Il Lugano Hotel

, Fort Lauderdale, United States
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Il Lugano Hotel

, Fort Lauderdale
4 star

Rooms: 105

3333 Northeast 32 Avenue - Fort Lauderdale - Florida - 33308 - United States Hotel Website | | 954-564-4400
302 Traveller

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10/10
Great staff, great view, wonderful place to stay.
Submitted by: Joanna in 07/03/08
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
Il Lugano is a wonderful place to stay. We stayed for a week with twin 1 year olds and were on the 6th floor with a huge balcony that we spent many hours on. The view is spectacular. Huge Yachts go by all day. The room's decor is wonderful, not super child friendly, but we moved stuff around to make it safer for them. The concierge people are lacking information about local restaurants. We looked on the internet to find the best child friendly places. It is a super short, nice walk to the beach.

Everyone who works there was very helpful and friendly. They went out of their way to help us, and not in a "I want a big tip" kind of way." They seemed to get a kick out of our babies, and made a point to pay attention to them and help us with them.
I wouldn't stay anywhere else in Ft. Lauderdale!

Historical Traveller Reviews of Il Lugano Hotel

A very pleasant stay

from VirginIslandsBagpuss
We have just returned from a four day stay at the Il Lugano, with our teenage daughter and friend. We were greeted with a warm friendly welcome, and on telling reception that we were to be one more person in our party, given an instant upgrade to an even larger suite. We paid an excellent "introductory" rate including continental breakfast and valet parking. This new all-suite hotel (opened in January 08) has a sleek classy appeal, spacious suites, large bathrooms, with separate rooms for vanity/toilet and bathtub and shower, which is useful when sharing with two teenage girls!

The bed was very comfortable, with top quality linens and towels. The staff are trying very hard to please, and as with everything new, there are just a few wrinkles to iron out,( a few more pastries at breakfast to make sure they don't run out) but nothing spoiled our great stay here. A special thanks to our concierge Annie, who helped us make our stay complete.

IL Lugano a nice experience

from annmarkColtsNeckNj
My husband and I are NJ residents who had lived in the Lauderdale area for a few years so we are very familiar with the area in general. We have always loved the intracoastal waterway and enjoy watching the yachts ply the waters but felt there was a lack of high end accomodations either on the intracoastal or with good intracoastal views. When we heard that a new luxury hotel was opening near Oakland Park Blvd., which is centrally located, and that it was going to be directly on the intracoastal, we were looking forward to giving it a try.

We booked through Hotels.com and got a good rate for the Easter week on a king suite with a balcony overlooking the intracoastal waterway. We were very pleased with the accomodations and the staff. Our mini suite was on the 9th floor and consisted of the most comfortable bed, flat screen plasma tv, fully equiped kitchen with frig and microwave, granite countertops, washer, dryer and a spotless large bathroom. The balcony was oversized and faced the intracoastal waterway, where there is lots of boating activity and beautiful views of the city. The housekeeping staff was great as were the doormen and front desk. The continental breakfast was above average, with fresh fruit, juice, yogurt and the usual assortment of fresh baked pastries and cereal.

Some observations that might help other travelers:

This is not a hotel for kids. There is nothing for them to do.
The hotel is a few blocks from the beach. The "oceanview" side is a distant view and it basically overlooks the parking lot of a strip mall complex that looks like it is in a redevelopment stage.

The pool is small and on the north side of the building, thereby basically out of the sun for most of the day. The neighborhood is residential and the hotel lobby is more like a condominium lobby than a hotel. The bar is tiny and not especially inviting. The restaurant is not open yet. Also, although the website says they are giving "Atlantic Reception" (free drinks and snacks during happy hour) it has been discontinued.

To avoid the $25 per day valet parking fee, park in the lot directly across the street. It's a metered lot but since we were gone most of the day, we only paid less than a dollar daily to park there since it is free after 6PM. The only snag is that the meters begin charging at 8AM so you have to get to the meter by that time or risk a ticket.
We did not take advantage of the complimentary Escalade or their boat, which we did see others using.

Many great restaurants are within a short walk from the hotel or you can take advantage of the free transportation to and from anywhere within a wide radius (they will take you as far south as Las Olas Blvd.)

We would return to this hotel and would recommend it for couples who are not necessarily concerned about staying directly on the beach and would appreciate the fabulous views on the intracoastal side of the building. Also, there is nothing better than a brand new luxury room at a reasonable rate and that is what they are offering during their inaugural season. Once this place catches on, and the restaurant opens, I think the rates will be much higher since the Il Lugano is destined to be a 5 star hotel in the near future!

t stay here

from keflorida
My fiance' and i stayed here and i will never go back!! Warning...the pool is the size of a large bathtub and the building blocks the entire pool area. No laying out and no tan. There are no restaurants open at the hotel. They do offer a shuttle but if you intend on experiencing any nightlife or late dinner you have to take a cab. Everything to do is about 20 min. away. If your room is on the"'OCEAN" side your "VIEW" will be mainly the parking lot and roofs!! Also, we met a family with children and they were also very disappointed! This hotel is not kid friendly. For this price you can stay at a better hotel on the beach!!

t Try And Get In The Escalade!

from CanadaDigby
We just stayed one night at the Il Lugano Hotel, and we were very happy with the room. There were unusual perks like a washer and dryer - and great fluffy towels and comfortable bed. Our view from the balcony overlooked the Intercostal. I believe the hotel is close to the beach, but our intention while in Ft Lauderdale was boat shopping. We were meeting a broker at 9:30 and asked for a drive to the brokerage (not too far away), and were told NO, but they would call us a taxi and it would be here in 30 minutes?!?

We didn't have a car, but assumed the water taxi and escalade would be available to drive us short distances. This assumption was sadly incorrect. In fact, there was every excuse in the book not to provide this service. Because the Il Lugano is a bit out of the hub, the hotel advertised this service to accommodate their customers. Our taxi driver told us this is a common complaint from the people he picks up at the Il Lugano.

I was also surprised when I asked to cash a $100 travellers cheque in exchange for money to pay for my taxi, and the staff said no, because they wanted to leave their cash in the drawer and that we could walk to an ATM 2 blocks away!

The staff is a bit flaky, but this may be growing pains, as they just opened in January. This hotel has the potential to be a great spot to stay, but they just need to provide the advertised servcies already!

Excellent on the Surface, Lackng Within

from amanduh4470
PROS: Large, clean room; excellent distance from the beach; comfortable beds; free breakfast; transportation service

CONS: flaky staff; disrespectful towards young people; far location from downtown; pool nice, but 99% in the shade 24-hrs of the day

For the most part, I enjoyed my stay here, but too many negative issues occurred that could persuade me to stay here again. Overall, there was a lack of respect towards my guest and I. Like any other guest, I am a paying guest who deserves equal respect, regardless of my younger age. I witnessed the way older residents and families were treated, and after close comparison, I feel I was treated with far less respect.

For the success of this establishment and the pleasant accommodations of future guests, I hope the il Lugano gets its act together.

Il Lugano, a lovely place to stay for anyone!

from vtfamily4
Il Lugano is a wonderful place to stay. We stayed for a week with twin 1 year olds and were on the 6th floor with a huge balcony that we spent many hours on. The view is spectacular. Huge Yachts go by all day. The room's decor is wonderful, not super child friendly, but we moved stuff around to make it safer for them. The concierge people are lacking information about local restaurants. We looked on the internet to find the best child friendly places. It is a super short, nice walk to the beach.

Everyone who works there was very helpful and friendly. They went out of their way to help us, and not in a "I want a big tip" kind of way." They seemed to get a kick out of our babies, and made a point to pay attention to them and help us with them.

I wouldn't stay anywhere else in Ft. Lauderdale!

Looks like a condo but its not

from jbwlsn
Great new hotel - tucked away behind condos - you would never know there was a hotel here. The rooms are huge - more than 500 sq. ft. and include a small kitchen, living room and even a washer/dryer. The bathroom is large but the tub is tiny, great bath amenities. Service is wonderful, attentive -everyone remembered my name and I was only there for one night. No self parking and overnight valet is expensive - $30. You can walk to the beach but you have to cross several lanes of traffic. This hotel is brand new and still doesn't have a restaurant but they are working with a celebrity chef and should have a restaurant soon. You can also park your yacht or rent one of theirs.

Beautiful new hotel

from mellieann
Stayed 2 nights in an upgraded ocean view room, king bed. Nice details in the room made the room special - 2 flatscreen HD tvs, Bose system with iPod docking, full kitchen with honor bar, 2 bathrobes,Bulgari toiletries etc.
Complimentary breakfast and evening wine and cheese were on 6th floor suite with intracoastal view - I enjoyed this best, sitting outside on the balcony. We didnt make use of the Cadillac Escalades, boat, pool or hot tub or the fitness room but they all looked top notch. Valet parking was $25 per day, room was an American Express card deal/steal for $239.
Only glitch was that the room was not 100% clean when we arrived, there was a cleaning cloth left on a sidetable and the dish washer had dirty dishes in it. The level of music playing in the sound system seemed a tad loud for us sometimes but maybe it was due to the lack of other noise, very few guests around at any time and we almost never shared the elevator with anyone else! I'm sure that will change with time when word gets out.

Great new hotel

from Msmikey
We stayed at the Il Lugano last week and I must say that it is a great hotel. The rooms are very nicely appointed and spacious, and have a very luxurious feel. We had a large balcony overlooking the intracoastal and had great views of the city and boats passing by, along with fabulous sunsets.
The pool is a bit small and in a shady area beside the property, but they overcome this problem by having the pool heated which was a nice touch.
The staff were very friendly and helpful and were very eager to make our stay enjoyable. There was even a free evening wine/cheese reception in one of the suites. Which was very nice watching the sunset.
The only problem with this property is the location. It sits on a beautiful spot, however, it is a bit far from most of the activities on Fort Lauderdale beach, or downtown (Las Olas area), making taxis a necessity. Also, there is not much in the immediate area to do...so again you need to go further afield to find any kind of night life or restaurant choices with atmosphere.
The other thing is that the valet parking is spectacularly overpriced...it was $30 a day, and it seemed like we were the only people in the hotel! I know that the other hotels in the area charge this, but they are in a much busier part of the beach area...and not sitting in what is essentially an empty shopping centre, with tons of parking!
Having said those things...I feel the hotel is great! I am originally from the area...so I knew how to get around relatively easily...but if you're new or just visiting, it may be a bit in the wrong area.
But definitely take advantage of the opening specials, as it is a bargain!
As it is a mixed use property, condo/hotel...I can see the residence part taking off more than the hotel for some reason. It is just stunning inside and I would even love one! But for a hotel, I think it'll have stiff competition from the others on the beach.
Hopefully not, as the staff and hotel are wonderful

Loved Il Lugano!! A Gem in Fort Lauderdale!

from djackson1908
This new hotel/residence in Fort Lauderdale is one of the most luxurious and relaxing vacation havens I have ever visited in South Florida! The hotel just opened in January (as you can tell by the new smell of everything!), however the service and the accomodations are equal to a five star hotel that has been in existence for ages. The hotel has its own boat to chaffeur guests on the Intracoastal Waterway as well as gleaming new Cadillac Escalades to chaffeur guests as well. We used both and felt like the Trumps all weekend! The location of the hotel is right on the Intracoastal and a block from the Beach! It was a wonderful experience and we will be returning there soon!!! I'm glad we took advantage of the grand opening specials!!!

Top Local Tips for Fort Lauderdale

Family Friendly Restaurants The best places we found for eating with babies: California Pizza Kitchen! We also looked online to see if restaurants in walking distance had take out. The concierge said they didn't, but places like Grandma's French Cafe did. The breakfast at the hotel was wonderful. We miss the fresh fruit now that we are home!

Las Olas Blvd Las Olas Blvd is an absolutely beautiful part of the city and offers so many choices for restaurants, bars, cafes, art galleries, and sweet shops! A definite must do when in Ft Lauderdale

A little out of the way The Seminole indian reservation is about an hour from il Laguno. Its a pretty straight shot down interstates to Big Cypress. If you like history & outdoor tours, you would love this place. They have a museum with a 1.5 mile boardwalk through the everglades. Beautiful area! Down the road from museum is Billy's swamp safari (about 3 miles) where you can see alligators, bison, ostrich, deer, bear, panthers, & wild boar. You can ride the airboats,(you may get lucky & get Andrew as your driver!) He is a great guide!! (Ask him about his tiger). Then on to the swamp buggies where Andrew's dad MAY be your guide here. (There are several guides at each stations) Jessie is VERY knowledgeable to the Seminole ways & animals of the area. This make take a few extra minutes to traves but it is WELL worth your time & not very expensive!

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  • Address: 3333 Northeast 32 Avenue - Fort Lauderdale - Florida - 33308 - United States
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