Boutique Hotels in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Making a splash in 2011, B Ocean Fort Lauderdale has debuted as a flagship for what's to expand as an innovative lifestyle hotel brand. B Ocean, across A1A from the beach, pampers with its signature bedding package -- The Blissful Bed-- and signature branded retail items including B Bags. Hungry? Get your B sustenance at B'Stro (breakfast, lunch and tapas bar), SAIA (for sushi), or slake thirsts at Quench (a patio bar with infinity pool.) B's 240 rooms and suites are classified as Chic (for direct ocean views), Captivating and Stunning (for views to Fort Lauderdale allure either north or south. Curve rooms, in the hotel center, have built-in work desks. Want to B Wed at B Ocean? Packages are designed for 3 to 20 guests, 21 to 49 ... or more.
Surrounded by date and coconut palms accented with a courtyard waterfall, Birch Patio awaits your arrival in a convenient location, two (short and walkable) blocks from action-packed Fort Lauderdale Beach. This comparatively affordable option near the shore includes free off-street parking and operates in conjunction with the adjacent (and also lovely) Napoli Belmar Resort and Summerland Suites. Amenities in Birch Patio's tiled rooms, efficiencies and one-bedroom suites, with individual air-conditioning units, include television, direct-dial phone, refrigerator, coffee maker and microwave. Rooms, with splashes of tropical color here and there, have one or two double beds, while suites have either a king or queen. You'll also have access to both free Internet and a coin-operated washer and dryer. Shuffleboard, a pair of barbecue grills and a heated pool await your outdoor pleasure. Assorted bars and restaurants are nearby. (Check-in is next door at the Napoli Belmar.)
South of the action-packed Hollywood Broadwalk (yes, it's a broadwalk with concrete and pavers, not a boardwalk), Driftwood on the Ocean perches along the shore in a well-located, yet comparatively secluded setting. Management likens upkeep, maintenance and renovation for this circa '50s property as similar to that of the Golden Gate bridge -- when finished, they start all over. Don't look for anything fancy, since an eye-popping beachside location and comparative affordability constitute the strong suits here. Accommodations range from hotel rooms and studio efficiences to one- and two-bedroom suites or apartments, many with patios or balconies. Not all rooms (no two are alike) face the ocean, and there's no restaurant or bar on premises. But amenities do include free parking, Internet access, cable television and a heated swimming pool.
Arriving in Greater Fort Lauderdale from Canada in 1961, the Novak family has run this ultra-friendly boutique enclave ever since, more recently expanding to embrace the adjacent Nautilus and Sea Foam hotels, all now operating under the High Noon banner. Loll poolside or laze under abundant palms while gazing out to sea. Altogether, this amenity-packed oceanfront property with 300 feet of balmy shoreline has 40 units, with hotel rooms, efficiencies, and one- or two-bedroom suites featuring ocean or pool/courtyard views. Some rooms have private balconies. Ask about the Beach House, ideal for week-long family or girls' getaways. You'll be within easy walking distance of restaurants, shops, and the pier amid village-like atmosphere of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, north of famed Fort Lauderdale Beach.
For boutique-style elegance and sophistication along the shoreline in Fort Lauderdale, it would be difficult to top Lago Mar, owned and operated by the Banks family since the early '50s. This romantic resort, the scene of oo-la-la destination weddings and near Port Everglades' cruise ship entrance, provides 500 feet of private beach and 24-hour room service. Accommodations include 164 suites and 40 over-sized guestrooms, with amenities such as clock radios with iPod docks and Keurig coffee makers. Besides four tennis courts, a children's playground and a lagoon-style pool for freestyle frolic, a pool near the ocean is suitable for laps. The Palm Garden Dining Room/Seagrape Terrace serves buffet breakfast and ala carte lunch, the Soda Shop tempts with sundaes and smoothies and Acquario specializes in bistro cuisine for dinner.