Oh what a great surprise. This was a one night post-cruise stay and I so wish it would have been longer. We had two rooms booked, one with twin beds for our adult sons and a room right next door. All rooms are clustered around the pool with a partial intercostal water view of million dollar homes. They were kind enough to let us check in to one of the rooms quite early and the second a few hours later. This was great as we only had a short time until our return flight. Check in was a breeze with the offer of a nice glass of wine. The rooms were spotless, beautiful and the bed was soooo comfortable. This is a biggie for me as I have lots of back issues, but I slept great at the Pillars. The TV had so many channels I never made it through my nightly channel surf and the bathroom had a fabulous shower, great water pressure, and high end necessities.
The food was the best I've had in Ft. Lauderdale. Because there were four of us we had a chance to sample many things on the menu and everything was creative and prepared to perfection. Having dinner, waterside, really made for a wonderfully relaxing dinner. We also had a great breakfast on the dock the next morning.
This place was quiet, except for two things. I so wanted to sleep in but at about 7:15 in the morning and i heard "clomp, clomp, clomp". We were on the lower level and an employee was walking around in clogs on the cement hallway above. I managed to close my eyes for a few minutes and "beep, beep, beep" a construction truck from next door put an end to any more vacation sleep. The truck did not reappear all morning and I'm thinking of gifting a pair of tennis shoes to the employee so both noises were situational and not a permanent part of this hotel.
On check in I did ask about setting up a massage and they were able to procure Natasha for the next day. Oh my gosh, this woman has a gift. Again with the mention of the bad back only because this back was no longer bad once she got ahold of it. My measure of a good therapist is not how much pressure they use, but their intuitiveness as to how to treat a client with medical issues. Natasha knew exactly what she was doing and the hotel knew exactly what they were doing when they booked her. Perfection.
I would love to stay no where else on my bi-yearly trips to Ft. Lauderdale, but alas, this place is intimately small and room availability is limited. I tried to book something for next December, unsuccessfully, because they are already to capacity on my dates. I guess this just means I'll have to plan a few more weekend get aways for hubby and I because as far as I am concerned, the Pillars is the perfect place!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on New River Sound, a block from the beach, the Pillars Hotel is a beautiful mix of classical British Colonial architecture and 30's "Art Deco". Well-known for its magical sunsets, unpretentious service and its special dining experience, the hotel caters to travelers looking for a sophisticated intimate venue. ... more less
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