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
- 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
Spent a long, luxurious three nights here. Room and bath were large and clean. Property is a great respite from busy Ft. Lauderdale beach. Though you can 'hear" the people on the beach, the pool deck is seven floors up - seems secluded. Loved the pool side service, especially bartender Sean and Kayla. Like many resorts, you must go early to reserve a chair if you have a particular location in mind. Pool is a little on the small side and is shared with children and adults, which is sometimes charming and sometimes noisy. Restaurant service is exceeding slow. The first night we waited quite a while to be seated and then, once seated, were never served at all! We got up to leave and the restaurant said they'd send up drinks to our room right away, but took over an hour and we were already asleep. The manager Marta was quick to apologize and extended good service for our next visit, though we continued to find table service slow. Our room, 814, was very noisy with mechanical noises and people traipsing to elevator, fitness center and club suite. Our toilet was difficult to flush and noisy too. Overall, we had a lovely time, with some examples of great service, but for the very expensive price, you expect five stars and this didn't quite make it. I would go back, but would try to seek a lower rate before doing so.
On a corporate getaway, stayed our first night on our own at the Ritz, then moved down the road to the W Hotel to join our group. Both great choices, but service at the Ritz is just a step above, from the moment you arrive, bags are handled and you will never have to open a door. Front desk provided a bottle of water and a rum punch sample welcome. We were upgraded to an ocean view king room, incredible view. Note the shower/deep tub combo is a challenge for a shorter or physically challenged person to access. While the tub looked inviting for a late night bath, there were no bath salts or bubble bath product available for sale or at the desk. We were told the spa closed at 6:30, so we missed our chance. Another oddity, the resort fee included a water taxi ticket, but you have to ask for it from the concierge. Since my wife and I stayed one night, we were given just one ticket, had to purchase a second ticket from the taxi company. The room itself is fine, seemed bigger with the large open balcony. Great location with a CVS next door and across from the beach. We did have dinner at the onsite restaurant, Burlock Coach, excellent service from our Brazilian waiter who recommended the delicious focaccia bread appetizer. Front desk provided a coupon for both of us to enjoy a rum punch, and they offer half price bottles of wine on Wednesday’s. We enjoyed it all and would definitely stay again
Enjoyed cocktails at the bar. Martin, the bartender, was super friendly and very accommodating. The drink list is vast and they'll pretty much do anything to make you happy. There's indoor and outdoor seating with the bar open to the outside and open to the inside. There's heaters outside if it's chilly in the winter. Nice experience.
We spent the last 3 days of our honeymoon in Fort Lauderdale at the Ritz Carlton, and found the hotel and amenities to be incredibly pleasant, and in fact, we felt very spoiled! We took advantage of the club lounge multiple times for delicious breakfasts, lunches, mixed drinks, coffees and appetizers. The ladies in the lounge were always ready to get us whatever we needed and to greet us with a huge smile as soon as we walked in!
We spent two days down at the beach in front of the hotel, and were set up with chairs, towels and an umbrella with Ruben's help on day 1. We mentioned to Ruben that we were honeymooning, so on day 2, he surprised us with an upgrade to a private two person beach bed with an umbrella, two extra chairs in case we wanted to lay in the sun, towels rolled up like swans with their heads making a heart shape, an ice bucket full of waters, and then later, a BEAUTIFUL, very thoughtful dessert plate of a congratulatory chocolate cake and bride and groom chocolate covered strawberries!
Thanks so much Ruben and everyone at the Ritz Carlton! What an amazing way to end our honeymoon :)
I had a large residential suite for 2 days before a cruise. Check in was late at night and I was the only one at the desk where there two people. The process took longer than it should have and there as confusion about how to code my keys, etc. Eventually, I was on my way to my suite. Once there, I repeatedly tried open my suite and they keys would not work. Come to find out that the wrong room number was written down on keys and I was trying to enter someone else’s room at 1 am!! I had to go all the way back down to the first floor to sort this out. While apologetic and very nice, the staff never should have made this mistake. What is more basic than sending a guest to the correct room?? The suite, itself, was large enough, although the kitchen area was extremely small. A piece of the microwave trim fell on my head the first time I opened it up, and it could have cut me had I been turned differently. I found the sofa in the living room area very comfortable, but the dining table and other pieces of furniture felt very cheap. They lacked weight and substance, especially for the price of the suite. When I tried to go out into the balcony, I could not. The lock was broken (they did fix it promptly upon my request). In the bedroom, I was very frustrated to find no extra outlets or USB charging outlets near the bed. There was a single outlet that was monopolized by the phone. And, if you unplugged that phone, the other phones in the suite didn’t work at all. The hotel is in a beautiful location and the staff was nice. My special requests were all honored (topper on the bed, no mini bar food in the suite and accepting a delivery of groceries in advance and putting them into the refrigerator). All in all, it was an okay stay, but I expected a bit more, especially for the very high price.