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Element Fort Lauderdale Downtown

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The hotel was nice, loved the security with the elevator (need a key to access floors). Room was beautiful, felt like a studio I could live in lol. It had a very home-y feeling. Coffee machine, proper sized fridge, plates, cutlery etc. Bathroom was very nice. Shower head was great, not like other hotels where the pressure comes blasting at you with the fine spray. Pressure was also great. Toilet paper was very close to the toilet and also not positioned correctly. The hooks for the towels were also not positioned correctly, end of towel would rub on toilet paper. Lighting in the bathroom was fantastic, especially the morie light 😍 sexy. View was great, stayed on the 12th floor. Welcome tv with your name on it was a nice personal touch. Tablet in the room tells time, plays a variety of stations, informs you of the hotel's offerings and sets your alarm. Very neat. I don't think you can explore the internet with it though. The phone was sleek and modern as well. My major concern was the internet. It gave trouble all trip, so it was difficult to get work done and check on things back home. The lobby attendant tried really hard but to no avail. This definitely needs to be sorted out. Staff was friendly, continental breakfast had a twist (think egg whites with avocado and goat cheese). Breakfast was more basic than other hotels I've been to, even cheaper hotels, but it was good enough. The sign outside probably needs to be a bit bigger or placed somewhere else, as Uber drivers sometimes had a problem finding it. Scooters are close by outside to jump on and ride around. As you enter, it has a slight hint of pet odor, so I think that can be worked on. Called for bell boy to help with luggage when we were leaving. Waited about 10 minutes and he never showed, so had to try and lug with them downstairs. Close to Las Olas.

This hotel is brand new and ultra modern. Ultra modern doesn’t always mean better e.g. each room has an iPad which basically just shows you the weather and not much else. The good is that everything is new and clean, rooms are big and comfortable. Decent sized kitchen in each room too. The location is very good not too far away from the cruise port or central Fort Lauderdale. Breakfast is also included and whilst quite basic is welcomed with coffee, muffins, cereal and gluten free options. The bad is that there is constantly music blasting out from the pool which can be heard even ten floors up. The bathrooms are huge but really uncomfortable without bathtubs or privacy as the doors are those slide doors as opposed to a proper solid door. Most of those staying in the hotel seemed to be young people recovering from a night out. So it’s a good hotel but might be a little noisy so avoid if you are planning to relax.

Very nice place Unique hotel very high tech Something new for me But rooms very clean and nice Great swimming pool plus the nice view Very close to restaurants Loved Close to beach 15 min driving Nice staff very professional

I've been here a week due to a local move. It's a unique 'co-branded' property with The Dal Mar. My room is large, it has a very nice kitchenette, a VERY comfy bed, large shower and a city view. There is one restaurant on site, The Terrace Grill. Food is fabulous - kudos to the chef. There is a casual eating lounge on the same level as the pool. Food is quite good and the service is top level. You can also get food at the pool bar and the pool has chair service. Pool was not overly crowded, has nice music playing and plenty of lounge chairs and tables both in and out of the sun. Great customer attitude and service Larry Knox and Sabrina. Management should give them praise for how they handle guests! There is a newly opened roof top bar, Sparrow. It's a bit too South Beach for my taste - you have to check in at the desk on level 6, they will text you when it's time to get in line to be escorted up ....and that was 5:30 in the afternoon. There is a nice coffee/pastry cafe on the ground floor and there is breakfast daily at the 3rd floor lobby. Valet is pricey - $32/day and is your only option. It is easy walking distance to Las Olas. It was a great stay and I will definitely be back.

Top ratings to the Element! We were very impressed with the best new hotel we have stayed in over many years. The staff is terrific. We would especially comment Ryan at the front desk who goes out of his way to be helpful. The afternoon complementary beer/wine/cheese reception is a welcome respite after a long day and the breakfast a great way to start a new one. The nearby Fresh Market and 7-11 make it easy for cruisers to pick up essentials. We fount the ultra modern computerized elevators great once you learned how to work them – BUT there shoud be instructions on the entrance level for newcomers. The Element is now our go-to pre-cruise hotel in Ft. Lauderdale.

The Element could be a great hotel but it stills needs some refinement. More concerned with being cool than actually having great customer care. Long waits for elevator, expensive valet parking, toilet paper dispenser was in the way (I am 6ft tall). Only got great service from Ivy, the rest were average.

I left a separate review for the sister hotel attached to this--The Dalmar, that I also stayed at. I got a response asking to contact them via e-mail. I e-mailed 5 days ago and have not heard back. It's concerning that management does not take this seriously. Let me just start with the most important part—I had a reservation last week at the sister hotel Dalmar in this building and another for two weeks ago in the Element. Both were booked with Marriott points. On two separate occasions, these reservations were somehow transferred to cash, which left me having to make two long and very frustrating calls to central reservations to fix. Apparently it couldn’t be done with the hotel or front desk. I have other reservations pending with points and these were the only ones affected, and it seems like it came from the hotel. I’m deeply upset over the lack of training or malicious intent that would cause something like this. It’s incredibly disheartening to start a vacation trying to figure that mess out. On to the hotel itself. Pros: -Location is great. -Free happy hour and breakfast. Our breakfast was customized avocado toast and it was delicious. -Ivy and Dante tried their best to be helpful despite a lot going wrong here. Both were friendly and kind. -Pool and pool bar cocktails were great--You get access to these "Dalmar" areas with the Element. -Element spaces, although the less expensive of the two hotels seemed better designed. We all preferred them. The shower and bathroom in the Element were in particular waaaaay better than the Dalmar. Rooms also have a little kitchenette, which was handy. Cons: -Coffee machines were pretty cheap but there's free coffee with breakfast and at least we had coffee machines unlike the Dalmar. -No hand soap in our room when we arrived. It took a while for it to come up. -The doors to the hotel from the street are not automatic and very heavy and difficult to open when you have a ton of luggage. In the end, we were going to book a second room during our second stay at the Dalmar but were so legitimately disappointed that we ended up booking it at the Fairfield two blocks closer to Las Olas instead. They didn’t manage to do anything weird with my points. I wanted to like the “cool hotel” more, but just save yourself the trouble and hoop jumping and go down the street instead. I’d love the hour of my life back trying to deal with the point fiasco caused by the Dalmar. I'd also love management to actually acknowledge the issue instead of telling me to e-mail a black hole.

Having tried many of the Marriott properties in Fort Lauderdale, I thought I’d experience this new hotel. First impressions were good, and the staff were responsive to requests via the Marriott app (larger room was given on arrival - which I appreciated) Hotel location, slightly challenging finding the property, as it is linked with another hotel. Perhaps some more signage should be added. The room was very dull - grey and white paint and only a few small pictures, so for me it felt very dull and uninspiring. Also the pillows were really poor. I had requested foam but these were not available for some reason. Top tip, bring your own soap to wash your hands after going to the toilet, as the hotel does not provide this - asked several times too! The hotel offers drinks in the evening, but the check in agent gave me the wrong time, so I ended up arriving five minutes before the end, and they had all packed up - a shame they couldn’t have made some effort here due to their mistake! The breakfast - they claim to offer a hot option, but on a Good Friday they didn’t have a hot option whatsoever.... given the holiday season you would have thought they would have made some effort here. Supervisor said to be emailing me about this, but never did! Overall, the standards of customer care and hygiene really needs to be reviewed. Also if you are going to reach out to a guest following their stay, stick to your promise and do so. #Marriott Spirit to Serve In my view, there are better Marriott properties in the area to consider. Overlooking a Greyhound bus station wasn't my thing!

Stayed here for two nights. The hotel is conveniently located, 10' walk from Las Olas Blvd with all it's restaurants and bars. The room is clean and stylish. The breakfast is super basic however. I'd probably go there again.

I reserved a canal studio king. I checked in on the new Bonvoy app at 9 am. I arrived after check in at 4:45. I was told that my room choice was currently unavailable, but I would be upgraded to a suite. I was traveling all day and was ready to stop so I said sure. The "suite" was huge, empty of much furniture and terribly cold. Ok, not what I expected but its only for a night. I went to the bath to wash up, no soap and the sink stopper was down. I washed my hands with soap from a container in the shower. The sink filled and it would not drain. I called and asked if I could get into my original room choice and informed the front desk that the sink would not drain. About an hour later I moved to a studio canal king on the 9th floor. I liked the space, floor to ceiling windows, and working drain. I never saw a canal and the ocean 4 miles away is a stretch to claim an ocean view. If you like a Hyatt Place or Courtyard you may like this brand. I don't know if I do.

299 N Federal Hwy Fort Lauderdale FL

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Las Olas Boulevard and Historic Stranahan House Museum
  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining

Located in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, Element Fort Lauderdale Downtown is within a 10-minute walk of popular sights such as Las Olas Boulevard and Historic Stranahan House Museum. This 114-room, 3.5-star hotel has conveniences like an outdoor pool, free in-room WiFi, and a fitness center.


Free buffet breakfast is served on weekdays from 6:30 AM to 9:30 AM and on weekends from 7 AM to 10:00 AM. This hotel is home to 5 onsite restaurants, perfect for a quick bite to eat. Get a pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café, or mingle with other guests at the free manager's reception.


Guests can expect to find free WiFi and 55-inch a flat-screen TV with cable channels and pay movies. Pillowtop beds sport premium bedding and the bathroom offers a rainfall showerhead, a hair dryer, and free toiletries. Other standard amenities include a kitchenette, a refrigerator, and a microwave.

Property features

Built in 2018, the brand new Element Fort Lauderdale Downtown offers an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a rooftop terrace. Valet parking is available for USD 32 per day. Front-desk staff can answer questions 24/7, and assist with tours or tickets, securing valuables, and dry cleaning/laundry. Additional amenities include free WiFi in public areas, a conference center, and a 24-hour business center.

Room options

Suite, 1 Bedroom

King 1 | Sleeps 4

Suite, 1 Bedroom, Ocean View

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Suite, 1 Bedroom, City View

King 1 | Sleeps 4

Studio, 1 King Bed, Ocean View

King 1 | Sleeps 2

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Element Fort Lauderdale Downtown

299 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301