Residence Inn by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Intracoastal/Il Lugano
What We Love
- Intracoastal Waterway setting is also a convenient stop on the water taxi, which takes passengers to major points of interest
- The traditional mozzarella-pulling class at da Campo Osteria, with wine and prosecco
- Pet-friendly hotel
What To Know
- The hotel is six miles north of downtown Fort Lauderdale, by Galt Ocean Mile, and the closest beach is two blocks away
- There is no spa or sauna, but there is a small fitness room
- Parking is valet-only, at a rate of $27 a day
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Sailboats silently slip by the Il Lugano Hotel on the Intercoastal Waterway in Fort Lauderdale, the “Venice of America.” Located in a residential neighborhood dotted with local businesses, the Il Lugano is removed from the busy tourist area but is still just a short walk from the beach. Opened in 2008, the 104-room hotel is infused with a Florida-meets-Mediterranean vibe, from the ivy winding up the front columns to the swaying coconut trees in the rear. In the lobby entrance thousands of tiny, colorful glass tiles contrast against the sleek black and white lounge furniture, while a chic tropical motif can be found throughout the hotel.
Bed and Bath
All suites are fitted with oversize private terraces that overlook the Atlantic Ocean or the Intracoastal Waterway — the latter have sunset views, a rarity on the east coast of Florida. Guests can choose from four suite options that blend soft, natural shades of nut brown, gray and cream into contemporary yet organic decor. Nearly 70 percent of the hotel consists of the 800-square-foot Lugano Suites, which are tailored to entertaining or extended stays. These spacious rooms feature washer/dryers, Bose sound systems with iPod docks, and kitchenettes equipped with glassware and china. Additional suite comforts include European bath products, plush robes, cotton slippers and beds fitted with 400-thread-count linens.
Private cabanas run the length of the property along the water’s edge, while yachts line the shores in front of the mansions across the Intracoastal. A secluded outdoor pool area with cushioned lounge chairs and a dreamy mural by a local artist, as well as a fountain-fed Jacuzzi also help set the stage for a blissful afternoon. Sip a cocktail at a high-top table outside, or — if you want a break from the sun without missing the views — da Campo Osteria serves Italian fare indoors, showcasing an open kitchen. Chefs demonstrate tableside mozzarella preparation, and such dishes as scallops puttanesca are tossed with fresh homemade anchovy tagliatelle, grape tomatoes, and kalamata olives. Tapas specials are served at the illuminated glass-quartz lobby bar while guests enjoy live performances by solo instrumentalists. For a night out on the town, Cadillac Escalades are on hand to transport guests anywhere within a two-mile radius.
In the Area
No visit to Fort Lauderdale is complete without spending time on the water, so get an early start on the Water Taxi tour boat. One must-stop is Briny Irish Pub, an open-air favorite in the picturesque Las Olas Riverfront that is covered from floor to ceiling with nautical-themed nonsense. South Florida is a popular place for paddleboarding, and it’s not unusual to find a friendly manatee swimming next to your board. Boat rentals, kiteboarding and scuba diving are readily available, and several deep sea fishing charters offer a chance to reel in marlin or mahi mahi. Within walking distance of the hotel, try Thasos Greek Taverna, a trendy new restaurant, or Blue Jean Blues, a casual jazz and blues club.
How to Get There
Stayed here for 3 nights . The staff was great at check in very friendly. They had champagne and mimosas at check in ! The hotel lobby was clean smelled good ! My room was huge . It was equipped with a washer, dryer , refrigerator ,stove and microwave as well as a dining table . We had a beautiful view of the intercostal and down town Fort Lauderdale from our balcony. They also offer complementary breakfast everyday ! Nice restaurant as well as outdoor dining area and pool . The hotel is walking distance to the beach . Huge sports bar next door to hotel . Lots of great restaurants near by. Location was quiet . Hotel has valet parking but there is also Meter parking check the hours on the Meter to see what hours you can park there . I would definitely stay here again and highly recommend it !
Arrived late and had difficulties understanding the pickup driver's instructions and then sent to a dirty room. It's 1 am mind you, and I had been flying since 4 am the previous day.
I was sent to a different room so I pranked the front desk staff by telling her the second room wasn't clean either. We had a laugh, but just making light of a situation that wasn't her fault...mistakes happen.
Breakfast was well done and the morning shuttle was swift and safe.
Being sent to a dirty room was the Major factor in the average rating.
This hotel is a hidden treasure. I kind of hate to let others know about it - I want to come back!. It is a little off the beaten path in a quiet residential area that is easy walking distance from entertainment, lots of restaurants and bars, neat specialty shops and best of all the BEACH! They will even loan you beach chairs and towels for your beach afternoon. Or in the afternoon when the beach is too breezy, it is very peasant to lounge on the deck by the intercoastal, suck on a drink from the bar and wave to the yachts as they pass. The pool is a little disappointing but it is swimmable .
The rooms are clean and quiet. Each has its own balcony . We were in a one-bedroom suite on the 10th floor with a balcony off the living room and one off the bedroom. We had a view of the ocean through a few high rises and could see the daily departure of cruise ships. When the neighbourhood bars are in full swing or the air conditioners across the road get roaring it is a little noisy but not unbearable. When the sliding doors are closed, no noise intrudes. The suite was very comfortable for the two of us and our two small dogs. Furnishings are showing their age but they are going to have a major refurbishment over the summer.
Housekeeping come daily and does a great job - even loading the dish washer. The very efficient front desk staff is very helpful as are the car valets/ bell hops. The in-suite laundry machines were very handy to have. **Although they have mandatory valet parking, you can save $25 a day by using the plentiful "pay and display" slots across the street - some right in front of the hotel.**
Breakfasts are in the Italian restaurant overlooking the intercoastal. A really nice spread including hot choices and fresh fruit along with bakery items.
While the residence is very nice - clean, well equipped apartment with lovely balconies overlooking either the intracoastal or the ocean, it wouldn't be this great without the excellent staff. From the valet guys (Ryan, Dave, Steve, Valdo, Marcos & Jean), to the cleaning staff (Franceline, Arthur, Justin,and all the rest & kudos to their supervisor, Veronica) to the morning breakfast crew (Wendy, John, Sheila) and finally, the absolutely best front desk staff I've ever encountered - Ashley, Stephanie, Michelle, Milton, Chris & Edwina, we cannot say enough good things about this property. It is simply our home away from home and we always miss it when it comes time to leave.
If I had one criticism, it would be that pets should be limited to specific floors like in most other hotels, since there are people with allergies. Though the rooms are kept very clean, it's difficult to get rid of every trace of pet hair & sometimes people don't want to stay in a room where an animal has been.
Coming back here again reminds me of why I love this place in the first place. Well appointed apartments with terraces and washers & dryers. Front desk staff is beyond great. Comfortable, clean rooms, terrific location. Intracoastal views are wonderful. Nice gym, nice pool area, decent breakfast.
All around, great place to stay in Ft. Lauderdale. Like having a home away from home.