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Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale 

1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale , Florida
Tel: 866 622 1579
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From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:

Editor's note: This property is now the Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale.

Melding the brand's urbanity with the town's identity as a top yacht market and cruise port, the 187-room St. Regis resembles a glossy Art Deco ocean liner, from its curvilinear marble lobby, filigreed banisters, and velvet taupe banquettes sprinkled through the lobby, to the seventh-floor pool deck that gives guests a sight line over any potential beach-boulevard riffraff and straight into the ocean. Room decor is simple, with beige upholstery and dark wood, and floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the Atlantic or the Intracoastal Waterway. A can-do attitude, rare in South Florida, makes up for any service missteps: When one guest lost her valet ticket and the hotel's inability to locate her car threatened to make her late for an appointment, a chauffeur drove her in the house Bentley. Oceanfront Cero is a romantic dinner spot but shockingly overpriced for breakfast. And the hotel would do well to provide free chairs and towels on the beach, instead of leaving guests to be accosted by umbrella vendors. But quibbles aside, and taking into account the upcoming Trump and W hotels flanking this one, you'll want to be the first on your block to catch the wave of new Fort Lauderdale.

—2008 Hot List

Amenities: Beach, Pool, Spa, Water sports

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