The Pillars Hotel Fort Lauderdale (bookable via Hyatt SLH). Bottom line review.

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Pillars Hotel Fort Lauderdale

The Pillars Hotel, located in Fort Lauderdale Florida, is a SLH (Small Luxury Hotels of the World) property which is bookable through Hyatt with points or cash.  When booking an SLH property through Hyatt, your room rate includes the following:

  • Complimentary wifi
  • Daily complimentary continental breakfast
  • Room Upgrade (one category at check-in, if available)
  • Early check-in (noon, based upon availability at check-in)
  • Late check-out (2:00PM, based upon availability at check-in)

Pillars Hotel Fort Lauderdale Bottom Line Review

My wife and I stayed here for only one night, but we’re eager to return.  We liked everything about this hotel.

  • Price: 20,000 Hyatt points per night (vs. about $380 per night at the time)
  • Value: Good.  In my opinion, this boutique hotel is worth the price.
  • Location: Very good.  This boutique hotel is on the west side of the island of Fort Lauderdale beach right near the Ritz Carlton.  The hotel has beautiful views of the Intracoastal Waterway from the property, but if you want a beach view you’ll have to stay elsewhere.  That said, this section of the island is very narrow and so it is a very short walk across the island to the beach (Google Maps says that the walk is only 0.1 miles).  This hotel is also conveniently close to the Fort Lauderdale airport (FLL).
  • Breakfast: Good.  If memory serves, the included breakfast options were a full American breakfast, a healthy breakfast, or… something else (memory fails me here).  There is a mandatory 18% tip based on the retail breakfast price.  I actually like that because I always find it confusing with free breakfasts whether tip is expected or not.
  • Room: Very good.  Our room was big and beautiful, and the bed was comfortable.  There were two downsides to the room: we did not have a direct water view (I believe this is true for most rooms here), and the bathroom was laughably small (but still somehow very functional).
  • Parking: Free self parking.
  • Service: Awesome.  The staff were uniformly attentive, cheerful, and eager to help.
  • Turndown service: Good.  We found cool little chocolate coins in our room.
  • Extra:
    • Welcome drinks: Upon check in we learned that guests are entitled to free welcome drinks at the bar.
    • Restaurant: The hotel has a very nice restaurant with tables lined up along the waterway.  We enjoyed an excellent dinner there.
  • Hyatt Benefits:  Good.  The free breakfast was automatic and they offered more than the required continental breakfast (my wife and I each ordered full American breakfasts).  On the other hand, they said that no room upgrades were available despite the fact that we were there at a very slow time for the hotel.
  • Would I stay again?  Definitely.

Photos and captions follow…

Pillars Hotel Fort Lauderdale King Room. The room was clean, beautiful, and comfortable. Our window looked out to the hotel’s pool area. Not much of the Intracoastal Waterway was visible from inside our room. I think this is probably true with most rooms in this hotel.
The Pillars Hotel bathroom was laughably small. That said, it was perfectly functional. They did a good job of placing the sink and shelving such that the small space worked well.
Pillars Hotel Fort Lauderdale view of the pool and Intracoastal Waterway beyond. As you can see, if water views are your primary concern, this hotel is probably not the best choice (but the views are very nice when you sit closer to the water).
This is a view of the outside of our second floor room at the Pillars Hotel Fort Lauderdale. We didn’t have a chance to use this seating area, but it looks nice.
Tables are set for outdoor dining at the Pillars Hotel Fort Lauderdale. We chose to eat outside even though it was chilly the one evening we were there. Fortunately the staff handed out blankets to those eating outdoors.
Apparently the Pillars Hotel Fort Lauderdale restaurant offers a themed fixed price dinner every Monday evening. We happened to be there on a Monday, so we sprang for the $45 per person Bora Bora themed dinner. We were glad we did. It was delicious.
The Pillars Hotel turndown service chocolates
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Linda

Just an update. Spent one night here last Thursday, points. You receive the healthy or continental breakfast for free or you can pay $5 per person for the American breakfast. We did the latter and with the service charge in taxes and amounted to $20.

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Susan

Thank you for this information! I’ve been looking for a nice place to stay for one night next month, and snagged a great deal using 20,000 points that I transferred to Hyatt from my Chase Sapphire card. The room would have cost $496.07 for one night, taxes included.

Looking forward to having dinner at The Secret Garden as well! Has great reviews. Thank you for the heads up on this hotel and the connection to Hyatt.

Pam

@ Susan, is Secret Garden the hotel’s private dining club? Or is this the name of the restaurant reviewed by Greg? If a separate restaurant, can hotel guests book, & if so what is the best method of booking? Thank you!

Susan

The Secret Garden Dining is available only to hotel guests or to people who sign up and pay to be members of the Secret Garden Dining Club. I called to make our reservation for dinner.

Boonie

Love the new review format and enjoy traveling to FT Lauderdale, a favorite spot!

Pam

Hi Greg, am staying here in a few months. What room type did you book (& receive) with 20k points? I booked Superior Poolside for instance with points.

Did you pay a resort fee? Confirming ree breakfast even if not Globalist?

Thank you for the review & pics, definitely doing the outdoor dinner! Glad it was a hit!

Pam

Thx, Greg. I question if the tremendous effort involved to achieve Globalist (either thru spend, stays, or both) is even really necessary with perks available from SLH & Prive, for instance. With so few properties (& most of those are Place/House) & your seeming to seek out a more boutique experience, is Globalist even worth pursuing?

Pam

Please keep us posted on any shortcuts along the way (I know you’ll find them!)

Bobby Dale

Intracoastal Waterway