(UPDATED ON January 12, 2020) I live two hours away from Fort Lauderdale, but didn’t realize that Pompano Beach was one of the ritzy neighborhoods. My travels took me to stay at the oceanfront Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa, a beautiful property with a luxury look, but casual feel in north Fort Lauderdale. I have been a card-toting member of the prestigious Marriott company since 1987, and yes, I throw that out as often as I can to reinforce my loyalty to the Marriott brand.
Courteous Staff and Welcoming Lobby
My husband and I arrived at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa of the evening after driving through a wicked storm. We valet parked our car and stepped inside the gorgeous lobby. Friendly front-desk staff greeted us and within about three minutes, we were registered and being led to our executive suite and on a tour of the property. They also offered games for us to play since the outside weather was not favorable for any beach activities.
The Marriott Pompano Beach Resort’s unassuming inside decor is beach-chic with functional and stylish furniture, and a comfortable feel.
A Gorgeous Suite
Our enormous corner suite was located close to the elevators and offered 495 square feet to roam freely during our stay. Large windows adorned two of the walls and offered fantastic views of the Atlantic Ocean, only footsteps from our resort. Out on the deck, there was a lounge chair and two casual straight-back chairs for enjoying the oceanfront views.
Our Marriott Pompano Beach room was tastefully decorated in neutral colored fabrics and linens. There was a separate living room off to the side with a privacy wall that featured a sitting area with a couch and TV, as well as a mini-refrigerator and in-room coffee maker.
In the bedroom, a king-sized bed had a super comfortable pillow-top mattress and beautiful bedding. The marble bathroom in our suite was big enough to hold a small party! As with any hotel, I always like to see what type of bath products they offer and this Marriott offered Thann brand, a new one to me. It also had a lighted make-up mirror and thick, plush robes, two features that get a thumbs-up from this gal.
Special Features and Local Attractions
The Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa offers a state-of-the-art oceanfront fitness center and onsite spa (Sispa) which I did not have the chance to indulge in. The hotel faces the beach and is mere steps to the shore. Its outdoor pool was both visually impressive and photogenic. Lounge chairs and beach umbrellas were available for use and get this, the pool offers heated towels. Score!
For those who are Marriott Reward members, the Pompano Beach Resort is a CAT 7. It is located close to many favorite Fort Lauderdale attractions, such as:
- International Swimming Hall of Fame
- The Galleria Mall
- Sawgrass Mills Mall
- Butterfly World
- Isle Casino & Racing at Pompano Park
- South Florida Diving Headquarters
- Las Olas Boulevard/Riverfront (my favorite!)
Dining at the Onsite Restaurants
My husband and I dined at McCoy’s Oceanfront onsite modern restaurant. The weather wasn’t favorable for outdoor dining, but we enjoyed a high-top table at the bar. We sipped on craft cocktails, mine being a sangria with Reisling, fresh fruit, and St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur. It was delicious!
For an appetizer, we shared the Panko-Crusted Deep-Fried Goat Cheese, served with thin garlic toast. It was really tasty, but could have used more toast points. For dinner, Eddie ordered the Pork Paillard, served over cheddar grits and grilled Swiss chard. It was his first time tasting Swiss chard and he really liked it.
I went with the Short Rib Pappardelle with wild mushrooms, shallots, Parmesan, and a Cabernet reduction. It was excellent! We were both too full for dessert, but Eddie scored a slice of Chocolate Lava Cake to take upstairs for later. He did not leave a crumb, so obviously, it was pretty darned good.
Don’t Skip Breakfast
The next morning, we were in a hurry to get to the airport, but did make time to grab breakfast at the Marriott Pompano Beach Resort. We were seated in the dining room portion of McCoy’s and had a great waitress. Eddie chose to indulge in the breakfast buffet and I ordered Eggs Benedict. My meal arrived with the eggs a little more done than a traditional poach, but it was still a really tasty meal. The roasted potatoes were good as well, something I would normally just leave on the plate. The Marriott’s buffet does not have numerous food stations, but instead, you order waffles and eggs-to-order from your server. They are included in the price of the buffet.
Once a Marriott Fan, Always a Marriott Fan
I would definitely stay at the Marriott Pompano Beach Resort property again. It is warm and welcoming with excellent hospitality. We appreciated the hotel’s close proximity to the beach, the soft colors of the furnishings inside, ease of check-in, and impressive service.
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