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The Westin Beach Resort & Spa, Fort Lauderdale

321 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard | Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 [See Map]
#17 in Best Fort Lauderdale Hotels
Hotel Class 4.0-star Critic Rating Moderate Guest Rating
Property Type Resort hotel with 432 rooms, 14 floors
Primary View(s) Ocean
Style Traditional
Best For Business travelers, Families, Couples
AMENITIES Room Service, Internet Access, Business Center See all amenities

U.S. News Review

According to recent guests, this Westin has aced its color schemethe lobby, beach chaises and even the exterior siding are done in calming blue and white hues. The soothing color palette in the guest rooms also earn a thumbs-up, as do the en-suite amenities like Heavenly beds, flat-screen TVs and hardwood furniture. Even traveler complaints like not having a balcony on every room, or that the accommodations aren't as spacious as others in the area are overshadowed by praise for the friendly hotel staff, the 6,500-square-foot Heavenly Spa by Westin and the four on-site restaurants, including steak-and-seafood restaurant, Shula's on the Beach. Meanwhile, the resort's location — just south of the romantic Bonnet House along Fort Lauderdale Beach — makes it a convenient choice for sun-seekers and sightseers alike. Starwood Preferred Guests can accrue or cash in reward points here for additional stay benefits.

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Critic Reviews

Fodor's

“The colossal resort caters to both leisure travelers and conventioneers, with a significant number of guest rooms and public spaces facing the ocean, including the gym.”

USA Today

“Kids will be given a bag of goodies upon arrival to get them excited, and the heated outdoor pool and beach across the street will keep them having fun in the sun.”

Oyster.com

“At the center of it all is a huge conference center with two ballrooms, the hotel's pride that was opened in late 2010 (which means the hotel is more focused on business travel as compared to its leisure-oriented sister down the road, Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel).”

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor.com. A total of 858 guests have reviewed the The Westin Beach Resort & Spa, Fort Lauderdale, giving it a rating of 4.0, on a scale of 1-5.

Guest Ratings: 4.0 (based on 858 reviews)

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Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Internet Access
  • Business Center
  • Dining
  • Pets Allowed
  • Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Fitness Center
  • Pool

Location & Parking

Part of Fort Lauderdale's main strip of beach hotels, the resort claims a central location on Fort Lauderdale Beach, 7 miles north of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The hotel is also just a mile south of Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, site of a historic home and five distinct ecosystems

  • Connection directly to the beach via skywalk over the beachfront boulevard
  • About 300 miles of navigable water on the Intracoastal Waterway to the west
  • 24-hour valet parking ($32)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service (with fee)

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach
  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping

Guest Rooms

Breezy blues, greens, whites and warm mahogany woods lend an ethereal atmosphere to the guest rooms. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide views of the Atlantic, Intracoastal Waterway or city lights. All rooms are equipped with flat-screen TVs, coffee makers with Starbucks coffee and Internet access (for a fee).

  • Westin Heavenly Beds and Heavenly Baths throughout
  • In-room Wi-Fi is $9.95 per 24 hours
  • Two first-floor rooms provide a treadmill or stationary bike for exercise in private

Standard room size:

345 square feet
  • Internet (with fee)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Dining

Best described as business casual, the Westin's main restaurant, Shula's on the Beach, serves steak and seafood in an elegant indoor setting and on its covered patio. Other drinking and dining options include the poolside Amatsu Sushi & Sake, Waves Bar & Grill and a full-service Starbucks.

  • 24-hour room service available
  • Two private rooms for up to 50 diners at Shula's on the Beach

Number of restaurants:

4

Cuisine types:

Buffet, Asian, American
  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast

Pool

Westin's heated pool provides guests views of the beach and sea from an elevated sun deck off the North Tower's mezzanine level. Its amenities include a swim-up bar, poolside drink service and a Jacuzzi.

Number of pools:

1

Pool types:

  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Seasonal
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor/outdoor combo

Pool amenities:

  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar

Spa

Located on the first floor, steps from the fitness center, the hotel's 6,500-square-foot Heavenly Spa by Westin offers a wide range of beauty services, massages, soaks and body treatments in a serenely modern setting. Separate men's and women's locker rooms each have Jacuzzis and steam rooms.

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna

Kids

The property welcomes kids ages 4 to 12 with access to the Westin Kids Club. The club makes its home in the brightly colored Discovery Room, where a dedicated staff organizes and supervises activities. Session types include half-day ($25), Parent's Night Out ($35, includes dinner), and full-day ($55, includes backpack and lunch).

  • Westin Kids Club amenities include snacks, drinks, meals, board games, arts and crafts, Nintendo Wii and off-site excursions
  • Club reservations required for weekends and recommended for weekdays
  • A Westin Eat Well Menu for Kids and, for Starwood Preferred Guest members, an SPG Kids Pass for all-inclusive meal options at participating resorts in the area
  • Kids club ($25 to $55)
  • Cribs
  • High chairs

Fitness

The hotel's 1,425-square-foot fitness studio is on the first floor across from the spa and includes cardio machines and free weights. Exercisers can gaze out at the ocean or watch TV on the cardio machines' individual screens.

  • Open 24 hours, accessible with any guest room key and free of charge
  • Concierge can arrange for games and lessons at the Jimmy Evert Tennis Center nearby
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles (with fee)
  • Tennis
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats
  • Motor boats

Business

The hotel features extensive facilities for meetings and events, supported by a business center and complete audiovisual and technology services.

  • Two ballrooms include the 10,192-square-foot Las Olas Ballroom
  • The rooftop Sky Terrace entertains groups of up to 550 people with spectacular views of the ocean

Number of meeting rooms:

22
  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available

Pets

Decidedly dog-friendly, the resort provides complimentary Heavenly Dog Beds for one or two pets per room.

  • Weight limit of 40 pounds per dog
  • Canines stay free, but guests must sign a waiver
  • No cats allowed
  • Pets allowed (free)
  • Dog walking
  • Pet-sitting

Golf

Wedding

A Westin wedding specialist coordinates nuptial events at the hotel. Sites for ceremonies, receptions and banquets include the aptly named Oceanview Room and the rooftop terrace with its backdrop of sky and sea.

  • Customized wedding websites available
  • A personal concierge for the bride on wedding day
  • Matrimonial feasts for up to 450 guests in the largest ballroom

Maximum wedding guest capacity:

450
  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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The Westin Beach Resort & Spa, Fort Lauderdale

321 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard | Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 [See Full Map]