We stayed here to finish off a week of cruising. The view is excellent. We stayed in an ocean view room and had an excellent view of the New River Harbor as well as the ocean. The yachts and homes and bridges during the day and lit up at night provided a beautiful view. We were on the 16th floor facing south - and could even see the cruise ships coming and going from Port Everglades.
The beach is across the street (there is a walk way from the hotel to the beach over the road so you don't have to fight the traffic) and the water taxi stop #7 is within walking distance. There is a restaurant and bar in the hotel but there are also other restaurants within walking distance. I would recommend for a cheap breakfast - "All That's Food" which is in the parking lot of this hotel. It is also a convenience store where you can pick up anything you need for your room. They sell beer and wine there too that you can keep in the refridgerator in your room if that is your thing.
We ate at The Bahia Cabana Tiki Bar which is located on the waterfront right near the water taxi stop #7. It was within walking distance of the hotel. Don't let the Bahia Cabana Resort (hotel) that you have to walk through to get to this outdoor restaurant scare you away from this little treasure. The food was not disappointing. The service was good and the prices were not high. If you like eating outside on the water front in an informal location - come here and eat. They have seafood, ribs, chicken and sandwiches and other selections and a full bar.
I highly recommend taking the water taxi tour. Get the day pass and ride it all day on and off stopping at the different stops for $20.00. You will see and learn a lot of local history from the tour guide on the taxi. This was about a 4 hour ride. There are refreshments on board including beer and wine on the larger two story taxi's. The smaller taxi's can take you to places where the larger boats cannot fit.
The hotel staff were friendly and helpful. There was a small glitch in our room reservation and they quickly corrected the problem and they later even provided a follow up note with a gift in our room. Our room was very clean and quite large. The balcony is very small. The television was a large flat screen, the bed was comfortable and there was a table in the room as well as a refridgerator and coffee maker. We did not use any of the pool or spa ammenities.
This hotel is very convenient to the Fort Lauderdale Airport - only minutes away.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy stunning surroundings and 44 breathtaking acres along the Intracoastal Waterway at the Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach hotel- a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. Located near the International Swimming Hall of Fame, the Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach hotel is a water taxi ride away from the shops, restaurants and nightlife of Las Olas Boulevard. Stay active with water sports, indulge the option to sail away on a cruise or simply relax on the white sandy beach. Bahia Mar is only a short drive from the Fort Lauderdale International Airport and Port Everglades Cruise Terminal. ... more less
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