Green Island Inn, Fort Lauderdale, Florida $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
This small 25-room hotel feels more like a Key West refuge than the 1950s-era Fort Lauderdale motel it is. That's partly thanks to its out-of-the-way locationin a sleepy residential area further north up A1A than most motels. But it's also due to the lush tropical tree-crammed courtyard that has a pool and a gazebo, equipped with a BYOB bar and BBQ area. Every roomwhether studio or suiteis named after different islands in the Caribbean, has a kitchenette, and is individually painted and done up in bright poppy colors. And most have French doors opening onto a private verandah.