The Riverside Hotel's enviable location on Las Olas Boulevard combines the delightful ambiance of restaurants and nightclubs interspersed with art and antique galleries, plus exclusive boutiques.
Charming, tree-lined Las Olas is frequented by shoppers, businessmen, visitors and artists at all times of the day, while at night it becomes a romantic wonderland that includes horse-drawn carriage rides similar to those found in Central Park, New York.
Situated on the banks of New River, the Riverside Hotel is only blocks from Fort Lauderdale's central business district. Guests can stroll the mile-long Riverwalk which leads from the pioneer Stranahan House to the acclaimed Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the Museum of Discovery and Science and IMAX Theater, the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, and the Broward County Main Library.
Here is the tropical paradise for which Fort Lauderdale is famous, and the Riverside Hotel will put you in the heart of charming and historic Las Olas Boulevard.
The hotel is also just minutes from the Fort Lauderdale / Hollywood International Airport, Port Everglades International Cruise Port, and the Broward County Convention Center.
Hotel amenities include:
Heated outdoor pool
Same day dry-cleaning service
Daily Maid service
Outdoor Boat dock
Two restaurants & lounges offering indoor/outdoor dining
Over 11,000 sq ft of banquet/meeting facilities
24-hour front desk
Room service 7 days a week
Free High Speed Internet Hard-wire Connection in Sleeping Rooms
Coffee maker with complimentary regular/decaf coffee service and tea
Complimentary in-room Hair dryers
7-story self-parking garage
The Riverside is a no-smoking hotel
Located directly on Las Olas Boulevard
Stranahan House 0.1
Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Art 0.4
Las Olas Riverfront 0.4
Jungle Queen Riverboats 0.4
Port Everglades Cruise Terminal 0.4
Old Fort Lauderdale Village and Museuem 0.6
Museum of Discovery and Science 0.7
Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum 1.2
Old Dillard Art and Cultural Museum 1.2
Kidney Stone Center South Florida 1.2
Lauderdale Marina 1.4
Broward Convention Center 1.7
Cruise Line Terminal 1.7
International Swimming Hall of Fame 1.9
Fort Lauderdale Beachfront 1.9
Sebastian Beach 2.0
The Gallery at Beach Place 2.1
Ft Lauderdale Amtrak 2.1
Terramar Beach 2.1
Bonnet House 2.3
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park 2.4
African American Research Library and Cultural Center 2.6
Wilton Manors 2.8
Ft Lauderdale / Hollywood Airport (FLL) 3.4
Broward Center for the Performing Arts 3.6
Holy Cross Hospital 4.7
Lloyd State Park 4.8
Fort Lauderdale Stadium 5.2
Lockhart Stadium 5.4
Fort Lauderdale Execu
May 21, 2013
Si-and-Sam, Telford, UK | Trip type: Couples
Following a simple drive up from South Beach, we arrived at Ft Lauderdale and found the hotel easily. The car park is hidden around the back of the hotel, but...
Following a simple drive up from South Beach, we arrived at Ft Lauderdale and found the hotel easily. The car park is hidden around the back of the hotel, but fairly straight-forward once you're there. We had booked a Tower Room which gave us a superb view over the River - a lovely way to start the day! The room itself was spacious with excellent amenities - the A/C was nice and cool and yet extremely quiet too. Right outside of the hotel and you're on Las Olas Blvd, with many excellent bars & restaurants within a 5-10 minutes stroll - would definitely stay here again when next in Ft Lauderdale! « less
“Hard to find, but worth the search”
May 20, 2013
Colin G, halifax
We booked this hotel through priceline so we were a little skeptical about what we would end up with. Needless to say we were very pleased. To echo some reviews...
We booked this hotel through priceline so we were a little skeptical about what we would end up with. Needless to say we were very pleased. To echo some reviews below, yes it is challenging to find, especiallly where its listed on E Las Olas Blvd but parking there is near impossible so you need to go around the back to SE 4th - no biggie, but certainly worth noting.
The hotel itself is quite charming. Its larger than it lets itself on to be and there are many amenities on site (dining, bar, pool, water taxi, etc). The ladies at the front desk were very helpful on check in and polite. I assume we were in the old part of the hotel just based on other reviews so we were on the 3rd floor. The room had a certain Florida/Spanish charm but was very clean. I was surprised to find that the refrigerator had a lock which you had to request the key from the front desk. Overall though, good size room that was clean ans a great bed and pillows.
The location itself is fantastic. You walk out of the hotel and you're in the thick shops, restaurants and the pool is just across the road on the canal. The beach is only a 15 minute jog, 25 minute walk down the road so you can pack a bag and walk there for the day, or perhaps the water taxi does it faster, I can't review because we didn't take it.
Overall this hotel is a great deal if you can get one. A must stop if you plan on getting a ful taste of what downtown Fort Lauderdale can offer. « less
“Recommended, but with some reservations”
May 13, 2013
Overall, I was pleased with the Riverside, but with caveats. It is difficult to locate with GPS and I had to circle the block several times to locate the parking...
Overall, I was pleased with the Riverside, but with caveats. It is difficult to locate with GPS and I had to circle the block several times to locate the parking lot and entrance. I finally had to park at an office lot and call the front desk for directions. The check-in staff are extremely helpful and friendly. My biggest complaint is the expense of parking and the parking deck from HELL! The parking deck is extremely cramped and circular. If you are from Europe and used to it, fine. If not, be extremely careful! Why can't they make arrangements to use the parking lot outside the hotel? Is it just for the local shops? « less
“Best City Location Away From Beach”
May 12, 2013
SoloSpirit, Canada | Trip type: Solo travel
In February 2013 I stayed at the Riverside Hotel before a cruise and had a terrific time. This hotel has the best location in the city away from the beach....
In February 2013 I stayed at the Riverside Hotel before a cruise and had a terrific time. This hotel has the best location in the city away from the beach. You can walk everywhere, or public transportation is easily accessible (bus, water taxi, or shuttle to Sawgrass Mills mall). There is a CVS grocery and Starbucks within walking distance. Many quaint shops along Los Olas Blvd, and the Riverwalk too. Based on other reviews, I booked a room in the new tower. Although near the elevators, it was quiet. Hotel restaurant is good. All in all, this will be my hotel of choice when I return to Fort Lauderdale. « less
“Old and New & Both Wonderful!”
May 11, 2013
JohnMackGreen | Trip type: Friends getaway
The Riverside, centrally located on beautiful Los Olas Boulevard and just a few miles from the airport (and immediately adjacent to the oh-so-fun Ft. Lauderdale water taxis - $20 for...
The Riverside, centrally located on beautiful Los Olas Boulevard and just a few miles from the airport (and immediately adjacent to the oh-so-fun Ft. Lauderdale water taxis - $20 for all-day), is both a classic mid-thirties elegant hotel and an almost-brand-new high-rise addition that retains the Hotel's charm and historic feel. Los Olas Boulevard ("The Waves") leads straight to Ft. Lauderdale's beautiful public beach to the east and to the great shopping, dining, and nightlife area, Riverfront, to the west. Immediately around the Hotel are great shops and restaurants, too. « less
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Traditional Guest Room
This room has 1 king bed or 1 queen bed. It measures 300 square feet (27 square meters) and is located in a 3- or 6-story 1930s building. It features a high ceiling, vintage furniture (including desk, 2 upholstered chairs, and reading table) and floral fabrics. Wired high-speed Internet access is complimentary. The bathroom has a tub/shower. Non-smoking only.
Executive Tower Room w/ Balcony 1 King
This room has 1 king bed and measures 525 square feet (48 square meters). The balcony has 2 chairs and tables, with views of the city and river. Located on floors 9-12 of Executive Tower, this room is larger than the traditional room. The contemporary decor includes a chair with ottoman, table and 2 chairs, and a desk. The TV has pay movies. Wired high-speed Internet access is complimentary. The phone has voice mail and a minibar is available. The bathroom features a shower/tub combination and green-marble vanity. Non-smoking.
Classic Guest Room
This room has 1 king bed, 1 queen bed, or 2 double beds. It measures 300 square feet (27 square meters) and is located in a 3- or 6-story 1930s building. It features contemporary tropical/vintage Florida-inspired decor and furnishings. Amenities include a flat-screen TV and minibar. Wired high-speed Internet access is complimentary. Non-smoking only.
Executive Tower Rooms
This room has 1 king bed or 2 queen beds and measures 525 square feet (48 square meters). Located in the 12-story contemporary tower, it is larger than the traditional room. The contemporary decor includes a chair with ottoman, table and 2 chairs, and a desk. The TV has pay movies. Wired high-speed Internet access is complimentary. The phone has voice mail and a minibar is available. The bathroom has a shower/tub combination and green-marble vanity. Non-smoking.
Amenities - Riverside Hotel
Baggage storage facilities
Breakfast in room
Credit card accepted: Mastercard/Visa
Credit card accepted: American Express
Credit card accepted: Discover
Credit card accepted: Diners Club
Electronic key card
Facilities for the disabled
Fitness and health center
Internet - ethernet
Internet is Complimentary
Movies in room
24 hours opened
Office or business center
Private bathroom in room
Private car parking
Private garden grounds
Radio in room
Safe in rooms
Self controlled heating/cooling system
Shows or evening entertainment
Swimming pool - outdoor
Tea and coffee making facilities
Telephone in all rooms
TV - Free Cable
Sorry, pets are not allowed.
Airport & Shuttle Information - Riverside Hotel
Fort Lauderdale FLL Airport 04 miles
Miami International 30 miles
West Palm Beach 45 Miles
Coming from I-95
Take I-95 to Broward Boulevard and head east. Continue on Broward until you pass US-1 (Federal Highway). One block after passing US-1 make a right onto S.E. 8th Avenue. Continue south on S.E. 8th Avenue, cross over Las Olas Boulevard, and continue one block to S.E. 4th Street. Turn right on S.E. 4th Street and continue 500' to the Valet Stand at the entrance of the hotel.
Coming from US-1 [from the North or South]
Take US-1 to Broward Boulevard and head east. Continue on Broward one block and make a right onto S.E. 8th Avenue. Continue south on S.E. 8th Avenue four blocks, cross over Las Olas Boulevard, and continue one block to S.E. 4th Street. Turn right on S.E. 4th Street and continue 500' to the Valet Stand at the entrance of the hotel.
Airport Shuttle? Sorry, no airport shuttle available.
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