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620 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301-2287
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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#16 of 138 hotels in Fort Lauderdale
Location
4.8
Cleanliness
4.3
Service
4.4
Value
4.0
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Relax in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale at the historic Riverside Hotel. This unique property is minutes from the beaches, airport and cruise port and has multiple dining options, flexible meeting space and Old Florida charm.
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Property amenities
Valet parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Taxi service
Business Center with Internet Access
Paid private parking on-site
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Poolside bar
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Convenience store
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
ATM on site
Doorperson
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Room service
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Hair dryer
Safe
Iron
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Room types
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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Classic
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, Portuguese
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Kath O wrote a review Sep 2022
Ridgewood, New Jersey38 contributions14 helpful votes
I had spent a stressful two weeks caring for my sister after a kidney transplant and waited until sister #2 arrived to take over. I decided to stay in Fort Lauderdale until I knew she would be comfortable enough to be there without me. I’ve always been interested in Riverside Hotel (for 40 years) so I booked a room for two nights. My room was on the second floor, double bed, small bathroom. After falling asleep late I was awakened by garbage trucks outside of window which overlooked a courtyard at 6am or so. Later that morning I mentioned to Lori at the front desk that I was interested in the tower rooms for future stays. She herself took me up to the 10th floor and showed me a room which was bigger and quiet! She then upgraded my second nights stay to that tower room and I loved it! I can’t say enough about Lori and her compassion and helpfulness. Alfredo the valet was incredible too helping me with luggage. I can’t wait to go back to The Riverside Hotel for a longer stay!
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled solo
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Responded 1 week ago
Hi KathyO23, Thank you very much for the awesome 5 star review on our hotel and staff! Lori is truly a gem on our team and her ability to show true hospitality is beyond words. We are are glad to hear that Alfredo was amazing and that you will be back soon for a longer stay! Thank you, Angelica Franceschi, Guest Services Manager
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Kpkate wrote a review Aug 2022
2 contributions3 helpful votes
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I have spent many winters in beautiful Ft Lauderdale and always enjoyed dining at the Riverside Hotel’s wonderful restaurants. This was the first time though that I actually stayed at the property and found my expectations were not only met, but exceeded! The accommodations were, as expected, well decorated, up-to-date and comfortable. The staff experiences however were more than I could ever have expected. All the way from the housekeepers to the management, everyone was courteous, friendly and helpful. But there were two of the front desk staff who, in my estimation, absolutely shined and deserve mentioning by name. David and Kavoen treated me, not only as a guest, but as a friend. They both went above and beyond on more than one occasion to come to my aid. Traveling and staying alone is something that is new to me and I can find myself needing some assistance or guidance every now and then. Such as needing a wine screw pull! These two gentlemen were always willing to help and that was something I appreciated. I will most certainly return to the Riverside Hotel the next time that I am in the Lauderdale area. And I hope that I will have the pleasure of greeting these two gentlemen once again on my return.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled solo
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Responded Aug 9, 2022
Hi Kpkate, Thank you very much for the awesome star review on our hotel and staff! Kavoen and David are two very extraordinary team mates, and we know they will appreciate the kind words spoken of them. Thank you for celebrating them in this way! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your accommodations and everything that we have to offer. We cannot wait to welcome you back again very soon! Thank you, Angelica Franceschi, Guest Services Manager
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janetw10 wrote a review Sep 2022
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We were only there for one night but loved our stay at the Riverside Hotel. We arrived a day before our cruise and stayed the night at this hotel. There is a newer section and then the original building which was built in 1936. We opted for the old, just for the iconic experience. We were not disappointed. Five stars for cleanliness as well as personnel and location. The river taxi stops right at the back of the hotel. Their Boathouse restaurant has beautiful views within feet of the river. The only drawback is the small bathroom, but that's to be expected in an older room. I'm not sure what the rooms are like in the newer section.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Hi janetw10, Thank you for the kind words on our hotel and outlets. We are glad to hear you enjoyed our history and iconic spot on the boulevard. We cannot wait to welcome you back for another sunny day in Florida! Thank you, Angelica Franceschi, Guest Services Manager
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ckaug wrote a review Sep 2022
Port of Spain, Trinidad53 contributions55 helpful votes
This was our first visit to Las Olas and we were very happy we chose to stay at the historic Riverside Hotel. We were on the 12th floor in the executive tower with a fabulous view of both the water canal and the skyline at night. Our room was huge and spacious with a mini fridge. The 12th floor has an ice machine and a microwave for guests to use. The staff at the front desk are all helpful and friendly. You don’t even need to rent a car if you are staying here as Riverside Hotel is central to everything on Las Olas Blvd. You are within walking distance to every available international cuisine, you can take the water taxi or you can take the free golf carts up and down the Blvd. Located in the hotel is The Golden Lyon pub and the Wild Sea Las Olas which have great service, food and great happy hour specials on food and drinks. Thanks to William in the pub for making us feel like family. The only negative part of the trip was being outrageously ripped off by a boutique across the road called Ibiza so please be aware of them. Yet that will not stop us from returning to Riverside Hotel again someday soon. Tip: try staying during the weekdays when the cruise ship crowds have gone as it’s much easier to get a nice table at a restaurant and much cheaper in most of the restaurants and better room rates/packages offered at the hotel. We stayed for seven days and it was perfect.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Avoid weekends when it’s crowded with cruise ship travelers We discovered on day 6 the 12th...
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Responded 1 week ago
Hi ckaug, Thank you very much for the awesome 5 star review on our hotel and staff! We are glad to hear you enjoyed our hospitality and the Golden Lyon Pub. William is such a gem in our hotel and we appreciate him! We do have a lot of great happy hours at our hotel and we cannot wait to welcome you back for another sunny day in Florida. Thank you, Angelica Franceschi, Guest Services Manager
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Carrie F wrote a review Sep 2022
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I have been coming to this hotel for many years. Recently, I came to spend the night from Miami Beach...Kavoen at the front desk was phenomenal!! I had such a great experience that I decided to come back again this week. I was so happy to see that Kavoen was working again!! I travel often and his customer service is Excellent!!!!
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled solo
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Responded 1 week ago
Hi 92carrief, Thank you for the awesome 5 star review on our hotel and staff! Kavoen is our MVP at the front desk and we appreciate him so much. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your time with us again and we cannot wait to welcome you back again for another sunny day in Florida! Thank you, Angelica Franceschi, Guest Services Manager
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Keep er lit wrote a review Sep 2022
Belfast, United Kingdom17 contributions37 helpful votes
Just completely out of this world I’m in hospitality all my life. There was nothing I could fault. I mean it From Elizabeth on front desk. OMG this lady is just out of this world. So we gets a riverside suite. I’m speechless. Then go across to the Pool and TRY TRY TO FINISH YOUR MEAL with any waiters. But truly PAIGE was simply just outstanding. She taught me a few things
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Happy Hour 4/6:3o everything 50% off like A bud is $2:75. Freezing. Beautiful
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Responded 1 week ago
Hi Keeperlit678, Thank you very much for the awesome 5 star review on our hotel and staff! We are so glad our true hospitality stood out to you, it means the world to us. Elizabeth is truly a rockstar on our team and we are thankful to have her with us. We cannot wait to welcome you all back for another sunny day in Florida. Thank you, Angelica Franceschi, Guest Services Manager
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Jamie L wrote a review Sep 2022
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The Riverside Hotel was wonderful! It’s a beautiful historic hotel in a fantastic location. Our room had a spectacular view of the canal. The room was spacious and very clean. The staff was very friendly and the bellman even remembered our names. We highly recommend trying the breakfast or brunch at the restaurant near the lobby. It has outdoor seating right on the Las Olas and the food was not only excellent, but very well priced. Also, try the Boathouse for dinner which is right across the street. Great food and seating right on the canal. We will be staying at this hotel again!
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded 1 week ago
Hi Chrisjam2010, Thank you very much for the awesome 5 star review on our hotel and staff! We are glad to hear our staff was friendly and our restaurant Boathouse was amazing! We cannot wait to welcome you all back very soon for another beautiful day under the Florida sun! Thank you, Angelica Franceschi, Guest Services Manager
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Mary L wrote a review Sep 2022
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A special thanks to Acheline for correcting an issue I had with my reservation. Very professional and capable, she had a great suggestion to resolve my issue. We will be staying Sept15-19. Not only will we be staying at the hotel I will be dining there. I will review those after my stay but I am looking forward to visiting your beautiful hotel.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled on business
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Responded 1 week ago
Hi Mary L, Thank you very much for the awesome 5 star review on our hotel and staff! Acheline is truly a gem and works diligently to resolve reservation issues with such ease. We are glad to hear that you will be returning to stay with us again and enjoy another day under the Florida sun! Thank you, Angelica Franceschi, Guest Services Manager
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Barton S wrote a review Aug 2022
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Have stayed at hotel many times in the past, and just stayed last weekend. The Staff is always friendly and helpful, especially Angelica, and the rooms are always spotless. It is a great facility, and in a fantastic location. Will be staying there this fall at all home Dolphin games. I highly recommend this hotel.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Hi 511bartons, Thank you very much for the awesome 5 star review on our hotel and staff! LETS GO DOLPHINS! We cannot wait to welcome you all back very soon for the next game! Thank you, Angelica Franceschi, Guest Services Manager
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Linda A wrote a review Aug 2022
Pittsburgh, United States15 contributions4 helpful votes
We always choose the Riverside when visiting Ft Lauderdale. Great location, room is always clean as is the rest of the hotel. A very relaxing atmosphere. Service is great. Lori was so helpful at the front desk, above and beyond what is required. Love the Boathouse pool and restaurant.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Room Tip: We like to a view of the New River on the 12th floor
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Hi Linda A, Thank you very much for the awesome 5 star review on our hotel and Lori! Lori is such a gem on our hotel and we appreciate her more than words can express. We cannot wait to welcome you back for another sunny day by our pool and the boulevard, thank you! Thank you, Angelica Franceschi, Guest Services Manager
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$163 - $270 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United StatesFloridaBroward CountyFort Lauderdale
NUMBER OF ROOMS
231
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Frequently Asked Questions about Riverside Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Riverside Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Stranahan House (0.08 miles), Las Olas Boulevard (0.1 miles), and Water Taxi (0.08 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Riverside Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Riverside Hotel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Riverside Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Riverside Hotel?
Yes, a parking garage, paid private parking on-site, and paid private parking nearby are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Riverside Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Golden Lyon Vintage Pub, Wild Sea Las Olas, and Boathouse at the Riverside.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Riverside Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness center during their stay.
Is Riverside Hotel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.6 miles away from the center of Fort Lauderdale.
Are any cleaning services offered at Riverside Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Riverside Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Riverside Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.