A newly renovated hotel, located in the more quiet part of Fort Lauderdale, Plunge is a modern paradise.
Rumor has it, the hotel that used to reside on this property was a spring break destination, which is probably why Plunge is commonly only attributed 3 stars. Since the renovation, however, which was basically a rebuild, the resort has taken on a new life that breathes cleanliness and adult/family-friendly fun. Everything in the hotel is thoughtfully designed, from chair covers to barstools, and decorative paint on the walls.
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The hotel* consists of two buildings: Ocean Front and Tropical View (where the lobby is) and is divided by the North Ocean Drive, a rather quiet two-way road. Tropical View building has a brightly decorated lobby area, a cafe, and promises a new restaurant in the fall. The Ocean Front building is located next to the Plunge* pool and Tiki bar.
While I haven’t quite figured out why the beach bar is referred to as a Tiki Bar because, like many other bars in the area, nothing about it inspires a “tiki” atmosphere, I did enjoy the airiness of it. A set of barstools face a narrow ledge overlooking the ocean while its steps spill right onto the white, sandy beach. It’s hard to beat the peacefulness of sitting in the shade, gently hugged by a soft breeze, sipping a Corona, and snacking on chicharrones while looking out on the crashing waves.
Taking the first step into the room I fell in love with it. My Classic King Bed suite had a partial ocean view, plenty of open space, and a beachball casually resting on the giant bed. The bathroom is white and open, with a clear glass sink and a clear double-sliding frameless shower that had a spa-like feel.
Each room, in addition to all the basic hotel staples, has an entry closet, free Wi-Fi, a powerful AC, fridge, iron, 50” LED HD TVs, safe, and in some cases microwave and kitchenette, and a furnished balcony. Everything about the room felt comfortable and inviting: the bed sheets are soft and cozy, the setting is comfortable and the overall decor is fun, warm, and modern.
To try: The giant fudge chocolate bars sold at the cafe are to die for.
Food: The Tiki bar menu selection is a limited Mexican-inspired menu, a few staples, nothing special but there are plenty of eating options within walking distance. Learn about some of them here.
Other notes: early check-in is $20, valet parking is complimentary for hotel guests, towels, beach umbrellas, and chairs are all provided by the hotel as well. The lighting in the bar is a bit weird (red and orange) but it is that way to accommodate the turtle population who tend to nest on the beach.
Address: 4660 El Mar Dr. Lauderdale by the Sea, FL 33308