Fort Lauderdale

Gay Fort Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale City Guide

Once overrun with Spring Breakers and outshone by neighbouring beach babe Miami, the tides are turning for Fort Lauderdale, a city fast becoming the go-to LGBTQ travel destination in the US, thanks to a recent upsurge of gay-owned businesses and vast gay-friendly offerings such as male-only resorts, gay beaches and myriad gay events, from Stonewall Pride to FlockFest. While gay clubs and bars are scattered around the city, the epicentre of Fort Lauderdale’s gay scene must be Wilton Manors, home to a vibrant gay nightlife scene that even Miami can’t live up to. The best-known city in the Greater Fort Lauderdale area, Fort Lauderdale is a chill beach town at heart with borderline perfect weather and countless attractions. To find out more about what to do in Fort Lauderdale, read Mr Hudson’s ultimate Fort Lauderdale gay travel guide.

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The best hotels in Fort Lauderdale

With so many options for hotels and guesthouses within the county, choosing a place to stay in Fort Lauderdale all depends on what type of traveller you are and your preferred vibe. In the ven diagram of desired locations however, the beach strip sits right in the middle, as the place where most people want to be, regardless of personality. All types can make themselves at home at The Pillars Hotel, a funky, converted Caribbean-Colonial residence fitted elegantly with art-deco inspired interiors, boasting water views and a courtyard area with a pool. Based on Fort Lauderdale’s Intracoastal Waterway, all the main Fort Lauderdale points of interest such as the Las Olas Boulevard are easily accessible via the hotel’s private Water Bus, or stay on-site to enjoy the Secret Garden Restaurant, full spa facilities, library and more.

A refreshing take on the urban resort trend is lifestyle hotel The Dalmar where Guests can make the most of morning yoga classes, beachside lounge area and its sophisticated rooftop bar. Fast becoming a modern landmark of the city, The Dalmar is great for traditionalists looking for a slightly edgy version of mid-century glam. Standing since the 1930s and remaining an institution in the city (and around the world) is the Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club. It’s 5 stars all the way of course, with the sleek oceanside property hosting chic Italian dining, a world-class spa and timeless interiors. Step outside of your room or cabana bungalow onto 1,000 feet of pristine Atlantic beachfront just minutes from Miami Beach and Bal Harbour boutiques. Life doesn’t get much better!

For understated seclusion, however, consider the Deco Boutique Hotel. Set in a perfect hidden location, here you’ll find modern poolside lodgings with all the amenities (including a kitchen if needed), as well as a private rooftop terrace, barbecuing facilities and a bar lounge area. One more alternative for the books is Elita Hotel, notable for its ritzy landscaped gardens, ocean views and a Nespresso machine in each room for that perfect morning bliss. Located right on Fort Lauderdale beach, Elita is an intimate choice mixing mid-century styles with chic 21st-century design.


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