Luxury boutique hotels often provide a more intimate, personalized, and peaceful experience than hotel chains, which makes it perfect for a relaxing solo vacation, and even better, for a romantic getaway. If you're wondering where one of the best luxury boutique hotel is in Fort Lauderdale, you've just found it. The Pillars Hotel is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, and the experience that my boyfriend and I had during our 4 night stay at the two-storey British-Colonial style hotel was beyond amazing, I had to share.
The Pillars Hotel Overview
Prior to my arrival, I did have a few questions which were directed to Mallory, the Reservations Manager, who swiftly responded to all my emails. We arrived around midday, and were immediately greeted by the Operations Manager, Carmen, who whisked our luggage away to storage, and led us through the smoothest check-in process ever. While we waited for our room to be ready (regular check-in time is 4 p.m. and there was a previous guest in the room), Carmen showed us around the property, treated us to complimentary red wine and Heineken on the dock, and reassured us that if there's anything we should need during our stay, to just ask.
No more than a few minutes later, Carmen stopped by to let us know our room was ready and escorted us to our suite (our luggage was already waiting inside) where she handed us a little welcome package that highlighted a few things in the area that we could check out, as well as other information we needed during our stay.
Located at 111 North Birch Road in Fort Lauderdale, The Pillars Hotel overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway which offers many perks including gorgeous sunset and sunrise views, and luxury yachts sailing by. Should you wish to venture away from the hotel, it is just a 5 minute walk to Las Olas Beach, as well as many different restaurants and shops on the strip, a CVS pharmacy in The Gallery at Beach Place, and the Galleria Mall which is about a 7 minute drive if you wish to do some shopping. I also appreciated its close proximity to the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport which was only about a 15 minutes drive away.
The Pillars Hotel consists of 18 beautifully designed and decorated rooms. For our stay, we checked into the Intracoastal Suite (Room 108), which is one of the five suites available, and also one of the larger rooms available at the property. I particularly enjoyed the wide wall of windows that allowed a ton of light in, and gave us a nice view of the Intracoastal Waterway and the property pool. Our suite had a King bed and linens which were incredibly comfortable, and that is always an important aspect for me when staying at any hotel. Other room features present were complimentary Wi-Fi which worked seamlessly throughout our stay, complimentary bottled water that was replenished daily, a large study desk, laptop-sized safe, iron and ironing board, and a spacious closet.
There was also a separate living area with a flat screen television and DVD player, a wet bar with a fully stacked mini fridge, microwave, and a Nespresso machine which was well utilized throughout our stay. The bathroom also offered generous space and features, including a whirlpool bath tub, coupled with amenities including Molton Brown toiletries, a hair dryer, and luxury towels and bathrobes.
One other in-room service worth mentioning is of course, turndown service. This means every evening we returned to our suite, our beds were 'turned down', blinds closed, lamps switched on, and chocolates placed on the bed. A nice touch we appreciated.
Inside the hotel, guests can enjoy the sun loungers and take a dip in the swimming pool surrounded by beautiful palm trees and colourful flowers. Fruit infused water and iced tea are always available by the poolside daily - a good way to beat the outdoor heat, as well as there is a bar adjacent to the lobby. A private whistle stop for water taxis is available, and passes can be purchased at the front desk. 24 hour room service and masseuse services can also be requested.
Dining at The Secret Garden Restaurant
During our stay, we had the pleasure of experiencing the hotel's on-site restaurant, The Secret Garden, dubbed Fort Lauderdale's "best kept secret". An exclusive restaurant open only to hotel guests and members, we were able to choose between indoor dining or dining on the dock. Of course, we chose the latter to experience the breathtaking views at breakfast, while we sampled delicious roasted potatoes, scrambled eggs, applewood smoked bacon (for me that is!), and English muffins.
On our final night, we planned to make reservations to have dinner out by the dock, but due to heavy rain, we settled on having dinner in our room instead - a request that was willingly fulfilled by the staff. The dinner menu changes regularly, but there is always a great selection of dishes including swordfish, scallops, filet mignon, and a variety of delicious salads.
The service rendered to us by the staff at The Pillars Hotel was a notch above the rest, which is exactly what I expected from a hotel of this calibre. There was no request that wasn't catered to, and the staff was very attentive and friendly, making it the best possible experience for our time at the property. The little details, such as staff members who remember your name, and greet you on your way in and out, is always a plus especially in such a small setting.
Overall, we truly enjoyed our stay at The Pillars. The standard of service received was high across all departments, and I highly recommend this hotel for visitors to Fort Lauderdale as an ideal choice for its value and luxury. Its location is undeniably one of the best in the area, and I would definitely return.
For more information and to plan your visit, you can head on over to The Pillars Hotel website (and be sure to tell them that you read about them on Ashleigh Em).
*The Pillars Hotel offered me a 4 night stay in exchange for a review and to share my experience with my readers. As always, all opinions are my own.*