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“Lux in FLL” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale

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The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale
Ranked #7 of 128 Hotels in Fort Lauderdale
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Atlanta
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128 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Lux in FLL”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2009

What you would expect from a Ritz - splendid hotel in Ft. Lauderdale. Great location. Nice pool area, easy access to beach. Only downside it awful fella playing too loud tuneless steel drums by the pool for 4 hours Saturday & Sunday.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Jan_ATL
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Memphis, TN
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90 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2009

Our stay at Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale was excellent on many fronts. We rarely left the hotel (3 times in 6 days) and chose to use the time to unwind by the pool and sipping delicious drinks by Richard (excellent service), one of the pool bartenders.

Nearly every meal was either by the pool, outside at Cero or room service. All food was very good, although the pool bar could spruce the menu a bit. The Nutella filled beignets on the dinner dessert menu are incredible.

The spa is gorgeous and the services offered are terrific. We live in Memphis and do not have great spas, so we certainly take advantage of this when we are out of town.

The room was very well appointed with a nice balcony, gorgeous bathroom and big comfy bed.

Front desk staff could have been a little more polished (I work for a luxury boutique hotel so I might be a little more discerning than others) and the concierge was less helpful than one might expect when I attempted to arrange transportation via sedan to the airport for the return flight.

The elevator access to the beach is very convenient and the reserved chairs on the beach are very nice. Chairs by pool and beach book up early in the morning, so get up, reserve your chair, have some filet benedict and orange juice - then head out to the beach.

Note: We didn't much care for the surrounding area and really just wanted to totally relax, so we didn't explore Ft. Lauderdale too much. I certainly hope there are more fun places and better restaurants than what we saw in the immediate area.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank JMSinMEM
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UK
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104 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2009

This is different than the other Ritzs that I've visited as it is modern and sleek whereas the others create more of a gentlemans club atmosphere.Being on the beach and in a holiday resort this makes sense.Rooms were spacious and everything you'd expect.We had 2 interconnecting rooms and paid a lot less for this than for a comparable hotel on Miami Beach---which is why we chose it. Good to walk out from ( H2O 75 metres to the right was very good food and air conditioned )and the lunch and breakfast at the hotel was very good too.Staff polite and helpful and the pool on the 7 th floor overlooking the beach was great with great beds towels etc etc

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank imhonot
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New York City
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2009

My husband and I went for 5 days around Labor Day. The hotel is beautiful, modern very "South Beach" whithout the south beach chaos. We had one issue only. We had booked an oceanfront suite and were not given one even thought the hotel was very quiet. I went to the front desk and they corrected immediately. I found that a little odd but was happy with the room we got. Other than that no real complaints. Staff was very polite and always willing to help. Though there were some children, I am glad I did not bring mine as I did not feel the hotel was as child friendly as say their Naples property. The beach is great and the attendants provide chairs umbrellas and water for free. Neighborhood is not that exciting. CVS next door for anything you may need as hotel has no shops. Galleria Mall is 1.5 miles away with excellent restaurants like Capital Grille, Trulucks, PF Changs and Seasons 52. We did not rent a car as cab fare was actually less than valet parking fee! If you are looking for a relaxing couple a days of sun/spa and dining this is a good choice.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Maria S
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New York City, New York
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13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2009

We checked into the facility for a week long visit to the Ft. Lauderdale area. While the facility is quite nice, the service in many areas was not what one would expect at this level of a hotel. There are MANY young and inexperienced individuals who make up the front door and front of house staff and the housekeeping was pitiful. Most of the restaurant, beach, pool and concierge staff were ok, but that "higher level of service" one expects at this type of a facility was simply missing. Simple things like opening car and hotel doors for women, failing to clean up room issues that we identified to room service, long waits for valet service and watching many staffers texting, joking with each other like they were in a fraternity or talking on their cell phones instead of paying attention to the customer were generally annoying. I will note that the seasoned staff that we came in contact with, clearly understood the hotel buiness, the problems were more with the Gen X type individuals.

This hotel alo appears to be caught in bad situation based on lowering rates to attract new business (an issue in itself) and trying to compete with newer, trendier hotels on the strip. Perhaps these new hotels hired the good help?

I have no issue paying more for a nicer facility and a higher level of service, but this this time there was little or no value associated with the added cost of the Ritz. It will be the Four Seasons on our next visit!

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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London England
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153 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2009

We stayed at this hotel for 4 days and I wish it had been 4 weeks. Everything was just wonderful...from the bedrooms and amazing bathroom to the views of the causeway and the beach!! The pool area was lovely and the sunbeds the best I have ever not had to pay for!! The staff service was just 100 per cent all the time. Whenever we left the building we were given bottles of much appreciated iced water and everyone was so polite and helpful. Buffet breakfast was delicious too!!! My daugher had a facial in the spa for her birthday and I have to say it was such a relaxing and wonderful place and she had the best facial ever and on leaving they gave her a present of lots of spa goodies! My son had an accident in the hall way and the first aid lady was there in seconds with help and kindness and later on that evening they sent up icecream and brownies for my children to say hope he is feeling better! Just little touches that ensure we will return to the Ritz Carlton!

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ali24
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Atlanta
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2009

I needed to get away for a few days to clear my head before starting a new job. A luxurious beach trip was in order. I like Ritz-Carlton properties but wasn't in the mood for Miami. I was unfamiliar with the Fort Lauderdale hotel but the beautiful pictures and positive reviews of the Ritz FTL convinced me to give it a try. I'm glad I did. It was just what I was looking for. The room and bathroom were supremely relaxing and comfortable. Housekeeping was thorough and unobtrusive. I basically lived at the pool for three days and the pool and pool bar staff were friendly and helpful The bar and restaurant staff were great too. I stayed in an oceanfront room and the view every morning was gorgeous. Flawless stay. I left tanned, rested and ready. I'll definitely be back when I need to recharge again.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale

Property: The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale
Address: 1 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304-4392
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Region: United States > Florida > Broward County > Fort Lauderdale
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#3 Luxury Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#8 Family Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#9 Business Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#11 Romantic Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale 5*
Number of rooms: 192
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale infuses the Gold Coast with casual luxury as the city's first and only AAA Five Diamond hotel. The 24-story, dramatically tiered and glass walled structure has sweeping curves that are reminiscent of a luxury liner. Design elements recall the 1940's, with artwork that includes playful murals inspired by French artist Jean Cocteau and a 13-foot high mural of a seascape inspired by the 1880 painting, "King Neptune and His Horses." The property features 192 guest rooms and suites; a 2,200 square foot Club Lounge, 24,000 square feet of light-filled meeting space; a 29,000 square foot oceanfront sundeck with an infinity pool and private cabanas; destination Spa with an organic and active-botanical treatment menu and a water-view fitness center. Four dining and entertainment options include the new Via Luna Italian grill with seating indoors or al fresco on an oceanfront patio, the dramatic oceanfront Via Luna Bar, a private Wine Room with a 5,000 bottle wine cellar and a seventh floor Poolside Cafe with commanding ocean views. ... more   less 
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The Ritz Carlton Fort Lauderdale Hotel Fort Lauderdale
Ritz Carlton Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale Ritz Carlton
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