Hotel Review: Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina in Ft Lauderdale, Florida

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Hotel

If you’re considering booking a hotel stay before embarking on a cruise in Fort Lauderdale, I may have just the place for you. The Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina is located in an ideal spot, adjacent to Port Everglades where all of the cruise ships dock. My sister, Robyn and I (Lauren) did exactly that – stayed over for one night before boarding the Caribbean Princess. Let me take you on a tour of our room, the hotel property, and tell you all about our stay at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina!

Checking In

Our flight from Toronto departed just after 7:30am, arriving in Ft Lauderdale around 11:00am. We collected our luggage with no issues and took a taxi from the airport to the hotel. There are no complimentary hotel shuttles from the airport to the hotel, though a taxi ride was not very expensive (around $16). We knew that our flight would be arriving well before the 4:00pm check-in time, so we marked on our reservation that we would appreciate an early check-in if possible. Thankfully, our room was ready when we reached the hotel at noon, even during an incredibly busy time of year! The hotel lobby was quite stylish, with pictures of the ocean adorning the walls. The furniture and decor was primarily white, coral, and bright yellow, keeping with the style of South Florida. The lobby itself was very spacious with many places to meet family and friends.

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Hotel
The hotel lobby, facing the front entrance.
Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Hotel
A seating area looking out to the marina and pool area.
Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Hotel
The seating area at the back of the lobby, facing the small marina and pool area.

The Room

We stayed in room 1416 on the top floor of the hotel. As a Hilton HHonors member, I was able to check in to the hotel in advance. One day before our booking, I received an email where I was able to select a room and set up the credit card that would be attached to the booking. I’ve never seen anything like this before, and it really was worth doing. I was able to choose exactly the room that we wanted, which was a Tower Room with a Marina View. When we originally booked the hotel room, there were only rooms with a single king bed available; however, when choosing a room in advance, I was able to select one with two double beds. This was great because I no longer had to share a bed with my sister! When we arrived at the hotel, there was no fuss at the front lobby as they already had our credit card information. The staff member handed us our room keys, and away we went! After taking an elevator to the top floor, I noticed that it was a floor for HHonors members. While I don’t stay very often at Hilton Hotels to have any particular membership status, it was definitely worth signing up to be a member. I would highly recommend checking in ahead of time if this is something your Hilton Hotel offers.

The room itself was clean and comfortable. The decor matched the style of the front lobby with soothing blue ocean photos on the walls, as well as calming neutrals with the occasional splash of color. The beds were really cozy and I slept really well that night. You’ll find all of the typical hotel amenities here: a flatscreen TV, a regular coffee maker, a work desk, and a small sitting area.

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Hotel

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Hotel

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Hotel

Beyond two sliding doors on one side, we found a huge closet that also had an in-room safe. On the opposite side, there were two other sliding doors leading to the bathroom. There was a walk-in shower with a rainfall shower head, which I absolutely love. Sometimes it’s nice to have little perks while staying at hotels that you don’t have at home.

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Hotel

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Hotel

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Hotel

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Hotel

The best part of this room was definitely the balcony. There were huge floor-to-ceiling windows spanning the entire wall. Don’t worry, there were blackout curtains for sleeping at night that truly kept the early morning sunshine out of the room. Walking outside, we were able to feel the warm sunshine and the cool breeze off the water. There was a wonderful view of Port Everglades where we would catch our cruise ship the next day. It was great being able to sit outside on our own private balcony, relax, and watch the sailboats and yachts sailing by. Every once in a while, the bridge would rise up to let the taller ships pass through the waterway. I also really enjoyed sitting out on the balcony in the evening as it was very warm, quiet, and peaceful.

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Hotel

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Hotel

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Hotel

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Hotel

The Hotel Property

The main feature of the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina that we loved was the swimming pool area. There was a large outdoor pool that was just the perfect temperature for swimming – not too hot, and not too cold. We swam around for quite some time during the afternoon, soaking up the sunshine and getting some exercise. The pool was large enough to accommodate families wishing to play catch, without disturbing the other adults who were swimming laps or enjoying a beverage. My only complaint about the pool area was the lack of chairs and loungers. When we arrived mid-afternoon, there weren’t any loungers left and we had to wait for two to come free. When only one was free and Robyn placed her towel down on the concrete, an attendant came by and informed her that she could not lay there as it would partially prevent people from walking around. As it was a beautiful day and everyone wanted to be relaxing by the pool, I suggest that you arrive earlier or later in the day if you’d like to sunbathe. We didn’t let this disrupt our enjoyment as we swam around until some chairs were no longer being used.

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Hotel

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Hotel

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Hotel
A small harbor where some boats were docked by the hotel.

Restaurants

While we didn’t dine at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, there were several dining options at the hotel. There was the Waterway Room, where the daily breakfast was served (not complimentary) as well as meals throughout the day. The Nanking was an Asian restaurant serving sushi as well as many Asian-inspired dishes. The G was a casual outdoor restaurant and bar that was located alongside the pool. We took advantage of the bar called Antea because they had a Happy Hour special on drinks from 5:00-7:00pm. All drinks were buy one, get one for free. While the bill was still quite high at $12 (the price of one drink), we were able to enjoy our first tropical drinks of the trip – a banana daiquiri and a Bahama Mama.

We also gently swayed back and forth in the hammocks just outside of the pool area. They were tied between two palm trees. I could have relaxed all day in one of those hammocks! Staring up at the blue sky and the tops of the trees, it felt like a tropical paradise.

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Hotel
Another seating area near the harbor that had a fireplace in the middle, in case it got chilly at night!
Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Hotel
Me (Lauren) in the hammock.

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Hotel

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Hotel

The Location

If you’re thinking of staying at a hotel before a cruise, this is the perfect place to stay. It is located directly across the road from Port Everglades, making for a simple and stress-free trip to the port. The Hilton offers a shuttle to the port at a rate of $6 per person. Robyn and I thought it might be cheaper if we hopped in a taxi, though it seemed as if the hotel had struck a deal with the cab companies as we were charged a flat rate of $10. This might have made a difference if you had a larger family to share the taxi ride, rather than just two people. Nevertheless, it was a two minute ride to the pier and we were there in no time. Also, the hotel is located along the bustling 17th Street, home to many different shops and restaurants. We were able to find two vegetarian/vegan-friendly restaurants within walking distance of the hotel (more on that later!). There were many larger shops like a Walgreens, which would be great if you needed to stock up on any toiletries before boarding the ship. Furthermore, if you’re looking to head to the beach, the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle to the beach and back. There was also a water taxi stop just outside of the hotel, where you could hop aboard and sail to various destinations throughout Fort Lauderdale.

When we woke up in the morning and stepped out onto the balcony, we could see our cruise ship at the dock. The majestic Caribbean Princess was awaiting us. I could picture myself standing at the back of the boat, admiring the endless ocean as we sailed the seas. The sight of the ship marked the beginning of our week-long jaunt around the Caribbean.

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Hotel

I put together this short video of the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, highlighting the various places around the hotel. Hope you enjoy these small glimpses of our first day in Florida!

 

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Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina

1881 SE 17th St.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316
1-954-463-4000

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24 Responses

  1. Jack V Sage
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    Tweeted this. Very useful information, heavy with photos and details. Makes me want to book a room there ASAP.

    • Lauren
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      Thank you so much, I appreciate that you shared it and found it useful! We had a great stay there!
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    • Gina Wooldridge
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      Lauren we have a reservation for 2 rooms at the Hilton can you tell me what room you were in as I want that view from the balcony. Thanks and great photos and review of the hotel.

      Gina

  2. Jack V Sage
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    Very informative, heavy on photos and details. Makes me want to book a room as soon as possible.
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  3. Angelica @BkChickTravels
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    Love FLL , never stayed on the marina side yet. The pool looks great – I always eye those! Can’t wait to hear about the cruise.
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  4. Robyn
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    Great review, Lauren! I loved that hotel, the pool was awesome! Also worth mentioning, the gym facilities were great too – new treadmills, ellipticals and a section with weights. There was also an area outdoors to work out as well and a jogging or walking path that went around the entire marina that was really nice. πŸ™‚

  5. Raphael Alexander Zoren
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    Great shots of the hotel! I always heard many good things about the Hilton Hotels, this one really looks nice!
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  6. Sammi Wanderlustin'
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    Wow! That view is stunning, hey? How beautiful! Definitely like the look of this place πŸ™‚ Great recommendation Lauren! X
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    • Lauren
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      The view was wonderful, and I really enjoyed sitting out there particularly at night with a coffee in hand, as well as first thing in the morning. It was surprisingly hot first thing in the morning, though I found there were always parts of the balcony in both the sun and the shade, so you could choose!
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  7. […] Lauderdale, I really didn’t have to look too far. Within walking distance of our hotel (the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina), I was able to locate a great lunch spot called Fresh First. On my last trip to Fort Lauderdale […]

  8. Meg Jerrard
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    Resort looks stunning! Best part is definitely the balcony view!!

  9. Alli
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    I love that lounge area that looks right out onto the marina! Looks so relaxing and beautiful!
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    • Lauren
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      The lounge was a great spot to sit in a shady area. I really liked that there was a fireplace in the middle for those evenings where it might have been a little on the chilly side. I feel like no matter where you spent time in this hotel, you had a great view, whether it be of the marina, pool, or Port Everglades!
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  10. Joao Sa
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    This hotel looks awesome! Those hammocks by the pool area just look glorious. And yup, $12 for a drink is a bit expensive ahah, but it’s a hotel, what did you expect? πŸ˜›

  11. Jenna
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    Looks like a great and convenient spot! We used to live pretty close to Ft. Lauderdale, so I haven’t stayed in any hotels there in a really long time. I’ll keep this in mind next time we are in the area!
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  12. Chris Boothman
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    Great review Lauren of the Hilton in Fort Lauderdale! We have visited this part of Florida a couple of times now and really enjoyed our time there. It’s in a great part of the state and not too far from Miami so there is always plenty to do. We are avid Hilton HHonors members so generally try to stay at the Hilton brand wherever we go, so this was a perfect review for us and will definitely check this out next time we head to Ft. Lauderdale, hopefully for TBEX in October this year!
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  13. […] of our ship, merely moments away from making it our home for a week. After one restful night at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, we were ready to board the […]

  14. […] my searches and thankfully, it was just down the street from our hotel. After a quick walk from the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina (less than 10 minutes by foot), we found Fresh First. Now, we probably should have reached it in […]

  15. Elle Salazar
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    The Place looks nice! I’ll try referring this to my parents once we visit Florida.
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  16. I recently had a relaxing stay here during TBEX! I noticed in one of your TBEX posts that you had previously stayed at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Hotel before a cruise, so I’m glad I stumbled upon your post today while perusing Pinterest. Looks like you had a similar view from the tower as I did my first night, except my photos are full of cloudy, gray skies.
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