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The Pillars Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, FL

The Pillars Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, FL

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The Pillars Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) and a Conde Nast Johansen selected hotel. The property is an elegant and sophisticated 18 room hotel ideally located right on the Intracoastal Waterway, and only a few short steps from the beach. The Pillars offers its hotel guests an outstanding dining experience and an exceptional level of personal service and luxury.

 

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Rating: 4.61

Address: 111 N Birch Rd, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33304

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    Comments (18):

    1. The Dude Dean B.
    Great place to have a wedding.  The food is excellent, the view of the waterfront is nice and the service is great.

    19/05/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    2. Jasmine M.
    Lovely small hotel near the beach and right on the waterway.   We found it through the small luxury hotels guidebook (btw I would definitely recommend the Soniat house in new orleans which is also listed there).  Pretty much, I would stay here for the waterfront restaurant alone that is only available to guests.
    We arrived early and our room was not ready yet.  But, all was well as we could change in one of the bathrooms with a shower so that we could still go to the beach.  The front desk staff are all really nice, helpful, and will go out of their way to make sure your stay is hassle-free and pleasant.
    I loved lingering by the pool with the complimentary iced-tea and lemon water.  
    But, really the enchantment is the restaurant.  Definitely make a reservation here.  The food isn't necessarily spectacular.  It is good, but not incredibly creative.  But, sitting on the water with only two other tables watching the sunset and the boats pass by, and as day turns to night, the tables are all lighted.  It is truly magical.
    And for breakfast, what could be better than lingering over the paper with a hot pot of coffee and piping hot croissants (the croissants are to die for!!! do not miss breakfast).
    I would definitely come back to the Pillars next time I am in Fort Lauderdale.

    13/06/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    3. Mr B.
    Small luxury hotel, grand piano upon entrance, tastefully decorated, and a prime location for long beach walks.

    22/05/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    4. Michele D.
    I'm guilty of writing a review from a stay that occurred quite some time ago, but it's one of the few hotels I reminisce over and hope that one day I will have the opportunity to return to.

    This little gem is part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World chain, and I'm not really sure how I found it.

    What I liked about it the most was it's location.  I went there to celebrate an anniversary with my then fiance.  We were able to walk to the beach and local restaurants.  We were frequent visitors to Lulu's Bait Shack, which was a fun place.  

    The second thing I liked the most was the feeling of being relaxed.  One night, after walking back from Lulu's, we went to the dock in our robes (it was a nice October evening), laid out on some chairs, and watched the water and took in the quiet.  It was hard to imagine how close we were to busy Atlantic Blvd. because it was so peaceful there.  

    Our room was nicely appointed, the bed was super comfortable, and the furnishing were kinda West Indies-ish.  Could the rooms have been bigger?  Sure.  Could the bathroom have been bigger?  Sure.  Bottom line was it seemed like I got the best of what I had, and more importantly, I enjoyed my stay.

    In the morning, I would wake up and go down to the dock to read the paper while the other half slept.  I was usually greeted by one of the waitstaff asking if I would like some coffee.  If I did, I received it almost within 5 minutes.  Service was good when we needed it, and in preparing for our visit, Jessica was very friendly and very professional.  

    We had a rental car and when we arrived on Friday evening, we were able to find a parking space right away and left the car there the entire time because we were able to get around on foot so much.  There is a water taxi that also stops at the dock if you want to go to Las Olas, where alot of shops, restaurants and cafes are.  

    Like I said, it's been a while since I've been, but it's one of the few hotels that I would really like to go back to.

    15/08/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    5. Jen L.
    Stayed at the Pillars Hotel for two nights before our honeymoon cruise and was sorely disappointed we had to leave to board our cruise. The hotel has a very European feel to it with many of the staff members speaking multiple languages. It screams romance and relaxation. The staff turn down the bed covers and leave chocolates on the pillows each night. In the evening, the candles that sit on small bistro tables outside each of the rooms are lit which create a beautiful ambiance. The beds are amazingly comfortable and the pillows we ended up purchasing when we returned home (Pacific Coast Pillows if you're wondering). The bathroom could have been a little bit bigger as it's really only suited for one person but not really a big deal to me. The bath products are Molton Brown which are simply the best. The location is perfect - a short walk to the beach and boardwalk where you'll find plenty of food and entertainment.  The cab driver we got didn't recognize the name of the hotel so be sure to keep the address handy!
    Can't wait to go back to celebrate our wedding anniversary...

    04/10/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    6. David V.
    Great, especially the restaurant, eating outside on the dock with perfectly prepared fish and veal with imaginative pairings doesn't get much better. Lunch was also very good and they don't skimp on the quality of the complimentary coffee in the morning either. Only down side, was our bed was a bit concaved in the middle, might just be the feather bed topper needs to be fluffed but other than that clean, well appointed room and amenities. If your budget allows the suites, the balconies looked amazing.

    24/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    7. Patrick C.
    This review is only for the restaurant in the hotel, The Secret Garden Restaurant. I was a guest of the friend of the owner, so we were able to dine there in the evening.

    The view from the dock was phenomenal.  It does not get any better with the sun setting while you eat. Great atmosphere. The menu was elegantly designed with a standard selection of entrees, but nicely made. I had the sea bass and scallops, as well as the cheese-stuffed dates.  Excellent.

    The pot de creme for dessert was layered with fresh fruits. I would definitely come here again.

    17/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    8. Chrissy K.
    We stayed at the villa and it is just gorgeous!  Right on the canal with a pool and jacuzzi!  Its beautiful and the villa itself is beautiful!  The restaurant also has delicious food and is a great place to enjoy a meal by the water.

    02/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    9. Erika G.
    Just got back from a three-night stay at the Pillars and wow - this place is amazing.  The atmosphere is beautiful.  Absolutely perfect.  Our room was surprisingly large (I had read on TripAdvisor to expect teeny tiny) but I found out later that we had inadvertently booked one of five suites.  The hotel only has 18 rooms total and we just scooped up the last one.  At $285 a night it was appropriately priced.  We had a sitting area with couch and chairs, several radios, a large bathroom with a jacuzzi tub and our room overlooked both the water and the pool.  

    Breakfast on the dock is a real treat - the food is only slightly better than typical hotel breakfast but the atmosphere really makes it great.  

    Only a few small nit-picky things take this from a 5-star to a 4-star review.  

    1) No hot tub (which would have been really nice in the evenings, especially since the pool closes at 6:30)

    2) Tried to substitute the hot tub by taking a bath and wound up burning my foot (1st degree burns) on the bathtub knobs which had a tendency to get way too hot

    3) The concierge recommended taking the water taxi over a regular taxi without mentioning how it would be much more expensive and time consuming.

    4) The dock is open to the public for dinner so if you're sunbathing there you have to scoot at 5pm so they can set up the tables.  It's a really wonderful spot to hang out so it's a shame that people staying at the hotel can't utilize it in the evenings.

    06/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    10. Jim G.
    I was very disappointed last Saturday night (June 15th) when myself and five 5 guests went to the Secret Garden for dinner.  The young waiter (Alan) was not professional or what I expected from what I thought was a 5 star establishment.  One of my guests asked him what came with the fish dinner and he said..."It says it right there".....pointing to the menu. Then 4 of my guests had to send their dinners back as two were inedible and two were cold. Two of the dishes were rewarmed and two guests ordered something else.  

    The watermelon in the watermelon salad was not sweet nor moist - did no one bother to taste the watermelon before serving it?

    The presentation of the meals served was not typical of this caliber of restaurant. Our water glasses were not refilled and dirty dishes were left on the table for twenty minutes after we had finished eating. No one came by to ask how we were enjoying our dinner.

    Earlier in the day we brought a beautiful cake to the hotel and we asked the front desk to make sure it was delivered for dessert as one of our guest was celebrating her birthday that evening....they said No Problem. After we had finished dinner the young clueless waiter then came up and asked my table "Would anyone like dessert" and started to tell my guests what the options were. We just looked at him and said "Please check in the kitchen for the cake that was delivered ".  He said   "Oh OK".

    When the meal was over Alan brought the bill and was asked if the gratuity was included and he said YES....so I signed it and he left.  Ten minutes later he came back and said there was no gratuity on the bill...and brought me another bill.

    The evening was very unprofessional. Two of our guests were hoteliers in the Bahamas, with two restaurants and one of my guest owned a restaurant in New Jersey. We KNOW what we expect from our staff to please out guests. Very dissatisfied with what I had hoped would be a wonderful evening at a so called 5 star restaurant.

    We contacted the manager, Caroline Bonnell, who offered to give four of the 6 members of our group dinner as her guests - but "NO THANK YOU" was our reply - we had such a "bad taste" in our mouths from this horrendous evening.

    Secret Garden is no Secret anymore!!!

    20/06/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    11. Adam S.
    Gorgonzola-stuffed dates, grilled Georgia peach starter, watermelon salad, and local swordfish. Dinner on the dock was delicious and beautiful; the table was literally 4 feet from the water. Service was attentive,and our waiter was very knowledgable and helpful. Portions were generous, and delicious bread with tapenade and red pepper spread was also included. Be aware the restaurant serves wine and beer, but not liquor.

    06/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    12. Katherine A.
    I did not stay in the hotel, but had dinner at their restaurant The Secret Garden. The restaurant is one of the best I've dined in. It is a true delight to your palette. I had the sea bass which  was cooked to perfection served over chopped cauliflower in this unique sauce the chef had created. The setting especially outside is beautiful. They have tables right along the dock. A perfect place to celebrate something special.

    24/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    13. Goran P.
    In my humble opinion as the veteran in hospitality industry The Pillars hotel and restaurant are the best venue in South Florida, from exceptional phone ethics, hospitality, food and wine knowledge and taste to amazingly kept grounds, rooms and restaurant. I cant wait to go back again and again and tonight. On my way.

    08/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    14. Pontus T.
    Excellent hotel. A few blocks from the beach but since the pool area is so well kept and quiet I never felt a need to go to the beach. Breakfast is great, best coffee I've had in the states. Rooms are very good and clean, air conditioning is efficient and quiet. WiFi is fast and complimentary. Thank god there's no valet parking. From what I've read the restaurant is top notch buy i have yet to try it. Staff is friendly and attentive. I'd highly recommend this place for anyone looking for a relaxing oasis in Fort Lauderdale.

    20/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    15. David H.
    I like this hotel so much that I hate to promote new guests. This is my 6th stay in 4 years. Every time I visit, I cannot believe the quiet elegance and serenity of this resort. The hotel is spotless and smells of spices. The staff are are extremely courteous and attentive to everyone. The food is delicious. Lunch served poolside and breakfast next to the Intercoastal are very special.

    16/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    16. Deb S.
    Loved our stay because all I wanted was complete peace and quiet. It was perfect. Can't wait to go back again!

    28/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    17. D V.
    Once again, as planned ... Simply flawless.
    Although I try to eat here every couple of months in the cooler weather, I had to cancel the last couple of times because of the rain... Tonight, AMAZING... Weather, Food, Service and of course My Date.
    Cucumber Salad
    Duck confit - mushroom risotto
    Filet (cooked perfectly)
    Rounded out the perfect evening ...once again.

    ***Always great to keep this one in the back pocket specifically for Date Night... It always works.

    22/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    18. Amir M.
    Atmosphere - calm and soothing
    Friends - Awesome
    Food, was delicious.  Stuffed dates were just awesome, and the sea scallops, steak and Venison chops were all just perfectly cooked and seasoned.  Where has this place been all along.  Jerome made us feel comfy the minute we walked in and oversaw the whole dinner with his staff.  Felt like royalty almost.. Great food and great service - thanks to our friends for introducing us to this jewel of a find.

    06/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0