What I Thought of My Room at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale
My 400-square-foot Oceanfront King room felt airy and spacious, with huge windows and a "Danish modern meets Art Deco" look. The room has a king bed and a languid chaise longue with matching ottoman covered in cream-colored damask.
A small balcony outfitted with two chairs and a table overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. (Other rooms face the Intracoastal Waterway on the other side of the hotel, set on Fort Lauderdale's sliver of a peninsula.) Hotel guestrooms begin on the seventh floor, so views are open and street noise is negligible. When I was relaxing on my balcony I could hear my hotel neighbors chatting on their balconies.
Medium-firm beds feature featherbeds, white high-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets, matching duvets and satin-trim down blankets, and ample, fluffy, down-filled pillows.
A closet and dresser provide sufficient clothing storage space. Guests with more to stow can use the roomy, brown leather steamer trunk at the foot of the bed. The closet provides robes, slippers, safe, and an ironing board.
The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale's marble-clad bathroom features twin sinks, an oversize marble tub, and separate rainfall shower. Amenities include an ionic blowdryer, magnifying makeup mirror, U.S.-made Ritz-Carlton toiletries, and grooming supplies including makeup sponges.
My room was quiet. A remote controls the room's lights, large flatscreen TV, alarm clock, and more. Its operation is not immediately obvious, and may necessitate a call for backup. Ditto the room's complicated DeLonghi coffeemaker. It is not standard room equipment, but will be brought to you free of charge along with tantalizing Peet's Coffee.
The room offers a minibar and complimentary bottled water. Wifi is officially complimentary only in the hotel's lobby and Club lounge However, when I inquired, the front desk gave me a wifi password for a free connection. The hotel has a fairly standard business center with a few PCs, printer, and fax. Parking is by valet and carries a charge.
Guests in The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale's Suites and Oceanfront King rooms have complimentary access to the ocean-view Club Lounge. This wonderful guest perk is a sociable den, media lounge, bar, bistro, and sweet shoppe all in one. The Club Lounge also has a dedicated concierge and business center. Many Club Loungers find it hard to ever leave.