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Residence Inn Fort Lauderdale Intracoastal/Il Lugano
Ranked #7 of 128 Hotels in Fort Lauderdale
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Noblesville, Indiana
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“Awesome Rooms, distant location”
Reviewed October 23, 2011

My wife and I stayed 2 nights at Il Lugano on our way to the Bahamas and I would stay the experience was pretty good but not great.

First off the rooms are awesome, they are massive and rival the size of any 1 bedroom apartment. We stayed in a King suite with an ocean view. I believe each rooms comes with a balcony that either overlooks the ocean or the intercoastal waterway. We were on the 6th floor which is actual the 1st floor of rooms and we were also in a corner room which caused us to have an gigantic balcony. I'm not exaggerating when I say you could park a pick-up truck comfortably on the balcony, it was that large.

Our room came with a kitchenette and a combo washer/dryer which did come in handy. There is ample closet space in the room as well one of the most comfortable beds I've slept in.

The hotel has a small pool, a spa, a restaurant, a lobby bar, and rooms for events and meetings as well. We didn't try the restaurant but did have an appetizer (Fried Gnocchi) at the lobby bar at it was very good.

I had 1 minor issue with Il Lugano. The service was ok but nothing expectational that guests that frequent Preferred Boutique hotels expect. It's not that the Front Desk agents were rude because they weren't but they seem to lack personality. There was an older lady at the FD that was helpful when we asked about some of the local attractions.

Two of the FD agents, decent really didn't provide any answers to our simple questions. On the concierge desk was a take out menu from a pizza joint and when I asked the FD agent if she thought this place was worth while she didn't stop to talk to me instead talked to me over her shoulder while walking away to light the lobby candles. Again, not horrible service just not Preferred Boutique.

Just an FYI this hotel is great but is really in an awkward location. If you don't have your own car or don't want to pay a taxi everytime you want to go somewhere, you'll be walking a ways to get to get to places. To find a good beach scene we walked up to Lauderdale-by-the-Sea which is a little town just north of the hotel but it was a good 2 or 2.5 miles. There are a couple of restaurants around the hotel but they looked sleepy and were pretty empty. (A couple we spoke to out walking around mentioned that some of the restaurants and shops near the hotel had been hit hard by the economy)

I'd stay at Il Lugano again because of the rooms however if you're looking to be near bars and restaurants that you can walk to I'd recommended hotels that are a little farther south down A1A such as The Atlantic or Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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Reviewed October 23, 2011

I would recommend this hotel to anyone, it's like staying in a small condo this was the second time my husband and I have stayed at this hotel, we would recommend IL Lugano to anyone.... And take the water taxi tour it was great!! For $20 pp you can ride all day and see Ft. Lauderdale.

  • Stayed October 2011
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Palm Coast, Florida
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Reviewed October 4, 2011

Il Lugano is a chic boutique hotel away from the hustle and bustle of Ft. Lauderdale but beautiful beaches nearby and stop 1 on the Water Taxi....get the intracoastal suite if you can. they do have specials is you search! fabulous Zagat rated restaurant. Get the pulled mozzarella made at your table....the best!!!

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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newyork
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Reviewed October 3, 2011

Not really family hotel but fabulous for a couple. Generous size rooms and REALLY great beds. The area around the hotel is kinda creepey and not much to do. Didn't stay long so we just had breakfast....it was fine but a little on the pricey side.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed October 3, 2011

The valet was awesome, Kevin Brown and David Konnig were so helpful. The room service was great but we didn't like the dinner menu at the Hotel's restaurant. The rooms are great, very spacious and having two balcony's was great.

The downsides are the pool is quite small and doesn't receive much sun at all.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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Reviewed September 30, 2011

We had a great stay of 3 nights in Il Lugano. Rooms are extremely spacious, very comfortable and an excellent equiped kitchen. The Italian restaurant downstairs serves amazing food and the fresh mozzarella is something not to be missed! Downsides if I have to mention something is unable to move the showerhead, mediocre service in the restaurant and the small and shaded pool area. But isn't Fort Lauderdale all about the beach, so who needs a pool? Overall service from the reception staff to the valet parking guys excellent and polite. Would return!

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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ilLuganoHotel, General Manager at Residence Inn Fort Lauderdale Intracoastal/Il Lugano, responded to this review, November 15, 2011
On behalf of the il Lugano staff we appreciate your feedback and are honored to say we have thrived in meeting and exceeding your expectations. Although in fact our pool may be a shaded area we are walking distance to the beach which does offer a great deal sunlight. We look forward to having you stay at the il Lugano on your next Fort Lauderdale vacation.
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Miami, Florida
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Reviewed September 29, 2011

OK, i'll start with the bad things, and there's only 1 - the pool. very small and shaded, so if you're into the sun you'll be disappointed.
The good things - big rooms, clean, full kitchen (inc kettle, coffee maker, tea, sugar, dryer, washer, knifes - everything). the bathroom is big, clean and advanced.
Hotel service is super friendly, always was nice and pro when i called - even for a later check out which is 12 but after req a later it was 1 pm.
The walls between each room are thick so it's a quiet stay.
The restaurant is ok, small menu but around the hotel you have many places to eat.
The beach is like 10 min away walking and it's awesome.
Location is ok, it's 7 min away from central beach and the hotel offers a free ride there.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Residence Inn Fort Lauderdale Intracoastal/Il Lugano
Address: 3333 NE 32nd Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308-7120 (Formerly Residence Inn Fort Lauderdale Intracoastal)
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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 Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Business Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#7 Romantic Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#16 Family Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Residence Inn Fort Lauderdale Intracoastal/Il Lugano 3.5*
Number of rooms: 105
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A masterpiece of contemporary design rising 15 floors above the Intracoastal Waterway, il Lugano Hotel is Ft. Lauderdale’s most fashionable address. Experience the height of exclusivity at this spectacular Fort Lauderdale Beach hotel -- offering ultra-luxurious suite-hotel accommodations and lavishly appointed private residences. Stay only minutes from the city’s financial district, shops, beaches, restaurants, and nightlife. Enjoy stunning Atlantic Ocean and waterway views, world-class amenities, and availability to arrange private dockage for yachts up to 50 feet. Travel to nearby shopping and fine dining establishments in our luxury Cadillac Escalades* (based on availability, fee may apply). Blending the style of the world’s finest boutique hotels and a dedication to flawless personal service, we are redefining expectations for Fort Lauderdale hotel suite accommodations. ... more   less 
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