Just got back from our vacation at Il Lugano, and I will tell you the pros and cons of our trip.
The hotel is very nice, with a nice lobby, and friendly staff. We had a studio suite on the 9th floor of the intercoastal waterway. The room was very nice, with a very comfortable king size bed, a very large beautiful balcony, a full kitchen (no oven) with 2 burners, a full fridge, and a washer and dryer. This is very convenient if you don't want to eat out for every meal. Our room had a separate living area with a sofa bed, and the king bed near the balcony, although the rooms are not really separate. Size is definitely adequate for a small family (we were 3, our 3 year old slept on the sofa bed no complaints!!) Staff did a pretty good job of keeping our room clean and were usually pretty quick if we needed something. The hotel is new, so all furniture, etc is in good shape.
This hotel is not the best place to go if you have small children and want to go to the beach every day. The hotel provides a shuttle to the beach, and they gave us a lift except for once, when the valet guy told us he couldn't give us a lift because someone called in sick and he was alone. Its not too much fun walking in the Florida heat with umbrellas, towels, and a cranky 3 year old. I would say the walk is just slight of 15 minutes in those circumstances. The hotel provides towels, and umbrellas... but the umbrellas are mostly in fair condition at best. You are dropped at the beach at the Oakland Park intersection, just a 2 minute walk to the beach. This entrance is used by the general public, so some of Fort Lauderdale's less fortunate people use this this place as a place to nap, and to bathe in the showers used to wash away sand just of the beach. I don't want to sound insensitive, I'm just being honest... you will have homeless people at this section of beach, and the occasional shady characters, although I can't say we felt unsafe. It wasn't a great feeling having to wait for a very indiscreet homeless woman to wash herself with a kid around. If you want a lift back, you have to call the hotel and they will pick you up if they can. We waited about 20 mins the first time so we always walked on the way back, so my son usually got a piggy back ride on the way back.
Overall, I think this hotel has great value and convenience and we were generally happy with our stay. I don't think its ideal for a family with small children under 5, but there are many positives that make it worth staying here.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Il Lugano Fort Lauderdale
- Hotel Il Lugano