I fly in and out of Fort Lauderdale more frequently than I’d like to admit. I never though of Fort Lauderdale as a romantic getaway type of destination, usually the city is associated with retirement communities and kids and families flocking to the many attractions within the city limits. Trust me, I work the flight so I know exactly who is coming in and out of that city and it is not fun to clean up after those crowds. But I digress. Romance in the city of Fort Lauderdale.
With Marriott reward points in my pocket (best credit card ever), I checked into the Ritz Carlton with my boyfriend. If you’ve stayed at a Ritz Carlton estate before, you know they’re generally super accommodating and make you feel like you’re at a home amongst friends. Friends with fancy furnishings and decadent cuisine. Luckily for us Marriott Rewards members, the companies recently merged and not the luxury Ritz Carlton Brand is now included in the Marriott family.
Let me say that my stay at the Fort Lauderdale Ritz Carlton was booked last minute. We’re talking an hour prior to my arrival on the doorstep of the resort. And yet when I arrived, everyone knew exactly what kind of accommodations I wanted, addressed me by name like an old friend, and apologized that on such short notice they couldn’t provide me with a full oceanfront view.
I was not disappointed. When my travel partner and I stepped foot into our room, a view even better than I could’ve asked for awaited us. To the right off our expansive balcony stretched Hollywood Beach, where tourists still tried to catch the last rays of sunshine. To the left off our deck lie the calm waters of the canal, casting a perfect reflection of the sunset, marred only by the expensive yachts owned by locals.
If the view wasn’t enough to make me fall in love with this hotel, the food certainly was. Our first night, we both went with burgers (which just sounded like it would hit the spot after ten hours of air travel) and we were not disappointed. We dined al fresco on our balcony and savored every bite, and every last shade of sunset until the stars began taking over the Fort Lauderdale sky.
Dinner was impeccable, but it’s the dessert at the Ritz Carlton that ‘ll never forget. If you follow my blog, you know I’m a francophile and that I love me some creme brûlée. I have it just about everywhere I go and never leave Paris without delighting on some. But let me tell you, this creme brûlée at the Fort Lauderdale Ritz Carlton is the best creme brûlée I’ve ever had. Even without the romantic, edible gold leafing and yellow rose that accompanied my dessert, the thick and creamy custard stole the show. With the perfect amount of crunch and sweetness, my tastebuds were taken captive. If you love creme brûlée, don’t leave Hollywood beach without stopping by the Fort Lauderdale Ritz Carlton and treating yourself.
The Ritz Carlton had a full array of spa service that we planned on making use of, but ended up running out of time. Why did we run short of time? It may or may not have been because we spent way too much time in the giant, oversized marble tub. Did I mention this hotel is pretty romantic? Nothing says romance like an oversized bathroom with a soaker tub.
My tip: Bring your own stash of alcohol like we did. Bringing your own champagne, wine, whatever is your pleasure will save you SO much money because of course, at a luxury resort like the Ritz Carlton, everything costs a little bit more. The staff at the hotel were incredibly accommodating and even brought us an additional mini fridge. The high caliber of customer service at the Ritz Carlton Fort Lauderdale is incredible and you won’t be disappointed with you stay. No buzz-kill at this hotel!
If you’re arriving by plane, you’ll have to arrange for transportation, either a taxi, or Uber as the hotel does not provide transportation to or from the resort. I took Uber, which ran me around twenty dollars each way and was about a fifteen minute ride. Expect a similar duration to get to the cruise harbor. Gotta love those cruises out of Fort Lauderdale! Check out my review of my amazing seven day getaway on Holland America from Fort Lauderdale and get some serious travel inspo for cruising!
Tip: If you’re new to uber, always make sure you do a fare estimate first just to make sure you’re not going to be surprised when you arrive at your destination.
I have been to Fort Lauderdale many times, but this trip in which I stayed at the Ritz Carlton is the stay which left me longing to return to the gorgeous Florida city. The Ritz Carlton, due to it’d dreamy location, sweeping views, and amazing hospitality, has me ready to plan my next trip to Fort Lauderdale. Whether you’re traveling solo for business, or looking for a romantic getaway with your honey, the Ritz Carlton in Fort Lauderdale is sure to leave you satisfied. I know I was!
Have you been to Fort Lauderdale? Did you also fall in love with the city?
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