Hyatt Regency Pier 66, Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale , Florida
Tel: 954 525 6666
Concierge.com's insider take:
Tucked away at the southern end of town, Pier 66 is a great respite for families and those wanting to steer clear of the brash boardwalk crowds. A $25 million renovation, completed in October 2007, upgraded the pool area with cabanas, man-made waterfalls, and a 40-person hydrotherapy pool. There is no beach access, but the hotel runs a free shuttle to the closest sand (five minutes away). The renovation also spruced up the hotel's iconic spike-topped tower and angular, pastel-painted balconies. But the money obviously didn't go into jazzing up the decor in the 384 rooms, which got a face-lift and all the necessary amenities (coffeemaker, large bathroom, lots of closet space) but remain uninspiringly beige, beige, and more beige. The remedy? Request a room high in the 17-story tower with a view of the Intracoastal Waterway. Looking out from your balcony at the yachts, cruise ships, and blue water adds a necessary splash of color.