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
I had the opportunity of staying at this hotel for a little over 6 months and i have nothing but praise for this hotel and all of the wonderful staff that work there. The General Manager Donnie and his front desk staff makes sure that everyone checking in is treated with respect and smile no matter how unruly or rude of patron you are. I was able to observe this first hand through my many days there. This is also the only Residence Inn I know of that has Valet parking and the gentleman working valet are first class 24hours a day. The rooms offer you a breathtaking view every morning and evening unlike any other i can remember overlooking the beautiful Fort Lauderdale intracoastal. The real hidden gem here though is there restaurant that isn't advertised but their chefs can prepare some of the best Italian dishes in the area with an awesome view for dining. The hotel has recently underwent a renovation that only added to the beauty and design of the rooms here.
P.S. if the staff ever reviews this i would like to say to Ashley, Danae, Danielle, Stacey, Chris, Melton, Jorge and Corey. That you guys are awesome at what you do!
I found myself looking for a hotel near Lauderdale by the Sea and came across this Marriott property. I was pleasantly surprised with a GREAT stay. Hotel feels new. Rooms were large and comfortable. Great views of the Inter-coastal water way. Staff was good, valet parking available. Also close to restaurants and live music. I would definitely recommend this Residence Inn and will be back.
Ended our trip here as we got married here 5 years ago. Was disappointed after reading reviews that they didn’t do anything special after reading that they did for someone else in a review. Had to leave in early am for flight and no coffee was available for us and we could not stay for breakfast. Staff at front desk wasn’t overly friendly. Night staff said sorry no coffee yet when asked nothing further or an offer for something else. No luggage racks in room. When asked was brought a broken one. FYI the beds are very high and hard to get in if you are short.