My husband and I had a fantastic experience here. We stayed in a King Villa with a jacuzzi in our room. Our view was of the Intracoastal Waterway and was absolutely beautiful. Our room had a full kitchen (including a washer and dryer) and a full living room with a separate bedroom and huge bathroom. I have been to several full service Marriotts and Courtyards. This was truly one of the best experiences I have had. I can't think of one time that I passed the front desk that I didn't get a cheerful hello from the guest services staff as well as a friendly greeting any time I passed any other employee in the hallway. Any time I had questions, they were answered accurately and graciously.
Having the CVS downstairs really came in handy since the Market was closed due to renovations. It wasn't overpriced either like many beach drug stores can be. Beer and wine is also available there if you want to have a few drinks in your room. Beachplace Mall also has a variety of fun, casual dining such as Lulu's, Hooters and da Big Kahuna. Our experience at Lulu's was great and I highly recommend it. Fat Tuesdays has a huge variety of frozen drinks that you can get in a plastic water bottle so you can take it to the pool or carry around wherever you are going. The price was pretty reasonable considering the size of the drinks and you get discounted refills. Within walking distance is also Bubba Gump's and we found this to be a fantastic experience as well. We went there twice while we were there it was so good.
Ft Lauderdale definitely has the best beach I have ever been to! The water is actually a bright blue/turquoise and the sand is white and easy to walk in. The walk from the street to the water's edge is only about 20-30 yards. The breeze off the water keeps it from feeling so hot. I could have stayed out there all day if the sun wouldn't have burned my fair skin. There are chairs and umbrellas in the hotel for rent for only $3 for each chair and $2 for each umbrella. The ones out on the beach are $10 for each chair and $15 for the umbrella, so take advantage of the ones that the hotel offers.
The Pool/Hot Tubs...
The pool was lit up a beautiful violet color at night and there are 2 hot tubs. The entire pool deck overlooks the beach and is quite spacious. The only thing that I wished was that the pool bar was open past 5. I thought that it was odd to only have it open during the day. I know we would have stayed there for a light dinner and drinks at least one night while we were there had it been available. There is a BBQ every day around lunchtime, but it was $11 for a cheeseburger and chips so we opted to go to Lulu's and actually spent less.
The water taxi has a stop right behind the hotel on the Intracoastal Waterway. It is absolutely worth the price. They tell you about all of the beautiful mansions as you pass them such as who owns them, how much they cost and some of their features which were quite impressive. It also takes you downtown to Las Olas Blvd. It was like a small Rodeo Drive. The boutiques, galleries and cafes were beautiful and impressive. We enjoyed this very much an plan to take more advantage of it next time we are there. That's right, NEXT TIME.
We have decided that we will be returning the the BeachPlace Towers again next year in June for our yearly summer vacation. There is still so much to do and see that we did not experience. We can't wait until next year!
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- Experience the seaside from your balcony at the Marriott's BeachPlace Tower. Just a few footprints from the beach, you can smell the ocean while you open your door. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marriott`s Beachplace Towers Hotel Fort Lauderdale
- Marriott Beachplace Hotel
- Marriott Fort Lauderdale
- Fort Lauderdale Marriott