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“Great View!!” 4 of 5 stars
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Sonesta Fort Lauderdale
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   999 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 (Central Beach)   |  
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Ranked #37 of 135 Hotels in Fort Lauderdale
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Montvale, New Jersey
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great View!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

My daughter and I went for a quickie 3 night stay! We loved the feel of the hotel, South Beachy without the attitude. The rooms were clean and offer great ocean views (all rooms have a view)
The staff was very attentive. The lobby was cool with changing lights on the white walls. Neat
effect but still comfy! The happy hour in the Sushi restaurant was fairly priced....had a great server
named Lilly who was friendly but very professional! We did not rent a car and were able to walk
across the street to the beach, rent bikes right on the premises and even went to Las Olas for dinner in a golf cart type of vehicle for 3 bucks a person, which the front desk called for us.
We had lunch poolside and enjoyed it very much! We both would go back in a heartbeat!! And the beds were one of THE most comfortable I have ever slept in!!!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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eduardo f, General Manager at Sonesta Fort Lauderdale, responded to this review, March 18, 2013
Dear Denise D - I love your comments... South Beach without the attitude! Sounds like you fully enjoyed our Blissful bed. It makes it hard to get up in the AM!
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

I had never been to Fort Lauderdale before so I did not have any expectations. I love the location of this hotel, as I was not driving...right across the street from the beach. I also enjoyed the affable staff and free coffee in the morning. they have those golf cart thingys that take you around the area like a cab would (but cheaper). Very modern decor but views were very good so it complimented the ocean quite nicely.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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eduardo f, General Manager at Sonesta Fort Lauderdale, responded to this review, March 18, 2013
Dear sallee85, thank you for your comments and also for selecting our hotel for your first trip to FLL. I hope you will B Back to visit now that you have discovered us!
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Toronto Ontario Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

My husband and I stayed at this Hotel on a spring break this year. The room was very clean. It is right across the road from the beach (there are no hotels on the beach side of the road), so the view of the ocean is fabulous. The staff at the check in counter were both friendly and helpful. We ate at the Bistro for breakfast and enjoyed the food. This hotel is within walking distance of a good size mall (if you like to shop, it is worth a visit). The Mall also has two restaurants where we went to dinner. Both were very good. The first was "Seasons 52". Their lamb chops were particularly good. It also has live music, we really enjoyed that. The second was "Capital Grille". They specialize in Beef. My husband had a Steak, and was very pleased with the taste and quality. Their bread that they give you as a starter is sooooo... good. Calling ahead for a reservation for both restuarants is a good idea as both are very busy.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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eduardo f, General Manager at Sonesta Fort Lauderdale, responded to this review, March 18, 2013
Dear Colandy, thank you for sharing your comments. I am happy to hear that our staff was friendly and helpful. Service is what it's all about!
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Toronto
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Ok, so I'll admit that modern design is not really my thing, so the decor and atmosphere of this hotel didn't really thrill me...the lobby done in totally white plaster waves was actually a bit nauseating, truth be told. But what I find completely and utterly incomprehensible is why anyone would put a hotel right on the beach, and not install windows that open so that guests can truly appreciate the ocean they have paid to be near. What's worse is that the hotel advertises "Ocean View" rooms, but with the exception of two floors (9th and 10th I think), the windows in all the rooms are so high that if you are seated anywhere within your room...the only view you can appreciate is the sky! No lie, you actually have to stand up at the window to get the ocean view you've paid for. Yes, the staff is very friendly and try to be accommodating, but the prices are astronomically high...for everything. Breakfast prices were outrageous, although they do provide free self-serve coffee in the morning. And there is no parking option other than Valet, which they do not indicate on their website. If you have a car in Fort Lauderdale, you'd better be on a very big budget holiday or a generous expense account. Oh, and just one small note to smokers....the ENTIRE property is Smoke free....even outside on the pool deck. Not an issue for us, but also something they won't tell you on the website....be prepared to have your cigarettes standing up on the front driveway. Really bad first impression to have your guests standing outside smoking and looking uncomfortable. I definitely won't be back!

Room Tip: Want a true ocean view? Book a room on the 9th or 10th floor.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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eduardo f, General Manager at Sonesta Fort Lauderdale, responded to this review, March 18, 2013
Dear merrywench, thank you for sharing your comments. We do offer a smoke free environment and as such provide 2 exterior locations for guests to do so.
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Regina, Canada
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128 reviews 128 reviews
26 hotel reviews
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

We spent 3 fine days at this hotel and enjoyed much about it.
The location was wonderful, since it is right across the street from the long beautiful beach. Our room had a great view, since it fully faced the ocean! It was quiet, so we had no noise problems. The room was very clean (which is important to us) and well equiped (which is helpful). There was a good choice of restaurants nearby which allowed us to walk. The close proximity to not only the ocean and beach but to other amenities all contributed to our very pleasant stay.

Room Tip: All rooms have ocean view but ask for a room which has a full view! Enjoy the fine complimentary mo...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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eduardo f, General Manager at Sonesta Fort Lauderdale, responded to this review, March 18, 2013
Dear Carl C, thank you for your input and for staying with us!
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Lexington, Kentucky
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Visited the B Ocean on business. Stayed in the Captivating King Curve room which provided excellent work space along with stunning views. The hotel is nicely done and the bed was very comfortable. Highly recommend the breakfast.

Room Tip: all rooms have an ocean view so you can't go wrong, but the "curve" rooms are great fo...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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eduardo f, General Manager at Sonesta Fort Lauderdale, responded to this review, March 18, 2013
Dear jlc318, thank you for your input. Glad to see you enjoyed our hotel while on business in the area. I hope you took advantage of our Free B Wifi, which is available everywhere in the hotel.
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Clinton Township, Michigan
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

This was a great hotel! Our travel agent strongly suggested this hotel, and we're so glad we took her advice. Great location, great view, beautiful, updated rooms and decor, exceptional staff. Did I mention the service was excellent? we even arrived 4 hours before check in and our room was ready and waiting. We wished we could have stayed longer, but we had a cruise to get to! What a great start! The only thing that wasn't absolutely outstanding was the gym, very small, and for a longer stay, this might have been an issue for me.

Room Tip: Ask for a higher floor, the view is outstanding
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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eduardo f, General Manager at Sonesta Fort Lauderdale, responded to this review, March 18, 2013
Dear lovetocruise61, thank you for sharing your comments. I LOVE to hear that our service was excellent! Please thank your travel agent for recommending us.
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Address: 999 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
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Location: United States > Florida > Fort Lauderdale > Central Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Spa Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#10 Luxury Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#15 Business Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#23 Romantic Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#31 Family Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Sonesta Fort Lauderdale 4*
Number of rooms: 240
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just steps away from the ocean and the beautiful Fort Lauderdale beach, Sonesta Fort Lauderdale offers you a sensational experience among Fort Lauderdale hotels: oceanfront hotel accommodations, unique restaurants and lounging areas, indulgent spa suite and a variety of excursions for those guests looking to explore Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Our ballroom and meeting rooms on the penthouse floor overlook the Atlantic Ocean, presenting a special setting for business meetings and social gatherings held at this Fort Lauderdale Beach hotel. ... more   less 
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