The most frequently asked question in my social media group Cruise Port Hotels is; “I am looking for a hotel in Fort Lauderdale prior to my cruise”.
So here it is! A full overview of the most frequently recommended hotels in my social media groups Cruise Port Hotels.
There are many hotels of all levels in this important cruise port. And everyone has different requirements for a good hotel. Is the budget important, the location, or the service? We asked our group members on Facebook. The results you can find in this overview with the most recommended Cruise Port Hotels in the yachting capital of the world; Fort Lauderdale.
IN COMPLETELY RANDOM ORDER
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1- Courtyard by Marriott fort Lauderdale Beach ****
OCEANFRONT STYLISH! SPECTACULAR WATER VIEWS!
Fort Lauderdale Beach hotel with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway. In the heart beach restaurants and entertainment. Enjoy plenty of local dining options near our Fort Lauderdale beachfront hotel. No Resort Fee. Across the street to the beach, just steps away from the sand. 6 miles from FLL International Airport 2 miles to Everglades Cruise Port.
2- The Ritz Carlton *****
It is not easy finding special hotels in Fort Lauderdale. This beachfront hotel blends Fort Lauderdale’s historical, nautical, and design influences to offer an inviting luxury retreat.
A free spirit is driven by nautical heritage, a touch of glamour borrowed from the 40s and 50s, and luxury with a playful nature are the foundations of the experience. Set along the beachfront, the hotel pays homage to the yachting capital of the world with an elevated pool inspired by a ship’s bow, select rooms, and suites with water views, and a spa that incorporates elements of the sea.
3- The Pillars ****
The Pillars Hotel is ideally situated right on the Intracoastal Waterway. It offers a casually elegant and charming experience in the prime of the most renowned Florida beach and yachting town. You are treated to an exceptional level of individual service and luxury reminiscent of the finest European boutique inns. ‘This Waterfront Small Luxury Hotel is the winner of the Conde Nast Johanesens award 2020 as the best luxury value hotel.’
4- Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Hotel ****
DISCOVER A LOCAL STATE OF MIND AT OUR FORT LAUDERDALE HOTEL
Settle into coastal luxury at the Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel located in the heart of 17th Street’s Vibrant Yachting district.
The close proximity to Fort Lauderdale International Airport gives you more time to soak up the sun or relax and unwind in one of the resort-style poolside cabanas without the resort fee. Explore the city by hopping on Fort Lauderdale’s complimentary Sun Trolley located just steps from the Hotel. Ride to enjoy the beautiful beaches, the upscale Galleria Mall or to dine and shop on trendy Las Olas Boulevard. A unique way to experience this city known as the “Venice of America” is by taking a quick walk and jumping on the Water Taxi where you can cruise the Intracoastal Waterway.
5- B Ocean Resort Fort Lauderdale ****
THE ICONIC FORT LAUDERDALE BEACH RESORT ENJOY TRANQUILITY AND RELAXATION
Find beachside bliss at this resort located directly on the famous Fort Lauderdale Beach and just minutes from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Port Everglades, and downtown Las Olas Boulevard.
Originally built in 1956 as the Yankee Clipper, B Ocean Resort has been a favorite hot spot for American icons throughout history including Marilyn Monroe, Joe DiMaggio, and Robert De Niro, to name a few.
Today, B Ocean Resort stands as a modern oceanfront destination, complete with thoughtful nods to its storied past. Lounge on our private beach while enjoying delicious food and drink options or catch a one-of-a-kind mermaid show at the world-famous Wreck Bar. With spacious, beach-chic rooms, superior services, and amenities — like their two on-site swimming pools and bike rentals — this Fort Lauderdale Beach resort was designed to give you the freedom to Just B You!
6- Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach *****
LUXURY SUITES ON NORTH BEACH
Between Sunrise and Las Olas boulevards, these suites are steps from North Beach. Your stay includes two beach chairs and an umbrella, beach staff service, morning yoga, and free-to-borrow bikes. Experience five dining options pool with private cabanas, Conrad spa, and fitness center with professional trainers.
7- Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina ****
(closed until 2024)
TOWERING ABOVE CITY & LAND
With its iconic spire-topped tower, amenities, marina, and exceptional waterfront location, the South Florida waterside resort command a distinction as the social harbor of Fort Lauderdale. Its marina serves as the oceanic gateway into the yachting capital of the world, creating a seamless connection between land and sea, marina, and destination. Providing a world-class tropical haven for locals, guests, and visitors to feel welcome and drift away in sanctuary, discovery, and connection.
With its iconic spire-topped tower, amenities, marina, and exceptional waterfront location, Pier Sixty-Six commands a distinction as the social harbor of Fort Lauderdale. Glittering pools. Stunning views. A hotel with nautical refinement topped off with a rotating bar offering panoramic views high above the city and sea. And, its marina serves as the oceanic gateway into the yachting capital of the world, creating a seamless connection between land and sea, marina and hotel.
8- The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort ****
AWAKEN YOUR SENSES AT THE FORT LAUDERDALE BEACH HOTEL
The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort invites you to experience oceanfront tranquility and unparalleled service. Whether visiting South Florida prior to your cruise or for a relaxing getaway, this hotel offers everything you need to feel renewed and enriched.
Settle into one of the redesigned rooms and suites, many of which offer ocean views; satisfy cravings with the healthful options from the 24-hour in-room dining menu, and sleep well on the iconic Westin Heavenly® Bed.
Additional amenities at this resort include the peaceful Heavenly Spa by Westin™, as well as Mexican fare at Pablo Salas’ Lona Cocina Tequileria, a hearty breakfast at Tinta, and poolside dining at Waves Bar & Grill.
9- Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina ****
OFFERING THE BEST LOCATION IN FORT LAUDERDALE
Enjoy a ride aboard the on-site Water Taxi to trendy Las Olas Blvd for shopping, dining, and nightlife, or take the complimentary shuttle to Fort Lauderdale Beach. Take a short drive to the ultimate shopping experience at Sawgrass Mills Outlet Mall. Set along a scenic stretch of the Intracoastal Waterway, only moments from Fort Lauderdale Airport and across from Port Everglades Cruise Port and the Broward County Convention Center.
Relax in rooms inspired by luxury yacht refinements with coastal decor and floor-to-ceiling windows with spectacular views and an airy feel. Enjoy spacious accommodations and living areas in our suites with wrap-around balconies and views of the Intracoastal.
10- Riverside Hotel Fort Lauderdale ***
EXPERIENCE OLD FLORIDA CHARM ON VIBRANT LAS OLAS BOULEVARD
The hotel is minutes from the sandy white beaches of Fort Lauderdale, The Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airport, and Fort Lauderdale’s cruise port, Port Everglades. Relax in Spacious Accommodations with Stunning Views
From quaint rooms with a charming, vintage feel to spacious suites featuring sensational views, the Riverside Hotel provides some of the most comfortable accommodations in Fort Lauderdale. Each of the 231 rooms and suites is designed for today’s savvy travelers.
Embrace the Florida ambiance of the Classic Tower rooms or unwind from the day with city lights and Intracoastal Waterway views from the Executive Tower rooms build in 2001. The ambiance of these rooms is elegant and spacious. Enjoy sensational views of the Fort Lauderdale skyline and the New River.
11- HYATT house Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port ***
ALL-SUITE HOTEL IN BEAUTIFUL DANIA BEACH FL
This contemporary extended-stay hotel near Fort Lauderdale Airport offers spaces and places designed to make guests feel more like residents. Situated in sunny Dania Beach, this hotel is ideal for short or long-term stays. So, whether you’re attending a concert at the BB&T Center, or heading to/from a cruise out of Port Everglades, come make yourself at home in our House.
Find comfort in one of the rooms at Hyatt House Fort Lauderdale Airport – South & Cruise Port. Choose a studio, suite, or accessible room, each including a workstation and a large bathroom with plenty of counter space. For extended stays, book a suite so you can create your own meals in our fully equipped kitchens. Modern conveniences, free with your stay: • Breakfast • Wi-Fi
12- PELICAN GRAND BEACH RESORT, a noble house resort ****
YOUR PRIVATE STRETCH OF PARADISE ON THE FORT LAUDERDALE COAST
Sitting directly on the Atlantic Ocean, Pelican Grand Beach Resort boasts breathtaking views and instantly surrounds you with a sense of old Florida grandeur. From elegant beachfront dining at OCEAN2000 or a ride in the Lazy River, this 500-foot private beach resort is the perfect setting for a pre-cruise stay or a romantic getaway. The beach feel rooms are recently transformed with all new furnishings, amenities, and design, the oceanfront Fort Lauderdale guest rooms and suites deliver the ultimate in relaxation. The ocean and city view rooms are just steps from the water with views that stretch far beyond. With several restaurants, private dining, as well as pool and beach dining, you will never be at a loss for places to eat – and to eat well.
‘Take a ride along Fort Lauderdale’s only Lazy River or splash in the zero-entry pool. Relax on the beach with complimentary chairs and umbrellas while being spoiled by beach attendants and waiters. There are countless ways to relax at Pelican Grand Beach Resort! Wake up to perfect sunrises. Be lulled to sleep by waves lapping the sand. Relax into your own private oasis. It will be a pity to stay only for one night!’
13- W Fort Lauderdale *****
EXPERIENCE AN OCEANFRONT HOTEL IN FORT LAUDERDALE
Escape the current and get swept away by W Fort Lauderdale’s 55 million dollar renovation. This beachfront hotel sits at the epicenter of all that’s vibrant in the Venice of America, with world-class shopping, award-winning dining, and buzz-worthy attractions just a step away. Take in the sights from your stylish, pet-friendly hotel room or suite, which offers unparalleled Atlantic Ocean views and amenities like a NudeAudio Bluetooth speaker, Homtime Bluetooth charging alarm clock, and spa products.
Soak up the sun at the oceanfront WET ® East pool, dine beachside at James Beard award-winning restaurateur Stephen Starr’s Steak 954 and El Vez and live it up with nightly programming in the Living Room. Break a sweat at FIT, the 24-hour gym, or on the beach at sunrise yoga and beach boot camp. Detox, Retox, and repeat at the new AWAY Spa.
Explore everything Fort Lauderdale has to offer just moments away from this beachfront resort.
14 -Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort ****
A CLASSIC FLORIDA BEACH TOWN
Inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of singer, songwriter, and author Jimmy Buffett, Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort is a destination resort and entertainment complex on the legendary Hollywood Beach Broadwalk.
Hollywood Beach is a classic Florida beach town that’s enchanted visitors since the 1920s. Often compared to quaint European and funky California beach towns, the character of this inviting area is all Florida. Evening strollers, morning joggers, bicyclists, and roller-bladers share the brick-paved, beachfront thoroughfare with those enjoying the many cafes and bars along the way.
With an extensive array of amenities and a high level of hospitality, service, and attention to detail, the 369-room 18-story destination resort is the perfect setting for guests to escape every day and just chill. Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort brings an entirely different resort perspective to South Florida with its unique, authentic, “no worries,” tropical vibe and the feeling of escape that is experienced immediately upon arrival.
Influenced by the colors of the sea, sand, and sky, the 369 guestrooms and suites at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort are seaside perfection. All accommodations offer a “no worries” tropical vibe with practical conveniences along with the special indulgences that make them uniquely Margaritaville.
15- Diplomat Beach Resort ****
A SOUTH FLORIDA ICON
Voted one of the top 10 resorts in Florida by Condé Nast Traveler Choice Awards 2018, The Diplomat Beach Resort is ideally situated between Miami and Fort Lauderdale along Hollywood’s Gold Coast.
Soak up the breezy South Florida lifestyle at this playground by the sea. This oceanfront resort features two beachside pools, a Kids’ Club, Dip & Slide Waterpark, and a private beach with an array of water sports options such as jet skiing, kayaking, and paddleboarding.
Spa lovers will want to indulge at Diplomat Spa, where rhythms of the ocean inspire soothing treatments and healing therapies. Yoga enthusiasts will enjoy a magical sunrise practice on the sand.
Take your pick from 8 culinary concepts led by celebrity chefs Geoffrey Zakarian and Michael Schulson, including Monkitail, voted #1 Best New Restaurant of 2017 by USA Today’s reader’s choice, and Four Diamond AAA-rated Diplomat Prime.
The sun-splashed and spacious rooms and suites feature stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean or Intracoastal Waterway and thoughtful touches like vintage-inspired art, luxurious amenities, and plush bedding.
16- TRYP by Wyndham Maritime Fort Lauderdale ***
SEE SOPHISTICATED FORT LAUDERDALE
A modern retreat with a pool near the airport and cruise ports. Anchored in the four-star Marina Bay on New River, TRYP by Wyndham Maritime Fort Lauderdale takes a stylish cue from its surroundings. Known as the yachting capital of the world, Fort Lauderdale is a city that boasts a laid-back sophistication and tropical beauty, both of which are on display at this modern nautical hotel.
Minutes from the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), cruise ports, and local convention centers, we are conveniently situated and feature premier amenities like an outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, in addition to a koi pond.
17- Hilton Garden Inn Ft. Lauderdale Airport-Cruise Port ***
AIRPORT SHUTTLE AND PORT EVERGLADES ACCESS
This hotel is off I-95, three miles from Fort Lauderdale International Airport via free shuttle – also covering local nightlife. They offer scheduled charter service to Port Everglades cruise terminals, and they’re less than seven miles from downtown Fort Lauderdale. Oakwood Plaza is a short walk away, and they have a fitness center and outdoor pool.
18- Embassy Suites by Hilton Fort Lauderdale 17th Street ***
SPACIOUS SUITES BESIDE THE INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY
The Fort Lauderdale suites are blocks from the Broward County Convention Center and two miles from the beach. The Sun Trolley, with routes across the whole neighborhood, stops right outside this hotel.
They have an outdoor pool, patio, and discounted shuttles to and from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport and the cruise port. A free, full breakfast buffet is served daily.
19- Best Western Plus Oceanside Inn ***
STAY AT THIS QUIET BEACHSIDE HOTEL IN THE HEART OF FORT LAUDERDALE
The Best Western Plus Oceanside Inn is conveniently located near the outdoor cafes, shopping, and nightlife of downtown Fort Lauderdale.
Hotel guests will find the Swimming Hall of Fame nearby, located in the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center. The hotel is ideal for exploring the beach or cruising along the Intracoastal Waterway. The quaint boutiques and art galleries of Las Olas Boulevard on the Riverfront are just minutes away.
Guests will enjoy the clean, quiet comfort of a small hotel with all the modern conveniences of a large resort. The Best Western Plus Oceanside Inn features well-appointed guest rooms equipped with free Wi-Fi internet access, microwave, and refrigerator. Other hotel amenities include a complimentary full breakfast, swimming pool, guest laundry, business services, and a meeting room.
The Best Western Plus Oceanside Inn offers easy access to a host of Florida attractions and events such as the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the Broward County Performing Arts Center, Port Everglades, Beach Place as well as the Museum of Science and Discovery. Avid shoppers will want to visit the Sawgrass Mills Outlet Mall, the largest in the southeast.
20- Hyatt Centric Las Olas Fort Lauderdale ****
EXPERIENCE THE BEST OF FORT LAUDERDALE
Begin and end your Florida escape at this stunning hotel in downtown Fort Lauderdale. At Hyatt Centric Las Olas, you’re never far from the city’s top restaurants, nightlife, shopping districts, and attractions. Join the fun and begin planning your South Florida journey today.
Stay in style when you check into one of 238 rooms and suites at this chic, pet-friendly hotel on Las Olas Boulevard. Sleek interiors draw inspiration from nautical sensibilities. Wake up to sweeping cityscapes from floor-to-ceiling windows. Or spread out and relax in a 733-square-foot Centric suite. Well-appointed amenities, including Peloton® bikes, and dog beds are available upon request.
21- Plunge Beach Resort ***
A BEACH-CHIC DREAM-A SERENE SEASIDE HIDEAWAY
Sink in and drift away at the peaceful oceanfront playground that is Plunge Beach Resort. This laid-back retreat is a timeless Lauderdale-by-the-Sea locale, combining the retro style of South Florida shores with fun new trends and hotel features. From the seaside Backflip Beach Bar & Kitchen to the bohemian beachside bungalows, the gentle charm of Fort Lauderdale breeze and seas awaits you.
22- Lago Mar Beach Resort & Club ****
TEN LUSH ACRES. LARGEST PRIVATE BEACH. STATELY ROOMS AND SUITES. ALL FOR YOU
The Fort Lauderdale beachfront resort is decidedly, and purposefully, different. Understated, not loud. Gracious, not pretentious. Deferential, not presumptuous. In short, a sophisticated retreat where you can appreciate the enduring traditions of genuine hospitality.
Lago Mar has recently been recognized by Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, and Veranda. Renowned as one of the best oceanfront resorts in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Lago Mar Beach Resort & Club has been proudly owned and operated by the Banks family for 60 years.
Offering a residential ambiance, executive suites feature one bedroom, a living room with sofa bed, wet bar with refrigerator and microwave oven, flat-screen TVs in the bedroom and living room, executive desks with plenty of workspaces, and a private balcony.
23- Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach ****
LAID-BACK SOPHISTICATION JUST STEPS FROM THE BEACH
The sun. The surf. The soft, sandy beach—all just steps away from the laid-back sophistication of Sonesta Fort Lauderdale hotel. With sweeping beachside views, unforgettable service, and winner of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence—it’s clear why we’re a preferred destination for Fort Lauderdale hotels.
Find stylish, newly renovated accommodations and a haven of relaxation and warmth the moment you arrive. Walk along miles of warm, white sands. Lounge on the sundeck by the newly renovated outdoor pool. Bask in the ocean breeze and dine on delicious cuisine at Steelpan, a Caribbean-American fusion kitchen, and bar, serving up a menu influenced by the multicultural island flavors of South Florida.
Visit the Spa Suite with rejuvenating spa treatments or step outside for shopping, entertainment, food, and art all within reach.
24- Rodeway Inn & Suites ***
WITH FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE
Rodeway Inn & Suites Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port is a budget-friendly, pet-friendly full-service Fort Lauderdale hotel near Port Everglades, near the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and points in the city of Fort Lauderdale such as Fort Lauderdale Beach, the Broward Convention Center, Las Olas and much more!
Rodeway Inn & Suites is one of the only hotels in South Florida that provides complimentary shuttle services for all guests traveling to and from the airport and to and from the cruise port. We will pick you up from the airport, drop you off at your cruise ship, then pick you back up after your cruise vacation, and drop you off at the airport! Just sit back, relax and enjoy our luxury Mercedes-Benz Sprinter shuttles managed by state-of-the-art web-based fleet management software!
Driving into South Florida for a cruise? No problem! They offer long-term cruise parking via their own long-term lot. Just drop off your car, stay the night, then hop on the shuttle!
Hotel amenities include RFID room keys, complimentary breakfast, heated outdoor pool, premium whirlpool tub suites, tour packages, a tropical garden with photo opportunities, a guest business center, fitness center, and Wi-Fi.
Fortunately, there are so many nice and beautiful hotels in Fort Lauderdale. Most also arrange a shuttle to the cruise terminal. Otherwise, an Uber or taxi is easy to arrange. After all, your day prior to your cruise should start in style in a lovely hotel where the holiday begins! Did I miss an important hotel that you really love? Be sure to let me know below! Have fun at these Cruise Port Hotels in Fort Lauderdale.