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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Big shout out to stacy and cris who were working the front desk the day we checked in. They really made our anniversary very special. The room they chose for us was very nice overlooking the intercoastal. Cherry on top was a bottle of champagne 5 minutes after we checked in. Thank you both for great customer service.
Great rooms and very convenient to everything. We have stayed at Ocean Pointe and FT. Lauderdale. The RI was perfect as we like to cook breakfast. Nice pool. Excellent out door space. I look forward to my next stay.
Recently stayed here while our daughter was competing at the convention center. That being said is hotel is about 9 miles away if that is where you need to be. Our check in day followed the day of a massive water main break leaving most of Fort Lauderdale with no water. This hotel handled it seamlessly giving us the option to check in and/or reccomending other hotels. Milton and Corey were professional and polite on a day when I can only imagine guests were not.
This location was definitely like a home away from home. We chose the intracoastal view as their are buildings between the hotel and ocean so it's not full ocean view and it was very enjoyable sitting on our expansive patio watching the boats go by. We chose a one bedroom suite as we had our older daughter with us and it had a pull out couch for her and a large bathroom with a separate sink and toilet area. The kitchen had a small center island, a dishwasher, full fridge and stove. We made dinner in the room one night and enjoyed the complimentary breakfast everyday. The beach is walkable and very secluded and the front desk will give you towels and chairs.
Their is a restaurant on site and BoKamper's as well as a few others nearby. The water taxi can also be picked up next door at BoKamper's which is very convenient.
We had not one bad thing to say about this hotel as would definitely stay again.