Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
Great Addition to the Neighborhood
The brand new Hilton is one of several new properties either completed or almost complete (W, St Regis, Trump) in this area of Fort Lauderdale beach. The rooms are very large with ample closet space, lots of light, and nice kitchens/kitchenettes. The bathrooms are lovely and very spacious; the hotel also provides lots of large, fluffy, high quality towels. My only bathroom complaint: the single, fluorescent light above the sink, while in keeping with the spare, Zen-like decorating scheme, did not offer enough light to put on make-up (although the hotel provides a small, countertop make-up mirror with adjustable lighting to alleviate this problem somewhat). The bed was great, as advertised and each room has a very large, flat panel TV that swivel, as needed. The pool area is very nice with a great view of the beach, which is across the street and pristinely clean. All the hotel staff have evidently been coached to be polite, smile, and address guests. Everyone from the doormen to the front desk staff and even the housekeeping staff was gracious, attentive and went out of his/her way to be very pleasant and proactively helpful. Other reviews have noted the noise from the W and Trump construction. It's not too loud but until the W is done, ask for a room on the East, West, or North sides of the Hilton. My only complaint and I think this may be due new operations: I had to call four times to get my room cleaned on a Saturday (finally done at 4:30 pm) and the furniture needed dusting badly. Based on the pride taken in the rest of the property, I'm sure this will be resolved with time. I'll definitely stay there again.
My wife and I have just spent 2 nights here. If you want a hotel with a well appointed and good sized bedroom with excellent kitchen facilities and a great bathroom, stay at the Hilton Beach Resort. There is also a great pool area. But if you expect a nice reception area, lounges, bars and restaurants, you are probably at least 6 months too early for this recently opened hotel on Fort Lauderdale Beach.
I believe only 50% of the eventual room capacity is currently open and the bar/dining facilities are more in line with what you would expect from a health club than the Hilton.
The staff are all very courteous but seem uncertain how to perform their roles in what is currently a very slow start up situation.
If you get a good price deal, go for it but you will be very upset if you pay the full rate.
If you want to eat near the hotel, I would recommend the Casablanca Cafe which is a short walk away.
I booked this Hotel back in Oct 2006, before it was even open, as part of a conference I attended. My wife had seen it being constructed in Feb 2006. When we arrived you could tell that it was NEW (you could still appreciate the fresh paint). The first room they gave us was not finished (in fact the construction crew was still inside) so they apologized and gave us an upgrade (a one bedroom unit). We were shocked with the beauty we saw- just like the pictures in this site, a full kitchen, living room, bedroom, master bath with Jacuzzi tub and shower and a second bathroom with shower. This was awesome. 19th floor looking at the ocean with a wrap-around balcony that allowed us to see east, west, north and south. I knew my wife would never want to leave.
The staff was very attentive and when a snafu occurred with the second shower they fixed it in a jiffy. The house cleaning staff came twice a day and were always polite and helpful.
Sure there were some glitches (not all the amenities of the hotel were available, the WIFI was poor) but who cared- we had the beach, the pool, the weather, and tranquility.
The bar has been set; it will be hard to top this one.
We stayed on the 20th floor in a 1 bedroom suite, (that was after asking for an upgrade from our standard room booking at $299.) Our check-in person, Josh, was very accomodating, polite, and professional. Same with valet and bellhops. The views from the wrap around balcony were breathtaking!! You could see downtown FLL and the intercoastal waterway and then a partial view of the ocean looking North. Simply marvelous accomodations. Yes, there was constuction on both sides of the building (North and South), but noise was minimal and also expected. The only negative was that the color of the bath water in the HUGE jacuzzi tub was kinda pea green. Not sure if that is what it is suppose to look like - so took a shower instead!! My husband slept the best ever on their beds! Housekeeping came while we were at dinner and got the pull out sofa all ready for our daughter, just as we requested. We thought it was simply wonderful. Kudos to the Hilton FLL staff!
Un hôtel 5 étoiles au prix d'un 4 étoiles!!!
Nous avons passé un séjour ultra luxueux dans cet hôtel. Parfait en tous points. Et juste sur la plage !!! Le personnel répond à vos moindres besoins.
Nous avions une suite une chambre avec un lit king et une belle vue sur l'océan !!! La chambre était immense !!! Au top niveau pour tout !!!
J'avais déjà séjourné à l'Atlantic à côté et c'était le double du prix et pas si agréable!!!
Nous voyageons fréquemment dans la région de Lauderdale et Miami et nous ne séjournerions nulle part ailleurs en Floride du sud !!!!
A 5 Star Hotel at 4 Star prices!!!
An Ultra-Luxurious Hotel Experience. Perfect in everyway. Right on the Beach!!! The staff caters to your every whim. We stayed in a one king one bedroom suite with a great ocean view!!! The room was HUGE!!! Top of the line everything!!! I've stayed at the Atlantic next door and it was double the price and not as nice!!!
We travel t the Lauderdale-Miami area frequently and would not stay anywhere else in South Florida!!!!
Beautiful and luxurious
This is a brand new property, located directly across A1A from the beach (no hotels are directly on the beach). I stayed in a beautifully decorated suite with sweeping views of the ocean from every room - including the full bathroom. The suite had granite countertops, full size stainless steel appliances , fully stocked kitchen (meaning pots, pans, dishes, silverware, glassware - not food) eating bar, glass dining table and a washer/dryer. Another bathroom with shower and a sleeper sofa makes it great for a family or a few friends. Two flat panel tvs with video game controller, and the iPod compatible clock radio round out the entertainment. A wrap-around balcony with table and chairs make it easy to watch the ocean waves. Staff is eager to please. Lots of closet space. I wish I could have moved in!
I only had room service breakfast, no time to try the restaurant or conference rooms. It is located on the strip with other nearby hotels and nightspots, a short drive to other shopping and restaurants. Would definitely stay there again.
Worst Hilton so far
We booked a 2 bedroom suite in this hotel. It stated it was on the beach, that was not true. The website listed amenities it did not have. Once in the room i discovered the dissapointment was not over. When i walked in the first thing i heard is how loud the cooling unit is, the toilet did not work, the tv in the master bedroom was not connected because it had nothing to connect to. They came in to repiar it and left the cover open with wiring exposed. I called to have some sugar brought up for my coffee and waited 30 mins. Only reason why i stayed here was because it was extrememly difficult finding a room on such short notice. In my opinion stay away from this place for at least 6 months, the facility is new and it needs ample time to get its act together even though i will never return this hotel.
Okay, so I'm sitting in my one-bedroom ocean view suite right now at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort and wondering to myself "What happened?" I'm usually quite good at researching hotels before making reservations.
True, the room is several steps above your regular hotel suite but so is its price. Also, the hotel tried to put us into a studio room even though thankfully I had a printed reservation sheet with a one-bedroom price. It was all resolved in the end but if I hadn't done my "due diligence" prior to coming here, I would not have noticed the "switcheroo."
As I write this, the noise from the currently being built "W" hotel is enough to simulate 1000 wake up calls simultaneously going off. I should complain so they could move my family but I was told that they are fully booked. So we're going to make a lot of noise to mask the banging sound from the adjacent building --- tit for tat, eh.
Oh, and do you really want to be grossed out? Last night, after a long and exhausting trip (numerous flight delays due to severe weather conditions), I thought hmmm "Wouldn't it be great to slip under the comfortable covers of the famous Hilton "Serenity" beddings. True, it was serene. Except from some blood stains on the comforter. We were too tired to call housekeeping so my husband and I slept the good old fashioned way --- no Hilton Serenity.
Turn down service? Sure. But you have to tell the Manager, call once, then call again.
Hmmm ... wanting to know what to do in the hotel and in Fort Lauderdale. Remember those one-inch binder books found in all hotels all over the world; you know the ones that tell you where to go and stupid things like fire exits and stuff like that? Well, we have one ... binder with no pages. Zilch, nada. Now I know why when we were at the too-expensive ONE AND ONLY resort restaurant, our waiter was kind enough to give me the accompanying "in-room dining" binder. I asked him, "Why, don't I have this in our suite?" He said, "Sometimes, there's none." Okay ... he is a true prophet!
The bathroom is exquisite ... the water is quite tepid. Actually it was close to being cold! No hot baths here.
The stainless steel appliances in the kitchenette were quite elegant but our Haagen Dazs Vanilla Ice Cream melted in the freezer. For some reason, just as the hot water in the shower is cold, the freezer is warm!
Our safe is an average size one --- decent for a hotel, really. Problem is, it's on the floor in the walk-in closet, unplugged, and with the instruction manual still taped on the outside of the safe. Hmmm ... maybe it's a "Guest Assembly Only" gadgetry? So we can forget about putting our I-pods, laptops, nav system, etc. in the safe.
Okay, W's construction crew must be on a break because the noise has abated a bit.
Look, this is probably the only suite in the entire hotel that's mediocre. Who knows? You can try it for yourself. But at $430/night base price (and that's the lowest price right now --- it was as high as $595 a few weeks ago), you'd better make sure to steer away from Suite 1005. And don't say I didn't warn you!
Oh, and if any Hilton management is reading this, yeah, you know who I am and yeah, it's been a while since my family has stayed at a Hilton as we've been Marriott-ing it for the last two years. This was supposed to be a homecoming of some sort for us, Hilton Honors members that we are. I gave you a TWO instead of a ONE because I believe you can do better. Respond if you please ...
Great hotel in heart of Ft Lauderdale rebirth
We stayed at the brand-newly-opened Hilton last week. Definitely worth a look!
Fantastic facility, beautiful pool with lots of seating, poolside food/ drink service and gorgeous cabanas for the early riser. Very updated decor, clean lines, bright rooms, fantastic, white bedding. Rooms included a kitchenette -- small counter with fridge, 2 burner cooktop, microwave and outfitted with dishes, glasses, pots, pans, etc. (even a toaster!) Staff was very attentive; to a person, they went out of their way to be helpful.
Great location. A walk to some of the restaurants and bars nearby. Seemingly at the heart of the Ft Lauderdale development -- with a W, a Trump hotel and a St Regis with a few blocks north and south. There's actually a second Trump going in further south so I expect FLL will feel pretty different in a few years...
That said, they're still working out the kinks. The maid service didn't seem to include clearing the dishes/glasses we'd used, nor were there the right supplies to do it ourselves (e.g., yes, dish liquid but no sponge nor dishtowel). Also, as of our stay, the staff was all brand new and they were awaiting chairs and tables for the room balconies, etc.
Two notables for the finicky traveler -- 1) The hotel restaurant (Ilios) is great for breakfast or snack/lunch but a bit small. I had trouble imagining it converted for a nice dinner ambience; 2) the hotel is across the street from the actual beach. This is the case for MOST hotels in this area of Ft Lauderdale. (The only exception we saw was the Marriott Harbor Beach. We went there to rent kayaks and the property was much more "resort" like -- more sprawling with direct beach access -- but overall slightly dated.)
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