W FLL is a great hotel with everything you want of a W... a chic vibe, great location, sassy rooms, and a general departure from the usual business chain hotel. I had a Fabulous room, and the word described the room well both in category and style. Upper floor, with a great glass enclosed shower in the middle of the room that is perfect for that sensual getaway with a partner... um, but not so snazzy with your mom or other relative, or seniors, unless of the fun, spirited senior kind.
On the upper floors, because of the laws governing building design, the balcony becomes a bit of a shared space, with a short wall separating each room/suite for ocean front rooms, but perhaps not as much privacy as you would hope. If you have the ocean front corner or the suite on the other side, you have a fairly private patio, but the rooms in the middle are a bit exposed - so keep that in mind if you like to sleep with the curtains open, or shower with the curtains open, your neighbors will be able to see clearly into your room if they go to the edge of the balcony. A voyeur delight, to say the least, but a bit of a surprise if you are showering and wanting to enjoy the ocean view at the same time and see the neighbors peeking in.
I'm sure a few readers just went "ew" but trust me, don't let that deter you. The rooms and bed are very nicely laid out and overall very comfortable. The upgraded rooms are worth the splurge for the stay, and even more so for a special time together. The pool area and the living room are great, stylish, and I found very inviting, although if you hit the hotel on a quiet fall weeknight, versus the weekend, you'll find it amazingly quiet, almost dull for a W. The weekend is when this place lights up and shines, so make sure your stay includes the weekend to get the whole impact.
Is it the best W I've been in? No. The outside furniture is in serious need of an update - a lot of tears and bird droppings make up the average fabric chair outdoors. The air conditioner in the room was perhaps the loudest and most annoying I've ever had in a higher end hotel room. No matter what I did, I couldn't cool the room without an annoying blowing of air on the bed along with a Motel 6 level of noise from the unit. Some will love air blowing on them while they sleep, I personally hate it and it keeps me up all night. If you love air blowing on you and don't care about the sound of an air conditioning unit, then this will be great. If, like me, you don't want to hear the air conditioning unit and you want the ambient feel to be the right temp without the feel of air blowing on you, you may not be as happy. It's Florida, so I give a lot of space to hotels to deal with the humidity and temperature changes, but I've been in other hotels in FLL and deeper Caribbean where I haven't had that sound and air feel.
Does that mean you should not stay here? No, just some guidance to help find the hotel right for you. My best W remains the Barcelona hotel, but I'll admit, even with the modest shortcomings i noted, this is a great W that I will enjoy visiting again soon.
If you love W, want to do a great weekend stay, looking for a high end dining experience and great views from an ocean front room, a departure from your typical corp travel hotel, even a bit of big city, big lights feel, then this is a very good to excellent choice. Considering next door hotels, I'd easily choose this over the Hilton for a couple's getaway, and I would only choose the Westin for a more reserved stay that I'd book if bringing my mother (meaning, no glass enclosed shower in middle of the room, thank you). Begin a love, rekindle a love, enjoy a tryst, escape on your own, even stay here for business - it all works. But, from the room I had, leave the kids at home and plan grandma to be on another trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Overlooking South Florida beach with unobstructed ocean views, W Fort Lauderdale has sand and surf on one side, and intercoastal elegance on the other. A daily resort fee of $26.50 will be collected at the property. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Expedia, Travelocity, Hotwire, Hotels.com, Orbitz, TripOnline SA, Cancelon, getaroom.com, Evoline ltd, HotelQuickly and HotelsClick so you can book your W Fort Lauderdale reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- w Fort Lauderdale Hotel Fort Lauderdale
- w Hotels Fort Lauderdale
- w Hotel Fort Lauderdale