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
I stayed here on a business trip a few months ago and will be back in a few weeks. I love this hotel. It's clean and the rooms are perfect. The balcony gives you a chance to unwind especially after a full day of work. I really llike having the full kitchen and the washer and dryer.
Parking is a little expensive but it is valet which is easy.
What a great find! Stayed here for a business trip and will come back with my family. The lobby was very nice and modern and a beautiful view of the intercostal.
The rooms are very large with a decent kitchen area. The washer and dryer are of course useful and surprising in a hotel room! Bed was very comfortable.
No complaints! Free breakfast was an added perk.
We stayed 2 nights on the 9th floor in a suite, as the regular rooms were sold out when I booked, but we did not regret it. The apartment was huge, bed was comfortable, view was spectacular, balcony was big. Location was good, but you have to walk a few minutes to reach the beach. We took our car to go a little bit further, to a nicer beach. They gave us beach towels and even a sunshade. The guy at the front desk was really friendly.
I prefer showers with glass walls in a hotel, than a bath. I don’t really like the curtains, they don’t seem too hygienic to me. In this suite they had bath, unfortunately. But at least it looked clean.
The only thing what was not good in this hotel is the breakfast. One day the pancake which we made was soo bad and sour. Nobody ate them. The eggs and the sausages are also not the greatest. Needs a little improvement in quality.
We loved everything about this hotel. The room was lovely looking over the inter coastal. The breakfast was a great perk and it seemed to take into account different healthy options. The hotel had an umbrella and chairs for us to borrow when we went to the beach. The staff was friendly and very accommodating. We highly recommend this. Marriott Residence Inn.
Nice hotel, clean. Breakfast is not fancy but it’s hot and free! Rooms with efficient kitchenette 👌🏾
Biggest issue , not child friendly at all! No changing tables in the women’s bathrooms. No kids pool.