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The Only Luxury Hotel in Fort Lauderdale That Lives Up to the Hype

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  Site Where: 1 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard [map], Fort Lauderdale, fl, United States, 33304
November 18, 2009 at 12:31 PM | by | ()

If you haven't heard already, the new AAA Five Diamond list is out and while the usual suspects are on the list, there is one notable addition for 2010—The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale.

While Florida is well-represented by a number of Ritz-Carltons, this is quite the milestone for Fort Lauderdale, which is still trying to do-away with its Spring Break reputation. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who’s been to Fort Lauderdale recently, however. Have you seen the size of those yachts tied up on the Intracoastal?

Even more interesting is that this honor comes just over a year after the property joined the Ritz-Carlton family. Prior to August 2008, it was a St. Regis—and even then only for a year. So maybe Ritz-Carlton should carefully consider their restructuring strategy.

But let's focus on the hotel at hand here. The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale has all the requisite posh stuff that makes up a AAA Five Diamond joint: sleek design, suites with ocean views, private cabanas, a fancy spa, access to a private country club nearby, and—our favorite part—the Wine Room with its 5,000-bottle wine cellar.

And unlike in many cities where Five Diamond hotels are way out of reach for regular folks, the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale is affordable. Packages start at just $239 a night.

If you want to be one of the first guests to experience Fort Lauderdale’s only Five Diamond hotel, Intracoastal-view rooms are available this Saturday night from $269, and Oceanfront rooms from $329 a night. And now, you can even fly Virgin America to get there.

You can see the other 15 new Five Diamond properties, and the full list for 2010, here.

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