The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale
What We Love
- The 29,000 square foot rooftop pool complex
- A lavish spa with 11 treatment rooms and a private Jacuzzi terrace
- The well-stocked wine cellar with a cozy, built-in bar
What To Know
- The beach is also open to the public
- For unobstructed ocean views, request the 7th floor or above
- Valet parking costs $35 overnight
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
City and sea come together at this 192-room resort, built to resemble a luxury liner. The Atlantic Ocean is on one side and the Intracoastal Waterway and city of Fort Lauderdale, on the other. Guests lie on the beach or dip in and out of the heated pool on the 7th-floor tropical pool deck, interrupting their relaxation only for a Sapphire Sea Treatment in the spa, lunch at the poolside café, or sunset drinks at the oceanfront bar. Come dinnertime, there’s antipasto and risotto at Via Luna, with a view of the moon reflected on the ocean.
In the Area
Whether they’re interested in land, sea, or shops, there are opportunities nearby for guests to indulge their passions. Golfers are welcome at the Grande Oaks Golf Course (immortalized in the film Caddyshack), fishing enthusiasts charter a boat or check out the Fishing Hall of Fame, and shopaholics take a taxi (or water taxi) to the boutiques and cafés of Las Olas Boulevard. To take in the sights from the water, book a gondola tour of the city often called America’s Venice.
How to Get There
Stayed at the hotel this past weekend, just a short getaway for my wife and I. Our room (909) was terrific, overlooking the ocean. Big room, huge bathroom, very comfortable bed. My wife and I had terrific massages at the spa as well.
Bad was we had no internet or wifi service for our entire stay. We called down to the front desk Saturday afternoon, they sent someone up to "fix" it, and it still didn't work. On Sunday, when the wifi still did not work, we called down again, someone came up to explain that they had to move the desk (it is bolted down) and replace the router, or whatever was in the room. We left around five to go to Miami for dinner. When we returned at 10, still no wifi. I called down yet again to the front desk and they explained to me that someone came up and it could not be fixed. How does a hotel not have wifi in a room, and how do they not fix it????
For the ugly, my wife and I spent Saturday at the pool. Someone came over to us, very nice, and asked if we wanted to order food. It took well over 30 minutes to deliver a plate of fruit, then a couple of hours later, took almost an hour to deliver a wrap and salad, where the salad was completely wrong.
I was an SPG Platinum member for many years, now a Platinum Elite member with Marriott and have never had any issues, especially at a high end resort like the Ritz. This was crazy...and will give me pause when coming back to Fort Lauderdale.
This review is long overdue but we had to give a shout out to Sammi on Club Level for making our trip a wonderful and memorable one. She looked after us and took such good care of us that we would go back in a minute! Aside from the club lounge we spent most of our time at the pool and often went to the beach to go swimming given how warm the pool was. Breafast at Burlock Coast was delicious and Sammi hooked us up with reservations at the best restaurants for dinner.
We went to the ritz Carlton
Disgusting service, asked for a Bombay gin got a house gin, vodka soda, only got the soda. So for $50, 2x house gins 1x soda (without vodka). 1x beer,
wow how to rip off the tourist???