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Fort Lauderdale, FL: Hotel & Motel Planning Guide

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Fort Lauderdale Hotels/Accommodations

Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach in Fort Lauderdale
+1-888-389-4121
440 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 Website
  • High end Beach property
  • 12 floors in hotel
  • Balcony could be nicer
  • WiFi in the room was very slow and frustrating
From$139
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Four Points by Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport/Cruise Port : 1800 South Federal Highway
+1-888-675-2083
1800 South Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
  • Affordable Airport property
  • 7 floors in property
  • Friendly service
  • Popular among couples
From$89
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AC Hotel by Marriott Ft. Lauderdale in Ft Lauderdale
+1-800-716-8490
3029 Alhambra St., Ft Lauderdale, FL 33304 ~2.44 miles east of Fort Lauderdale
  • Affordable hotel
  • Check in: 15:00
From$90
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Cocobelle Resort in Fort Lauderdale
+1-800-805-5223
2831 Vistamar St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
  • Two-star Beach hotel
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
From$84
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Hampton Inn Fort Lauderdale Downtown / Downtown / Las Olas Area : 250 North Andrews Ave.
+1-888-965-1860
250 North Andrews Ave., Ft Lauderdale, FL 33301 ~0.20 miles north of Fort Lauderdale
  • Affordable Downtown property
  • Hotel has an eco-friendly policy See more
From$89
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The Dalmar, Fort Lauderdale, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel
+1-888-788-5576
299 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
  • Affordable property
  • 209 sleeping rooms in hotel
From$90
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Riverside Hotel
+1-888-897-9207
620 East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
  • 3-star Downtown hotel
  • 220 rooms in hotel
  • Good access to airport
  • Most guests said rooms were clean enough
From$99
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Silver Seas Beach Resort
+1-888-311-4278
101 North Fort Lauderdale, Ft Lauderdale, FL 33304 ~0.62 miles west of Fort Lauderdale
  • Mid-scale property
  • Check in: 16:00
From$90
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Oasis Hotel : 1200 Miami Rd.
+1-888-469-4795
1200 Miami Rd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
  • Economical Downtown hotel
  • 18 rooms in hotel
From$54
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Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa
+1-888-734-9421
3030 Holiday Drvie, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
  • Expensive Resort hotel
  • 27 conference rooms in property
From$200
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Embassy Suites by Hilton Fort Lauderdale 17th Street in Fort Lauderdale
+1-888-841-5292
1100 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
  • Midscale Downtown property
  • Hotel has an eco-friendly policy Read more
  • Great location
  • Furniture needs more attention
From$119
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Victoria Park Hotel
+1-888-455-5160
855 NE 20th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
  • Mid-scale Beach hotel
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
From$89
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Extended Stay America – Ft. Lauderdale Airport / Cruise Port - Fort Lauderdale
+1-888-965-8297
1450 SE 17th St. Causeway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
  • Low priced Convention Center property
  • 2 suites in property
  • Furniture needs more attention
  • For 93%, the rooms looked old
From$54
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Hyatt Place Ft. Laud. Cruise Port
+1-888-906-6358
1851 SE 10th Ave., Ft Lauderdale, FL 33316 ~1.78 miles south of Fort Lauderdale
  • Three Star Airport hotel
  • Gym is available on property
  • Almost all guests said rooms were clean
  • Most guests found the staff to be very friendly
From$109
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Holiday Inn Express Cruise Airport in Fort Lauderdale
+1-888-749-6785
1500 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
  • Economy Convention Center hotel
  • Fitness / Gym is on-site
From$205
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The Link Hotel on Sunrise
+1-888-878-9982
1055 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
  • Affordable Beach hotel
  • Fitness center on property
From$89
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Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
+1-888-389-4485
1617 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
  • Four star Convention Center hotel
  • Hotel has 12 floors
From$119
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Crowne Plaza Hotel Fort Lauderdale Airport / Cruiseport An Ihg Ho - Fort Lauderdale
+1-888-389-4121
455 State Rd. 84, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
  • 3 star Airport hotel
  • 11 floors in hotel
From$86
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Hampton Inn Ft. Lauderdale Airport North Cruise Port in Fort Lauderdale
+1-888-675-2083
2301 SW 12th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
  • Midscale Airport hotel
  • Access to gym on-site
  • Rather comfortable
  • Clean pool area
From$84
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Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft Lauderdale Airport/Cru, an
+1-800-716-8490
1150 State Rd. 84, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
  • Affordable Airport property
  • 20 suites in property
  • Location is great
  • Under construction facility
From$149
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Best Western Fort Lauderdale Airport / Cruise Port : 1221 West State Rd. 84
+1-800-805-5223
1221 West State Rd. 84, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
  • Affordable Airport property
  • Check in time: 2:00 pm
  • Free internet
  • Excellent value
From$59
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Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina
+1-888-965-1860
2301 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
  • High end Resort property
  • Fitness center on property
From$99
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Winterset Hotel
+1-888-788-5576
2801 Terramar St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
  • Economy Beach property
  • 3 meeting rooms in property
From$89
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Beach Gardens Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
+1-888-897-9207
533 Orton Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
  • Economical Beach hotel
  • 3 conference rooms in property
From$94
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The Pillars Hotel & Club
+1-888-311-4278
111 North Birch Rd., Ft Lauderdale, FL 33304 ~2.35 miles east of Fort Lauderdale
  • 4 star hotel
  • Hotel has 2 floors
  • Great room
  • High priced breakfast
From$125
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Sea Beach Plaza
+1-888-469-4795
3081 Harbor Dr., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
  • Inexpensive Beach property
  • Check-in time: 11:00 AM
  • WiFi system needs upgrading
  • Fantastic service
From$42
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The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale - Fort Lauderdale
+1-888-734-9421
1 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
  • Luxury 5 star Oceanfront property
  • Check in: 4:00 PM
  • Shopping is ok
  • Well equipped gym
From$199
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Fala Hotel - Fort Lauderdale
+1-888-841-5292
3020 Seville St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
  • Three Star hotel
  • 26 rooms in hotel
From$90
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Hotel Maren Fort Lauderdale Beach Curio Collection by Hilton : 525 South Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.
+1-888-455-5160
525 South Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
  • Four star Beach property
  • Check in time: 4:00pm
From$75
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Cheston House - Exclusively All Male Gay Guest House
+1-888-965-8297
520 North Birch Rd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
  • Affordable property
  • 14 rooms in hotel
From$73
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Marriott's Beachplace Towers
+1-888-906-6358
21 South Ft Lauderdale Bch Bd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
  • 4 star hotel
  • Fitness center on property
From$160
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Elita Hotel
+1-888-749-6785
3030 Bayshore Dr., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
  • 3 star Beach hotel
  • Hotel has 3 floors
From$108
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Haven Hotel - Fort Lauderdale Airport
+1-888-878-9982
3001 SE 6th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
  • 2 star Airport property
  • Hotel has 14 rooms
  • Rooms could be larger
  • More comfort would be nice
From$40
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Courtyard Fort Lauderdale Downtown
+1-888-389-4485
721 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
  • 3 star Downtown property
  • 2 meeting rooms in property
From$80
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Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina
+1-888-389-4121
1881 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
  • 4 star Riverfront property
  • 20 conference rooms in property
From$75
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Candlewood Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airport/Cruise, an IHG Hotel : 1120 West State Rd. 84
+1-888-675-2083
1120 West State Rd. 84, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33315 ~2.23 miles south of Fort Lauderdale
  • Mid-scale Airport property
  • 5 floors in property
From$80
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Tara Hotel
+1-800-716-8490
524 Bayshore Dr., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
  • Cheap Beach hotel
  • 4 suites in hotel
From$83
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La Casa Hotel
+1-800-805-5223
2727 Terramar St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
  • Inexpensive Beach property
  • Hotel has 16 rooms
From$99
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The Reef - Fort Lauderdale
+1-888-965-1860
505 Orton Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
  • Cheap Beach property
  • 3 floors in hotel
From$89
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GALLERYone- A DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel
+1-888-788-5576
2670 East Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
  • High-end Beach hotel
  • Hotel has 231 suites
  • Almost all guests thought rooms were spacious
  • Hotel could use some updating
From$75
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Bahia Mar Ft. Lauderdale Beach- a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - Ft Lauderdale
+1-888-897-9207
801 Seabreeze Blvd., Ft Lauderdale, FL 33316 ~2.42 miles east of Fort Lauderdale
  • The Bahia Mar Ft. Lauderdale Beach- a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel is located along the Florida coastline in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Its guest rooms feature courtyard, marina, or ocean front views and offer a wide range of gracious amenities. Personalized voice mail systems, work desks, and Caribbean-style décor can be found in each room. On-site amenities include a skywalk with access to the beach, tennis courts, restaurants, and more.
  • 3-star Resort hotel
  • 296 rooms in hotel
From$99
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Tranquilo A North Beach Village Resort Hotel - Fort Lauderdale
+1-888-311-4278
2909 Vistamar St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
  • Economical Beach property
  • Gym is available on property
From$79
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Ocean Gate : 725 North Birch Rd.
+1-888-469-4795
725 North Birch Rd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
  • Mid-scale Beach hotel
  • 3 suites in hotel
From$80
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Days Inn by Wyndham Fort Lauderdale Airport Cruise Port - Ft Lauderdale
+1-888-734-9421
1700 West Broward Blvd., Ft Lauderdale, FL 33312 ~1.30 miles west of Fort Lauderdale
  • Inexpensive Downtown property
  • Comp. Breakfast
Travelodge by Wyndham Fort Lauderdale in Ft Lauderdale
+1-888-841-5292
1251 East Sunrise Blvd., Ft Lauderdale, FL 33304 ~1.32 miles northeast of Fort Lauderdale
  • Low-priced hotel
  • Hotel has 3 floors
Fortuna Hotel : 3016 Bayshore Dr.
+1-888-455-5160
3016 Bayshore Dr., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
  • Mid-scale Beach hotel
  • Hotel has 2 floors
Hyatt Centric Las Olas Fort Lauderdale : 100 East Las Olas Blvd.
+1-888-965-8297
100 East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
  • Four-star Downtown hotel
  • 4 meeting rooms in property
From$89
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Home2 by Hilton Fort Lauderdale Downtown Flagler Village : 315 NW 1st Ave. A
+1-888-906-6358
315 NW 1st Ave. A, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
  • Mid-scale Downtown hotel
  • Comp. Breakfast
From$109
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Fairfield by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Downtown / Las Olas
+1-888-749-6785
30 South Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
  • Cheap Downtown hotel
  • Access to gym on-site
From$99
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The Crowne Plaza Hotel : 455 SE 24th St.
+1-888-878-9982
455 SE 24th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
  • 3-star Airport hotel
  • 148 sleeping rooms in hotel
From$79
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Graph of Fort Lauderdale, FL Hotel Prices for Next 20 Days

Rates shown are nightly rates before taxes and do not necessarily reflect all Fort Lauderdale, FL discounts available. The chart reflects the cheapest Fort Lauderdale hotel for each day and each star rating category.

Fort Lauderdale has traditionally been associated with spring break parties since the 1960s when the movie "Where The Boys Are" put this beach town on the map. Well, the Fort Lauderdale "Strip" has matured over the years, and outside of spring break, the town is less of a party center than its neighbors along the coast. Today, this Floridian beach town offers a comforting respite with plenty of hotel options to suit your tastes in accommodations.

When to Visit

December to May is high season in Florida, when travelers come from across the U.S. for a break from the winter weather. If you come in spring, you'll want to make yourself aware of spring break dates before you plan your trip. From mid-May until September is low season, but the area still receives traffic from international tourists, families on summer vacation, and business travelers.

Prices are lower from June through October and you'll find fewer crowds, making these months a great time to visit if you can handle the heat. June through November is also hurricane season in Florida, so watch the weather closely if you plan to be in the area.

The average temperature in Fort Lauderdale is a comfortable 76 degrees. In winter, temps drop into the high 60s, and in summer months, the average high is 82 degrees. Rain is most common in June and September, but humidity can stay high throughout the summer.

Below is a chart of the current pricing seasonality of hotels and motels in Fort Lauderdale, FL:

seasonality of hotel rates in Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale by Star Rating

Below we've posted 3 graphs demonstrating mean nightly cost patterns by star rating class in Fort Lauderdale, FL. You can use these illustrations to calculate the most cost effective seasons to book in Fort Lauderdale for upcoming travels.

Luxury Hotel Options in Fort Lauderdale

4 Star Average Prices: $229.70

If you are looking for sumptuous surroundings and impeccable service, you will find it at Fort Lauderdale's premium hotels. The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale is a five-star property with a supreme beachfront location minutes from fine dining and upscale shopping options. Rooms at The Ritz-Carlton have private patios, pillow-top mattresses, and deep soaking tubs.

Resort amenities include a heated infinity pool, full-service spa, and concierge services. The on-site restaurant, Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits, earns high marks from guests, as do the tropical drinks available at the Poolside Café.

Another luxe option is the Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort. The resort's open-air spaces, tasteful pastels, and lavish use of palm trees give it a distinctly Floridian flair. This resort lives up to its Margaritaville name with its poolside bars, a tiki bar, and a hotel lounge, but the resort is a family-friendly place as well.

Rooms have luxurious beds, and up to two kids ages 17 or younger can stay free in their parents' room. Kids will love the swimming pools and the water slide.

At the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, you'll find a more quiet, modern décor that invites you to settle in and relax deeply. The resort has all the usual amenities, including private beach, swimming pool, and an on-site spa, plus some touches like town car service and complimentary lemonade, cookies, and cocktails. The Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa is popular with families as well, offering plenty of activities for both kids and adults, plus spacious suites that suit families well.

4 Star Hotel Prices in Fort Lauderdale

Low-Cost Hotel Options in Fort Lauderdale

3 Star Average Prices: $148.04

One of the best ways to find economy lodging in Fort Lauderdale is to stay near the airport instead of on the beach. By making this location switch, you can save yourself some money if you happen to pass through town to catch a cruise. Airport hotels are used to hosting cruise passengers and know how to get you to the cruise port on time.

Several airport hotels receive consistently good reviews from guests. The Best Western Fort Lauderdale Airport/Cruise Port and the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airport/Cruise Port both offer free airport shuttles, affordable shuttles to the cruise port, clean rooms, and a nourishing breakfast to get you going in the morning.

Affordable hotels are available on the beach and in the city center as well. The Ocean Beach Palace Hotel and Suites can put you next to the beach for the same price as an airport hotel. The building has a slightly retro feel, with rooms stacked on three floors around a small swimming pool, but the rooms are clean and comfortable, and the location is outstanding for this price point.

The hotel sits directly on the beach in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, less than five miles from the Fort Lauderdale city center. Lauderdale-by-the-Sea has its own walkable town center with stores, shopping, restaurants, and nightlife options.

Another affordable option in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is the Blue Strawberry By The Sea. The architecture here is retro-style as well, but the rooms are spacious and clean, and the location is close to the beach and the city center. This hotel is ideal for guests who plan to spend most of their time at the beach and need a clean, safe place to shower and sleep.

If you want to find a great rate in the Fort Lauderdale city center, try looking a few blocks off the beach. The Hampton Inn Ft. Lauderdale/Downtown Las Olas Area is a great example of an older property that is conveniently located, but without direct beach access. This hotel offers an afternoon reception, a swimming pool, and clean, comfortable rooms. While the venue is located in a business neighborhood, as long as you don't mind walking six or seven blocks, you'll find yourself in the middle of the tourist scene.

3 Star Hotel Prices in Fort Lauderdale

2 Star Average Prices: $128.42

2 Star Hotel Prices in Fort Lauderdale

Best Discounts

The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale offers special online pricing and periodic limited-time sales, so explore several dates if you have flexibility in your schedule. Booking early will help you find specials at the Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, which can save you 20 percent.

The Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa rewards you for early booking, too, with savings up to 15 percent. Marriott sometimes runs 48-hour sales, so if you don't find a rate you like, try again in a few days. Loyalty programs like Holiday Inn's Priority Club are a great way to be assured of free upgrades or earn free hotel nights.

Best Value Options in Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale offers a bouquet of value-priced hotels that fall somewhere between the economy options and the luxe resorts. You may have to give up amenities like room service or on-site spas, but these hotels are perfect for travelers who want to enjoy some indulgent options without breaking their travel budget.

The Drift Hotel is a great boutique option, a 2 1/2-star hotel that earns good reviews from its guests. The hotel is housed in a cute, cube-shaped building that manages to be close to the action yet tucked away from the crowds at the same time. The rooms, both deluxe rooms and suites, are comfortable, and the service is warm and friendly.

A continental breakfast is included in your stay here, but it's a simple affair. If you wake up with a hearty appetite, you'll find great restaurants within easy walking distance.

If you prefer a large, modern hotel, consider the Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach. This four-star beach hotel features gorgeous views and stunning facilities at a great price. You can choose from a variety of rooms, including some with floor-to-ceiling windows and sweeping views of the ocean. The pool isn't large or fancy, but you may not notice the pool with a clean, expansive beach at your front door. A restaurant and on-site bar, plus a buffet breakfast is available at a surcharge.

The Coral Key Inn is another option that's popular with mid-range travelers. This older property is on the beach in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. The Coral Key offers studio rooms and suites with expanded kitchen facilities, so you can warm up leftovers, prepare your own breakfast, or cook a meal.

What some may call an "aparthotel" has a nicely manicured outdoor pool area. The neighborhood is quiet, but offers easy access on foot to the beach and to the supermarkets, restaurants, and nightlife.

What to Do When You're Not on the Beach

The beach in Fort Lauderdale is glorious, but you'll want a little variety in your days, even on vacation. Las Olas Boulevard is the downtown strip area where you'll find three museums, art galleries, high-end designer shopping options, and plenty of restaurants.

If shopping on the strip isn't your style, maybe you'd rather tour the Florida Everglades in an airboat at the Sawgrass Recreation Park. Watch out for alligators, though. Night tours are also available if you want to see what creeps in the swamps after dark.

The Museum of Discovery and Science is a favorite for families. This hands-on museum features kid-friendly exhibits, perfect for keeping active children busy on a rainy day.

The Riverwalk is an arts and entertainment district along the river, a lovely place for an afternoon or early evening stroll.

More than 50 years have passed since Hollywood first painted Fort Lauderdale as a naughty spring break destination. But in those years, the town has grown into a multifaceted destination for sun-seekers of all ages. When you find the hotel that suits your needs, well, that's a slice of paradise for you.

Fort Lauderdale, FL summarized

The Venice of America is a picture of expansive canal systems sans the gondola and singing cruise men. Fort Lauderdale has been a famous destination for a number of reasons, with the citing of international comparison at the very least. The place is popular with anglers, snorkelers, and kayakers, but a drive down the road awaits raucous nightlife, sophisticated restaurants, and historic charms. In fact, Fort Lauderdale is a host to 120 nightclubs, and 4000 restaurants, all of which are surrounded by palm-shaded white sands. Fort Lauderdale was once America's foremost spring Break destination, and at present remains one of Florida's most visited shores, a majority of which are popular to the gay community. The city's ports are considered the busiest and most active across all the state, bringing in innumerable cruise ships and yachts yearly. Apart from its canals, restaurants, and nightlife, Fort Lauderdale also offers venues for adventure at the Boomers! Rollercoaster Park and the Cypress Airboat Ride. There may be no gondolas, but at least there're airboat rides, yachts, and cruises.

'We live in a society of victimization, where people are much more comfortable being victimized than actually standing up for themselves. Do not give in. Do not wish too hard, either. When all of your wishes are granted, many of your dreams will be destroyed.
Marilyn Manson (born and brought up in Fort Lauderdale, FL) , a perpetual rebel and rock star who got his due after swimming against the societal currents for decades, thus spoke of present state of the society we live in. Agreed that he may not the role model everyone would want to have, but it must be conceded that these words of him, regardless of his mega-celeb status, are solid in concept and well worth their weight in gold. 

Fort Lauderdale, in that sense, has a long tradition of birthing men and women who have never feared of being different, of speaking out against injustice and most of all who have never shied away from living their life to the fullest. 

The real prosperity came to Fort Lauderdale after the conclusion of the bitter civil war of the 19th century. Florida, in general, evolved as a hospitably warm state during these years and Fort Lauderdale was among the first (second only to Miami) to soak this sudden rainfall with aplomb. The rise of Fort Lauderdale as one of the premier tourist and holiday spots in the whole of America has much to do with this calmness of demeanor that Fort Lauderdale and its residents have exhibited during good and bad times. 

Today, the city earns most of its revenues (over 80%) directly from tourism. Much of the rest comes indirectly from tourism related peripheral services. It's not a surprise, then, that Fort Lauderdale has streamlined itself to maximize its tourism potential, making it a very, very attractive destination for travelers and holidaymakers. 

Budget Hotels in Fort Lauderdale 

Before discussing budget accommodation, a quick look at the sheer scale of tourism industry in Fort Lauderdale is well in order. 

Fort Lauderdale, on its own, is responsible for over 15% of gross revenues collected in the entire state of Florida. On an average, over 4 million tourists are estimated to visit the city each year “ a number that has hiked by over 20% from the average of the decade before that. The hotel and restaurant industry (˜hospitality industry') is the chief motivator of the economy here, contributing in excess of $40 million in service taxes (at 5%) on an average, over last ten years. There are over 500 hotel establishments in city limits of Fort Lauderdale, usually accompanied by a full time restaurant. These Fort Lauderdale hotels account for rooms in excess of 30,000, making Fort Lauderdale the city with highest number of hotel rooms per square mile of area. 

Considering all these facts and figures, it wouldn't take a brilliant mind to know that finding a hotel “ even on short notice “ is not that difficult in Fort Lauderdale. The difficulty, however, does arise for tourists in finding cheap hotels. Average nightly rate for a hotel room in Fort Lauderdale hovers around $90 or more, much above the American par. 

Opulence Like Nowhere Else 

A corollary of the idea presented in the earlier point, it will be easy to conjecture for attentive readers that there is an abundance of luxury hotels in Fort Lauderdale.

In many ways, it does make sense for a city like Fort Lauderdale that is driven more or less solely by tourism to boast of some of the finest resorts and hotel establishments on the east coast of the United States. These luxury resorts pride themselves in providing enviable Atlantic views (not sans-sunrise), in-house spas and pools, and special bars and lounges for their guests. Big brands in hospitality industry like Carlton Ritz, Hilton, Marriott and Mandarin Oriental all offer various services that their respective brands have come to be known for. 

Other Options Worth Exploring 

In such situations where travelers are faced with the dilemma of choosing a below-par cheap hotel or an unaffordable luxury hotel, alternative options are bound to come up to address needs of the market. Holiday homes, independent homestays and boutique establishments are some of these alternative options that tourists may find well worth exploring to maintain that difficult balance between comfort and budget. 

Renting a holiday home by the beach may cost you much more than cheap hotels, but it will still save you a lot of money in comparison with other Fort Lauderdale hotels that are 4-starred or higher. 

Fort Lauderdale: Sightseeing Tips  

Almost all tourists making a trip to Fort Lauderdale have only one agenda on their minds “ to have fun, enjoy the sun-soaked beaches of Florida and let go of the stress that routine life brings with it. It's easier to get it all wrong when one is carrying a mind-set of unpreparedness. Hence, before sightseeing or relaxing on beaches in Fort Lauderdale, these few tips should be heeded to:

  • Always carry adequate sunblock with you.
  • Be dressed for the sun “ from hats to shades. 
  • Make sure you keep yourself hydrated with a good deal of energy drinks, as it is quite common for tourists who are not used to the sunny weather of Florida to get cramps or heat-strokes. 
  • Hotels in Fort Lauderdale do arrange for sightseeing packages for their guests. So, it's well worth the trouble inquiring for one to save some money. 

Fort Lauderdale Weather at a Glance 

The biggest factor that has turned this rather inconspicuous city on the Atlantic coast into a major tourism hub in Florida is its consistent weather. 

Fort Lauderdale is blessed with an all-year round sunshine clocking over 3,000 hours every year, on an average. In other words, it's sunny in Fort Lauderdale for close to 70% of daytime, all around the year. Temperatures are usually found to be in the 60-90 F band, with a moderate degree of rainfall that is usually concentrated in summer months. 

Considering these points, it can be concluded Fort Lauderdale is a good place to visit pretty much all around the year. Spring season, however, sees inflation in hotel prices, as opposed to winter. 

FAQs about hotels in Fort Lauderdale

What are the most favored hotels in Fort Lauderdale?

AC Hotel by Marriott Ft. Lauderdale, Cocobelle Resort and Four Points by Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport are the best rated hotels based on customer reviews in the last 365 days.

What are the most up-scale hotels in Fort Lauderdale?

The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale, Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach and Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa are the top 3 luxury hotels near Fort Lauderdale city center.

What hotels are closest to the city center of Fort Lauderdale?

Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach, Four Points by Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport, and AC Hotel by Marriott Ft. Lauderdale are the properties closest to Fort Lauderdale city center.

How much does a cheap hotel in Fort Lauderdale cost per night?

In the last year, a 2 star hotel in Fort Lauderdale can be as cheap as $128.42 per night. (based on HotelPlanner prices)

How much does a 3 star hotel in Fort Lauderdale cost per night?

In the last year, the average 3 star hotel in Fort Lauderdale has been $148.04 per night. (based on HotelPlanner prices)

How much does a 4-5 star hotel in Fort Lauderdale cost?

In the last year, the average 4 star hotel in Fort Lauderdale has been $229.70 per night. (based on HotelPlanner prices)

What are the best independent hotels in Fort Lauderdale?

Cocobelle Resort, Riverside Hotel and Silver Seas Beach Resort are the best rated independent hotels (not part of a big brand).

What are the most popular Marriott hotels in Fort Lauderdale?

The Dalmar, Fort Lauderdale, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa and Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach are the best rated Marriott/Starwood branded hotels (based on customer reviews score).

What are the best IHG hotels in Fort Lauderdale?

Holiday Inn Express Cruise Airport, Crowne Plaza Hotel Fort Lauderdale Airport and Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft Lauderdale Airport are the best rated Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) branded hotels (based on user reviews score).

What are the Government Per Diem Hotel Rates in Fort Lauderdale, FL?

Below are the GSA reimbursement limits for hotel spending in Fort Lauderdale, FL excluding taxes per night. See gsa.gov for more details.

Applies to Broward

Season BeginSeason EndLodging RateMeals & Incidentals
May 1, 2022 September 30, 2022 $123.00 $69.00

Recent traveler reviews of Fort Lauderdale, FL

Below are reviews of the city of Fort Lauderdale, FL from an actual visitor's perspective.

"PLACES TO EAT AND THE ENTERTAINMENT!"
Score 4.0 / 5

PLACES TO EAT AND THE ENTERTAINMENT!

Kenneth K., from 07-May-2022
"Quiet!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Quiet!

Rosemarie W., from 07-May-2022
"Nice Views!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Staff were friendly and helpful. The views of the marina were quite nice.

Perkins Hudak H., from 02-May-2022
"We enjoyed walking to the restaurants at Ft Lauderdale by the Sea."
Score 4.0 / 5

We enjoyed walking to the restaurants at Ft Lauderdale by the Sea.

Laura Z., from 08-Apr-2022
"Love Lauderdale by the sea!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Love Lauderdale by the sea!

Susan B., from 21-Mar-2022
"Fine Hotel"
Score 5.0 / 5

A fine hotel.

Louis D., from 18-Mar-2022
"BEACH!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Beach!

Sandra A., from 12-Mar-2022
"The Beach!"
Score 5.0 / 5

The Beach!

Charles R., from 12-Mar-2022
"Clean Beautiful Beaches!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Clean beautiful beaches and friendly people!!!

Mary M., from 10-Mar-2022
"The beach and eateries!"
Score 5.0 / 5

The beach and eateries!

Eric H., from 05-Mar-2022
"The Beach!"
Score 5.0 / 5

The beach is nice and for good food Primanti Bros.

Darren D., from 28-Feb-2022
"Nice Location"
Score 5.0 / 5

I like the beaches, the weather, the public parks are plentiful - especially if you like tennis. Fort Lauderdale also has LOTs of nice restaurants. I also like that some areas along the beach have a nice boardwalk. The airport is a nice short ride to the city.

Lolita W., from 18-Feb-2022
"Good Experience"
Score 5.0 / 5

Good experience.

Harley B., from 18-Feb-2022
"The Ocean!"
Score 5.0 / 5

The Alantic Ocean water is much warmer than the Pacific. We have enjoyed the water taxi.

Delbert R., from 15-Feb-2022
"So close to the beach!"
Score 4.0 / 5

So close to the beach!

Morgan D., from 11-Feb-2022
"Good Location"
Score 4.0 / 5

Everything was in close proximity, good location.

Thais R., from 19-Jan-2022
"Absolutely beautiful!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Absolutely beautiful!

Donnie S., from 20-Dec-2021
"Great restaruants!"
Score 4.0 / 5

The restaurants around the hotel are pleasant.

Dora D., from 16-Dec-2021
"Friendly Staff"
Score 5.0 / 5

Friendly people.

Eileen C., from 17-Nov-2021
"A variety of cuisines and festivals!"
Score 4.0 / 5

A variety of cuisines, festivals and a swap shop.

Latrice B., from 16-Nov-2021
"Great location with everything within walking distance."
Score 4.0 / 5

Everything is within the walking distance.

Vinicio R., from 14-Nov-2021
"Great Beach Access & Amenities"
Score 5.0 / 5

I loved the easy access to the beach and the sidewalks overlooking the beach. It was pleasant to walk and ride bicycles and still hear and see the ocean. As an older widow, I always felt safe and comfortable going for walks. Uber services were easily available and responsive. Great restaurants were available.

Maryland G., from 13-Nov-2021
"Beaches & Many Attractions"
Score 4.0 / 5

Big beaches. Lots to do.

Thomas R., from 23-Oct-2021
"Great"
Score 5.0 / 5

We were only there for the one night we left on cruise the next morning but do plan to come back cause it was our first time in Fort Lauderdale.

Anthony R., from 26-Dec-2019
"Great"
Score 4.0 / 5

It was great

Bernadette F., from 19-Nov-2019
"Nice beaches"
Score 4.0 / 5

Very nice beaches.

Jean J., from 26-Oct-2019
"Love the beaches"
Score 4.0 / 5

I love the beaches and downtown Fort Lauderdale. The views of the shoreline is awesome.

Constance S., from 26-Oct-2019
"Friendly"
Score 5.0 / 5

The people are friendly

Hortense T., from 17-Oct-2019
"Friendly "
Score 5.0 / 5

The people are friendly

Hortense T., from 17-Oct-2019
"Visiting"
Score 5.0 / 5

Fort Lauderdale is a wonderful area with great restaurants and shopping. It's very easy to navigate the area and it's close to several recreational locations.

William F., from 20-Sep-2019
"Beach access."
Score 4.0 / 5

Beach access.

Teresa H., from 10-Aug-2019
"Great Staff"
Score 5.0 / 5

Employees are awesome

Karen Williams B., from 30-Jul-2019
"Fantastic Staff! "
Score 4.0 / 5

Love the staff.

Wildine M., from 20-Jul-2019
"Great Hotel"
Score 4.0 / 5

The food and the scenery was great

Kenyatta T., from 12-Jul-2019
"Great Stay!"
Score 4.0 / 5

The city of Fort Lauder-dale is the place to be. It has so much to offer everyone.

Delores S., from 09-Jul-2018
"Great Hotel!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Great hotel, good restaurants and close to the port.

Jan M., from 04-May-2018
"Great Hotel!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Did not have time to explore Ft Lauderdale as we were only there one night before our cruise.

Carmen S., from 05-Sep-2017
"Great Hotel!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Good food and warm beach great location.

Bob C., from 19-Aug-2017
"Great hotel!"
Score 5.0 / 5

The city is nice. Easy to find your way.

Anne T., from 02-Aug-2017
"Great hotel!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Close to airport and nice accommodations.

Maria S., from 13-Jul-2017
"Would Visit Again"
Score 5.0 / 5

Didn't have time to see much in Fort Lauderdale on this trip, but have stayed there in the past and we love it.

Luz F., from 19-Feb-2017
"Great Place to Visit!"
Score 5.0 / 5

I truly enjoyed the restaurants and the wonderful people I met.....

Janet J., from 03-Oct-2016
"We Enjoyed All of It!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Fort Lauderdale was so great!We loved it all.

Wanda C., from 14-Aug-2016
"Great Area"
Score 4.0 / 5

Great scenery and beaches are nice.

Rosalind S., from 20-Jul-2016
"Beautiful, Clean and Friendly"
Score 5.0 / 5

The visitor bureau was helpful in submitting attractions in the areas, with coupons, and pamphlets of the city. The beaches were beautiful, clean and the vendors were friendly.

Rosalind S., from 19-Jul-2016
"Beautiful, Clean and Friendly"
Score 4.0 / 5

The visitor bureau was helpful in submitting attractions in the areas, with coupons, and pamphlets of the city. The beaches were beautiful, clean and the vendors were friendly.

Rosalind S., from 19-Jul-2016
"Plenty of things to do"
Score 5.0 / 5

Plenty of things to do, great sights, restaurants, music, and of course the beach!

Bill P., from 11-Jul-2016
"Great Location"
Score 4.0 / 5

A1A beach and shops

Susan J., from 07-Jul-2016
"Quiet, Convenient"
Score 5.0 / 5

We were in Miami Lakes and it is a lovely spot. It's quiet, with convenient amenities

Janet R., from 17-Mar-2016
"Too Crowded"
Score 5.0 / 5

I'VE WORKED IN THIS AREA SO I'M FAMILIAR WITH IT. HOWEVER IT HAS BECOME TOO CROWDED SO I'LL STICK WITH NORTH CAROLINA IN MY RETIREMENT. SOUTH FLORIDA IS OVERFISHED AND POLLUTED (NEVER SAW THAT HERE BEFORE)AND THE ABUNDANT HIGH RISES WILL SURELY TAX YOUR WATER AND SEWER FACILITIES' ABILITIES TO KEEP UP.

Robert G., from 09-Mar-2016
"Nearby Shopping"
Score 5.0 / 5

Enjoyed the Sawgrass outlet

Shineva T., from 08-Mar-2016
"Hangout on the Intracoastal"
Score 5.0 / 5

It was beautiful and easy to maneuver around with a rental car. The beaches were incredible and so was the seafood. I recommend going to Coconuts for their famous snow crab "Scoobies".

Melody M., from 03-Dec-2015
"We Like Ft. Lauderdale"
Score 4.0 / 5

We came to the city to go on a cruise. A fun city to visit.

Unknown U., from 04-Oct-2015
"My Family Loves the City of Fort Lauderdale"
Score 4.0 / 5

The malls, beaches and entertainment to name a few of what was liked about the city. No complaints, my family will definitely visit the city again.

Robert E K., from 20-Jul-2015
"Meetings in Fort Lauderdale"
Score 5.0 / 5

Fort Lauderdale has its 11th busiest airport in the country, The Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport. It is known for its good restaurants, beaches, shopping malls as well as its golf courses and over 100 marinas. This is perfect area for business meetings, weddings, charity events and conventions.

Priscilla S., from 29-Jun-2015
"Hotels, Restaurants, Events, So Many Things To Do "
Score 4.0 / 5

There is much to do in Lauderdale and an affordable place to travel to. If you like ocean activities, this is the best place.

Monty S., from 30-Apr-2015
"Laid Back"
Score 4.0 / 5

Fort Lauderdale is a family oriented city. Roads and airport easily accessible. Love it.

Twyla J., from 06-Apr-2015
"Nightly Entertainment and Beautiful Beachfront"
Score 5.0 / 5

The beachfront is gorgeous and offers much more than Miami Beach in terms of facilities, restaurants and activities. The city has nice theaters, movie houses and other entertainment such as the Broward County Performing Arts Center and adjoining River Walk area.

Larry K., from 05-Jan-2015
"Lovely City "
Score 4.0 / 5

Beautiful beaches, well maintained. Lots of good places to eat!

Barbara T., from 02-Dec-2014
"Jungle Queen Riverboat"
Score 4.0 / 5

The Jungle Queen was a wonderful experience. The crab legs were the bomb! Loved Ft Lauderdale!

Johnnie Mae L., from 02-Jun-2014
"Relaxed and Beachy"
Score 5.0 / 5

Proximity to the beaches and the relaxed environment.

Amit P., from 23-May-2014
"Eats and Beach"
Score 4.0 / 5

Fort Lauderdale has an abundance of good restaurants and beautiful beaches.

Franklin P., from 14-May-2014
"Lots to do and easy to access"
Score 4.0 / 5

Fort Lauderdale is great. Many restaurants, beautiful beaches. Shopping is good. Trolleys is a good way to visit Fort Lauderdale.

Michel L., from 11-Mar-2014
"Great Beach Area"
Score 5.0 / 5

I love the energy around Fort Lauderdale's Beach area. Great mix of ages.

David W., from 05-Mar-2014
"Small town feel with age diversity"
Score 5.0 / 5

We are return visitors to Lauderdale-by-the-sea and love the area. We especially like the small town waterfront area with the pier, restaurants and beach. We also like the mixture of the ages of people, from seniors to young families. If able, we will certainly return again.

Anne G., from 27-Feb-2014
The average traveler rating of the city of Fort Lauderdale, FL shown above is 4.5 out of 5 based on 65 reviews
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