The Pillars Hotel Fort Lauderdale
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... seats and we can be off". This simplest of actions seemed quite difficult for them where every decision was accompanied by endless debate. Eventually we are off and within 15 minutes we pull up to what looks like a scene of chaos involving countless people and just as many bags and suitcases. Turns out it's deceiving and is in fact organised chaos. Royal Caribbean have this down to a fine art now and within 15/20 mins were are boarding the ship. Superlatives are easy to come ...
... bottles of suncream. Well, have you ever had a giant spillage in your case? This is exactly how not to suffer such an occurrence. Mock you not!!
The balancing act at Miami airport was not so good but I did manage to grab a trolley for ...
3 DAYS! It took me 3 days to go back to my regular time zone sleeping pattern! We went from 16 hours ahead of our time to 3 hours behind it. When we arrived back to FLL, I felt like Marty McFly travelling through time. After a weekend of day hibernation and sleepless nights, on Monday I was ready to be back to work hoping for a normal sleeping pattern ...
... pull up at the cruise terminal to the waiting line of luggage porters whom kindly inform us how well they are going to look after our luggage (the driver of the free shuttle and the porters all seem to have the same affliction with their arms, which are bent at the elbows with palms open and facing up!).
We are herded into a snaking line of a diverse bunch and shuffle slowly in one direction for 50 feet, about turn one step to the right ...
... find we are not far from Las Olas Boulevarde, where we expect to find a fashionable shopping and an eating area, where we can get food and drink, and change for the shuttle we know passes along Las Olas, as we have seen one going the other way.
We walk through a suburban area, with a bridge over the extension of the Intracoastal Waterway, but can see no waterside dining, or any commercial activity at all. The time is passing, and we are glad to see a service ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Room service
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
Historical Traveler Reviews The Pillars Hotel Fort Lauderdale
We stayed at the Pillars from February 13th to the 19th, as we were married in Fort Lauderdale on Valentines Day and spent our honeymoon at the Pillars. First I loved the rooms, clean, comfortable, great décor and a safe in your room. The first night of the turn down service, we were left with chocolates in the shape of a heart. Then before we arrived back at the hotel from our wedding, they had rose petals all over the bed with candles. One of the staff members actually went out and got the flowers on her time. The staff was extraordinary, most notably Tiffany, my wife loved her approach to customer service. One of the most memorable nights was Wednesday; we had dinner out on the dock with our own private waiter. The food was great, with Breakfast served on your private little patio and lunch at the pool if you wish. The pool area was quiet and landscaped to look like on Oasis, not a typical pool area. I could go on and on about this place, but I'm at work. We are going to go back next year for our anniversary.
We just returned home from the Pillars in FT Luaderdale, Fla. Our only wish would've been for a longer stay and a bit warmer weather. It was only around 70 degrees but that sure beats 3 feet of snow. We stayed in room #21, I heard this was one of the original rooms before the newer wing was added and my only complaint was that this room was not carpeted and it creaked (most noticeably at night). This room was very large and toward the front of the hotel which sometimes gave noise from the road but nothing so intolerable that one would want to change rooms. The room was kept spotlessly clean as was the bathroom and the bed and pillows unbelievably comfy. They really do pay attention to detail and you always see them working to keep everything flauless.
Overpriced Microscopic Rooms
Once you see their rooms you will understand why they charge one night in advance and have a 14 day cancellation policy in the winter. I overheard guests from Europe (who are used to small rooms) complaining about the size of their room. We had a queen size bed and there was only 18 inches between the foot of the bed and the wall. They should provide shin guards with the room because you will bump into the bed frame when trying to navigate the room.
The Pillars proudly proclaims that they are an exclusive member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH). Be forewarned that "Small" has an entirely different connotation with regard to their rooms.
Above and beyond expectations
We stayed at the Pillars for 5 nights returning Jan 3.2005 after much research on trip advisor and we were not disappointed. This hotel is a clear best choice for anyone staying in Ft. Lauderdale. We had a poolside king room that was outstanding and a relative in a smaller room that was really nice because it had a very large outside patio that was private with nice furniture and view of the intracoastal. The service was very prompt I took advantage of room service on my patio for breakfast each morning and loved the Belgian waffles w/ fresh strawberry salsa! Rode the water taxi from the hotel to the shops on Las Olas. This is a very special hotel and we hope to go back often.
We Did Return
In September my wife and I spent four wonderful nights at The Pillars. We noted our "thumbs up"
and vowed to return. And we did return -- last
weekend. Again we praise the staff and the
property. We have agreed to "get away" to The
Pillars at least a couple of weekends a year.
Should your tastes favor tasty breakfasts at a
dock, cool swims in a quiet pool, cocktails while
enjoying spectacular sunsets and top-flight
service -- all a block from the beach -- we suspect that we shall see you at this gem of a hotel.
We spent four nights at The Pillars and enjoyed it very much. They kept pressing us to upgrade (for $50) to a suite before and when we got there, but the less expensive poolside rooms are good too. They are a bit on on small side, but then again, this is a small hotel. Poolside is great - you are only a few feet from a quick dip. They are also one of the "whistle stops" on the Lauderdale WaterBus in New River Sound - I highly recommend it, not so much to go anywhere, but it's a simple tour for only $5.00. The beach is only a couple of blocks away if you are into that sort of thing. They are also building a huge new St. Regis Hotel nearby, so the construction noise was a bit obnoxious during the day, but that's progress I guess. We would come back here and probably spring for the suite.
Relaxing and Private
My husband and I just got back from 4 nights at The Pillars. The grounds of the hotel are immaculate. We had the pool to ourselves most of the time. The staff is great, they were always working hard to make sure the guests were relaxed and comfortable. The ice tea by the pool during the day is a really nice perk. The intercoastal is beautiful and the ocean is only a short walk across the road. The only thing you need to beware of is that the rooms are on the small side but with all the fun outdoors we had plenty of space. I would definately recommend this hotel to all my friends and family, in fact I already have. I can't wait to go back!
The PIllars Hotel-a 'luxury hidden gem'
I have been a magazine representative for 25+ years and have represented some of the most exclusive, upscale properties-including Conde Nast Traveler, Wine Spectator, and Cigar Aficionado. I have stayed at wonderful luxury properties all over the world. However whenever I need to travel to South Florida on one of my frequent business trips-I always return to The Pillars Hotel. Quiet elegance and luxury-with a perfect location on the Intracoastal and walking distance of the beach and the shopping and restaurants of Las Olas. Truly a "hidden gem".
Home away from home...
I spent an impromptu weekend in Ft. Lauderdale the last week of Septmeber and stayed at the Pillars. I was looking for a few days of relaxtion and found exactly that. The room was immaculate and cleverly decorated, room service was delicious and the staff was ever so helpful and friendly.
It's just a block from the beach but the hotel has a nicely secluded freshwater pool. Loved swimming at both!!
The hotel itself is very cozy and although within walking distance of some great restaraunts and huge hotels- you would never know that you are so close to the hub of Ft. Lauderdale...the Pillars is a quiet, calming escape...I'll definitely stay there again!!