responded to this review, May 3, 2013
Good Day,
I really appreciate you are taking the time in writing a TripAdvisor about your most recent stay at the Riverside Hotel. It was very pleasing for me to see, that you had a great experience. In particular I enjoyed your highlight of our romantic hotel. Our location is the best in Fort Lauderdale, as you have your playground right in front of our door step.

I hope to see you in the near future to returning to our lovely property.

Thank you,

Heiko

Heiko Dobrikow
General Manager – Riverside Hotel
Executive Vice President – The Las Olas Company
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Friendswood, Texas
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43 reviews 43 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

This is an old hotel, so Google it and read up on it. I requested a room in the tower, so it is a newer section, built after 2000. The room was spacious, king bed, huge bathroom, and balcony with table and 2 chairs. I had a view of the Atlantic off in the distance, and could also view the Inter-coastal and some cruise ships in the terminal. The furnishings seem a bit older, but they fit with the theme of the rest of the hotel and I was comfortable.

The hotel is the only one located on Famous Las Olas Boulevard, and there is plenty of shopping, arts, and food all in walking distance.

I did not go to the bar or restaurant on site. There is not a spa on site.

I would stay here again if visiting the area.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Heiko D, General Manager at Riverside Hotel, responded to this review, May 3, 2013
Good Day,
I really appreciate you are taking the time in writing a TripAdvisor about your most recent stay at the Riverside Hotel. It was very pleasing for me to see, that you had a great experience. In particular I enjoyed your highlight of the tower unit and the famous Las Olas Boulevard.

I hope to see you in the near future to returning to our lovely property.

Thank you,

Heiko

Heiko Dobrikow
General Manager – Riverside Hotel
Executive Vice President – The Las Olas Company
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florida
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

If you stay here avoid the old section of the hotel. It is very old,dirty and very small rooms. I stay here frequently on business and asked for an upgrade but were told none were available. Too bad it is in a great location downtown.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Wilton Manors, Florida
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39 reviews 39 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

The original part of the Riverside Hotel in Fort Lauderdale is truly a landmark. It's an historic building with many quaint touches and makes a great location for weddings as well. It's perfectly situated on the Las Olas Boulevard, a mecca for restaurants and high-end shopping in downtown Fort Lauderdale. It also backs up to the New River, where you can catch a water taxi to take you on a sight-seeing tour or to dinner at a restaurant of your choosing up the river. There is a fairly newly added tower of rooms adjacent that I have not experienced.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 620 E. Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
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Location: United States > Florida > Fort Lauderdale
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#16 Romantic Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#17 Family Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#19 Business Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Riverside Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 217
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