Pelican Grand Beach Resort – A Noble House Resort
What We Love
- Beachfront setting in a quiet, residential part of Fort Lauderdale
- Eating on the open-air porch with views of ocean sunrises
- Pool area with towel service and a lazy river
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What To Know
- There is a $15 daily resort fee and $30 per night valet parking charge
- Showers are a bit on the small side
- The second floor ocean view suites all share the same huge outdoor terrace
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Drive north on Fort Lauderdale’s Beach Boulevard (Route A1A) and it’s hard to miss the navy blue striped awnings over the windows. Built in 2005, Pelican Grand Beach Resort, a Noble House Resort channels a Victorian beach house, and the elegant lobby marries a casual island vibe — coral table lamps, paintings of tropical locales, palm leaf ceiling fans — with an air of sophistication. When the sunlight shines into the lounge, the polished marble floors and the chandelier hanging from the dome ceiling glisten, and the outdoor porch lined with white rocking chairs invites you to take things down a notch.
Bed and Bath
Most of the 156 guestrooms and suites come with ocean views, although 18 offer city vistas and brilliant sunsets. All guestrooms have cast iron King beds, pineapple desk lamps, wicker chairs and flat-screen TVs; some have private balconies. The suites also feature a living area that’s separated from the bedroom by a wall of French windows. When the patio doors are propped open, the sounds of crashing ocean waves lull guests to sleep. The bathrooms offer a separate shower and tub and high-end toiletries.
The light and airy O2K Lounge offers crafted cocktails and lunch bites (think turkey clubs) to guests lounging on the patio, the beach or in the pool area. The more upscale Ocean2000 restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as an award-winning Sunday brunch. In the evening, dine alfresco amid flickering tiki torches on such fare as broiled Atlantic swordfish with papaya salsa. For a quick daytime snack, the Emporium is a throwback to an old-fashioned soda shop, with milkshakes, specialty coffees and 15 flavors of ice cream, plus beach gear and souvenirs for sale. For some relaxation, take a dip in the zero-entry pool or float in Fort Lauderdale’s only lazy river. A full-service spa and additional outdoor patios are slated to open in early 2015.
In the Area
The area surrounding the Pelican Grand Beach Resort, A Noble House Resort is quiet, but many attractions are easily accessible by car or shuttle. Beach Hopper Tours offer open-air transportation (and guided tours) and is an ideal way for visitors to get their bearings. A short walk away is Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, a hidden gem nestled between the beach and the Intracoastal Waterway, and across from it is the Bonnet House Museum and Gardens, a historic artist’s estate. For a casual lunch or dinner, head north to Greek Islands Taverna or south to bustling Las Olas Boulevard, the main strip, which has numerous dining, shopping and nightlife options.
How to Get There
We had a wonderful overnight stay in this beautiful hotel, which is the only hotel on the beach in Fort Lauderdale. Luis at the front desk was very friendly and nothing was too much to ask. You won't find breakfast like this anywhere else, especially if Frank is your host!
We stayed at the pelican grand for a few nights and sat on the beach every day. Brian Brown provided exceptional beach service. From setting up our chairs and umbrellas to constantly making sure we were comfortable and had everything that we needed. The rest of the staff could learn a thing or two from Brian.
Great room and property! Beach is amazing. Awkward entry in to pool and facility as you have to pass people having lunch or dinner to come in from beach and go to pool. No entry to beach from pool area. Again just awkward.