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The Pillars Hotel Fort Lauderdale
Ranked #2 of 128 Hotels in Fort Lauderdale
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Pennsylvania
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65 reviews
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“Very Nice Place to Stay”
Reviewed 28 April 2009

My friend and I spent 4 days recently at The Pillars. It's tucked away about a block back from the Ft. Lauderdale Beach and right on the Intercostal. It is small and lovely. The pool area is the best, especially if you eat dinner there. They serve your meal right on the pier, overlooking the mansions and boats. It's away from the touristy area and the rooms are small but very nice. It is pricey and our dinner was very expensive but very good. My only quibble is I wish they would have had some tea or coffee sitting out. Breakfast was at a cost and the water they had out by the pool area needed refilled often. Our ice bucket in our room had a crack in the bottom and my friends clothes got wet and stained. They did wash them for us, but the stain wouldn't come out. They reimbursed us for the cost of the clothes. They are very nice and it's very beautiful, but be expected to pay alot for your stay.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 March 2009

One of our fellow guests described this hotel as "a little gem" and this just about sums it up. Hotel's tranquil location excellent but only a block from the beach and all the bustle that goes with it. Rooms comfortable, spacious and well appointed although storage for clothing was limited. Pool area surroundings are delightful and the web site photos dont do it justice, Location next to the river is stunning particularly in the evening. Sadly the threat of rain and the rain itself prevented us eating outside on the two evenings we dined there but the food was very good even if the menu didnt change much between the two nights. Oddly drinks in the hotel are confined to wine and beer with no spirits. Whiskey and gin drinkers beware and bring your own. Much better value than Mancinis which was recommended and which was very ordinary Italian in every way apart from the price. Free internet room access is a bonus and the staff are truly delightful and helpful. Its a bit like being guests in someone's private house apart from the bill at the end.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Westport, CT
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Reviewed 17 March 2009

It's more than an upscale, friendly, service oriented, well located, quiet place. An Algerian chef comes in to make dinner (with a little notice, he'll whip up a couscous, not on the menu), served overlooking the inland waterway. We ate at local favorite Blue Moon Fish Company, and at (currently Trip Advisor's #1 Ft. Lauderdale restaurant) Cafe Seville, but the Pillars has the best food of the three. Don't repeat the often made mistake of waiting until the end of your stay to try the Pillar's restaurant. You won't be sorry. By the way, one review I read described this place as a redecorated motel. That's unfair. It's true that it's not Four Seasons elegance. For example, they're missing a few easy amenities, such as makeup mirror, second sink, et. al. About a football field away from the Ritz Carleton, which is on the beach and among the noise and bustle of Route A1A, the Pillars is on the intracoastal waterway, quiet, cozy, convenient, and everything we wanted.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Northport, Long Island, New York
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Reviewed 3 March 2009

We love the Pillars. Everytime we stay there we are never disappointed. The minute you enter the Pillars, you are taken back to old time Florida in busy Fort Lauderdale, I can't believe it! No matter what the stress, we are transformed, relaxed and catered to at the Pillars. The room is beautiful, the beds very comfy and make sure you try dinner, the chef does a great job. The view is spectaular, I find myself staying up late at night just sitting at the dock and gazing at the water and the stars - I love it! The staff can't do enough for you, whatever we ask for , we get - love it! Tired, need a short fix, go visit the Pillars, you won't be sorry.

  • Stayed December 2008, travelled with family
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Wynnewood, PA
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Reviewed 23 February 2009

The Pillars is a wonderful place to go for relaxation and elegance. However, on our third visit there a few weeks ago, I noticed a few gaps: First, while there are non-alcoholic drinks [e.g., iced tea, lemonade, water] available by the pool, they were not refilled all afternoon. When this was called to the attention of the front desk, it was done but that shouldn't have been necessary. Second, small details - in our room, a leaky toilet - don't get fixed until it is handy for the hotel, rather than the guests. Third, although breakfast outside by the pool should be a pleasure, the food is less than stellar. In fact, the eggs I ordered tasted powdered and were rubbery. My husband's "hashed brown potatoes" were a frozen potato pancake, barely reheated. Considering the ambience and prices, this is not acceptable. We found a much better alternative: have breakfast at Gran Forno bakery and cafe, an eight minute ride down on Las Olas Boulevard. You'll feel as if you are in Europe. [In my opinion, Pillars would do better to arrange for a continental breakfast daily with pastries from GF] Or, for a very different experience, try the Floridian deli, also on Las Olas, a 24-hour operation with huge portions and many locals enjoying the food, having meetings, and shooting the breeze wtih neighbors.
On this trip, we tried the water taxi, which was a fun experience but rather pricey for a short trip. Lovely to see and hear about the celebrity luxury homes from the water, though.
Tom and Jessica, at the front desk, provided help and information, with warmth and efficiency.
Would we stay again? Absolutely. The room decor, the dock, the pool....all can't be beat.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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hill country texas
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Reviewed 13 February 2009

We have stayed at The Pillars several times. And, without fail, we have had an excellent experience. The staff could not be more friendly and welcoming. You quickly feel like part of a family. Caroline and her associates are the very best!!

We had our son and his girl friend join us for a few days and to our great surprise they were upgraded from the least expensive room to one near us, so that while being separated we weren't too far apart.

We were there for the Christmas Boat Parade, which is not to be missed. It was wonderful to have dinner dockside while watching these awesome yachts go by . The restaurant is terrific as well.

We will be back!!!

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  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Texas
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Reviewed 8 February 2009

Stayed three nights (Jan. 6-9) in a second floor poolside suite. The hotel is quiet, and the staff is very attentive. If you stay, be sure to enjoy at least one meal at the hotel--the chef is great.
Location is prime.

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  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Pillars Hotel Fort Lauderdale
Address: 111 N Birch Rd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304-4313
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Region: United States > Florida > Broward County > Fort Lauderdale
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#1 Romantic Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#6 Family Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#13 Business Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Pillars Hotel Fort Lauderdale 4*
Number of rooms: 18
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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