Fort Lauderdale hotels
Hotels in Fort Lauderdale have been playing a game of catch-up. While an influx of hip refugees from New York and South Beach transformed the city's dining and nightlife landscapes, hotels were stuck in a different era. But that has changed, with a new crop of contenders catering to the luxury set. The Atlantic was the first to open, in 2005, followed in short order by a swanky Ritz-Carlton and a trendy W Hotel. If those are too rich (or too cookie-cutter) for your blood, you'll also find a mix of grand old resorts and charming smaller spotsnone of them cutting-edge but all blissfully free of Miami-style pretension.