I will spend a weekend in the Ft Lauderdale area with a buddy of mine. Could you recommend a property to stay at with points? Nothing crazy in terms of luxury but we would like to be close/on the beach.
Fort Lauderdale is one of my favorite places. I typically go there a few times each year. There are dozens of Bonvoy properties, some beachfront, some beach adjacent (across the street), with the majority being 1-3 miles from the beach (meaning you can get to a beach easily).
You didn’t say which weekend, but many non-luxury choices go for 30K-40K points/night. Some solid choices are :
Renaissance Ft Lauderdale Cruise Port (a mile or two from beaches, but good pool)
Courtyard Ft Lauderdale Beach (beach adjacent, but very small unimpressive pool)
Residence Inn Ft Lauderdale Intracoastal/Il Lugano (on intracoastal, a mile from beaches, small pool)
The Westin Ft Lauderdale Beach Resort (beach adjacent, but don’t confuse it with plain Westin Ft Lauderdale)
Ft Lauderdale Pompano Beach Marriott (beachfront, but really about 15 mins north of Lauderdale, quieter)
Hollywood Beach Marriott (boardwalk separates hotel from beach, 10 mins south of Lauderdale, quieter)
Lux options I have tried, as well:
Ritz-Carlton Ft Lauderdale 70K/night (beach adjacent, good pool)
W Ft Lauderdale 60K/night (beach adjacent, good pool)
Ft Lauderdale Harbor Beach Marriott 60K/night (beachfront, good pool)
Keep in mind points rates could be different due to peak & off-peak dates!
Hope this helps & Good luck!
Thanks a lot! This is great.
My partner and I stayed at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort a little more than two years ago and enjoyed it tremendously! It’s in a terrific location in Central Beach, just across the street from the ocean; it features a pedestrian bridge over the road with an elevator to the beach. There are several restaurants and shops along the boulevard that are an easy walk from the hotel; I particularly liked Casablanca Café just a block south of the Westin. The area is easy to navigate by car, too, and the hotel features valet or self-parking, though there is a fee for both, and that’s on top of their resort fee.
Our room faced the Atlantic Ocean and featured a Juliet balcony.
The room was large enough to feature a small sitting area with floor-to-ceiling windows.
The bathroom had a walk-in shower (no bathtub) and a cutout between it and the bedroom. The cutout allowed for a view of the ocean from the shower, but it had louvered doors that didn’t allow for much privacy when closed.
Our room was in the main tower with the pool deck, which we were directly above. The pool area was quite active during the day, as it also featured a sun deck and a casual bar/restaurant (with good food and drinks!). We had no trouble with noise at night, though.
The view of the ocean was spectacular at any time of day.
Staying on points at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort would still cost money in the form of their resort fee, taxes, and possibly parking, but I still think it’s an excellent choice. I would definitely stay at the property again.
I super duper loved your answer. And the photos.
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