Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa Review

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3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale FL 33316
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Editor’s Review of Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa

Once known as the ultimate spring break destination, Fort Lauderdale can still throw a good party. In recent years, however, this appealing stretch of coastline, 40 minutes north of Miami, has evolved into one of Florida's best destinations for an urban, yet beach-oriented family vacation. Much of this is due in part to the pretty pedestrian zone of Las Olas, an efficient water taxi system plying the many canals (this is the Venice of America, after all), home to some of the country's most beautiful waters for swimming. And for families looking to spend their vacation hopping easily between the beach and pool, with plenty of onsite recreational activities to keep kids of all ages entertained, the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa ... more is pretty much the prime pick of Fort Lauderdale properties.

The first thing you should know is that we're talking about a large resort with 650 rooms set on 16 oceanfront acres. The hotel's sheer size makes it popular for meetings, weddings and corporate gatherings, so your fellow guests will be a mixed upmarket bag, and not strictly vacationing families.

But the family-friendly appeal comes from all the activities offered onsite -- from water sports, tennis and basketball courts, to the kid's club, excellent fitness classes, gym and luxurious spa -- as well as the hotel's quarter-mile private beach. Rooms are contemporary and upscale, and most have spacious balconies overlooking the ocean or intracoastal waterway. And with three restaurants, as well as a popular beach bar and a Starbucks in the lobby, the Marriott makes it easy to spend the bulk of your day and night dining and playing on property in case you can't be bothered mobilizing your entourage elsewhere. And really, why bother? The property sits comfortably removed from the busier beach area just a few blocks north, with its cruising cars and popular pedestrian promenade for biking, rollerblading and strolling. The advantage of the location is that the beach in front of the hotel is usually sparsely populated, even during the busiest tourist times. Settle into one of the hotel's complimentary lounge chairs on the beach, or stretch out atop one of the daybeds lining the beautifully landscaped pool to soak up what you came for -- stress-free time in the Florida sun at a family-friendly property that really leaves very little to be desired. less
Our Editor Loves
  • Complimentary kid's club for ages 5 to 12
  • Oceanfront location with free lounge chairs
  • Short walk to water taxi to explore Las Olas Blvd.
Family Interests
  • Beach
  • Bicycling
  • Golf
  • Sailing
Family Amenities
  • Babysitting
  • Cribs
  • DVD Player
  • Laundry Service
  • Refrigerator
  • Pool
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The property's 650 rooms include a good range of options for families of varying sizes, and most have private balconies with intracoastal or ocean views. Standard guest rooms have one king or two queen beds, with one crib and one rollaway bed permitted inside. Note that the rooms with queen beds feel quite cramped with the addition of a rollaway. The standard rooms get upgraded in price and appeal depending on which view you choose -- interior, intracoastal views, partial or full oceanfront views. Spacious balconies with satisfyingly high railings are a nice place to sit outside and soak up the views if you book into the latter rooms. In addition to the standard guest rooms, there are suites with two separate rooms -- one with a king bed and the other with a sofa bed. Since you can add a rollaway to these rooms and also opt for connecting suites, these are a good option if you're traveling with a family of five or even more.

The Presidential Suite is the hotel's finest, and occupies the top floor with a king bed and 1.5 bathrooms. All of the rooms have contemporary and clean-lined décor with luxurious touches, such as marble bathrooms, pillow top mattresses and duvets throughout. Shower-in-tub bathroom configurations are standard. Only the suites come with a refrigerator and freezer, and if you want a microwave in whichever room you choose, it must be requested in advance and is based on availability. In the standard guest rooms, there are fully stocked mini-bars that you can empty to stash your own things, but if you want a larger sized refrigerator with more storage space, you can request one for a fee. Be sure to make these requests when booking your room, as supplies are limited.

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