We visited this hotel recently for a family gathering, and I would happily recommend it to anyone. The very best thing about it is the staff-everyone from the desk clerks to the housekeepers were eager to please and very efficient in their work. It was a signal pleasure to deal with the entire staff here!
When I got off the elevator and discovered that our room was next to the ice machine, I was dismayed but decided to check out the sound before asking for a room change. I was pleasantly surprised to hear-absolutely nothing. The room was completely quiet; you'd never know there was machinery right next door. The room itself was spacious and had good closet and drawer space. The rooms have balconies and we kept our door open in the evening to enjoy the breeze. The bathroom was a bit tight but quite acceptable. Toiletries were good quality (I took one of the bottles of ginger orange lotion home with me-it made me smell like a muffin!). Water pressure in the shower was good. Towels were okay. I guess the days of big plush hotel towels are long gone. The bed was very comfortable and I appreciated the foam pillows as opposed to feather ones.
The hotel is right on the beach. It is about half a mile(?) from the Ft Lauderdale AIA strip, though, and nothing is really within walking distance.
The hotel is in excellent shape. I didn't see any worn carpet or peeling paint or wallpaper anywhere. It is kept very clean and inviting at all times. The decor is expensive-hotel standard, nothing thrilling but quite pleasant.
The pool was warm and pleasant, although I imagine it gets crowded during peak times. There are plenty of chairs around the pool.
We had the use of a couple of cabanas, and that was great. The cabana is about the size of the bathroom in the room, but it has a fridge, a sink with running water, a big screen tv, and a shower, as well as plenty of chairs. Ours was on the beach and no one else was using a cabana nearby, so it felt very private. What the cabana doesn't have is internet connectivity. Other than that, it was delightful.
We used the gym a couple of times and were very happy with it. It's huge and has tons of machines as well as an exercise studio for classes. We had no trouble getting to the machines we wanted to use.
I visited the spa, which was quite an indulgence! I didn't have a massage but I did enjoy a steambath, sauna, and whirlpool, and then a long doze in a comfortable lounge chair. I wish I could do that more often! The spa was immaculately clean and well equipped.
We took most of our meals in the Riva restaurant, including both meals we paid for and meals that were part of our family celebration. The food was good and fresh, but I wouldn't call it exciting. Everything was at the correct temperature and attractively plated and presented. (We had some terrific prime rib one night.) Service was excellent, and we are not an easy bunch. :-) Prices were high, as one would expect in a luxury hotel-the least expensive breakfast was, I think, $15. There is a Starbucks on site, though, for a less expensive option. We also had a couple of meals from the poolside restaurant, which were also quite expensive and ok but nothing exciting.
Parking is $25 a day and there is nowhere else nearby to park. Internet is free in the lobby and $13 a day elsewhere. I am really, really over charges for internet. This should be standard in luxury hotels as it is in lower-priced chains. There is a business center, but there are no free computers. You can, however, print your boarding pass free on a designated computer.
This is not in any way the hotel's fault, but I was angered and saddened by the amount of trash I found on the beach. There were plenty of trash cans on the hotel's beach, so that wasn't the problem. How hard is it to pick up after yourselves, people?
I would be pleased to visit the Harbor Beach again. It was a weekend of pure pleasure!
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- Delight in the crisp ocean air and soak up sunshine from Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa. Our hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida offers the perfect setting to enjoy an oceanside vacation. We sit right along a quarter-mile of private beach, providing tranquility and a tropical atmosphere near exciting Las Olas Boulevard and close to Fort Lauderdale airport. ... more less
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