A potential snow storm made my husband and I to make a decision to arrive early in Fort Lauderdale so we wouldn't miss our cruise. I usually research a lot before we vacation anywhere, so this was a challenge. I picked The Riverside Hotel because it was close to the airport and Port Everglades. I wasn't so much interested in the beach, since we would be visiting many beaches on our cruise. When I called to inquire about availabiltiy, I received a very pleasant person and felt this was a very welcoming hotel. Also, I inquired about taxi service, water taxi service, airport shuttles and such pertinent information that we needed. I knew about the area a little bit (we had stayed in Fort Lauderdale about 10 years ago, when our children were younger), however, we never stayed on Las Olas Blvd. and was curious.) When we arrived, I was pleasantly surprised! The lobby was elegant and the staff was so accomodating. We knew that we had a very early flight and our room could not be possibly ready, so we went to lunch and before we were even finished, we received a call saying our room was ready. The room itself was perfect for us. It was on the 12th floor and had a great view of the waterway. It also was immaculate. We decided to use the water taxi to explore the area. It was only 2 blocks away and very convienient. We strolled the boulevard and had dinner at our hotel, which was much better than most hotel dining that we experienced. We also were entranced with the singer that serenaded us during dinner. He was an older gentleman who had a fabulous voice that could sing anything from Motown to Frank Sinatra to Louis Armstrong. We also went to the store in the hotel and met the most pleasant employee there. She couldn't have been nicer and sincerely loved her job and her employers! Such a refreshing change! She said the staff felt like family with the owners. This was very evident! It was such a pleasure to speak to someone with such a positive attitude. In the morning we had a shuttle from the airport to the pier and it was so efficient. If this hotel keeps their standards up, I would certainly recommend it. It was an unexpected gem for us.
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- Also Known As:
- Riverside Fort Lauderdale