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Royal Palms Resort & Spa
Ranked #58 of 128 Hotels in Fort Lauderdale
Portland, Oregon
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“Awesome hotel!”
Reviewed 15 May 2011

This hotel is great for so many reasons! The rooms are exactly what you see on the website - stylish, modern, clean, practical, and beautiful. The common areas are paved with limestone bricks (not poured cement) and along with the landscaping make the entire resort really gorgeous. Everything was always sparkling clean: the rooms, the pools, the bar/restaurant. The staff was incredible, always helpful but never pesty. Jeff made check in and check out a delight. JC was a conceirge extradonnaire; he planned our entire evening for us - from cab to restaurant to bar. The bar/restaurant staff were equally helpful and really just incredible. The chef even introduced himself one morning so as to bring our food out the minute it was done. By the way, the food was also good (and yes, we're picky about food). We always ate breakfast there and sometimes lunch.

There is a nice mix of guests at the hotel, very diverse: single and couples, European and American, young and old, and everyone in between. My partner treated us to a couples massage at the hotel. It was exquisite. In fact, he went back for a facial. The spa is also done very nicely and the staff are also great.

For dinner in the area without driving, we liked H2O a lot. Casablanca is popular, but we went twice and got so much attitude (maybe homophobic) from the host, that we walked away both times. The other restaurants on that strip are very straight and do a serious bait-and-switch regarding the price on the menu and what they charge - so beware.

We did not like Fort Lauderdale itself as it mainly consists of 4-lane suburban highways, and we like an urban environment, but we will return because of this great hotel. I think next time we will not rent a car and just stay in the resort, walk to the gay beach, and take a cab at night to Wilton Manors - there is really nothing to do there during the day unless you want to go to a gay Starbucks. We went to Southbeach first, which we absolutely loved, except we stayed at Lords, which is basically like staying in a run-down rooming house for the homeless.

We're already trying to figure out when we can get back to this awesome hotel - and we're coming from Portland, Oregon so it is a long trip - but well worth the travel time.

Room Tip: all rooms looked wonderful
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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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RichardGray, Ambassador at Royal Palms Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 23 May 2011
Thrilled you love our hotel and even more thrilled you love the staff and the amenities. In the next few years you are going to see a huge change to our part of the beach. It is called North Beach Village and there will be fun restaurants, bars and galleries opening. It is very exciting and will be very good for tourism and for locals. I think you will then find Fort Lauderdale more appealing!
Lords Hotel in Miami has a different atmosphere to the Royal Palms. It has more of a city hotel vibe whilst we definitely have more of a resort vibe. Our pool area is more conducive to soaking up the Florida sunshine. We have been featured in many destination travel articles together.
Thanks once again for taking the time to post such a great review.
Richard Gray :-)
BTW, We are starting to serve dinner at the Grill very soon.
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Berlin, Germany
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Reviewed 2 May 2011

This is a review for the NEW Royal Palms which has just opened in April 2011: This is a huuuge brand new property and very stylish (what a wonderful difference). I loved the white colour scheme of the rooms. The room was big and with all modern comfort (though no dvd player which might be owed to the fact that they have just opened). There is no closed wardrobe in the room but an open hanger system (which seems to be the latest hip thing in Florida). Wonderful attentive stuff. Two pools (one clothing optional). Good sized gym with all necessary equipment. Manned bar with food until 4 pm (food was absolutely! great; be aware that breakfast is a la carte and not included in the rate) and drinks until 10 pm. The bar became therefore the centre place to hang out.

I think the challenge is to keep this guesthouse fully occupied. Nothing worse than staying in such a big property without being able to socialise with / meet other guests. I think some more personal touches for this - at the moment still quite sterile - environment would be useful. The biggest 'error of omission' is not to have jacuzzi. This is the first gay guest house I have seen without one. There would be so many nice places to have a jacuzzi and all the guests I spoke to missed one quite a bit.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled solo
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RichardGray, Ambassador at Royal Palms Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 5 May 2011
Thank you for your review and your thoughts about a jacuzzi. We did discuss this when we were planning this expansion. If we expand again, it is something we will most definitely consider adding.
( There are many set back codes etc so it is not as simple as saying lets put a jacuzzi here. )
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Malmo, Sweden
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Reviewed 1 May 2011

As in the other reviews... All I can say is the place is a real find! Great great place... Good facilities.. Good rooms... Fantastic staff! Special mention to the food and beverage guys... And the bar staff .... All very friendly ... Nice guys to talk to and provide a great service...

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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RichardGray, Ambassador at Royal Palms Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 5 May 2011
Thank you! we LOVE all GREAT! and we appreciate your business.
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 25 April 2011

What an impressive resort! I had the pleasure of staying there since my partner and I needed a break from the cold Chicago winter. I have been to Fort Lauderdale many times, but this place is a MUST. The location is ideal...a short walk to the beach and a quick cab ride to all the nightlife. The resort itself is amazing. I had lunch and dinner there every day and had the opportunity to try many of the dishes. The chef is amazing! Such great flavors in the food and I hardly had to wait but a few minutes before it was served. Rooms were beautiful, modern and well kept by the housekeeping team. And there are two amazing pools which were kept at the perfect temperature. I went to Fort Lauderdale to escape, and that is what I was able to do...RELAX, HAVE FUN, AND ENJOY THE SUN! Royal Palms Resort & Spa is a definite MUST for your trip to Fort Lauderdale.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank chiguyfl
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RichardGray, Ambassador at Royal Palms Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 5 May 2011
I like it......Relax, have Fun, and enjoy the Sun at the The Royal Palms Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale. I am glad that after many visits to Fort Lauderdale you have found us. We look forward to your return visit.
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2011

While I had heard great things about the origional Royal Palms I never had the opprotunity to stay there. We were curious how the new location would measure up and it seems to have exceeded our expectations. Both my partner and I were very impressed at the execution of the rennovated resort, including a spa/fitness facility. Having a bar / grill on premises was extremly convenient and added a welcomed social atmosphere throughout the day.
We had a wonderful 90 min couples massage which set the overall tone for our weekend getaway. We are looking forward to our next stay at this stylishly elegant and fresh property at the beach. Only one downside is that there is currently no hot tub but I understand that will be part of phase 2.

Room Tip: there are two rooms with an ocean view
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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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RichardGray, Ambassador at Royal Palms Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 5 May 2011
Glad to hear that you were impressed with the Resort. We have really raised the bar for the luxury gay market with the addition of a bar, grill, spa and fitness center. Also with the addition of being able to rent iPad2's, mobile phones, beach bicycles and the ultimate.....a 54' sleek yacht for celebrations or commitment ceremonies.
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Reviewed 21 April 2011

I had the opportunity to get a way for the weekend at the New Royal Palms Resort & Spa. The weekend as great. The staff was very attentive. Mark at the bar used our names whenever possible and Juan Carlos was always there with coffee when needed. Lyle the General Manager greeted us when we arrived and was extremely accomodating. He showed us to our fantasic room. Very South Beach eclectic. Lyle then gave us a complete tour of the property. He asked us to give any and all feedback. He stated he wanted us to be very truthful. It was his goal to make sure the property exceeded all expectations for his guests.
The food was great and the chef does a very nice presentation with his food.
Gino at the bar was very freindly to everyone and was even there on his day off to make sure things were running right in the food/beverage area.
There are a couple of kinks to work out, but that is very normal for a property that just opened. Keep up the great work, I'll be back

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank bsnjwd
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RichardGray, Ambassador at Royal Palms Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 5 May 2011
Absolutely! It is most certainly our goal to continually exceed our guests expectations. Our Team must be well oiled and efficient. We want you to have a great experience and most of all have a great time when you stay at The Royal Palms.
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Fort Lauderdale
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2011

I also attended the "Soft opening" and must say that I was just blown away with the uplift that they have done to the old property that was there before. My room was stunningly clean and new. Well Appointed and crisply made up... nice.

I know how much effort goes into opening a place like this.. and if the staff were tired, they sure didn't show it... saw the manager set off on umpteen tours of the place. Gino managed the restaurant very well and the breakfasts were really delicious and quite an ample amount of food.

The jewel of the place was the friendly, home-away-from-home, feeling that I got. Mark, the bartender learned my name at check in and happily served up a tremendously friendly new bar (you gotta check out the lights there too) with a smile on his face. Such a sweetie.

I wish the place well. The location is ideal and the plans for the rest of that area are amazing.

Room Tip: if you want to sleep, don't stay near pool
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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled solo
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RichardGray, Ambassador at Royal Palms Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 5 May 2011
The before and after pictures of the hotel are amazing. We are honored to be an integral part of the gay tourism community here in Fort Lauderdale and a leader in the gay global lodging industry.
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Property: Royal Palms Resort & Spa
Address: 717 Breakers Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304-4119
Region: United States > Florida > Broward County > Fort Lauderdale
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#11 Spa Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Royal Palms Resort & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 66
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tropical sensuality meets chic urban design at The Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Fort Lauderdale. Nestled in the seaside neighborhood of North Beach Village, the sleek, stylish and sexy 66 room resort creates an intimate oasis just one short block from Ft. Lauderdale Beach. Stellar round-the-clock service and luxurious amenities such as a Bar, Grill, Spa and Fitness Center, all enhance the boutique-style enticement. The Royal Palms celebrates diversity by maintaining an all welcoming, atmosphere where creative minds and bodies can rejuvenate. We offer travelers who are twenty-one and older the opportunity to enjoy kids-free environments that encourage a higher level of relaxation. Following the mission of North Beach Village, you will be sure to gather feelings of love and happiness, while creating lasting memories of your time in this seaside destination. Play hard, rest well and indulge in all the Royal Palms and North Beach Village has to offer. ... more   less 
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