Beaches and Fort Lauderdale are pretty much synonymous. If you’re seeking a little sun and sand with your stay, you’ll want to check out the best Fort Lauderdale beach hotels. At these properties you can wake up to a view of the ocean and only have to walk a few feet before flopping down in the sand with your towel.
The Best Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotels
The following Fort Lauderdale beach hotels capture Florida coastal living at its best.
Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa
The recently redesigned Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa overlooks a quarter-mile stretch of coastline and has its own private beach. Spring for a room with a view of the ocean or Intracoastal Waterway. Bring the kids to the sprawling outdoor pool or to the supervised children’s club (for ages 5 to 12). Adults can indulge at the full-service spa or enjoy seafood at 3030 Ocean Restaurant & Bar.
Amenities: Down comforters, custom duvets, on-site Starbucks, fresh-squeezed and cold-press juices, barefoot dining on the beach, tropical lagoon pool, and supervised children’s club.
W Fort Lauderdale
What’s not to love at the W Fort Lauderdale? Located just steps from the Fort Lauderdale beach, the W features 450 guest rooms, including 105 suites, that are chic and modern with contemporary furnishings and clever touches. Dine alfresco at the signature steakhouse or be mesmerized inside by the jelly fish-filled aquarium. The hotel’s trendy pool deck is the place to see and be seen with sought-after pool parties on the weekend.
Amenities: Beach yoga and boot camp, Bliss spa, sustainability program, full-service spa, fitness center, and pool terrace.
Margaritaville Beach Resort
Grab your flip-flops and enjoy a cheeseburger in paradise at this Jimmy Buffett-inspired Fort Lauderdale beach resort, located on Hollywood Beach. With its 17 stories and 349 guest rooms and suites, the Margaritaville sits on Hollywood Boulevard and combines relaxation by the pool or beach with several casual dining options, plus the opportunity to learn to surf in the FlowRider.
Amenities: FlowRider, waterslide, rooftop pool, full-service spa, live music nightly, supervised children’s club, nightly entertainment, and nearby Water Taxi stop.
Atlantic Hotel and Spa
If you’re looking for Fort Lauderdale beach hotels with plenty of space, consider the Atlantic Hotel and Spa. Located in the heart of Fort Lauderdale Beach, this property offers spacious studios and one- and two-bedroom suites, all with kitchens and living areas. Several dining options, the Spa Atlantic, and a fifth-floor pool with whirlpool and fitness center round out the amenities, all just steps from the beach.
Amenities: Spa, fitness center, children’s activities, and in-room kitchens.
Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
A classic Fort Lauderdale beach resort, the Westin provides easy access to the surf and sand via the resort’s Beach Access Skywalk. The Westin features 432 rooms and suites in two towers; consider booking a Lanai Room, which comes with a canopied outdoor patio and a cabana near the pool. There are four on-site dining options, including a Starbucks, as well as a spa and fitness center.
Amenities: Plush pillowtop bedding, heated infinity pool, and smoke-free rooms.
Pelican Grand Beach Resort
The 156-room Pelican Grand Beach Resort is one of the best Fort Lauderdale beach hotels for travelers looking for a combination of Old World elegance and modern luxuries. Guest rooms and suites feature beach-chic decor, and many have ocean views. Relax by the pool, enjoy the city’s only lazy river, or sun yourself in one of the hotel’s complimentary beach chairs. Dining options include OCEAN2000, serving American fare, and an old-fashioned ice cream parlor.
Amenities: Private beach, lazy river, large verandah with rocking chairs, full-service spa, beach-entry pool, and monthly full-moon dining experiences.
Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach
The Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach offers 240 guest rooms and suites with luxurious bedding and 37- or 42-inch televisions. Some also have breathtaking views of the ocean. The outdoor swimming pool features a sun deck and cabanas. You can book a massage at the Spa Treatment Suite or dine at Bistro, the hotel’s all-day beachfront restaurant.
Amenities: Keurig coffee maker, snacks and wine in the lobby, mini-fridges, and spa.
—Original reporting by AnneMarie Mathews