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Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
Ranked #9 of 128 Hotels in Fort Lauderdale
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Arizona
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87 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“No ambience, overpriced”
Reviewed February 17, 2008

Hotel is lacking any ambience. The one and only restaurant is horribly overpriced, food had no flavor and for a glass of wine and appetizer the bill was 65.00. Pool is incredibly small for size of hotel.
One bedroom suite was gorgeous, beautiful view of ocean the ocean. Bed was comfortable. Very clean and quiet. Although wouldn't stay here again because it isn't a place where you would stay for more than one night.

  • Liked — The room
  • Disliked — Location, no ambience
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed February 13, 2008

We had an ocean view with 2 queen beds. The room was nice and clean. The bathroom was very nice. There was a microwave, fridge, cook top and coffee maker (with coffee) in the room. The views from the balcony looked across the street to the ocean from the side. If you were inside the room looking out, you could just see the ocean. The restaurant and bar were very expensive, but we were within walking distance from beach place and the water taxi.

Service at the hotel was very bad (except the bell men and the concierge). Each time our room was cleaned we had to call for something (bathclothes had to call 2 days, toilet paper 1 day, towels 1 day, soap 3 days). Then we waited for a long time each time, called back and the first request had been forgotten. The first morning I had to go find the housekeeper to get washclothes. She led me to a linen closet that was a total mess with towels and washclothes all over the place and trash and dishes on the floor. She grabbed a stack of about 6 washclothes (unfolded) and handed them to me, a handful of soap bars and 6 towels). Of course the next day she took them all and there was none when we got back from sightseeing.

So enjoy the clean room (which is most important to me) and do without the service - after all we were there to enjoy the break from winter and they had unseasonably high temperatures.

I will look for somewhere else next time, the prices were top of the line, so I would expect top of the line service.

  • Liked — Clean, nice room
  • Disliked — Service
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled with friends
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4 Thank sherrye777
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Orlando
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed February 11, 2008

This hotel is very nice to the eyes, however is missing ....SERVCE. No one seems to answer the phones in PBX (ever). The one and ONLY restaurant / bar is mediocore at best. Our room was not ready upon arrival (3:30pm) and we had to wait 1 1/2 hours for it ! With all the hotels to pick from in this destination....this one needs to improve.

  • Stayed February 2008
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7 Thank Traveler12345692
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Sicklerville, New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
Reviewed February 5, 2008

I stayed at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort with my wife and 3 year old son for two nights on January 19, 2008 and January 20, 2008. I used Hhonors points for both nights.
ARRIVAL/CHECK-IN:
We arrived at the hotel around 6:30 pm. The hotel was easy to find (via GPS), but I was little unsure of where to go once we found the hotel itself. The lobby entrance is actually on a side street, not on the main street by the beach. We pulled in and left the car with the valet and had a bellman take our bags on a cart. The valet parking is $29 + tax per night, and is the only option, as there is no self parking available. There was no line at the front desk and proceeded to check-in. Even though I was using points for my stay, they upgraded me to a one bedroom suite. I believe this is because of my Hhonors gold status. They also gave us coupons for free continental breakfast for both days, including for my son. This was unexpected and I am not sure if this is standard for all Hhonors members.
LOCATION:
The hotel is located at the beach. There is a road in between the beach and the hotel, but this is similar for the other hotels in this area. The road was not too difficult to cross, and there is a pedestrian bridge a couple of blocks down the street that could be used if necessary. There was construction happening on both sides of the hotel. We didn’t hear any construction noise that was bothersome. There really isn’t much in regards to restaurants or shops within walking distance of the hotel.
ROOM:
We stayed in room 1813, which was a one bedroom suite with 1.5 baths, and a small kitchen. It was very nicely decorated and looked & felt upscale. The kitchen was very nice with marble countertops and stainless appliances. There was a full size refrigerator, microwave, stove/oven, and dishwasher. There was also a coffeemaker with packaged coffee. There was no dining table, but there was a “bar” with stools that separated the kitchen and living area. The living had a little table, sofa, chair, ottomans and coffee table. There was a flat panel TV with PPP Movies. Internet Access was available for $15 per day. There was a great balcony that you could access from both the living room and bedroom. The balcony was on a slant and you had a view of the beach and ocean. There was a table and 2 chairs on the balcony. The bedroom was large and had its own flat panel television, and a large desk area. There also was a large closet that had a safe, as well as an umbrella, slippers and robes available for use.
BATHROOM:
The main bathroom was very nice and huge. There was a separate tub and shower, along with a double sink vanity. The toiletries were Crabtree & Evelyn, and consisted of; shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, body wash and mouthwash. There was also a hair dryer and a scale. The scale didn’t work, I think it needed a new battery. The ½ bath helped out, but the exhaust fan in this bathroom was extremely loud and went on automatically with the light.
RECREATION:
There is an exercise room that looked pretty nice, but I didn’t use it. The beach is convenient and right across the street. When checking in, the bellman indicated that they had sand toys and such to lend for use on the beach. We hadn’t done this since the weather was a bit chilly and rainy while we were there. The pool area is very nice and located on the 6th floor.
DINING:
Since we arrived in the early evening, we decided to just order room service. The room service food was pretty good, and had a kids menu available (burgers, chicken fingers, mac & cheese). We were even able to order some cookies that weren’t on the menu. As with most room service, it was pricey and they added a service charge (around $3.00) and automatic tip (either 18% or 20%, I can’t recall). We used our coupons and ate in the restaurant for breakfast. They had a brunch on Sunday. There were options to upgrade our free continental breakfast to a more expanded continental breakfast ($4 more) or a hot breakfast buffet with omelet station ($11 more). Since our son is under 5, he was able to get any of the food with his coupon. On Monday, they still had a hot buffet option, but not the omelet station. The dining room staff was extremely friendly and helpful. On Monday they didn’t have any bananas, but the waitress went in the back and got one from somewhere, as well as gave us a little takeout container because our little one had eaten that much. We didn’t ask for any of this, they just took it upon themselves.
OTHER:
One problem we had was that our room had a partial view of the pool area. On Saturday night, there was some party or reception being held out at the pool and they had a band playing. The band was very loud and could be heard clearly with the balcony doors shut. They did stop at 10 pm, but our child goes to bed early and it was hard for him to fall asleep, as well as it did make watching the television a little difficult. There is no gift shop, but they were in the process of building a “gourmet shop” in the hotel. I am not sure what that will be, but they were very early in the construction process. On Sunday, they provide a Miami Herald and during the week it was USA Today. Every staff member we encountered at this hotel was very friendly and helpful.

  • Liked — Room Quality ; Friendly & Helpful Staff
  • Disliked — Cost of Valet Parking ; No Free Internet
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled with family
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Beaumont, Texas
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38 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed January 31, 2008

Warm reception from the doorman, bell and front desk staff. Large, comfortable rooms with grand views of the beach and Atlantic Ocean from large, well appointed balconies. We had four chairs and two tables on a wide wrap around veranda. Request a room on the north side as those on the south side have a somewhat restricted view as a result of the new W hotel. This bad boy is an easily crossed street away from a glorious beach. Surf's up, baby! The bar area should improve with the addition of a covered outdoor seating area. It is, at present, somewhat pedestrian with very limited ambiance. Nice pool with liberal seating/lounging areas. Good breakfast. The new Trump Hotel is being built a block to the north. It will, however, have no impact on beach views.

  • Liked — Location, rooms with balconies
  • Disliked — Pedestrian bar area
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank jefruss
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nj
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8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed January 29, 2008

just returned from a quick getaway weekend to ft.lauderdale.we stayed at the hilton on a1a across from the beach(not terrific)
perfect weather and cheap flights 49.00 each way made for a great start. the hotel is fine but i do have to tell you definatly don't stay in one of the rooms without a balcony it seems with the reconfiguration of the hotel these are second bedrooms to the larger suites when it is used as a timeshare. you have to enter a private hall to get to your room(didn't love that) and there are no mirrors in the room except in the bathroom. but i will have to commend them on there terrific staff everyone including the concierge cheryl luke made our stay perfect. if only ft lauderdale could grow some beach!

  • Liked — great water pressure in the shower
  • Disliked — the room
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank traveltothemax
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Harrisburg, North Carolina
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130 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed January 24, 2008

Pros:
SERVICE, SERVICE, SERVICE

From the valet parking (who was glad to leave my car parked near the entrance so I could run to the store after checking my family in
To the front desk staff (who upgraded us to a suite upon check-in and who honored our request for a late check-out so my son could have a little beach time after a fews days of rain and wind
To the housekeeping staff who arrived at our room as soon as we did to put sheets and pillows on the pullout sofa for my son and who offered fresh towels in the evening after already servicing the room earlier
To the concierge desk who were always welcoming and glad to get us a couple of towels for the beach
To the restaurant staff--plenty of staff on hand for breakfast, and professional and friendly

Probably one of the best overall staff's that I have seen in any facility

THE SUITES
Plenty of room
Modern Furniture
Full Refrigerator/Freezer. Microwave, Dishwasher
Seperate Shower and Jacuzzi Tubs plus one and a half baths in the suite
Oversized Balcony entered from both the living room and the bedroom
FlatScreen TV's in each room
Full Walk in Closet
Full Workout Facility

CONS
While not a negative, the location is across the street from a four lane road with median from the beach. You are going to have to cross traffic which is heavy at times
Construction of new towers (main floors are complete) for Trump International and W hotels are going up on both sides.
Hotel is about 7/10ths of a mile from most restaurants and bars
$29 a day valet parking without a self park option

Please note that his is a "Condotel" and that each suite appears to be a condo as well (three owner closets were present in our suite)

  • Liked — SERVICE from the Staff
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled with family
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Helpful?
5 Thank coastal_confessions
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Property: Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
Address: 505 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304-4109
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Location: United States > Florida > Broward County > Fort Lauderdale > Central Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#3 Spa Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#4 Luxury Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#4 Romantic Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#5 Family Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 374
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort is located on the shoreline of Fort Lauderdale's exclusive north beach, between the palm-shaded boulevards of Sunrise and Las Olas. The Resort delivers the refined elegance of beach resort living, with unique tropical amenities and upscale accommodations, much larger than a regular hotel. Our vision is to provide Distinct Personalized Service by creating unforgettable experiences for our well-traveled guests. ... more   less 
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