This was our second visit to Lago Mar. We were so impressed by the hotel during a conference that we attended there, that we decided to return for a short vacation.
Lago Mar is one of those places that you could "get used to." Beautiful, well kept grounds, a private beach, nice pools, a great spa, etc. Tons to do- pool, shuffleboard, chess, mini golf, playgrounds for the kids, and huge hammocks in the palm tree shade. The staff goes out of its way to make sure you are welcomed. (Special shout outs to Lane (beach attendant), Josephina (pool, towels, Tiki hut), Chris (Bar tender), the ladies in the Resort Shop and those in the Soda Fountain. They all go above and beyond to make you feel like family!)
There are really only two areas that I would expect more out of a resort of this quality. First is the food- it's not bad, it's just not what you would expect. (Breakfast buffet could use some work for sure- the omelet station/pancake station is great. The rest, not so much. We did not eat dinner on site, so I can't comment on the food at dinner.
Second is the hours kept by the pool bar. It would be so nice to be able to sit outside in the late evening and enjoy some time with friends with a beverage and/or snacks. It doesn't need to be open until midnight, but 10:00 would be nice!
Finally, housekeeping. The room is always clean- they do a nice job with that. But, quality control needs a bit of a boost. Sometimes we received 4 wash cloths, sometimes 2. Sometimes we received all new toiletries- sometimes,they didn't leave any replacement shampoo. The staff was always quick to "fix" the issue, but, this should be an easy one to take care of.
Other things to know: Rooms have small kitchenettes and refrigerators- awesome for quick snacks and keeping drinks cold. There are no ice machines (call the bell captain for ice, or do like we did and pick up a bag at a nearby shop and keep it in the freezer). This is a great place for kids- so expect a bunch of them!
Overall, we love this resort and will go back as soon as we can! Thank you for a great stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Fort Lauderdale beachfront resort that is decidedly, and purposefully, different. Understated, not loud. Gracious, not pretentious. Deferential, not presumptuous. In short, a sophisticated retreat where you can appreciate the enduring traditions of genuine hospitality. With its spectacular 500 foot private beach and secluded location emcompassing 10 acres in the exclusive Harbor Beach neighborhood of Fort Lauderdale, Lago Mar Beach Resort & Club invites you to discover one of the best vacation resorts to stay in the world. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lago Mar Resort And Club Hotel Fort Lauderdale
- Lago Mar Hotel
- Ft Lauderdale Lago Mar
- Mar Lago Hotel
- Lago Mar Fort Lauderdale