I was traveling with a friend and we stayed in a "spectacular" room at the W with a balcony overlooking both the beach and the Intracoastal. The room and the amenities in the room were very nice. We took advantage of and enjoyed the beach boot camp and yoga. The fitness center was surprisingly lacking in cardio equipment with only one working elliptical machine.
As this was a vacation, we had questions for the concierge. At first, it was a substitute concierge so we were at least somewhat understanding about his apparent lack of mastery with regard to information about the area. When the actual concierge returned, we remained unimpressed. We asked about the downtown mural project in Hollywood (a city neighboring Ft. Lauderdale) and he not only had not heard of it, he did not offer to print up the map that I was able to load onto the small screen of my iPhone.
We did not enjoy the Happy Hour at the Living Room as the music was a little loud for our taste.
We had a lovely Sunday Brunch at Steak 954 (the in-hotel restaurant) but were shocked to find that a side order of asparagus cost $12. Finally, it was appalling to me that they wanted $40/hour to use the computers in their business center - that was regardless of whether you wanted to use the internet or not.
I would not stay here again. I would look at the Hilton up the street. There are five or six upscale hotels on that stretch of A1A. I would want to look at all of them more carefully if I was going back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Overlooking South Florida beach with unobstructed ocean views, W Fort Lauderdale has sand and surf on one side, and intercoastal elegance on the other. A daily resort fee of $26.50 will be collected at the property. ... more less
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