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Artrageous on the River

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

This was a great value find! I booked the room thru Expedia for a great price compared to the rest of the hotels. At first I was suspicious about getting an email to sign a separate agreement. The email stated the hotel has no front desk and the check in process is done online. I went thru with the process with very quick replies for any questions I had. On check in day, I received an email with all the necessary information about my room. The building is an apartment complex. Some apartments seem to be rentals like mine and others seem to have permanent residents. Room 110 was lovely! It was very spacious and clean. There was a kitchen with a microwave, dishwasher, oven, toaster, coffee maker, fridge, utensils, bowls, plates, knives, and a variety of pots and pans to choose from. There was also a washer and dryer. There was a internet, a TV in the living room, and another TV in the bedroom. The walk in closet connected the bedroom and the bathroom. I want to note that the bathroom has a standing shower and not a tub, in case it makes a difference to you. There was also no shower caddy to place any items, I had to place them on the floor or on top of the toilet.The only disappointment was the pool. It's a small pool on the side of the river, not as large as it appeared in the photo. The neighborhood is very quiet. Locals walk their dogs in Smoker Park, a block from the complex.There are other large condominiums in the area. You can walk or take a very quick drive to the stores and restaurants nearby. There's also an awesome free water trolley stop in the park that you can take to the busy streets in the city.

Arrived at Artrageous at checkin time, 4:00pm, but the cleaning woman was still cleaning the unit until 5:00pm. Our unit on the first floor was not one featured in photos on Tired, spare, blinds not working correctly, no hand towels or washclothes, no bath mat, no kitchen towels, sponges or pot holders. The location is terrific, but the apt did not meet expectations. No instructions for the local channels, Roku local restaurant recommendations, yada yada yada. It is quite spacious for the price, but if you were staying here for a week, it would be nice to have more amenities. I guess you get what you pay for. It’s a transitional building. Looks like there are people living here full time, some rentals, and some apts still under renovation. I wouldn’t recommend, at least not this unit 104.

We arrived in the evening. The apartment looked very nice the view was nice as well but; The bed sheets was DIRTY with full of hairs!!!! We needed to go to Target and buy new bed sheets, blanket in the evening. The apartment was dirty!!!! After we put the new bed sheet on the bed, I sat on the bed and the bed collapsed. (I am 60kg) We had to sleep on the couch. Next day morning could not lock the door. I called the company ROCKET STAY, (they are managing these units) and I complained about all the problem. She was very nice and understanding. She said they will refund for me the 65 dollars cleaning fee and the money which I spent for the blanket and bed sheet. And of course they will clean the apartment. They wanted to transfer me to another apartment, for one night until they fix the bed. I went to check the apartment. Guess what! The bed was dirty and with hairs inside!!!! (I upload some photos) I told them I will Not move to another dirty apartment, so just fix mine. I have some money to the cleaner and she cleaned it up beautifully. We paid 1000 dollars for the 6 nights we spent there!!!! In these condition?!?! I’m asking now to refund also the first two evening, but they didn’t refund even what they promiced me!!!! The cleaning fee, and what I spent for bed sheet.... I’m traveling, actually I’m leaving in hotels and apartments because of my job but this is absolutely the WORST experience of my life!!!!! And the way how they are NOT helping me after this problem, it’s just ridiculous....!!!! Sad to say, but if you choose this place, just be sure, it will not be clean!!!!!

I just returned from 5 days at Artrageous on the River, and it was absolutely the most attractive, immaculately clean and comfortable accommodation I've stayed at in my most recent travels. The apartments are just beautiful, large, and completely equipped. Having parking just down stairs was a real asset. I was also stunned by the value for the dollar. It's apparent that this is an apartment building transitioning to apartments for travelers which explains some of the construction activity, but it never interfered with our stay. The river views are gorgeous, and the River Walk a few steps away. You can take it to walk to downtown Las Olas Blvd shops and restaurants. It's a bit of a walk but along the River it's a lovely walk. I must comment on the virtual check in and communication with Jason - at the other end of phone calls and texts. At first I was hesitant about there not being a traditional "front desk", etc., but that never was a problem. Jason was completely accessible and responded IMMEDIATELY when there was a bit of confusion in our room assignment. I will be traveling to Ft. Lauderdale over the next several months and you can be sure that I look forward to staying there again. PS - I can't imagine that the person complaining about lice stayed at the same place - the account and description of the facilities and neighborhood are bizarre.

We stayed at this "up and coming" property 7/24/18-7/27/18 and our family got lice! It was being renovated while we were there and dumpsters out front. Workers coming and going all day. Shopping carts under the stairs and not well maintained. The inside of the apartment gave a good facade as the floors, kitchen, and baths were all brand new. We looked up getting our money back that day, however the terms gave us 10 min of booking it to cancel it, so that was not an option. I called the property manager Jason to let him know when we got home we had lice, his response was "I wish you and your family a speedy recovery. I can only imagine it's not very much fun." That was the extent of his compassion. I made him aware that the bedding was not cleaned properly and this never should have happened.

Very clean accomadations in a great location. My family and I stayed in Unit 302 and could not have been happier with our host. Everything was just as noted and the beds we very comfortable. Highly recommend this place for group or family travel

From the outside, it's an older building, but inside they have done a nice job remodeling these apartments. They are spacious and comfortable - like 800 sq ft, so way bigger than a hotel room. The property is right on the river and you can watch boats go by from the pool, which is very relaxing. Parking is easy with an assigned space. You can walk to the Las Olas restaurant/shopping district. The beach is about 3-4 miles and 15 minutes away. You have to jump through some hoops to set up the virtual check in online, but once it's done it's done. I had a couple minor issues (like the TV didn't work) and they took care of them quickly and kindly. If you'd like to stay at an apartment instead of a hotel in Ft. Lauderdale this is a great choice.

601 N Rio Vista Boulevard Fort Lauderdale FL

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Riverwalk
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool

Located in Downtown Fort Lauderdale within a short walk of Riverwalk, Artrageous on the River is within a mile (2 km) of other popular sights such as Las Olas Boulevard. This 3.5-star aparthotel has 12 guestrooms and offers an outdoor pool, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking.


Each apartment is air-conditioned and features a kitchen and space to spread out with a separate bedroom, a living room, and a dining area. Guests can enjoy cable TV and stay connected with free WiFi. Memory foam beds sport Egyptian cotton sheets and down comforters, and the bathroom offers a hair dryer and free toiletries. Other standard amenities include a coffee maker, an ironing board, and a desk.

Property features

Guests of Artrageous on the River enjoy features like an outdoor pool, free WiFi in public areas, and a terrace. Free parking is available if you drive. Additional amenities include laundry facilities and a picnic area.

Room options

One Bedroom Modern Apartment

King 1 | Sleeps 6

Deluxe Designer Two Bedroom and Two Bath

King 2 | Sleeps 6

Design Apartment, 2 Bedrooms

King 1 | Sleeps 6

Designer Apartment, 1 Bedroom, River View

King 1 | Sleeps 6

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Total of 8 reviews