Pelican Grand Beach Resort - Review

Best Beachside Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale

By Marianne Schwab | Best Travel Deals Tips Blog

There are so many great reasons to go to Greater Ft. Lauderdale. I've been fortunate to have two reasons to go in the past twelve months. My first visit was prior to my departure for a 10-day Western Caribbean cruise on board the MSC Poesia. My second visit was to produce a live TV broadcast from Ft. Lauderdale Beach. I know what you're thinking, "It's a tough job but someone's gotta do it."

With Ft. Lauderdale's 23 miles of beaches, there are only three hotels that are actually located on the beach. I was very fortunate to stay at one of them, the Pelican Grand Beach Resort, a stunning property located directly on Ft. Lauderdale Beach (2000 N Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33305). The hotel places the Atlantic Ocean literally at your feet with their direct beach access which means there is no crossing the road to get to the beach and no traffic noise, either.

Guests can also soak up the sun while relaxing in one of the hotel's complimentary lounge chairs. I personally loved that you can order food and drinks from the comfort of your beach "camp." The proximity to the sand is to me one the best features as I hate it when it's an ordeal just to get to the beach. At the Pelican Grand Beach Resort you practically walk out of your room and you're there on a slice of paradise with fine, powdery sand that feels luxurious on bare feet.

If you tire of the beach scene, don't miss the hotel's beautiful zero entry pool nicknamed Fort Lauderdale's only Lazy River.

Aside from it's amazing location, the first thing that struck me when I stepped inside the the Pelican Grand Beach Resort was that it had a feeling of an old historic hotel, much like San Diego's Hotel del Coronado.

From it's wrap around porch complete with white rocking chairs and ceiling fans overlooking the Atlantic to the wood paneled interior of the lobby and restaurant, this hotel felt as though it was oozing history taking you back to old Florida grandeur. I thought for certain that it must have been built in the early 1900's and was surprised to learn that it was built in the 21st century. How wonderful for a modern hotel to go back to creating an old style hotel experience that adds to the Southern charm.

The Pelican Grand Hotel Resort has 156 rooms including 106 oceanfront suites with balconies so you wake up to the sound of the waves crashing as you watch the sunrise.

I had one of those beautiful suites with breathtaking views overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The only bad thing I can say is that my stay was too short and not nearly long enough. I'd love to stay a week at this hotel and soak it all up while spending my days snorkeling off the beach and reading a great book from one of the rocking chairs on the porch overlooking the sand and sipping an ice cold lemonade - or pina colada.

So on your next visit to Ft. Lauderdale, I highly recommend that you come see why they say "at the Pelican Grand nothing comes between you and the sand."

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For over twenty years, TV Travel Show Producer, Marianne Schwab, has been collecting money saving travel tips as a travel producer for high profile television programs. She has flown all over the world and produced live television productions on location from Caesar's Palace on the Vegas Strip to the beautiful island of Oahu. Read more