Travel Blogs from Fort Lauderdale
... than anticipated due to our earlier than anticipated departure. But, it was darker than we had planned and as we pulled out, we had to be reminded by one of our friends to turn on our running lights (oops!). In fact, it was sufficiently dark and cloudy that we struggled to see the buoys marking the channel. We had to use a flashlight until we were entered the Hawk Channel and felt great relief when the sun came up. While exiting has never been our strong suit, this one ...
We began our travels yesterday, Saturday, when we picked up our traveling companion Don, and the rental car in Clearwater. After a quick dinner at Moe's in Lakeside Village, we retired for the evening, knowing the next day will take us to the Queen Victoria. The three of us are excited to make this trip. Don and David did the maiden World Voyage of the Queen Victoria, so for him, this trip is like coming home. For us, the Queen Victoria is a ...
... was a big cats show. Only the big cats were baby cats and so cute. By this time we were hungry so we went to the cafeteria and had pulled pork sandwiches with fries. Then we made our way to the Parrot Bowl by way of the real big cats who were being fed at that time, lots of chicken. The show in the Parrot Bowl was birds of course and my favorite. They had birds doing all kinds of tricks. They even had the only trained Cassowary in the ...
Today was another day at sea. After breakfast in the dining room, we made our way poolside, claimed four chairs, and spent the rest of the morning relaxing. Nancy, Ron and Ady spent a little time in the hot tub. We all had some lunch, then Dee did the slot tournament, Ron and Nancy went to the casino, and Ady went back to the room to do some reading.
We had dinner in the dining room (The Bordeaux Room). Ron was ...
... mates for the cruise, Lynn and Robert, Nan and Skip who were friends from Phoenix, and Fran and Wyndy (short for Wyndham) from Jacksonville, Florida. All six were lovely people and we enjoyed their company throughout the cruise. Wyndy was retired Air Force and when I mentioned my surprise at the machine guns I think he thought I was naive. "Of course they have machine guns," he said. "They are Coast Guard."
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Historical Traveler Reviews Riverside Hotel Fort Lauderdale
All Around Great Place to Stay
This is a nice, clean, comfortable hotel. We had a room in the new tower with a view of the river. It was a very tastefully decorated and large room with wonderfully comfortable mattresses. Its located right on Las Olas Blvd., so good shopping and restaurants are just out the door. Only negative was the slow service at breakfast.
Great Value for Money!
We stayed at this hotel around the start of April 04. We were on our own driving holiday around Florida, and drove into Fort Lauderdale and drove round looking for a place to stay. I noticed the hotel as we drove past it, and we decided to go in and enquire about a room. They had rooms available for around $125. I thought this was excellent so we decided to stay there. The room was very large with a SUPERB bathroom. It was spotless. We got a free morning newspaper. Upon checking in our VISA card for some reason did not work, the hotel was fine about itand they still let us check in!!! The bar and resturant in the hotel was excellent and they have good valet parking for i think $10 per day. The location was fabulous, lots of restaurant within walking distance to many restaurants. I would recommend this hotel 100%
Charm on las olas
After years of visiting Ft. Lauderdale and passing this hotel on Las Olas Blvd, I finally decided to stay here on April 17. I needed to spend a few days here after a cruise and wanted someplace different. To my surprise it's exactly what I expected. It really does belong on this Boulevard. Eclectic in it's own way and well maintained. They do stand on policy when they say check in is at 3, so my friends and I visited the pool across the back road. We were told that we could use the changing room by the pool to change into swim gear, but we opted to just sit and enjoy the comfort of the lounge chairs and views. The pool area offers a very nice setting (beautiful foliage) and its right off the river, so you can watch the yachts go by. I do have a small complaint. After I was able to check into my room, the pool had then closed for a private party (coctail hour for a wedding that would be held on property). I really don't understand how a hotel can close off a pool for their guests. A hotel that sought after should seek other means to entertain a private party. That was a turn off. Anyway, the rooms were quite clean and offer english soaps and shampoos, and in the morning you get a complimentary newspaper. To tell you the truth the rooms reminded me of someones bedroom. Complete with antique like furnishings, drapes on the windows and original porcelin fixtures in the bathroom. Also my room was in the original building so I really can't tell you about the new wing. Judging from the way the old section is kept, Im sure the new wing is outstanding. All in all in was a nice stay and worth it. Being on the Blvd was a plus. The 2 restaurants were great. Indigo was excellent. I do recommend this hotel to anyone that wants quiet and a more intimate setting. I really can't see a family with 4 kids staying here. Hope this was helpful.
I stayed at the Riverside for four days in the spring (but just after spring break to avoid crowds). The hotel itself is very clean - when I walked into the lobby to check in they were vacuuming the awning over the front desk. The lobby isn't all that fabulous and seems a bit dated, but the room was very nice and incredibly clean. The king size bed was comfortable and not too hard. Staff were all very attentive and courteous, especially good were the wait staff in the Lyon bar and in the Grill Room. Food was absolutely fabulous in both restaurants. The one thing I would caution guests about is that there is a great deal of construction going on in downtown Ft. Lauderdale and if your room faces west, your view will be of condo towers being built. In hind sight, I wish I had requested an east facing view or a river front room. Rooms are a good size. Pool area is nice and faces the river, however there was a mega yacht parked right in front of the pool, so that was your only view. Having a small bar at the pool might be nice, but you can always order food and/or drinks from the phone that is in the breezeway. Overall I highly recommend this hotel! A great location right in the middle of Las Olas with easy access to many clubs, shops and other restaurants.
Loved the Ricerside
I stayed at the Riverside for 5 nights in Feb of 2004. I have stayed at several 4 and 5 star hotels and this hotel was right up there. The people were very friendly and always helpful. It has a beautiful pool that sits right in front of the river although you can order food and drinks by phone it would have been even nicer if they had a pool bar. The location was perfect ? lots of shops and plenty of places to eat and enjoy the evening hours ? very safe. We had breakfast every morning outside - the food was excellent and reasonably priced. The rooms were beautiful and very clean. The only thing missing was a spa. I had a wonderful stay at the Riverside and plan to return.
Convenient - a good choice
Great location on Las Olas - good restaurants in house and close by.
The deluxe room in the older section of the hotel was dated but very clean. Towers were not yet open when visited in 10/02. Plan to go back in 2/04.
A Wonderful Hotel
My husband and I stayed at this hotel at the beginning of August, 2003.
We definetly made the right choice. It's a very nice hotel in a great location on Las Olas Blvd right in the middle of everything. The only complaint I have is that some of the staff were very rude, but we will definelty stay at this hotel again!
A great hotel
I have stayed at the Riverside Hotel many times. The location is ideal for enjoying the area. Las Olas has plenty of shopping and dining and the surrounding area has lots to do as well. I have not stayed in the newer addition to the hotel, opting instead for the historic side with its somewhat dated, but comfortable accomodations. Prices are reasonable. Pool across the street is nice.
Good Hotel, Great Area
The Riverside is an up scale hotel at a reasonable price in a great area to eat, drink, and shop in. The restaraunts and bars on Los Olas are top notch and the Riverside is right in the middle of it all. The hotel features a nice lobby and garden. Rooms are nice and quiet and the service was excellent. The beach isn't that close, but who cares, wel worth the price, highly recommended.
Riverside Inn - 4-star
I stayed at this historic hotel last week and loved it! It's location is at the beginning of Las Olas Blvd, a nice shopping area dotted with restaurants for people and car watching. The room was spacious witha large bathroom. I had a great view of the New River and watched the boats pass-by in the morning. The restaurants in the hotel were well above-average. You can choose to sit outside literally right next to Las Olas Blvd and have amazing food. The pool was located outside of the hotel, across the street, next to the river. The only concern I had, was the gym. If I wanted to work-out, I had to walk two blocks away, show my room key and then pay $7.50 to use the gym for the day! It would have been nice to have a gym on-premises. All-in-all, a very enjoyable stay.