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“Good hotel pool for swimming a workout” 4 of 5 stars
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The Westin Fort Lauderdale
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   400 Corporate Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334   |  
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Ranked #67 of 135 Hotels in Fort Lauderdale
Kansas City, Kansas, United States
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“Good hotel pool for swimming a workout”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

I recently stayed at this Westin for business and enjoyed my stay. The rooms were updated and the breakfast buffett in the morning makes egg white omelettes which makes my day. I like to work out while on the road and this location has a couple nice features. 1) For those of you that swim workouts at pools regularly and don't want to have to search out something close by, the Westin's pool is longer than most hotel pools. I would say close to 23-25 meters and is 5 feet deep so you can swim a workout (including flip turns). It is heated so even in cooler weather the water is warm enough. The workout room is more cardio focused with not much weights...if you're into lifting...you won't be satisfied. But if you're just running on a treadmill and doing some dumbbells you'll be fine. And lastly, they have a program where you can rent New Balance shoes and workout clothes at a price and use them while you are at the hotel saving space on what you need to pack in your bag. I didn't use this feature but think that it's genius. I will try it next time. I will stay here again mostly for the convenience of being able to swim a workout in the pool.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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Doug H, General Manager at The Westin Fort Lauderdale, responded to this review, January 28, 2013
Dear Goalrobber
Thank you very much for visiting with us and sharing this great feedback. We are very happy to see how much you enjoyed our facilities, especially our swimming pool. On your next visit to South Florida, we will be sure to have your New Balance gear ready for your workout; I agree it's a great program.

Thank you again and look forward to seeing you soon.
Doug Hope
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

Property was fine...a decent value for the money. Relative to other Westins, it was certainly sub par. But, the rate was very competitive. The property is in DIRE need of some refurbishment. But, if that refurbishment leads to higher rates, is that a good thing?

The bed was amazing. As a Platinum member, I received a nice upgrade. There is an SPG elite line at the check-in desk but I never saw anyone manning the station. So, when I checked in I waited on the regular line. The property shouldn't have the line if no one is going to be at that station.

All food at the property was 50% off for Platinum members so I had the Sunday brunch and it was only $10 roughly. The restaurant was only about half full but it looked as if there was only one waitress and one bus person. So, even with a modest number of customers, the waitress was overwhelmed. My table was near the entrance and I saw a few customers leave talking about the bad service. The cook that was in charge of omelette making disappeared for quite some time causing a line to form. We were told he would return soon but he was gone for a while. The food itself was fine...the service was pretty bad, though.

The gym was laughable. The entire free weights were one rack of dumbbells up to 50 pounds with exactly one bench. So, if two people wanted to do flat bench dumbbell presses, that would be impossible since there was only one bench. There were five treadmills. Really sad/pathetic gym.

The pool area looked nice but it was cloudy the day I visited so I can't comment on the pool temperature, etc.

Again, for the price paid, I was pleased. But, clearly the hotel could use some love.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Doug H, General Manager at The Westin Fort Lauderdale, responded to this review, January 28, 2013
Dear brxbmrzfan
Many thanks for visiting with us and posting this feedback on our Westin Fort Lauderdale. We sincerely appreciate all of the feedback that we can get and use it in our ongoing efforts to be the best that we can be. I am happy to report that we will soon be doing a complete upgrade to our Westin Workout facility that we are anxious to share with all of our guests.

Thank you again,
Doug Hope
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

Excellence customer service. We are platinum guest and we travel alot however - Mark Watkins and his staff on 1/19/2013 were excellent and went over and beyond. We were celebrating an anniversary that night we had two special request and the staff went over and beyond to provide services. They exceeded our expectations and we really appreciate the service that we received it made our trip more than memorable. Great job Mark Watkins your leadership shows.
Td & Marv-

  • Stayed January 2013, 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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Doug H, General Manager at The Westin Fort Lauderdale, responded to this review, January 27, 2013
Happy Anniversary Mara0029!
We very happy that you visited with us and were able to meet Mark Watkins and his team. We are very proud of the job that Mark does and are delighted that he was able to make your anniversary even more special.
Thank you very much for sharing your experience at our Westin Fort Lauderdale.

all the best.
Doug Hope
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

We had a flight arriving late into Fort Lauderdale, so decided to go with this hotel as it was really cheap as far as Westin's go, and we figured we just needed a clean comfortable room for the night. This hotel served its purpose. Westin's are always a comfortable night sleep for us. It's definitely geared more towards business travellers, it's pretty much on its own, not near any vacation sights. But, as we were there less than 12 hours, we were satisfied with our booking.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Doug H, General Manager at The Westin Fort Lauderdale, responded to this review, January 28, 2013
Dear SunloverEast
We sincerely appreciate that you selected our hotel to visit and were kind enough to post these comments. We hope to see you again soon should your travels return you to the South Florida area.

Thank you very much,
Doug Hope
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013 via mobile

Friendly service, convenient location, not too large which is nice for a quick weekend stay. Pool area needs updating badly and exterior grounds leave a lot to be desired. Room quality was good and clean, but overall disappointing by Starwood standards

Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Doug H, General Manager at The Westin Fort Lauderdale, responded to this review, January 27, 2013
Dear David L.
Thank you very much for the feedback from your recent visit to our Westin Fort Lauderdale. We are appreciative of your comments and sincerely hope that when your travel plans return you to the South Florida area that you will again select our hotel to stay.

Thank you again and we wish you safe travels.

Doug Hope
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131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

First praise of this property is they got rid of the hotel parking charge of 14 dollars which is so popular for hotels in this area. High marks for this, not a fan of hidden charges in making reservations. The check in check out was smooth and personable and the rooms are good quality. The beds are awesome, what you would expect from westin. The hotel is far from everything, not a family holiday hotel but easy access to I-95. Pool is also a big plus, very nice area to relax. Downside is the room service, including the late night menu with poor choices and not much taste. I got a great deal here and look forward to returning.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Doug H, General Manager at The Westin Fort Lauderdale, responded to this review, January 27, 2013
Dear Cursive9
We sincerely appreciate the very positive review of our Westin Fort Lauderdale and are very glad to see that you will be visiting us again soon. Thank you very much for the all of the great feedback and we look forward to welcoming you back very soon.

all the best.
Doug Hope
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Wilmington, Delaware USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

We stayed at the Fort Lauderdale Westin Hotel December 19th and 20th prior to a cruise ship vacation. We came to Fort Lauderdale a couple days early so we could tour the area and beat some of the pre-holiday travelers. We were greated by the hotel staff as we entered and had a room on the seventh floor overlooking Cypress Greek Rd and entrance to I-95. The room was clean, nicely appointed, and close to the elevators. The room was quiet at night and we slept well. We enjoyed the hotel bar and restaurant. The restaurant did not have a large offering but what they did offer was good. The breakfast buffet was good too. I would stay here again and recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Doug H, General Manager at The Westin Fort Lauderdale, responded to this review, January 27, 2013
Dear Earlannes
Thank you very much for visiting with us and posting this very positive review of your stay at our Westin Fort Lauderdale. We sincerely appreciate the great feedback and in particular, your recommendation for future travelers.
We trust that you had a wonderful cruise.

all the best.
Doug Hope
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Address: 400 Corporate Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334
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Location: United States > Florida > Fort Lauderdale
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Top resorts Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#15 Luxury Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Westin Fort Lauderdale 4*
Number of rooms: 298
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