The best hotels in Fort Lauderdale

Get the Full StoryOne of South Florida's most popular tourist destinations, Fort Lauderdale is filled with a fantastic restaurant and bar scene, beautiful beaches, high-end shopping, historic sites, and more.

Hotels in and around Fort Lauderdale range from newer takes on small, old Florida beach motels to luxury high rises with renovated rooms and every possible desired amenity.

We curated a list of the best properties by selecting top-rated hotels based on our own travel experiences, an affordable budget of 129 to 283 per night, desirable vacation amenities, modern design, past reviews on trusted traveler sites such as Trip Advisor and, proximity to the beach, and more.

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Just 45 minutes north of rowdy Miami, Fort Lauderdale offers a more relaxed, sophisticated take on a fun, Florida beach vacation. The cosmopolitan city is infused with old Florida soul, and is packed with white-sand beaches, standout dining, historic sites, boat shows, some of the nation's best discount shopping at Sawgrass Mall, and more.

The landscape of Fort Lauderdale is also wholly unique within its 36.3 square miles, there are 165 miles of canals, rightfully nicknaming Fort Lauderdale the "Venice of America."

With so many reasons for travelers to visit, the city is home to an impressive number of hotels designed to meet every traveler's taste.

Knowing this, we've combed through the masses to choose what we believe are the best hotels in Fort Lauderdale. Selections were made based on factors such as personal travel experiences, architecture and design, location and proximity to the beach, vacation perks and amenities, and past guest reviews from trusted traveler sites with ratings of 4 out 5-stars on Trip Advisor, and 8.5 out of 10 on

From renovated beach hotels to new luxury builds, our picks range from 129 to 283 during low season, before taxes and fees. All prices are based on the time of publishing and subject to change.

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Read on for the best hotels in Fort Lauderdale, sorted by price from low to high. Plunge Beach Hotel

Plunge Hotel

Book Plunge Beach Hotel starting at 129 per night

This modern twist on an old, vintage Florida beach hotel offers a quiet, casual beach weekend at an unbeatable price. As you're driving down El Mar Drive, you can't miss it it's a five-story, all-white building with an all-white pool deck and 163 rooms. The rooms are standard, but very clean, spacious, and most importantly just steps from the area's powder-white sand beaches.

Plunge Beach Hotel has a mix of standard guest rooms and one- or two-bedroom suites. We recommend opting for accommodations with a partial- or full-ocean views to really feel like you're on the water.

The most interesting thing about this hotel is its amazing location. Plunge Beach Hotel is in a charming part of the city called Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, a Stars Hollow-esque village that looks plucked from 1960s New England, filled with mom-and-pop restaurants, old-school ice cream shops, old Florida vibes, pedestrian-friendly streets, and buildings no higher than five stories.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 11 out of 28 hotels in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Rating: 8.6 out of 10

Pros: Plunge Beach Hotel's charming Lauderdale-by-the-Sea location is a major draw, as are the spacious, beachy rooms and low-priced suites.

Cons: If you're looking for a hotel with a lot of luxury amenities, this isn't it. It has a fitness center, three dining options, a pool, and free bikes for hotel guests, but that's it.

The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort

The Westin

Book The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort starting at 136 per night

Staying at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort feels like retreating to an effortless and well-appointed beach getaway. Two towering buildings in matching baby blue and white hues are perched right on the sand, with rooms that exude beachy elegance with light woods, wicker furniture, plush all-white beds, and throw pillows covered in bright green palm fronds. Rooms are spacious, with ocean, pool, or Intracoastal views, including the lowest room category, which is a Traditional Guest Room, 1 King.

If the weather is nice, grab a first-come, first-served pool chair on the oceanfront pool deck. The pool is small, and there aren't that many chairs, so get there early to make sure you snag one. The hotel also has a fitness room, the Heavenly Spa by Westin , and one of the best Mexican restaurants in town, Lona Cocina Tequileria. When you eat at Lona, start with the blue crab tostadas, end with the churros and housemade chocolate-dipping sauce, and thank us later.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 6 out of 134 hotels in Fort Lauderdale Rating: 8.4 out of 10

Pros: Don't miss the hotel's skywalk, which connects the hotel to the beach and doubles as a public art installation. Most recently, the skywalk was painted with a bright, eclectic tropical mural by urban-pop and graffiti artist, Ruben Ubiera.

Cons: While this hotel has a 4.5 "Excellent" rating on Trip Advisor, a handful of guests did leave poor reviews about the quality of service. The staff was criticized for being cold and inattentive, even to loyal Westin or Marriott guests.

The Dalmar, Fort Lauderdale, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel

The Dalmar

Book The Dalmar starting at 136 per night

Staying at The Dalmar is a fun, sophisticated retreat done up in a mix of mid-century modern design infused with plenty of tropical accents. Palm Beach-chic bright magenta and greens, palm frond prints, and neon wall messages all brighten the well-designed common areas. Likewise, rooms are large and comfortable with a mix of both city and, in the distance, Atlantic Ocean views.

The contemporary and glamorous Terrace Grill is a great restaurant, and there's also a rooftop infinity pool with butler service that guests can request simply by pushing a button on their pool chair.

The lobby area doubles as a trendy lounge, with a communal working table, plush cream couches with palm-printed throw pillows, a glowing marble bar with bronze accents, and a candy-pink Moet champagne vending machine. Head to the top floor and check out the Gatsby-style rooftop lounge, Sparrow, which is the highest rooftop bar in Fort Lauderdale.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 84 out of 134 hotels in Fort Lauderdale Rating: 8.7 out of 10

Pros: Between the stylish, Palm Beach-inspired design and Sparrow rooftop bar, this hotel feels like a cosmopolitan getaway, minus the cosmopolitan price. Rooms are spacious with expansive views of both Downtown Fort Lauderdale and Fort Lauderdale Beach, and a free hotel shuttle can take you to the beach in 15 minutes.

Cons: The hotel shares a building with The Element by Westin, which is a more basic Starwood Marriott Bonvoy hotel, and it makes the layout of the hotel a little weird. For example, The Dalmar has its lobby and core common areas on the sixth floor, and rooms on floors 15-24. Truthfully, The Dalmar is a gem that deserves to stand on its own. Additionally, know that it's not beachfront, and requires a 15-minute shuttle ride.

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