Review: Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale

Review: Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale

NAME: Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale
LOCATION: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
DATE: September 2022
REVIEW RATING:
BEN SAYS: The Four Seasons sets the new bar for luxury hotels in Fort Lauderdale, with gorgeous rooms, an amazing restaurant, friendly service, and solid amenities.
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EXTRA PERKS AVAILABLE Enjoy breakfast, upgrades, & more

Want to take advantage of Four Seasons Preferred Partner benefits, including a space available room upgrade, complimentary breakfast, a hotel credit, and more? Contact Ford ([email protected]) for more details. He may even be able to help if you already have a stay booked.

We recently spent a couple of nights at the 189-room Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale, which is one of Four Seasons’ newest properties, as it only opened in March 2022. We were looking for a quick South Florida getaway that was close by, as this was also the first hotel stay we made with our son, Miles. We even booked two rooms, and made it a bigger family getaway.

The Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale really impressed me — the hotel has gorgeously appointed rooms, excellent service, great amenities, and a phenomenal restaurant (which is worth visiting even if you don’t stay at the hotel). Let’s get into the review…

Booking the Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale

Florida is of course a highly seasonal hotel market, and rates vary significantly throughout the year. We were staying in September, and the rate for a base room was $525 per night, plus a $45 per night resort fee. Given how wild hotel prices have been in Florida since the start of the pandemic, that seemed reasonable (of course the hotel is much more expensive in winter).

The best way to book any Four Seasons hotel is through a travel advisor affiliated with the Four Seasons Preferred Partner program (this is how Ford booked us). When booking through Preferred Partner you pay the same rate you’ll find directly on Four Seasons’ website, but you’ll receive extra perks, including the following:

  • A room upgrade, subject to availability
  • Complimentary daily breakfast
  • A hotel credit to use during your stay

Four Seasons Preferred Partner is generally combinable with promotions being offered directly through Four Seasons, including advance purchase rates, free night offers, and more. Note that booking Four Seasons properties through Preferred Partner is better than booking through programs like Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts. Why?

  • With Preferred Partner you have the option of room service breakfast in place of restaurant breakfast
  • Upgrades are prioritized for Preferred Partner bookings, given that it’s Four Seasons’ own proprietary program (and the value of an upgrade can be significant)
  • You can combine Preferred Partner perks with virtually any rate on Four Seasons’ website (other programs don’t allow you to stack promotions in the same way)

You can’t beat getting all of these extra perks just for booking through an eligible travel advisor. Ford is happy to help book Four Seasons properties through Preferred Partner, and can be reached at [email protected]

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale location

The Four Seasons is located on North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard, which is one of the main streets along the water in Fort Lauderdale, with endless hotels, restaurants, and other entertainment. If you’re more familiar with Miami, think of it as Fort Lauderdale’s version of Collins Avenue.

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale location

The Four Seasons has a striking and modern exterior. The building has 22 floors, and that includes both the hotel and residences.

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale exterior
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale exterior

People will of course have vastly different opinions on the pros and cons of Fort Lauderdale vs. Miami. Some people love to visit Miami, others love to visit Fort Lauderdale, and others love both. The Miami area also has two Four Seasons properties — one in Miami Brickell, and the other in Surfside.

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale lobby & check-in

The Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale has a gorgeous lobby. It has some elements that remind you that you’re at the beach (like the huge piece of art in the lobby), but I appreciate that the lobby is much more elegant than you’d usually find at a beach resort. The lobby has high ceilings, and plenty of seating.

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale lobby
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale lobby
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale lobby
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale lobby seating
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale lobby seating
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale lobby seating

As is standard at Four Seasons properties, there was complimentary coffee in the lobby each morning, which is a feature I really appreciate.

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale lobby coffee

Our check-in experience was efficient and friendly. We were welcomed by Alexander, the front office manager, who couldn’t have been nicer. Within a few minutes we had keys to our rooms. We were also given a pamphlet highlighting the hours for many of the on-property outlets, plus some of the activities that the hotel offers.

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale activities & amenities

Once check-in was complete, we were brought to the elevators. We were asked if we wanted to be brought to our rooms, but that wasn’t necessary.

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale elevators

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale Prime Lauderdale-View Suite

We had requested two connecting rooms, since we were traveling as a family. We were generously upgraded to a Prime Lauderdale-View Suite for one room, and the other room was a standard Lauderdale-View King Room. We were assigned rooms 815 and 817, both located on the eighth floor. The hotel’s hallways are elegant, with a cool striped blue carpet, and nice wall treatments.

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale hallway

We appreciated that the two rooms were behind a second door, so we could keep the doors between the two rooms open.

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale connecting rooms

The suite is marketed as being 708 square feet, and has a great layout. There’s a long entryway leading into the living room.

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale suite entryway

The living room featured a sofa, a chair, and a coffee table, plus a desk by the window, and a wall-mounted TV.

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale suite living room
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale suite living room

Also in the living room was the minibar, featuring a variety of drinks and snacks for purchase, plus a Nespresso coffee machine and kettle.

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale suite minibar
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale suite minibar
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale suite minibar

Waiting on the desk was a lovely welcome amenity, consisting of a bottle of Moet champagne, plus some chocolates.

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale suite welcome amenity

There was a balcony off the living room, featuring a loveseat and table. The room had a gorgeous view of the Atlantic Ocean, and it was especially pretty in the mornings during sunrise.

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale suite balcony
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale suite view
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale suite view

There was then a door leading to the bedroom, which had a comfortable signature Four Seasons bed, which I find to be the best hotel bed out there.

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale suite bedroom

The bedroom also had a TV on a stand in the corner of the room.

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale suite bedroom

There was a second balcony off the bedroom, with a dining table that had two chairs. This balcony had more of a view inland.

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale suite balcony

The bathroom was off the bedroom, and had double sinks, a soaking tub, a huge walk-in shower, and a toilet in a partitioned off room.

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale suite bathroom
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale suite bathtub
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale suite shower
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale suite toilet

Amenities were from Le Labo, and were in reusable bottles.

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale Le Labo toiletries

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale Lauderdale-View Room

Our second room was a Lauderdale-View King Room, which is the hotel’s standard accommodation. Standard rooms here are generously sized, and range anywhere from 439 to 675 square feet. This room also had quite a long entryway, almost identical to the suite.

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale king room entryway

The room had a king size bed, a table with a chair, a desk with a chair, and then a wall-mounted TV.

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale king room
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale king room
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale king room

Four Seasons has some pretty awesome amenities for babies!

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale king room crib
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale king room toys
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale king room toys

The room also had an impressive bathroom, with double sinks, a soaking tub, a walk-in shower, and a toilet.

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale king room bathroom
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale king room bathtub
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale king room toilet
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale king room shower

This room had a balcony with a dining table and two chairs. From here there was a view looking inland.

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale king room balcony
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale king room view

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale pools

Most of the Four Seasons’ amenities are on the third floor. First let’s take a look at the ocean sun deck, which is where the hotel’s two pools are located.

Hallway to Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale amenities

The hotel did a great job utilizing this space well. The deck has two pools. One pool is curved, while the other pool is rectangular, and probably better for those looking to swim laps.

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale pool
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale pool
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale pool
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale pool

There’s tons of seating on the pool deck, whether you want a daybed, couch, or cabana.

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale pool seating
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale pool seating
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale pool seating
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale pool seating
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale pool seating

The pool also has great views of the beach and ocean, especially around sunrise. The entire pool deck is shaped like the bow of a ship, with the smallest portion facing the ocean — I thought that was pretty cool.

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale pool sunrise

As is standard at Four Seasons, there was plenty of complimentary sunscreen available — I appreciate how Four Seasons doesn’t nickel-and-dime for that, unlike so many other hotels.

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale complimentary sunscreen

As you’d expect, there’s plenty of food & drink service at the pool. Drinks are served from 10AM until 5PM (menu here), while food is served from 11AM until 5PM (menu here).

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale beach

The Four Seasons is right across the street from the beach. No hotels on North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard are directly beachfront, since the street is what separates the beach from all the developments. If you’re a big beach person that’s something to keep in mind, and might be a reason to consider a hotel in Miami instead.

The Four Seasons still has a great beach setup, with chairs and umbrellas being included for hotel guests.

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale beach
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale beach
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale beach

Unfortunately there was quite a bit of seaweed on the beach during our visit, which I’ve found to be a consistent issue just about everywhere I’ve visited recently.

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale beach
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale beach

The Four Seasons staff at the beach were incredibly friendly, and would distribute complimentary water, snacks, misting bottles, etc.

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale beach snacks

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale gym

The Four Seasons has an excellent gym on the third floor. Four Seasons has a consistent emphasis on great gyms, and this property is no exception. From Pelotons, to StairMasters, to free weights, to a yoga room, this gym had it all.

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale gym
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale gym
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale gym
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale gym
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale gym
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale gym
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale gym
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale gym

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale spa & salon

The Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale has a large spa on the third floor, open daily from 9:30AM until 7PM. The spa has beautiful treatment rooms, a sauna and steam room, a relaxation room, and more. You can find the spa services menu here.

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale spa
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale spa
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale spa changing rooms
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale spa sauna
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale spa steam room
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale spa cold towels
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale spa relaxation room
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale spa treatment room
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale spa treatment room

The Four Seasons also has a salon that’s open daily from 10AM until 7PM, for hair and nail treatments.

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale salon

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale Evelyn’s Restaurant & Bar

Evelyn’s Fort Lauderdale is the Four Seasons’ signature restaurant, and it’s open daily for breakfast (7:30AM until 11AM), lunch (11:30AM until 2:30PM), and dinner (5:30PM until 9:30PM). I can’t state this clearly enough — this is an exceptionally good restaurant, and you should eat here if you’re in the area, regardless of whether or not you’re staying at the hotel (just make sure you make a reservation in advance).

Even weeks later I’m still thinking about the dining experience here, and it’s one of my top five Florida dining experiences ever (and I’ve lived in Florida for a long time). What makes this place so special is the food (which is beyond delicious), the presentation (which is imaginative), and the service (this is a restaurant where everyone is clearly passionate about what they do).

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale Evelyn’s entrance

The restaurant itself is quite nice, with a lovely bar, and plenty of indoor and outdoor seating (I took the below pictures first thing in the morning, as this restaurant was packed during dinner, mostly with locals).

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale Evelyn’s bar
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale Evelyn’s seating
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale Evelyn’s seating
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale Evelyn’s seating
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale Evelyn’s seating
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale Evelyn’s seating
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale Evelyn’s seating

The food at Evelyn’s is described as being “coastal Florida cuisine meets Eastern Mediterranean flavors,” which piqued my interest. The menu here is constantly changing, but below is what the menu looked like during our visit.

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale Evelyn’s dinner menu
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale Evelyn’s dinner menu
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale Evelyn’s dinner menu

It’s not just the food that’s imaginative, but also the cocktails.

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale Evelyn’s drink list

To drink we ordered the 1919 and Planation Punch.

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale Evelyn’s drinks

As far as food goes, to start we ordered some truffle hummus with mushrooms, as our server highly recommended it.

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale Evelyn’s dinner

Next up we had the yellowfin tuna “nayeh,” with puffed bulgar, pickled vegetables, and gem lettuce.

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale Evelyn’s dinner

We really went to town, and then had a za’atar kale caesar, with baby gem, croutons, pine nuts, and pecorino.

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale Evelyn’s dinner

For our main course we shared the grilled whole branzino, which was prepared table side. This came with two sides, and we selected the batata harra and spiced cauliflower couscous.

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale Evelyn’s dinner
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale Evelyn’s dinner

While we were full at this point, the dessert options sounded good enough that I decided we had to order something. We decided on the cardamom donuts with rose syrup and vanilla diplomat.

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale Evelyn’s dinner

Honestly, eat at Evelyn’s if you can. You won’t regret it. This was an indescribably good meal.

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale breakfast

The Four Seasons serves breakfast at Evelyn’s, or if you booked with Preferred Partner you can also order room service at no extra cost. You can find the breakfast menu below.

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale Evelyn’s breakfast menu
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale Evelyn’s breakfast menu

The drink selection was excellent, ranging from matcha lattes, to cappuccinos, to cold brews.

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale Evelyn’s breakfast
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale Evelyn’s breakfast

I appreciate that the breakfast menu maintains some of the Middle Eastern flair of Evelyn’s. We tried the shakshuka, avocado toast, and omelet, and all were excellent.

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale Evelyn’s breakfast
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale Evelyn’s breakfast
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale Evelyn’s breakfast

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale Honey Fitz

Honey Fitz is the Four Seasons’ all-day lounge, located just off the lobby. It almost feels like a little cafe, and it has both indoor and outdoor seating. It’s open daily from 7AM until 9:30PM, so it’s great whether you want to grab a cappuccino in the morning, or a cocktail in the evening. You can find the morning menu here, and find the all-day menu here.

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale Honey Fitz lobby bar
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale Honey Fitz lobby bar
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale Honey Fitz lobby bar
Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale Honey Fitz lobby bar

We came here our first evening for a drink — I appreciated that the cocktails here were creative, yet different than at Evelyn’s.

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale Honey Fitz drinks

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale street-level restaurant

As of now, the Four Seasons’ dining options include Evelyn’s, Honey Fitz, in-room dining, and poolside dining. It’s worth noting that the hotel will be opening a second destination restaurant just off the lobby, and it’s expected to open in 2023. It’s anyone’s guess what this will be, but the space for this is already clearly allocated.

The Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale is getting another restaurant

Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale service

I’ve lived in South Florida for years, and the reality is that good service can be tough to come by. Fortunately this is another area where Four Seasons nailed it — the service at the Fort Lauderdale property is phenomenal. Every single person we interacted with, from the front office staff, to the pool and beach attendants, to the servers in the restaurant, were genuinely eager to make sure every guest had a great stay.

Four Seasons consistently impresses me with hiring people with personality and keeping them happy, and this property is no exception.

Bottom line

The Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale is an excellent addition to the South Florida luxury hotel scene. The hotel is beautifully designed, has an exceptional signature restaurant, has friendly and professional service, and has solid amenities.

If you’re a fan of Fort Lauderdale and can swing it, I highly recommend the Four Seasons.

If you’ve stayed at Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale, what was your experience like?

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  1. Julia Guest

    "We tried the shakshuka, avocado toast, and omelet"

    Basically, the same you order at 95% of breakfasts in hotels...

    Also who was watching the baby when you guys were out at dinner?

    1. Desperado Guest

      Who cares who watched the baby? Appreciate the review and move on…

      I bet you sit on social media all day criticizing and questioning the fake lives people portray.

      Mind your own business and enjoy life.

  2. Greg Guest

    Had lunch there a few months ago, and was underwhelmed at price vs what we actually got....haven't been back. Also, agree w the comment below about the decor, it's nice but not impressive. also the bar has the weird lamps that block your conversation. hopefully they fix it like they did at the marriott harbor beach

  3. iamhere Guest

    So you ate in the restaurant for meals besides breakfast when one of the key features is the array of restaurants nearby? Further, I am not very impressed. The décor is nice, but the décor does not look like Four Seasons or a super luxury brand quality. The décor reminds me of that of a semi-luxury hotel eg a JW Marriott for example.

    1. NFSF Gold

      When your baby is sleeping upstairs, typically you’re relegated to eating at the hotel.

  4. GringoLoco Gold

    "FRESHLY LEAVENED... Buckwheat lavosh"

    Lavosh is an Armenian unleavened flat bread.

  5. Drew Guest

    The landscaping of this hotel is magnificent and lush. It really gives you the feel of being in a resort with all of the greenery.

  6. DaveW Guest

    Just wondering why seaweed on the beach is an issue. Seaweed is an important part of the ocean eco system. Seems a bit sad that you see it as a problem.

  7. cindy Guest

    Not only is Evelyns extremely expensive.......The portions suck!

    1. Sergio Díaz Guest

      You failed to mention how good the hotel is in general for family with babies. You mentioned the room, but you didn't say if they bring baby seats in the restaurants, if the pool has a splash pool for children, if the public bathrooms have diaper changing facilities and how good the staff is to attend to the needs of parents with babies.

  8. red_robbo Member

    $570 per night "sounds reasonable"????
    Has the world gone mad, or has Ben lost touch with reality?

    1. Charlie Diamond

      Clearly he’s now very rich and has lost touch. Many reviews are now hotels that you can’t book with points (which is the point of the blog) but that you can book through his husband, so think of it as an ad.
      But worse, he booked an extra $570/night room for his baby??!!

  9. Gene Guest

    Have long wondered about this hotel while watching its construction. That said, too many of the initial reviews were very negative with the common thread being it is run as much as a condo residence as a resort. How often I have watched the FLL beach cam only to see all of the Four Seasons beach chairs empty while the Conrad's and the Hilton's (the 2 hotels on each side of it) were pretty darn...

    Have long wondered about this hotel while watching its construction. That said, too many of the initial reviews were very negative with the common thread being it is run as much as a condo residence as a resort. How often I have watched the FLL beach cam only to see all of the Four Seasons beach chairs empty while the Conrad's and the Hilton's (the 2 hotels on each side of it) were pretty darn full. This past 4th of July had a corner beachfront suite at the next door Hilton with 1250 square foot of space including 2 separate bathrooms for about half the price of a regular room at Four Seasons. The Four Season's has only a limited number of "beachfront accommodations" that are just so incredibly priced ($5000 + a night). To be on the side of the Four Season's with as much view of the truck area of the Hilton or the Conrad just does not measure up to my standard of bang for the buck.

  10. Alex G Guest

    The fish for $95 is a whole fish for two, filetted table side. The restaurant is absolutely incredible.

  11. hartd8 Member

    Nice overview! How did the little one do???Also did you need to rent the cabanas or FCFS??

  12. Dempseyzdad Gold

    Much better than Four Seasons Landscaping.

  13. alinsfca Guest

    Am I the only one here who is concerned that of the 3 bottles of reusable Amenities, one has a cracked closure and another one was not fully closed?

  14. Alonzo Diamond

    Very nice space. Wish FS hotels were consistently $600+ per night at almost all locations.

  15. Boise Guest

    My partner and I visited our last trip for lunch and to check out the hotel. Beautiful hotel, but wish they had a jacuzzi which I think is an odd omission.

    Also the one big advantage of FHR which should be disclosed is the guaranteed 4 pm late checkout and the possibility of using your $200 fhr platinum amex annual credit. If you are staying just a weekend that can be a big benefit...

    My partner and I visited our last trip for lunch and to check out the hotel. Beautiful hotel, but wish they had a jacuzzi which I think is an odd omission.

    Also the one big advantage of FHR which should be disclosed is the guaranteed 4 pm late checkout and the possibility of using your $200 fhr platinum amex annual credit. If you are staying just a weekend that can be a big benefit as it allows you to take an evening flight and can be worth a lot in such situations plus get good value out of your credit.

  16. Nick Guest

    Ben- steam sauna relaxation area pics are great…my favorite part of FS stays. Thanks for those pics!

  17. VitaliU Gold

    The menu does look interesting but those prices are insane. While I understand that people staying at Four Seasons likely won’t care but this is detached from reality. $7 for a tea bag? $95 for a farmed fish? $14 for a fried potato?

    1. Ed Member

      It's not just that, but the opportunity cost of a great meal by wandering off property. I like a great hotel as much as anyone, but I rarely eat lunch or dinner on-property. The menus are usually ambitious with prices to match, but it's rare to find the top restaurants in a given city to be in a hotel (in the US at least). I don't mind spending that if I'm on vacation, but I...

      It's not just that, but the opportunity cost of a great meal by wandering off property. I like a great hotel as much as anyone, but I rarely eat lunch or dinner on-property. The menus are usually ambitious with prices to match, but it's rare to find the top restaurants in a given city to be in a hotel (in the US at least). I don't mind spending that if I'm on vacation, but I do mind spending that _there_. That said, the plating is beautiful, and the menu sounds fantastic, but I'm pretty sure Ben and Ford spent more here than I did at Gary Danko (in SF) last month.

  18. Ben L. Diamond

    To add my own two cents about an aspect of this property that you understandably didn't review on this family trip, I have to say that the event spaces and event staff here are underwhelming. If you're looking to host an important event, perhaps a press conference of some sort, I encourage you to have your alcoholic attorney instead rent out the parking lot of a local landscaping company that goes by the same name.

    1. Nick Guest

      @ Ben L- you might want to take over your family planning duties. Event spaces shouldn’t be a surprise: that is why there are site visits and tastings before the event.

    2. Ben L. Diamond

      what the heck are you talking about

  19. pstm91 Diamond

    The comparison to Collins Ave is a good one, but one of the main things I liked about this hotel is it's a bit away from the craze of where all the restaurants are. It's significantly quieter than where the Ritz Carlton is (which is really a conference hotel). By far the best option in FLL and a nice option to have away from Miami.

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VitaliU Gold

The menu does look interesting but those prices are insane. While I understand that people staying at Four Seasons likely won’t care but this is detached from reality. $7 for a tea bag? $95 for a farmed fish? $14 for a fried potato?

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red_robbo Member

$570 per night "sounds reasonable"???? Has the world gone mad, or has Ben lost touch with reality?

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GringoLoco Gold

"FRESHLY LEAVENED... Buckwheat lavosh" Lavosh is an Armenian unleavened flat bread.

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