Venue of the Week: Sonesta Fort Lauderdale

As BA gets set to launch direct flights from London Gatwick to Fort Lauderdale in Florida next month, C&IT reviews beach-side hotel Sonesta Fort Lauderdale, to see what it can offer corporate groups.

Sonesta Fort Lauderdale
Sonesta Fort Lauderdale

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When it comes to panoramic sea views, few hotels can rival the Sonesta Fort Lauderdale. Located opposite the main beach strip, all of the property’s bedrooms are sea-facing, with windows stretching almost the entire length of the walls. Guests who wake up early enough –or need a distraction from jetlag- can watch the sun rise from the comfort of their bed.

With its year-round sunshine, line up of restaurants and white sands, it’s not hard to see why Fort Lauderdale’s beach is one of the most popular in the region. Home to surfers, sunbathers and endless rows of tropical palm trees, guests of Sonesta can even see nesting turtles during the summer months, carefully protected by local environmentalists. Like all Sonesta hotels, the property is designed to reflect its surroundings, with bright wave-like features in the lobby and a casual, summery feel. As well as offering direct access to the beach, the hotel is located minutes away from the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District Las Olas Boulevard, the Broward Center for Performing Arts and Port Everglades. 

Rooms

Bright, airy and simple, all of the hotel's 240 rooms face the sea, meaning everyone gets a glimpse of the spectacular Atlantic Ocean view. In addition to luxurious king-size beds and free Wi-Fi, the rooms come equipped with in-room safes and LCD televisions. The restaurant menu is also available as room service, so guests don’t need to leave their beds to be pampered. In addition to offering all the usual practicalities, the rooms feel spacious, with the huge windows providing plenty of light. You don’t even need to leave your room to enjoy the Florida sunshine.

Restaurant

In the lobby, the hotel features a small bar, with an impressive selection of cocktails. Served with fresh fruit and plenty of gin, there’s enough choice to keep even the fussiest of parties entertained. The hotel’s in-house restaurant has recently revamped its menu, to include steaks, fresh snapper and an array of other fish, meat and vegetarian options. The dishes are creative and artistically served, and the restaurant would be ideal for both formal and casual suppers. Friendly waiters are on hand to serve your choice of hot and cold breakfasts, with classic American pancakes and a selection of fantastic egg-based dishes on offer. In true American style, everything is served with more carbohydrates than it’s possible to eat- so you definitely won’t be leaving hungry.

Meeting facilities

The views from the hotel room are exceptional- but take a trip to the penthouse events floors and it gets even better. Featuring floor to ceiling windows, the hotel’s 8,000 square feet of meeting space is incredibly bright, offering 360 degree views of the ocean, as well as the lush greenery of the city behind the property. The hotel has a total of eight meeting rooms, the largest of which can accommodate up to 300 people theatre style. Rooms can be used separately or joined together, meaning groups have flexibility. The penthouse location of the events space means that your event can be completely private, and the restaurant can facilitate your catering needs.

Leisure facilities

While there’s no main spa at the hotel, treatments are available with advanced booking. A trained therapist is on hand to offer massages and other treatments, for the ultimate relaxation package. From hot stone massages to targeted treatments, the therapist is also able to offer helpful advice on relaxation and exercise techniques to try at home. Fringed by palm trees and miles of blue waves, the hotel is home to an onsite swimming pool and fitness centre for guests.

See more on Florida:

Universal Orlando Resort plans new Loews Caribbean-themed hotel

Four Seasons Orlando hotel opens at Disney World Resort

Four Seasons hotel opens at Surfside Florida

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