W Fort Lauderdale
What We Love
- Two infinity pools—one overlooking the ocean, one facing the Intracoastal and city
- Two hopping hotspots—Rande Gerber’s Whiskey Blue bar and the Living Room Lounge
- The celebrated Bliss Spa and Bliss products in every room
What To Know
- Some rooms have glass shower doors open to the room; if you’re traveling with a pal, not a partner, ask to avoid these
- Tower 1 is closer to the main pool, restaurant, and gym than Tower 2
- Ocean view rooms see stunning sunrises; if you’re a late sleeper, ask for a city view
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
W Fort Lauderdale is a 517-room symbol of the new, more sophisticated face this former Spring-Break destination is wearing these days. It offers grown-up fun at every turn: one of the two infinity pools (Wet East) has glass panels on the bottom that let swimmers and guests having a signature cocktail in the Living Room lounge below get a glimpse of one another. The in-house restaurant, Stephen Starr’s STEAK 954, pairs creative cocktails and views of a 15-foot-long reef aquarium with its dry-aged beef.
In the Area
Talk about an embarrassment of riches: Fort Lauderdale has 23 miles of beaches (the W is situated on 315 feet of them), and 300 miles of canals and creeks (hence its nickname as the Venice of America). Explore the natural beauty at Fort Lauderdale Beach or by taking a gondola tour or river cruise, then head farther afield for an airboat or swamp buggy eco-tour of the Everglades. There are plenty of indoor adventures to be had, too, whether it’s taking in the Museum of Art or sampling the restaurants of Las Olas Boulevard.
How to Get There
I had visited the resort in the past and eaten at the restaurants and used the pool but this was my first experience staying at the resort. At check-in we were upgraded from a standard ocean view room to a two bedroom ocean view. It was just myself and a girlfriend so we didn’t need the space but the room was gorgeous and very spacious. It was a great surprise! After check-in we went to El Vez downstairs to grab a drink and an appetizer. The service was just okay. We sat at the bar for probably 10 minutes and nobody acknowledged us which was strange because there was only about 8-10 other people at the bar. The male bartender was talking to a group of guys and the female was putting away bottles. Once we got the attention of the female, she was nice enough and the food and drinks we ordered were very good. The next morning we ate breakfast at Steak 954. First of all, the views are breathtaking. Something about the serenity of a breakfast on the water just can’t be beat. The server was very attentive and even went out of his way to help my girlfriend find some allergy medicine. I wish I could remember his name. The food was OMG! I had the Salmon Benedict and it was quite possibly one of the best things I have eaten in a long time. After that we went up to the pool which was very crowded but the pool butler was awesome. He found us two chairs and even brought us an umbrella even though we insisted that he didn’t have to. The vibe at the pool was great. There was all different types of people; families with young children, groups of friends, couples, etc. The music was great, the server attentive, and food and drinks good. Check out was a breeze and valet was quick. Definitely a wonderful experience and going on my permanent list of a local vacation spot.
W won’t even let you review on ther web site. Horrible experience. Staff refused to serve us at 830 on Thursday 7/ 19/ 2018 at 9pm. Very few people on 4th floor balcony. Also cheap cheesy room with 7 dollar water yet Hilton water is free! Horrible experience go next door!
All in all a wonderful stay. The hotel, staff and location surpassed our expectations. Great facilities all around and the fact that we were able to follow the TdF while burning some calories on the treadmill was a huge bonus.
We shared some delicious meals at El Vez and Steak954 - top notch!
We can’t say enough about the W Hotel in Fort Lauderdale! Especially Manager Dervin Webb- he made our trip absolutely incredible! Beyond professional, accommodating, kind, sweet and made our stay an amazing experience- we were WOWED by Dervin! He is a pro and a total Super Star! We are so grateful to have met him.
Although our trip was initially to attend a funeral, the amazing experiences @ W surpassed any/all expectations (and we are spoiled). Upon check out Sunday, we asked the desk clerk if we could stay one more night. Ms. Katie Done (W Insider) took us aside, and gave us a SPECTACULAR penthouse room with wraparound balcony for regular room rate. If that wasn't enough she heard it was soon our anniversary and sent a bottle of complimentary champagne and box of chocolates to our suite. We plan on returning in a month. VERY VERY satisfied, impressed and rested.