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W Fort Lauderdale

401 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard | Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 [See Map]
#8 in Best Fort Lauderdale Hotels
Hotel Class 4.0-star Critic Rating Good Guest Rating
Property Type Hotel with 517 rooms, 24 floors
Primary View(s) Ocean
Style Modern
Best For Couples
AMENITIES Room Service, Shuttle Service, Internet Access See all amenities

U.S. News Review

From its glass-bottom lobby view of the outdoor pool to the funky DJs who spin tunes at said poolthis W likes to throw visitors an über-hip curve-ball. So needless to say, the modern W isn't for everyone: Features like the see-through glass walls in the bathrooms and the loud dance music in the common areas might be a better fit for a younger crowd. However, the atmosphere is decidedly more subdued in the minimally designed rooms, which feature comfy beds, flat screen TVs and iHome sterios. And despite the more trendy (sometimes off-putting) decor, the W's location is extremely convenient for sun-seekers: W Fort Lauderdale is just steps from the beach. In addition to its shore-side setting, the hotel also boasts the Bliss Spa, the 1,360-square-foot fitness center and the much raved-about STEAK954 restaurant. What's more, this property participates in the Starwood Preferred Guest rewards program.

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Critic Reviews

Oyster.com

“By far the sexiest of the grand dames lining Fort Lauderdale Beach, the stunning design and painstaking attention to detail here are enough to wow even the most jaded travelers; unique design elements are around every corner, like a clear staircase that takes you up through the pool.”

Fodor's

“The clubby and funky W Fort Lauderdale rises over the Atlantic like a massive luxury boat at full sail, seducing with dramatic ocean and Intracoastal views and a party-all-the-time ambience.”
Award: Fodor's Choice

Concierge.com

“The bright rooms are dominated by whites and creams that put the focus on the views; plush linens and minimalist furnishings round out the contemporary look.”
Award: Concierge.com Editors' Pick

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor.com. A total of 924 guests have reviewed the W Fort Lauderdale, giving it a rating of 4.0, on a scale of 1-5.

Guest Ratings: 4.0 (based on 924 reviews)

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Amenities

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

Location & Parking

W Fort Lauderdale is located on Florida's Atlantic Coast just a block back from the beach, approximately 7 miles north of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Some nearby restaurants can be reached on foot, but for most outside amenities guests will need to drive or take a taxi service.

  • Bus stop located two blocks from the property
  • Taxis, third-party shuttles and private car services are the recommended forms of transportation from the airport
  • The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale shopping mall is less than 2 miles from the hotel
  • 24-hour valet parking ($34)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

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

Guest Rooms

As with most W properties, guest rooms at W Fort Lauderdale are chic and modern, with bright white linens and contemporary furnishings. Some previous guests have commented that the open bathrooms are lacking in privacy, but rooms that offer multiple beds have privacy screens installed. In-room Wi-Fi is available for $10.95 to $14.95 depending on the chosen speed.

  • Flat-screen TVs offer AV output in which to plug laptops; iHome stereos and media library available
  • Minifridges are available upon request
  • Separate and combined showers and tubs may be provided, depending on the chosen room type

Standard room size:

400 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

Steak954, the main restaurant at W Fort Lauderdale, serves an extensive menu of steak and seafood dishes alongside impressive ocean views. WET Bar offers an additional dining option for lunch and early dinners, with salads wraps and burgers served poolside. W Cafe opens early each morning to serve coffee and quick breakfast items.

  • W2GO service allows guests to select a boxed lunch from the room service menu
  • Steak954 serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, as well as brunch on weekends
  • Room service is available 24 hours a day

Number of restaurants:

2

Cuisine types:

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

Pool

The WET pool at W Fort Lauderdale is one of the most remarkable amenities on the entire property. The main oceanfront pool features portholes looking into the hotel lobby and a clear stairwell descending down the middle of the water. Those desiring a quieter atmosphere can head to WET West, which features lounge chairs and views of the Intracoastal Waterway in a more serene environment.

  • WET West is open seasonally
  • A DJ amps up the party vibe at the main pool on weekends
  • WOW cabanas are available for rent, and offer Internet access and private bathrooms

Number of pools:

2

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

Guests of W Fort Lauderdale can take advantage of priority reservations at the on-site Bliss spa location. Bliss is known for its unique spa services, Triple Oxygen skincare products and brownie buffet. Manicures, pedicures and waxing are some of the salon services guests can also enjoy at Bliss.

  • Spa is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and until 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday
  • Some spa services are available in a designated poolside cabana
  • The on-site Ted Gibson Salon offers haircuts and styling

Services offered:

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

Kids

Much of the W Fort Lauderdale's property features a party vibe that may seem uninviting to families traveling with children. However, spacious rooms and suites are available to accommodate groups with more than two travelers.

  • A generously sized pool and beach access will appeal to kids
  • Outside babysitting services can be arranged
  • Family packages are available
  • Kids club
  • Cribs
  • High chairs

Fitness

W Fort Lauderdale features a 1,360-square-foot fitness center that offers treadmills, stationary bikes and ellipticals with built-in TV screens. Strength-training equipment, yoga mats and exercise balls are also provided, and a series of fitness classes offer additional options for maintaining an exercise routine.

  • Personal training sessions can be coordinated through the concierge
  • Boxing stations provided in the fitness facility
  • Fitness room is accessible 24 hours a day
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles
  • Tennis
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats
  • Motor boats

Business

W Fort Lauderdale features 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space in which to host business functions. One of W's meeting specialties is its Sensory Set Up, which uses music, scents and other features to create a unique meeting environment. The on-site business center offers computers and printers, and a separate boarding pass printing kiosk is available on the fourth floor.

  • Meeting rooms offer panoramic ocean views
  • Interactive workshop activities available
  • Audiovisual equipment and services offered

Number of meeting rooms:

11
  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available

Pets

W Fort Lauderdale welcomes pets weighing 45 pounds or less.

  • A $100 nonrefundable cleaning fee applies upon check-in, in addition to a $25 per-night fee
  • Pet-sitting services and dog walking can be arranged through the concierge
  • Pets allowed (with fee)
  • Dog walking
  • Pet-sitting

Golf

Wedding

W Fort Lauderdale offers multiple customizable indoor and outdoor event spaces that can be used for weddings of any style. The indoor ballrooms can accommodate up to 230 wedding guests, while standing receptions of up to 600 can be hosted in the outdoor courtyard.

  • Most event spaces offer views of the ocean
  • On-staff wedding planner assists throughout the wedding process
  • Newlywed couples receive a complimentary room on their wedding night

Maximum wedding guest capacity:

600
  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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