Our family members had their wedding reception at the Riverside Hotel and reserved a block of rooms for their guests at a more affordable rate than what is advertised. We stayed in the Executive Tower with one king bed and a balcony. Overall, the cleanliness of the hotel is impeccable. The rooms are nothing special. While clean and spacious, they are also dated.
The staff was just ok. The girl who checked us in, provided us with our room keys and a letter from the wedding couple welcoming us to the hotel. I guess she felt their letter was sufficient because she provided no directions to the elevators, amenities, pools, etc. The valet was rude and showed his annoyance when we chose to bring the luggage to the room ourselves and park our vehicle in the parking garage. Speaking of the parking garage, it's a scary situation. The ramp up to the booth when you first enter the garage makes you feel as though you are going to run into the wall at any moment.
The hotel is right in the heart of downtown Ft. Lauderdale. No doubt, you are paying for the location. There are plenty of restaurants and shops within walking distance. The nightlife is pretty active. It's a nice choice for adults or business travelers but it's not really appropriate for families with small children or babies like us...but again we were there for a wedding so the amenities and local bar scene wasn't our top priority when selecting this hotel.
One last note, there are two entrances to the hotel. The front entrance onto Las Olas Blvd is kept open at all times leaving the lobby especially warm.
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- Also Known As:
- Riverside Fort Lauderdale