I'm confused about the reviews about tired rooms. Perhaps I had a renovated room? I was very happy with my room and my stay. I enjoyed the waterway behind the hotel for book reading and loved that the pool was there as well. Very nice seating available to enjoy the water.
My room has a city view which is sometimes a bummer when traveling but this city view was very nice, and the balcony made it more enjoyable.
The only downfall for me was valet and that I didn't get free breakfast (used to Hilton props that have it), but the room had a stove and refrigerator which was really cool. Publix grocery store is just across the street, so if you are like me and hate valet parking you can avoid having to get your car fetched over and over. There is also a mall within walking distance which I really enjoyed - Godiva, Williams-Sonoma, and several casual and finer restaurants some with outdoor seating...what more could you ask for within walking distance?
This is one of two Ft Lauderdale locations where I feel safe walking around outside day and night. Great location.