My husband and I spent two nights at the Il Lugano Hotel prior to our cruise in January. We got this hotel at a great price through a travel bidding web-site. This is one of the nicest hotels I have ever stayed in.
The hotel is at the northern end of Fort Lauderdale along the Intercoastal Waterway just one block off of Hwy A1A. A taxi from the airport was $30. The location is removed from the hustle and bustle of the larger hotels and main beach areas, but makes for a lovely, quiet hideaway location. There is a water taxi stop adjacent to the hotel. There is a Walgreens within one block and the beach is a quick two block walk, with several restaurants and bars nearby. The location while removed from the busier area, still has all the conveniences you would want. While some previous reviewers claim the location is not in the best neighbourhood, I would say that the quiet surroundings are part of what makes this hotel special.
Upon arriving we were greeted and welcomed by very warm and friendly staff. Every staff member we came across took the time to greet us. Check in was quick and we were provided a tour of the facilities. A bellman delivered our luggage and pointed out the features of our suite.
Our room was a king bed studio suite, which really appeared more like a small studio apartment. There was a foyer with a large clothes closet and a large storage closet as well as a closet containing a clothes washer and dryer. Moving into the room you first enter the kitchen and dining area, followed by the living room and then beyond that to the bedroom and a balcony overlooking the waterway. The kitchen was kitted out with everything you could want: a full size fridge, a dishwasher, microwave, sink with garbage disposal, coffee maker and a ceramic stove top built into the counter. There is a full set of dishes, glasses and cutlery. Everything is provided including dishsoap, laundry soap, paper towels, etc.
There were two tvs, one in the living area and one in the bedroom, and a Bose radio. An I pod dock was available upon request, but the sound of the Bose radio was so nice we stuck with that. The furnishing and finishes used in the suite were all modern and upscale.
The hotel has a lobby bar, an onsite restaurant, a gym with change rooms featuring saunas, an outdoor pool and jacuzzi. There are loungers and cabanas along the waterway.
We opted to prepare our own meals in our room and found it easy, convenient, and economical to do so. There is a full grocery store within four blocks, but the nearby Walgreens also carries groceries. The hotel has a Cadillac that is available as a shuttle within a certain range. The hotel also has a water taxi stop which is a fun and easy way to get around Fort Lauderdale.
We spent one morning out at the beach by the hotel. We were offered beach towels and chairs and were given easy directions to find our way. This area of the beach is fronted by condos and private homes and as such it is very quiet. There are no lifeguards or status flags so some caution is waranted.
The staff are exceptional at this hotel answering every question and request with friendly helpfulness. Although our stay was shorter, I would absolutely recommend this hotel for longer stays and I am looking forward to staying at this property again in the future.
- 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