Concierge.com's insider take:
Originally built in 1936, the Riverside is the oldest hotel in Fort Lauderdale. It's conveniently located in the heart of downtown. In fact, you can stay here without a rental cartake a cab, free tourist bus, or even walk to the beach along the newly revived Las Olas Boulevard. The vibe of the common areas is pioneer South Floridaceiling fans, rattan furniture, and coral-rock accents, plus black-and-white pictures from the hotel's heyday (Ronald Reagan slept here). There are two very different accommodation types among the 213 rooms herelarger, blander Executive Tower Suites in the 12-story tower that was added in 1992, and so-called classic rooms in the original low-slung building. The latter are more appealing: Not only do these spaces have more character, but they were also more recently renovated (in 2002) in a tropical Tommy Bahamainspired scheme with maple wood and terra-cotta tiles that was finished earlier this year.