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“Our second visit, and still plenty of charm and well-being” 4 of 5 stars
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Lago Mar Resort and Club
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   1700 South Ocean Lane, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 (Central Beach)   |  
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Ranked #11 of 133 Hotels in Fort Lauderdale
Norway
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25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Our second visit, and still plenty of charm and well-being”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

Family of 4 from from Norway.

This is our second visit to the Lago Mar. Last time in 2008. Unfortunately we booked late , so we got a suite with "only" a king bed, instead of 2 queen beds.

The hotel still has the charm, intimacy and comforts of which we remembered from the last visit. Lago Mar has a charming swiming pool with a lot of life and good atmosphere. In the evening there was live music by the pool, resulting in a Caribbean feeling. There was no problem getting sunbeds.

The hotel has a private beach where we enjoyed a large part of the 3 days we were there.

The less positive experience were: hamburgers we bought on the beach resturang tasted fairly good, and the sofa bed in the livingroom that was comfortable unfortunately was twofold.

Lago Mar is not a fancy modern hotel, but a hotel with good atmosphere, plenty of charm and very child friendly.

For those traveling as couples or with older children will mostly also enjoy this hotel, but it will also be other good alternaiver in the area.

We will most likely book this hotel next time we are in Fort Lauderdale.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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hinckley
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61 reviews 61 reviews
54 hotel reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

We visited this hotel a couple of week ago. We picked it as it had cooking facilites, a seperate bedroom as there were 4 of us and the beach access. It is a little difficult to find but the sat nav soon sorted us out. It is a little spread out but you soon get your bearings. The room was great. Loads of space, it is furnished in a traditional floridian style so I can see what other negative reviews mean if they like modern. However, I loved it as i really felt that I was in Florida. Beds and bedding were great, everything very clean, lovely view of pool and beach. Air con was adjustable which we really liked and it had a nice dining table. Room negatives would be that again only 3 towles for 4 people, but they soon rectified that. The kitchen area was very very basic and this was a full kitchen!!! There were no baking trays for the oven, only 1 big and 1 little saucepan, no kettle and to plug the toaster in you had to balance it over the sink or on the floor. I think in some ways it was to detract you from cooking in and therefore eating in their areas, i can kind of understand that though.... They have free wifi, (but we could only get this in our main bedroom) , free undercover car parking, free pool towels and chairs, not many umbrellas though and a fab laundry. We didnt eat or drink in the hotel so cant comment on that. Prices seemed no to bad but thats without their mandatory 18% on top. The beach however must be their biggest assett? it was quiet, well kept, free chairs with foot rests and lovely warm sea. We did go to the main Fort lauderdale beach one day and it was busy, loud and really not nice, we couldnt wait to get back. You do need a car to stay here so as we had one it was fine. There are a lot of children but I can see why as there are so many safe facilities for them. We would def return to Fort Lauderdale and to this hotel.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Irvine, United Kingdom
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15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

after having 4 nights in New York didnt quite know what to make of this place, however very quickly realised that the Hotel is excellent, located right on the beach with outstanding service from the hotel staff from cleaners to waiters and staff on the beach, we were well taken care of. Joey at the concierge station a big happy new yorker was very helpful. If you havent hired a car as we hadnt ,you may struggle to get about in the heat. The pools are clean and well maintained, There are plenty of places to eat in the hotel and all the food we had was of an excellent standard and reasonabley priced. Try the Keylime pie. Its a family hotel and there are people of all ages but the atmosphere is very relaxed. Plenty of things for guests to do. This is the Turtle breading season and when you hit the beach you will see a lot of taped off areas, these are Turtle nests, Loggerhead, Leatherback and Green Turtle come up the beach at night lay eggs and return to the sea, then about 50 days later they hatch. All are at risk and a group of volunteers monitor the beach at night to protect the hatchlings and nesting mothers. The volunteers encourage you to watch with them and if you are lucky enough they will allow you to help round up the hatchlings which go in the wrong direction(towards the lights of the hotels) and collect them for licensed volunteers to return to the see. We were luck enough to see 3 nesting females and help round up 14 hatchlings. An amazing experience that made our holiday. Slight down side and only slight re location of the hotel , whilst handy for airport this means you hear and see them a lot but to be honest they dont dusturb you at all. Get a cab from airport direct to hotel as there is no courtesy bus. its cheaper and faster than the bus. Rooms are well appointed , air con , coffee maker /water heater, tv iron, safe and hairdryer. A big plus is the free wifi access on a wifi network throughout the hotel area.everything is paid on your room access card and you can pay credit card or cash at end of your stay. tips are included in the bills but you are given the chance to add on more if you like when you sign them. its a great place to chill out. Try the night time Jungle Queen river cruise , Food was fantastic and pleanty of it, you get to see how the other half really live, well worth a trip and good value.

Room Tip: we didnt get a good view but there are plenty overlooking the pool and the beach , i would ask for a...
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012 via mobile

I went here with my family as well as a friend an I was AMAZING! The Lago Mar is complete paradise. I got the opportunity to stay there for the 4th of July and it was perfect. The staff is super friendly too! I frequently visited the lounge and bar area with my family and the service was great. Id like to mention one of the bartenders named Seth... He is such a fun person to talk to and he was very helpful with information about the Lago Mar area. Also the waitress at the outdoor restaurant named Kerri was very pleasant and outgoing! Aside from the wonderful staff at the Lago Mar, the rooms were b e a u t i f u l. With an old tropical theme, and a lot of space too! The beach is beautiful as well and the sand is whiter than snow! Lago Mar is nothing but pure paradise and I am looking forward to staying there again!

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 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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Fort Thomas, Kentucky, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

Lago mar is a very family friendly,relaxing, tropical paradise! They even went as far as bringing my daughters doll a high chair at dinner. We played at the pool, the beach, the soda shop, the shuffle boards and had a great family photo shoot with Mike. The concierge were very helpful in setting up reservations and used their personal connections to get us excellent service at near by restaurants. All of the staff was inviting and friendly from Eric the manager to the cleaning staff! Thanks everybody can't wait to see you again next year!!! The Radel's

Room Tip: Executive suite. It is the best view of the resort and beach, but any room here is a bonus!!!
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  • Stayed July 2012, 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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Merritt Island, Fl
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

Had the opportunity to stay here for the 4th of July. The room was spacious overlooking the lagoon pool, with a fridge and microwave. Dinner by the pool was tasty and not too expensive - but drinks were pricey. Fireworks on the beach were the best.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Newville, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

This was our first stay at Lago Mar and we will definitely return. The room was huge and very clean. The bed was comfortable and the staff was very helpful. The beach was breathtaking. It was an absolutely wonderful vacation. We had our pictures taken by Mike, he was very nice and the pictures turned out awesome. It is a great way to remember our 5th anniversary vacation. I can't wait to return.

  • Stayed July 2012, 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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Address: 1700 South Ocean Lane, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
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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 ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#2 Spa Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#4 Luxury Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#7 Romantic Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#9 Family Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#16 Business Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Lago Mar Resort and Club 4*
Number of rooms: 204
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Fort Lauderdale beachfront resort that is decidedly, and purposefully, different. Understated, not loud. Gracious, not pretentious. Deferential, not presumptuous. In short, a sophisticated retreat where you can appreciate the enduring traditions of genuine hospitality. With its spectacular 500 foot private beach and secluded location emcompassing 10 acres in the exclusive Harbor Beach neighborhood of Fort Lauderdale, Lago Mar Resort and Club invites you to discover one of the best vacation resorts to stay in the world. ... more   less 
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