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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Royal Palms Resort And Spa
- The Royal Palms Hotel Fort Lauderdale