We were originally booked to stay at the Bahia Mar arriving New Years Eve for 3 nights getting married on the beach New Years Day. Even though the hotel were aware of the wedding etc on arrival we were told they were overbooked..... We had a lucky escape I think and were outbooked for the duration to the Fort Lauderdale Grande.
This is a beautiful hotel and a lovely location, bearing in mind the circumstances, we were upset when we arrived and the staff could not do enough for us.
We had a suite on the 8th floor with fantastic views which has been refurbed to a good standard. Agree with the previous comments re the bathroom doors - they are a little strange and we managed to derail them more than once!!
The front desk sent up complimentary champagne after the wedding and the concierge was very helpful in arranging Everglades excursions.
One word of warning - if they tell you you don;t need to pre arrange a taxi for a port transfer (we were going on a caribbean cruise) - don't believe them. It was chaos, and we were 15th in line for a taxi. To be fair though, when they realised how busy it was they started to order mini buses so we shared a transfer with 3 other couples, at probably half the cost.
Would recommend this hotel and would stay again if in the area.
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- Our hotel offers the ultimate location on the Intracoastal Waterway. Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina is a stunning resort-style hotel close to the city's vast attractions including Las Olas Boulevard, which is alive with shops, restaurants and bars. All guest rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows delivering amazing views of downtown, the Intracoastal Waterway or the bustling Fort Lauderdale marine port. ... more less
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