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The Atlantic Hotel - Fort Lauderdale
Wednesday, May 4, 2011  
The Atlantic Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale is located right on the Ft. Lauderdale Beach between Sunrise and Las Olas Boulevards. Its proximity to Port Everglades (4 mi.) and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International airport (5 mi) makes it an excellent pre-/post-cruise choice.

We were fortunate enough to enjoy a stay in one of The Atlantic’s Deluxe Suites prior to a Windstar cruise. The rooms at The Atlantic have recently undergone renovation, and it was certainly obvious. Everything in our suite looked brand new. The two-room suite included a small kitchen with mini-fridge, stovetop, microwave, coffeemaker and complete set of dishes and flatware. This makes The Atlantic Hotel an excellent choice for an extended stay.

The living room was large with a sliding door to a balcony overlooking Ft. Lauderdale Beach and the Atlantic Ocean. A full-sized sofa and large chair offered comfortable seating to enjoy the huge new flat screen television and BOSE sound system. The entire suite had marble floors.

The bedroom was equally large with a king-sized bed, a chair with ottoman and a large desk with desk chair. The only thing they overlooked was putting electrical outlets where they can be easily accessed from the desk. Someone shelling out for a luxury suite should not have to crawl on the floor to plug in a computer. A pleasant surprise was the complimentary wireless Internet access. Internet speed was decent and reliable.

The bathroom was very large and luxurious with a full-sized bathtub and large, separate shower. The toilet is located in a separate water closet. The entire bathroom is enveloped in rich marble with satin nickel fixtures. Of special note are the excellent Tarocco amenities. The orange-scented shampoo, soaps and lotions are some of the best we have experienced in any hotel.

The Atlantic is conveniently located only minutes from Las Olas Boulevard, famous for its selection of sidewalk cafes, art galleries and boutiques. However, for fine dining you don’t even have to leave the premises. The Atlantic Hotel’s own Trina Restaurant and Lounge is a AAA Four Diamond award winner for four consecutive years. Trina offers both indoor and outdoor seating. We enjoyed lunch at Trina al fresco with a view of the ocean. My Caesar Salad with grilled chicken was excellent and Rickee’s vegetarian flatbread was worthy of a return visit on its own. Evening meals at Trina are even more spectacular with special attention given to

every dish. The braised short-rib ravioli was my favorite appetizer and could almost be a meal in itself. The veal chop was a thick, bone-in slab of fork-tender veal that was cooked to perfection and expertly seasoned. Even though I am not a big fan of desserts, I was persuaded to try the cheesecake and taste a selection of sorbets. All were excellent. Service was also professional and attentive. An excellent wine list is offered with dinner and the attached lounge has that trendy Florida feeling that makes this a great place to mix and mingle. For more casual dining and drinks, the Ocean Terrace café and bar is located poolside on the 5th floor with views overlooking the ocean.

Unfortunately, our short stay did not allow us to enjoy the services of Spa Atlantic. This 10,000 sq. ft. facility houses eight treatment rooms with separate facilities for men and women, including jacuzzis, saunas and steam rooms. There is even a full-service salon and boutique. Directly across from the Spa Atlantic is a 24-hour fitness center outfitted with the latest in cardio and weight training equipment. The fitness center also offers yoga classes and personal training sessions.

The Atlantic Hotel is an excellent choice for cruise passengers who want a special way to begin or end a cruise vacation. It is definitely on our short list of hotels we want to re-visit.

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