“Why did the chicken cross the road?” is an age-old question, but if you’re staying at the Sonesta Ft. Lauderdale Hotel, you don’t need to ask…the answer is obvious as you view, from your room, the sun rising above the horizon over the calming waters of the Atlantic ocean.
And, if you decide you want to go enjoy the sunrise with your toes in the sand, it’s just a few steps across the street. You’ll be joined by some birds and a few other early risers, all starting their day making the most of nature’s beauty.
You’ll also be appreciative of the hotel’s stylish, yet casual feel, ideal for a business traveler or couple…or a girls’ getaway with your bestie.
I was in Ft. Lauderdale for a travel writer’s conference recently and decided to share a room with some friends. The Sonesta agreed to host us at a special rate and we found it to be a super location to base our adventure.
Located on a seven-mile stretch of the area’s namesake beach, the AAA Four Diamond award winner is the ideal combination of laid-back fun and sophistication. The rooms would have been too small for our large families (each one of us has at least four children), but it worked very well for our little group.
The accommodations are stylish and the hotel works hard to make you feel welcome with its ‘Daily Delights’ (our visit happened to coincide with free Prosecco one night and Wine and Cheese on another).
There’s an event space that can be rented with an outdoor patio that overlooks the ocean and rooms that can be connected. There’s also conference space in the building with wall-to-wall windows (which I think may be kind of cruel to the people you expect to focus on day-long business meetings, but if they’re staying overnight, they can enjoy the beach the next day, right?).
There’s a fitness facility, infinity pool and bar near the lobby area. The hotel restaurant, Bistro, provided a delicious breakfast (my personal tip is to skip the buffet and get the French Toast with a side of fruit).
It’s not a massive hotel by any stretch, with about 200 rooms, but I think that adds to its appeal.
There are some fun restaurants nearby—but maybe not the most family friendly spots, so keep that in mind if you bring your crew.
There is also not a parking garage attached to the hotel, but you can valet it and face a $30 fee each night if you have a car, so be aware of that as you compare rates of other places to stay.
There are also no balconies, which I always enjoy when I’m near the beach.
On the flip side, the beds could not have been more comfortable, and we didn’t have to search for electrical outlets. With three women all getting ready at once, and each with electronics that needed to be charged up every night, that was a welcome surprise.
You can see more in the video below. Just click on the arrow in the image.
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