I had read the mostly positive reviews, but was so pleasantly surprised when I got there. Check in was a breeze, and the clerk was extremely helpful in giving us information on the water taxi, which stops right out the back door of the hotel. I was amazed at the room...two room suite with a kitchen that overlooked the waterway. It was clean and very comfortable. We took advantage of the water taxi, the Galleria Mall next door, and the numerous restaurants nearby. The hotel has a lovely back patio that overlooks the waterway, and even though the bar out there was closed, you could get a drink from the inside bar and take it outdoors. I was too busy sightseeing to try the pool, but there was a nice sand "beach" area out back behind the patio, near the pool, and it looked like it was very popular. Not crowded though.
It is true that you can hear the drawbridge below the hotel rooms when it opens up, because an announcement is made over a loudspeaker whenever it opens. But we did not find this to be a problem at all. We were lucky in that we had a balcony that overlooked the waterway...I do not know what the view would be like for the rooms on the city side.
When we got our bill, we noticed a bar charge that was not ours. We told the front desk, and they promptly pulled the receipt and found that no signature had been obtained with the room number, so they immediately removed the charge. Great customer service.
This was a pre-cruise stay, and even though our next cruise is out of Miami, we are seriously considering staying here because we enjoyed it so much!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perfectly situated on the main Intracoastal Waterway, GALLERYone DoubleTree Suites by Hilton , is the city's premier boutique hotel that exemplifies the casual elegance and sophistication. In a superb location, Gallery One is an easy three block walk to Fort Lauderdale's beautiful sandy beaches and blue Atlantic Ocean, directly adjacent to Galleria Mall - an upscale mall that boasts Neiman Marcus, Saks, Macy's, Dillards, and over 120 special stores PLUS Capital Grille, Seasons 52, P.F. Chang's, and Blue Martini! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gallery One - a Doubletree Guest Hotel Fort Lauderdale
- Doubletree Fort Lauderdale
- Doubletree Gallery One
- Doubletree Hotel Fort Lauderdale