With more than 31 cities and towns—all on or a quick ride away from golden beaches—there are plenty of hotel options for everyone under the sun in Greater Fort Lauderdale. Looking for something within walking distance of the water? Check. A luxurious spa stay? Check. A pet-friendly spot that Fido will feel right at home in? Greater Fort Lauderdale has you more than covered there, too.
The hard part isn’t figuring out where to stay, it’ll be having to leave. Many hotels in the area are a destination in themselves. On Greater Fort Lauderdale’s 24-miles of golden, sandy shores, you’ll find options like the waterfront Pelican Grand Beach Resort on Fort Lauderdale beach, where you can paddleboard, parasail, or snorkel right off the private stretch of sand, tube down the city’s only Lazy River, or dine under the stars by the beach.
If you’re looking to relax in a luxe suite, take your pick of hotels overlooking the water, from the beachfront Four Seasons Hotel and Residences Fort Lauderdale, where two private club-style pools also face the ocean, or the super-modern W Fort Lauderdale, which sits conveniently right off the boardwalk on the strip of buzzy restaurants and bars (some of which are at the hotel). There’s even a pet program to ensure your furry friend gets the same star treatment (and cuisine!). The Mid-Century Modern-style Kimpton Shorebreak, housed in Fort Lauderdale’s first hotel near the beach to boast a pool, is another pet-friendly option that offers amenities like beds, water bowls, and treats.
For those with babies or young children, Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach has curated an infant amenity guide with tons of offerings, from blackout solutions to baby monitors and feeding accessories—all of which can be arranged in advance with the concierge.
The 18-story, waterfront Margaritaville Beach Resort in Hollywood, meanwhile, is a resort in every sense, from the poolside bar and grill to the beachside water sports, like the FlowRider surfing simulator—plus an 11,000-square-foot spa, rated one of the Top 30 in the U.S. The Diplomat Beach Resort, also in Hollywood, has a beachside lagoon and infinity pools, as well as six culinary concepts, an expansive spa, and waterfront fitness activities.
Nearby, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood features not one but three towers, including landmark The Guitar Hotel, with its daily music and light shows. While not beachside, you can still spend your days lazing by the water at the beach- and lagoon-style areas, one of which measures nearly three football fields, making it ideal for a day of canoeing or paddle boarding.
Wilton Manors, the beating pulse of Greater Fort Lauderdale’s LGBT+ community, offers options that cater to families, like Inn on the Drive and Island Sands Inn (right near the city’s many gay bars, restaurants, and outdoor cafes), as well as pet-friendly hotels like Ed Lugo Resort, which is also adults-only, male-exclusive, and clothing-optional, if that’s more your speed.