That is, until we checked in at the hotel we booked for a two day break before heading back to the cold of Chicago. Once we decided we would be going to the training in Ft. Lauderdale, it was a no brainer that we would stay a few extra days to enjoy the scenery and most important the ocean.
While deciding where we wanted to stay on the beach. Wouldn't you? I mean we just got through a blizzard (which was near record breaking) and it is not very often we get to see the ocean. We decided to book at the Hilton - Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort. I booked us into a ocean view room and could not wait to get there.
Upon checking in, we were able to upgrade our room for a few $'s more and we ended up staying in the King 1 bedroom ocean front suite. We did get a bit of a view of the ocean, but we were just above the outdoor pool and had more of a view of all the families sitting at the pool. Which is ok, if you want chlorinated water. For me, I preferred the ocean. All we had to do was go down to the lobby, go outside and cross the street and that was it. No way this momma was sitting poolside when the waves of an ocean are calling my name.
Our room was absolutely beautiful and well worth the few extra $'s we paid for. We had 2 full bathrooms (and there was only two of us), a full kitchen, living room and a lovely balcony that wrapped around our room. Did I say it was gorgeous, because, it was! I hated to leave. The bed was super comfy, the bedding was luxurious. I was in heaven (for a bit).
The location was wonderful, we walked down the street there was an overly packed outdoor mall with many chain restaurants to satisfy any picky eater. If you walked a bit further, there were some great restaurants with outside eating area's (and again a view of the ocean). We had dinner and listened to live musicians the first night. It was loud (we were sitting by the speakers) but the music was awesome and heck, no need to worry about conversation because you cannot hear each other. Just sit back and enjoy!
So the question is, would I stay at the Hilton - Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort again? Absolutely!