Ft Lauderdale Travel Guide

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Fire at Marriott Harbor Beach in Ft. Lauderdale Forces Out 250 Guests

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  Site Where: 3030 Holiday Dr [map], Ft Lauderdale, fl, United States, 33136
April 14, 2009 at 11:56 AM | by | ()

Ah, imagine waking up on your semi-late Spring Break vacay in Ft. Lauderdale to fire alarms. Annoying. Except imagine there was a real fire in your hotel. Scary.

According to the Miami Herald, 250 guests were evacuated this morning after a fire broke out at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort in Ft. Lauderdale:

Calls about the fire at 3030 Holiday Dr. came in just before 4:30 a.m., spokesman Matt Little said. The hotel's sprinkler system controlled the fire, but 250 people were evacuated from the hotel as a precaution, Little said.

Six rooms sustained damage as a result of the fire. Investigators are looking into what caused the blaze.

Thankfully, nobody was hurt. But a morning fire? What a bummer. And on top of that, unfortunately, forgetting about this morning might not be so easy for guests: the martinis there are no longer $5.

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Todd English Restaurant to Open in Ft. Lauderdale's Il Lugano Hotel

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  Site Where: 3333 NE 32nd Avenue [map], Ft Lauderdale, fl, United States, 33308
October 30, 2008 at 2:21 PM | by | ()

Thanks to tipster TonyT, we just got word of celeb chef Todd English's plans to open da Campo Osteria at the boutique Il Lugano Hotel & Residences in Ft. Lauderdale. According to Dine Magazine:

This new restaurant will feature Northern Italian cuisine combined with a spectacular panoramic view. The menu will pay tribute to English’s Tuscan roots, and feature pastas, grilled entrees and flatbreads.

And the official word from the the restaurant's MySpace page (how trendy!) is that the Ft. Lauderdale spot is going to open up in November.

We're certain the food is going to be excellent, but we're not going to lie: we're a little bit worried about the ambiance -- specifically the music playlist. See, the restaurant's MySpace friends include LL Cool J, Creed, Christina Milian and Danity Kane. Um. Yeah. That sorta makes us worry, you know? A gentle suggestion to Todders: if you're considering booking one of those four to play your opening, we urge you to reconsider.


Checking In At 1 AM

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  Site Where: 2440 West Cypress Creek Road [map], Ft Lauderdale, fl, United States, 33309
December 7, 2005 at 5:13 PM | by | ()

[Publisher's Note: Gabe is back. This time bothering the third shifters over at the South Floridian Courtyard Hotel. Just think, if he wouldn't ask these questions for you, who would? Think of him as our very own Ralph Nadar Stuttering John Billy Bush.]

We all know what it’s like to check into a hotel during the day. The front desk staff falls all over themselves to please and appease. But what’s it like in the middle of the night?

Because I only exist to serve the reader, I stepped up to the plate and trekked out for a moonlit excursion. Gabe's latest post click.

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What Do You Expect From The Super 8?

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  Site Where: 2935 North Federal Highway, [map], Ft Lauderdale, fl, United States, 33306
December 1, 2005 at 5:27 PM | by | ()

[Publisher's Note: This week Gabe takes us on a journey to the center of the Super 8 Fort Lauderdale.]

With all of the beautiful hotels in South Florida why did I have to choose this one? Why are some guys attracted to women who will inevitably break their hearts?  Why can't she do the right thing and mail me back my favorite t-shirt I let her borrow a month ago?

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Three Girls Get Creeped Out In Florida

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  Site Where: 619 Ft. Lauderdale Beach Boulevard [map], Ft Lauderdale, fl, United States, 33304
November 10, 2005 at 12:40 PM | by | ()

Not only do we have no idea what a "coctail" is, but...

If you are going to vacation in Ft. Lauderdale, the Sea Club Resort seems like an uncomfortable place to do it--kinda like in the back of a Volkswagen at least according to this girl:

I felt that upon my return from Fort Lauderdale I had to post a review of this dumpy hotel. I realize that if you're on a budget, you have to stay at hotels that may not be up to par with other hotels; however, after staying at the Sea Club "Resort" I realize that I'm willing to spend the extra money!

The staff was atrocious! Not only were they completely unhelpful, they also were quite sketchy. I traveled here with two other young females and we all felt uncomfortable around them due to prolonged stares and unwelcomed comments.

Also, the clientele is very scary. I wanted to take a dip in the pool and came upon a couple who were doing something in the pool that should've been done in the privacy of their bedroom!

Related Stories:
·   Sea Club Resort Reviews [TripAdvisor]


Florida Weekender Anyone?

March 25, 2005 at 10:19 AM | by | ()

Every year around late March, here in the frozen Northeast, everyone is at wits' end with the weather.

Which means then next couple of weekends are perfect for jetting off to somewhere sunny for 48 hours of sun.

Florida hoteliers must be hip to this trend as well, because we had trouble finding a decent hotel deal for this weekend using the Internet's roulette wheel. Both Miami and Key West searches yielded juiced rates.

However, Fort Laud seems to have a decent variety of rates and locations still available for this weekend.

So if you have the means, get yourself down to the Sunshine State before cabin fever does you in, you poor pasty bastards.


Doubletree Ft Lauderdale, is it *that* bad?

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  Site Where: 440 Seabreeze Boulevard [map], Ft Lauderdale, fl, United States, 33316
December 22, 2004 at 4:27 PM | by | ()

(Editor's Note: Gabe, our SoFlo bachelor, is back with his take on the Doubletree Ft. Lauderdale. We broke this into two stories. Remember, as always this is only one persons opinion, but in this case it is Gabe's, so take it with maybe half a grain of salt. This story, and top five reasons to stay at the Doubletree Ft. Lauderdale are the two stories. Enjoy.)

I was quite shocked to find extremely negative reviews posted about this place on the web.  From the exterior, the DoubleTree, gives off the impression of being impressively ritzy.

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Top Five Reasons to stay at the Doubletree Ft. Lauderdale

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  Site Where: 440 Seabreeze Boulevard [map], Ft Lauderdale, fl, United States, 33316
December 22, 2004 at 4:26 PM | by | ()

Top Five Reasons To Stay at the DoubleTree Ocean Front in Fort Lauderdale

·   Silky toilet paper
·   Young women in bikinis
·   Location, location, location
·   Lisa
·   Moist chocolate chip cookies

Explanations, and photos of all reasons, after the jump, click on the photos for larger images.

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