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“The old section is FILTHY!”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Riverside Hotel

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Riverside Hotel
Ranked #15 of 128 Hotels in Fort Lauderdale
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Florida
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59 reviews
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“The old section is FILTHY!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2013

Do not stay in the old section! My room was disgusting! Stained sheets, comforter and bed skirt, what looked like bloody boogers on the wall, half an inch of dust on the bathroom door, rust stains in the tub. The outside dining area staff was awful. There were three people working it at 4pm and maybe four people sitting outside and not one person came up to me to refill my wine glass after it was empty for at least 30 minutes. They all came out to check but never approached me. I had to flag someone down. I won't stay again.

Room Tip: Try the tower if you HAVE to stay at this hotel.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Northbrook, IL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

I found this Hotel by mistake. The Hotel is hard to find. It is located behind everything. There are a lot of regulars who have been going to this hotel for years. The staff is over and above helpful and nice. The Hotel is in a great location with outstanding restaurants and shopping right outside the lobby door. As I was there, they were putting on a new coat of paint to the outside of the hotel, which was looking good (I am a contractor). My room was located in the original part of the Hotel that has a really small elevator. They have a newer tower that is supposed to be really nice. I didn't really care because I was happy with the room I had. FYI- The hotel was taken advantage of by the painting contractor. He painted the closet doors and bathroom doors with a Flat paint. They should have painted them with a Semi-gloss. The doors will get dirty quickly when touched by people. The downside to the hotel, they charge for self-park and valet. I will definitely visit this hotel again.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Fort Lauderdale
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

I attended an 80th Birthday party this past weekend at the Riverside hotel. The food was amazing, nice carving stations, no rubber chicken here! Creative deserts, a nice ballroom with a magnificent view from the terrace! Super friendly staff made for a great party, highly recommend the hotel for accommodation or an event.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Key West, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2013

I loved this little hotel in the heart of Las Olas and I have to say I loved everything about it but I have to thank Terry she was working when I called to inquire the day before my trip and she checked us in and was so helpful and kind what a great lady. We will be coming back to this place you can't go wrong here

Room Tip: the new building has rooms with balconies and a view
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Long Island, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2013

We stayed 2 nights over a weekend at the Riverside. It's a great central location on Las Olas Blvd near many shops and restaurants. Upon our arrival we were greeted by a very friendly hotel staff that went out of their way to be helpful. Having a choice between parking our rental in a multi level enclosed garage across the street ($17 / night) or hotel valet parking ($23 / night) we chose the valet which was great. The valet staff were friendly and fast at helping us upon arrival, departure, and anytime in between. Because we had heavy rains on Saturday it was great using the awning on departure/arrival to avoid getting soaked.

Front desk staff were so friendly and helpful, all staff was very professional. Chamber maids greeted you with good morning, good afternoon, etc. The hotel restaurant and bar staff... awesome.

The hotel has an old and new section. Unfortunately, I didn't get to see the new section. We stayed in room 326 which faced Las Olas Blvd, but not "on" the blvd. While the rooms are a little smaller than I'm used to in newer hotels there certainly was plenty of room and the needed amenities. Rooms were very clean and fresh smelling. Bed was very comfortable, pillows as well. Plenty of drawer space for clothes, TV, mini bar, safe box, good size closet, iron and board, blow dryer was missing but quickly taken care of by chamber maid. Bathrooms very clean. The shower was a little strange in that the shower head was chest level on a removable hose (maybe because old building, plumbing easier to add shower head with hose instead of adding pipe??) In any event, being 6'2" i wasn't thrilled at first but it actually worked out fine. Only thing I would suggest to the hotel is to add some hooks on the door or wall of the bathroom because there are no countertops to put clean clothes or a robe on. Hooks would help. Also, air condition worked extremely well and was pretty quiet. We didn't get to use the pool but it was nice. It's in a gated area across the street in the back of the hotel right on the river.

We had breakfast in the airconditioned portion of the restaurant one day and outside on the street the other. I like outside better, but inside is nice too. More activity going on outside and the ceiling fans give you air circulation and a nice tropical atmosphere. Southwestern Wrap was great (eggs, chorizo, avocado, tomato wrapped in a tortilla) Yum! The roasted potatoes are awesome, too. Wait staff were very nice and attentive. Riverside bar is fun for a nightcap. Sit outside and watch the nightlife on the blvd.

Timpano's is an excellent restaurant within walking distance (North) on Las Olas Blvd. Friday nights feature Danny Brown (and I think Mon and Weds), an awesome jazz singer that got everyone up dancing. The Grilled mussels and meatball appetizers are a must have! There is a great Italian bakery across the street with gelato.

Try Riverside Hotel... we will again!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2013

I was pleasantly surprised by this hotel. I have lived in the Las Olas area for months and decided to stay at the Riverside Hotel. It was worth the experience. The service is great and the location is even greater for those who want to walk to restaurants and bars.

During our next stay, I will be sure to stay in the towers and to get a room with a view.

Room Tip: Stay in the newer side (towers with a view).
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2013

This is a lovely hotel. The room in the Executive Tower has a great view with a large bathroom.
It is in the heart of downtown Ft. Lauderdale situated close to the beach and numerous eateries.
In fact, it is actually located on the fabulous Las Olas Boulevard where you can walk the street and hear live music and "shop till you drop". The hotel's front desk staff is very friendly and readily provides information for a memorable stay.

Room Tip: I suggest the Executive Tower.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Riverside Hotel
Address: 620 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301-2287
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Location: United States > Florida > Broward County > Fort Lauderdale
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 Family Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#20 Business Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#20 Romantic Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Riverside Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 217
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