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“More an apartment than hotel room!” 5 of 5 stars
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Residence Inn By Marriott Fort Lauderdale Intracostal
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   3333 NE 32nd Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 (Formerly Il Lugano Hotel)   |  
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“More an apartment than hotel room!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

Our room at the Il Lugano surpassed our expectations by a mile! We could have lived there comfortably for the summer. Lots of closet space and a nice kitchen. We were upgraded to a suite and put on the top floor with a view to the intercoastal. It seemed like the hotel was half empty for some reason but we have nothing negative to say.
It is a bit far away from the nice beaches in Ft. Lauderdale, but the beach within walking distance is fine for a quick dip or a short walk. Lauderdale by the Sea is just a short drive away. I'd say that the Il Lugano is the nicest hotel in this neighborhood and was a very good value.

Room Tip: Intercoastal view rooms are by far the nicest.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ilLuganoHotel, Executive Administrative Assistant at Residence Inn By Marriott Fort Lauderdale Intracostal, responded to this review, November 2, 2012
On behalf of il Lugano, thank you for your feedback. We all take great pride in our hotel and enjoy hearing compliments on our "hidden gem". We are glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to your next il Lugano vacation.

Maisa Palacios
Executive Administrative Assistant
il Lugano Hotel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

We were so furtunate to find this hotel. Our room on 10th floor had views to the ocean. Large balcony. Lots of seating in the bedroom area. We had a clothers washer,drier,dishwasher and fridge in the suite. All proved invaluable. Good toiletries and towels. Excellent pillows. An interesting touch was a weighing scales in the large bathroom.

All staff who we met whether in corridors or elevators greeted us. The car valet kindly advised that we could park just outside the hotel 'in the street' free from 6pm to 8am. That was very helpful unsolicited advice. To the rear of the hotel there is a swimming pool and seating area overlooking a waterway. Toiletries are available to buy from near the reception. The clear showing of prices of same might be helpful.

Overall a very impressive place to stay.

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  • Stayed October 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

Just got back from Ft. Lauderdale...we stayed at a beautiful hotel...The Il Lugano Hotel was everything we wanted it to be. The staff were great...when we arrived they upgraded us to the 10th floor overlooking the inter-coastal waterway. It was a stunning view and the room was perfect for a romantic getaway. The hotel was very quiet and we enjoyed our stay very much.

Room Tip: The 10th floor on the inter-coastal was the best...we had a great balcony that had a wonderful view...
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  • Stayed October 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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ilLuganoHotel, Executive Administrative Assistant at Residence Inn By Marriott Fort Lauderdale Intracostal, responded to this review, October 22, 2012
We appreciate your feedback and are honored to have hosted such a special getaway. On behalf of il Lugano, congratulations on your 20th Anniversary. We look forward to hosting many more anniversaries for you.

Maisa Palacios
Executive Administrative Assistant
il Lugano Hotel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

I am most pleased with my experience at Il Lugano and would return anytime. Except for a small amount a minor problems that really didn't bother me, this place was very close to perfection.

Il Lugano's best assets are its rooms. Mine was a standard room and yet, it was more like a suite. The size of my room itself was impressive, with high ceilings, abundant seating space, plenty of natural light and a large, furnished balcony with direct intracoastal view. Room equipment was stunning: full-size fridge, countertop stove, oven, microwave, sink with food disposer and even a washing machine and a dryer. High-speed Internet was free. Talk about value!

Everything in their rooms says comfort and understated luxury. My bed was plush and very comfortable. Two bathrobes were provided also. And the bathroom was also fairly large in size.

When selecting a room at Il Lugano, you should know that you either stay on ocean or intracoastal side. Ocean side doesn't mean ocean view, as I doubt you can actually see the ocean from that location. However, rooms on the intracoastal side do have a gorgeous view and it's definitely worth asking for an upgrade if you were assigned to an ocean side room.

My room was spotless when I got it and remained so throughout my stay. Housekeeping was efficient.

The hotel's location is truly excellent, very safe and quiet. In Fort Lauderdale, most people go to the beach strip that is adjacent to Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard between NE 18st and Riomar, without knowing that there's a better (in my opinion) beach access near Oakland Park Boulevard. In this area, parking is cheaper and the beach is separated from the road, which is more relaxing. This access is at walk distance from the hotel.

If you expect a fantastic pool area, Il Lugano may disappoint. The pool is not very large and faces a large concrete wall. However, the owners did a nice effort to make the pool area enjoyable, and the intracoastal view saves the day. However, I found that their cabanas were not so tidy and could have used more maintenance. Towels were not provided in the pool area during my stay although they were supposed to.

I never used the restaurant, but it looked quite attractive.

Overall, I found this property to be very relaxing, comfortable and convenient. It was definitely a nice change from all those generic hotel chains as well.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012 via mobile

The Il Lugano I think opened in 2008 and has gone through some turbulent times and over the years, has had some mixed reviews. About a year ago, the hotel was taken over by Sage Hospitality, and boy, do they know how to run Hotels, I'ts superb. We would not stay anywhere else.
Although not directly on the beach road, it is very near and if you cannot be bothered to walk for five minutes, then the front of house Guys will always run you there in the Cadillac Escalade (As Long as its not already being used)
The hotel is ultra modern and a great choice of rooms. We always try for room 711, has a lounge, kitchen area separate bedroom plenty of closets and a washer and dryer. They tell me it's about 850 sq feet with great views overlooking the Intra Coastal waterways. The pool area is mostly shaded but there are some very intimate Cabanas overlooking the waterways that catch the sun most of the day.
The main thing that makes this hotel for us, number one in Fort Lauderdale. Is certainly the people who work there and the first impression meeting you is the car, jockeys, David,Ryan,Logan,Luis and Marcos. These are the ones we know the
asbest and have helped us tremendously over the years. Marianne who is the Concierge, goes well and beyond the call of duty in every aspect of her job. On our last arrival, the jockeys were so busy, that she actually brought our suitcases up to the room herself. If I was still in business and not retired, she could work for me any day. Sheila in reservations is always very helpful and patient with me when I keep swapping my reservation dates. Mind you it is in her favour this time because we have just increased our next reservation by a further ten days.
We are coming from December 17th 2012 till February 7th 2013 THAT SHOULD TELL IT ALL.



Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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ilLuganoHotel, Executive Administrative Assistant at Residence Inn By Marriott Fort Lauderdale Intracostal, responded to this review, October 22, 2012
On behalf of il Lugano Staff and Management, thank you for your feedback and compliments. As a team we all take great pride and joy in providing memorable stays to all our guests. It seems we have thrived and met our goal to meet and exceeding your expectations. We hope to host many more vacations for you and your family.

Maisa Palacios
Executive Administrative Assistant
il Lugano Hotel
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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75 reviews 75 reviews
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Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

The hotel was fantastic ! The staff was great, and always there for anything we needed. The only drawback was the lack of beach access-it is a three block walk from the beach and it is a beach that is loaded with condos and homes -- not the -- ft lauderdale strip!, it is stop #1 on the water taxi and the beach front is #4, if you have a car this is the perfect place!!

Room Tip: Inter coastal view is far better than ocean! The tall condos are boring!!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Windsor, ON
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

Booked Il Lugano and wasn't sure what to expect. After two nights here I can say without a single hesitation that I would love to stay again! While some might find fault that Il Lugano is a bit (and I mean a bit, less than five minutes) off the main strip, I like to think of it as a hidden gem tucked safely away. From the moment we checked in we were well taken care of. If only every hotel had someone like Anna to greet you! We stayed in a beautiful one bedroom suite with an amazing view of the waterway. We were excited to go out and do things, but just as happy to come back to our lovely room every night. We even ordered room service to our balcony one day to enjoy the awesome view! If you are considering staying here, and like luxury, good service, and peace and quiet-- this is your only option! Beach and restaurants are a short ride away.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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ilLuganoHotel, Executive Administrative Assistant at Residence Inn By Marriott Fort Lauderdale Intracostal, responded to this review, October 22, 2012
Thank you for your wonderful feedback. We look forward to your next Fort Lauderdale vacation where once again you may enjoy all the amenities our "hidden gem" has to offer.

Maisa Palacios
Executive Administrative Assistant
il Lugano Hotel
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Address: 3333 NE 32nd Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 (Formerly Il Lugano Hotel)
Location: United States > Florida > Fort Lauderdale
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#2 Business Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#5 Romantic Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#13 Family Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Residence Inn By Marriott Fort Lauderdale Intracostal 4*
Number of rooms: 105
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A masterpiece of contemporary design rising 15 floors above the Intracoastal Waterway, il Lugano Hotel is Ft. Lauderdale’s most fashionable address. Experience the height of exclusivity at this spectacular Fort Lauderdale Beach hotel -- offering ultra-luxurious suite-hotel accommodations and lavishly appointed private residences. Stay only minutes from the city’s financial district, shops, beaches, restaurants, and nightlife. Enjoy stunning Atlantic Ocean and waterway views, world-class amenities, and availability to arrange private dockage for yachts up to 50 feet. Travel to nearby shopping and fine dining establishments in our luxury Cadillac Escalades* (based on availability, fee may apply). Blending the style of the world’s finest boutique hotels and a dedication to flawless personal service, we are redefining expectations for Fort Lauderdale hotel suite accommodations. ... more   less 
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