The 5 Best Luxury Hotels in Fort Lauderdale 2022

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Florida’s Atlantic coast offers a lot of luxury value. Here are the 5 best luxury hotels in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Pelican Grand Beach Resort

A classic Victorian high-rise beachfront hotel, the Pelican fulfills a nostalgic Floridian vacation that harkens back to the heydays of early Atlantic coast vacations. Rocking chairs on wooden porches prioritize sunrises and sunsets along its white-sand beaches.

Balconies at every room welcome sunshine and fresh breezes into exquisitely designed rooms. What makes Pelican so special is the balance it strikes between modern updates amenities and classic style. White finishes against wood floors, bright linens, seaside tones, and windows that bring the view inside underscore these design elements. Those that appreciate the nostalgic efforts will appreciate Smeg mini-fridges as much as they do illuminated mirrors and rain showerheads.

The Pelican Grand is award-winning, claiming both a spot on Condé Nast’s #20 resorts in Florida in 2020 and climbing to #8 on the list in 2021.

Ritz Carlton Fort Lauderdale

Our top pick in the category of Best Luxury Hotels in Fort Lauderdale

For some, the Ritz Carlton Fort Lauderdale is the definition of luxury and its South Florida installation is no exception. Rooms and suites feature sweeping ocean views fitted to a high standard with all of the service and amenities luxury guests demand.

This Fort Lauderdale beach property is one of the best large hotels on the coast. The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale focuses on a modern approach to beach resort luxury with light colors and everyday conveniences. A white palette meets Ritz-Carlton staples including powder blue and gold accents.

The Pillars Hotel

There might not be a quintessential boutique hotel experience in Fort Lauderdale than The Pillars Hotel. This property combines the look and feel of a south Florida villa with personalized service that makes guests feel like family.

The secret charm of the Pillars is its views, and not what most guests expect. The hotel is on the west side of a small peninsula which overlooks an intercoastal waterway that leads to the sea, but is primarily used for very expensive homes as each has a dock for their ever-increasingly expensive yachts. This gives guests a more intimate, local perspective that exudes luxury in an unexpected way.

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina

The Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina is a staple beach hotel resort towering over the sand below. Guests who are looking for a major property with all of the amenities will find that at the property.

While the property was built decades ago, it’s recently undergone an extensive renovation. Fresh whites with birch accents fill guestrooms with a modern look and beach views. The property is famous for its unique design which features fewer guest rooms as the property rises but ensures that each oceanfront view is unobstructed by an overhang from the prior floor.

Lago Mar Beach Resort & Club

Active families looking for luxury accommodations will love the Lago Mar Beach Resort & Club. The beachfront property delivers activities for children and adults alike making the hotel a destination for discerning families.


Kyle Stewart
Kyle Stewart
Kyle is a freelance travel writer with contributions to Time, the Washington Post, MSNBC, Yahoo!, Reuters, Huffington Post, MapHappy, Travel Codex, and many other media outlets. He is also co-founder of the luxury agency, Scott & Thomas Personalized Travel. He focuses on using miles and points to provide a premium experience for his wife and daughter. Email:


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