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Riverside Hotel
Ranked #23 of 132 Hotels in Fort Lauderdale
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 12, 2014

Wonderful boutique hotel in the middle of all the action on Las Olas Blvd. in Ft. Lauderdale. Walking distance to many local attractions. Rooms are all being updated and renovated. Preston's (lobby bar) great meeting place. Food at their two restaurants is outstanding. Fresh seafood at Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grill. Our waiters name at Wild Sea was Justin. The service was top notch. Very nice Sunday brunch at Indigo. Both restaurants offer outdoor seating, perfect for people watching on the Blvd.
Staff is friendly and professional. If you are a business looking for a great place for your visiting employees or clients to stay, contact Carol in Sales & Marketing.

  • Stayed: August 2014, traveled on business
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Thank Sharon K
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RiversideHotelFL, Public Relations Manager at Riverside Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2014

HI Sharon!

Thank you for your sweet review! We are thrilled you got the chance to try our restaurant, Wild Sea, and have enjoyed our location and staff. On behalf of Carol and the rest of the team here, thank you for your loyalty to the hotel and we look forward to your next visit!

Sunny Regards,

Kristi
Marketing Manager

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Reviewed August 10, 2014

My wife and I used to live next door to The Riverside for a few years. Coming back to stay was like coming home. The fine team at The Riverside was the host for our family reunion and treated us like royalty by just doing what they do for any of their guests. Being a Bell captain at a five diamond property, I get it. I am bit biased seeing that this was my favorite breakfast location after The Ireland Inn closed- tragic. The front desk, housekeeping and Carlos at the restaurant were all outstanding. Juan and the valet/bell team were also great. Thanks to you all for a great weekend. I wish we could heaved stayed longer.

Stayed: August 2014, traveled as a couple
Thank Julian W
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RiversideHotelFL, Public Relations Manager at Riverside Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2014

Hi Julian!

Thank you so much for your kind words! We're thrilled you had such a fabulous stay and that Carlos, Juan and the rest of the team were able to accommodate you like you were family. We truly look forward to seeing back soon.

Sunny Regards,

Kristi
Marketing Manager

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Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

The only thing positive about this hotel is it's location on Las Olas. It's old with smelly, dirty and cramped rooms, zero amenities and untrained staff. If you're staying in Fort Lauderdale spring for the $15 cab ride if you want to get to Las Olas, and stay at one of the much better hotels on the beach / A1A.

Stayed: July 2014
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RiversideHotelFL, Public Relations Manager at Riverside Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded July 30, 2014

Hi Deborah,

Thank you for your feedback and we are very sorry you did not have a positive stay. We would appreciate details of your experience to be passed along to our Guest Services Manager, Michael at mdimartino@riversidehotel.com. We truly hope to see you back and hear what you think about our new renovations!

Sunny Regards,

Kristi
Marketing Manager

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Reviewed July 23, 2014

Riverside is only 15 minutes from the airport. Offers much more than the airport hotels. On Las Olas, you are right in the middle of the Ft. Lauderdale scene, with many shops and restaurants. We booked a balcony room in the tower, which had views of both the New River and the Atlantic. Room was large, comfortable, and featured a large bathroom with upscale amenities.
There are 3 restaurants and a piano bar in the lobby. At The Golden Lion and Indigo, seating is either indoor and outdoor right on Las Olas. We opted to eat twice at the Golden Lion. The setting was more casual and the food was very good.
On week-ends at least, they feature an outstanding oldies singer who plays on the sidewalk although he is a hotel paid entertainer. His young daughters (about 10-12) also performed as a duet and as a trio with their Dad. They were awesome! People strolling the boulevard would stop (10-12) just to dance to the sounds. So this was a an added bonus highlight for us.
As a final note, the entire hotel staff combined were excellent; customer service oriented, personable, and professional no matter the department. We were happy that this property was our choice. Go and enjoy!

Room Tip: Balcony Rooms in the Tower are the best choice.
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  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Pete D
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RiversideHotelFL, Public Relations Manager at Riverside Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 5, 2014

Hi Pete D,

Thank you so much for your feedback! We are thrilled you got to enjoy all the incredible details that the Riverside & Las Olas has to offer. How fantastic is Wesley Phillips? We truly appreciate your kind words and hope to see you back soon, especially for our new room renovations!

Sunny Regards,

Kristi
Marketing Manager

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Reviewed July 23, 2014

The Riverside hotel was wonderful! The hotel is beautiful and charming, our room was GREAT! We had a room on the 10th floor with a corner balcony overlooking the river. The whole room was very clean and the bathroom was huge. The staff was so helpful, friendly and welcoming! The location is right on Las Olas with easy walking to shops and restaurants. I recommend the water taxi as well, very convenient and will take you on a scenic route to other places in the area. Absolutely LOVED our stay and I highly recommend the Riverside Hotel!

Room Tip: Choose a higher floor with a balcony
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  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled with family
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Thank Renie B
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RiversideHotelFL, Public Relations Manager at Riverside Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2014

Hi Renie,

Thank you for your kind review! You definitely had one of my favorite rooms in the hotel - such a fabulous view! The water taxi is also one of my favorite activities in Fort Lauderdale - the tour guides are hilarious. We truly hope to see you back soon and highly recommend the Wild Sea Oyster Bar and Grille for dinner. :)

Sunny Regards,

Kristi
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Reviewed July 22, 2014

Very nice hotel in the heart of downtown. Very convenient to shopping and restaurants. The room and bathroom were large and comfortable and staying in the tower gave us a nice view. If the beach is a priority, this may not be the place for you. It's too far to walk. We tried to one day but after 30 minutes had to turn back because we were absolutely melting in the sweltering heat. The water taxi is a must. It sounds pricey at $22 but your ticket is good for the entire day. It picks up a block from the hotel and you can cruise up and down the waterways just enjoying the scenery (and the entertaining commentary of the taxi drivers) or hop off at your preferred location for dinner, shopping, or the beach. If you like nightlife this is the place. Nothing on Las Olas opens before 10:00 am but things are hopping at night. Very fun atmosphere.

Room Tip: Request a room in the tower on the east side to have a good view of the coast.
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  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled with family
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Thank Sandy B
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RiversideHotelFL, Public Relations Manager at Riverside Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2014

Hi Sandy,

Thank you for the kind review! We thrilled you got to enjoy much of the fun activities in Fort Lauderdale - the Water Taxi is fantastic! The beach is about a 2 mile walk but Broward B Cycle or the trolley might be a little quicker to endure the summer heat. We truly hope to see you back soon!

Sunny Regards,

Kristi
Marketing Manager

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Reviewed July 22, 2014

I love this hotel. It is so close to everything - beach is a little bit of a walk but parking is cheap if you chose to drive. Great nightlife, shopping, and overall amazing atmosphere.

Room was clean. Bathroom was a little older looking, but served the purpose. There were no visible issues with plumbing. Staff was accommodating and offered an amazing rate for an upgrade. The pool was a short walk from the hotel - across the street. It was quiet and very relaxing. Totally served the purpose of my short weekend vacay!!!

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Thank Carmen T
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RiversideHotelFL, Public Relations Manager at Riverside Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2014

Hi Carmen,

Thank you for such a great review! We're thrilled you had a good trip and got to take time to relax by the pool. We hope to see you back soon and would love to hear your opinion of our renovations that will be complete this Fall!

Sunny Regards,

Kristi
Marketing Manager

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Additional Information about 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:
#9 Family Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#20 Business Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#20 Romantic Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
Price Range: $142 - $375 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Riverside Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 217
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