4.1 out of 5

"Nice hotel, great location. Staff could me more accommodating and the pool needs improvements. " More

By a verified traveler on Mon 19 Jun 2017

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Hotel Description

Riverside Hotel puts you in the heart of Fort Lauderdale, steps from Historic Stranahan House Museum and within a 15-minute stroll of Las Olas Riverfront. Highlights at this hotel include 2 restaurants, an outdoor swimming pool, and a bar/lounge.

All 229 rooms feature flat-screen TVs with cable channels, and you can enjoy free WiFi, coffee/tea makers, and safes. In-room dining is easy with amenities like refrigerators and room service. Hair dryers, phones, and irons/ironing boards are also available.

This business-friendly hotel offers free WiFi in public areas, a fitness center, and a business center. Plus you'll find concierge services, a 24-hour front desk, and limo/town car service. Each morning full breakfast is served between 6:30 AM and 11:30 AM. There's also the convenience of valet parking.

You'll be 1.4 km (0.9 mi) from Broward Center for the Performing Arts and 5 km (3.1 mi) from Port Everglades with a stay at this 3.5-star Downtown Fort Lauderdale hotel.

Riverside Hotel ratings based on 49 Verified Reviews

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Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
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Hotel condition 4.5 out of 5.0
3 out of 5
Nice hotel, great location. Staff could me more accommodating and the pool needs improvements.

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017

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5 out of 5

Great Hotel and perfect location

The Riverside Hotel was the perfect stay for a weekend getaway. Easy to get anywhere by foot or Uber since it is located right on Las Olas- close to lots of shops and restaurants. The hotel staff provided friendly and wonderful service and great recommendations for places to try by staff at the lobby bar (Ryan). Will definitely stay here the next time we are in town.

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017

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5 out of 5

Third Stay

Pros: Location, clean, lots of amenities
Location: Plenty to do within walking.
This is the 3rd time we have stayed at Riverside. We always feel safe, the food is excellent, staff is very, very helpful. Would highly recommend.

Posted by , from Oklahoma on Jan 24, 2017

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4 out of 5

beware of extra charges

Pros: location
Cons: front staff could be more welcoming
Location: river cruise, beach near by, great shops withing walking distance.
great location, rooms small but very nice, great service at the bar leading to the exit, great service at the restaurant. but be careful with extra charges, when they said free WiFi is not true and charges for food that you did not even consume. We got billed twice for restaurant meals that weren't ours and it took several calls for them to delete charges.

Posted by , from Virginia on Jan 12, 2017

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5 out of 5

This was our 2nd time this year to visit Riverside

Pros: The atmosphere
Location: We took my 75 year old mother and she shopped at night and day with no hesitation about sercurity
For anyone wanting an affordable, quality hotel stay, I highly recommend the Riverside Hotel. The Christmas Holiday was in full bloom. Lots of free entertainment the entire time we were there. The food, restaurant, bar is first class.

Posted by , from Oklahoma on Dec 17, 2015

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5 out of 5

Wonderful hotel!

Comfortable, quiet, beautiful, close to the strip and great service! I can't wait to go back!!

Posted by on Aug 28, 2015

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5 out of 5

Great Hotel!!!!

Nice hotel close to Las Olas Blvd where there are plenty of restaurants. Just a quick 5 minute drive to the beach. 

Posted by , from Florida on Jul 4, 2013

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4 out of 5

Relaxing Hotel during a trying time

We loved the quaint old Florida charm and the friendliness of the staff.  The hotel was very clean and quient.  We found many liitle areas to sit and relect.  d

Posted by , from Naples, FL on May 10, 2013

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4 out of 5

Fine welcome feeling. Friendly and very serviceable staff.

Pros: Close restaurants, Quiet
Had a quite fine stay. Excellent location. Responsive staff. Would definitely stay again.

Posted by , from Iowa on Jan 22, 2013

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5 out of 5

Wonderful Stay at Riverside

Pros: Close restaurants, Free Internet, Quiet, helpful staff, nice restaurants in hotel
The Riverside staff was extremely friendly and helpful to your needs. The hotel is strategically located in the heart of Las Olas Boulevard, it's fairly close to the beach, Riverwalk, shops and restaurants and transportation. I didn't rent a car, I use mass transportation, water taxi, bus and trolley, it was easy. They have an old section (where I stayed) which is quaint and cheaper, I didnt view the new tower yet I am told its modern with bigger rooms so if you're particular, you may want to look into this. My room was fine, clean, bed very comfortable, nice and cool, etc. I will be back.

Posted by on Sep 2, 2012

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Property Features

Riverside Hotel offers its guests an outdoor pool and a fitness center. There are 2 restaurants on site. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Public spaces have free WiFi and wired Internet. A business center and limo/town car service are available. Multilingual staff, gift shops/newsstands, and concierge services are also featured at the business-friendly Riverside Hotel. Parking is available for a fee. This 3.5-star Fort Lauderdale hotel is smoke free.

  • 229 guestrooms or units
  • 2 buildings
  • 2 dining venues
  • Built in 1936
  • Bar or lounge
  • Business facilities
  • Conference space
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-out
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Car service
  • Concierge
  • Gift shop
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • ATM
  • Bellhop
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • Free WiFi
  • Refrigerator


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet


Valet parking (surcharge)


  • Airport: Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL-Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood Intl.) (8.7 km / 5.4 mi)
  • Train station: Fort Lauderdale Station (5.4 km / 3.4 mi)
  • Parking: Valet parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Riverside Hotel offers 229 air-conditioned accommodations with safes and coffee/tea makers. 26-inch flat-screen televisions come with cable channels. Bathrooms include bathtubs or showers, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. This Fort Lauderdale hotel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • Flat-screen television
  • Cable channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee maker
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Rollaway beds (surcharge)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy full breakfast daily from 6:30 AM to 11:30 AM.

Riverside Hotel has 2 restaurants on site.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Nearby Activities

This Fort Lauderdale hotel is on the New River, and the swimming pool and sundeck have views of yacht traffic on the waterway. The ocean is 2.5 miles away, and there guests may find vendors offering water sports rentals and other beach activities.

The recreational activities listed below are available at or near the hotel; fees may apply.

  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Water skiing nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Parasailing nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby
  • Personal motorized watercraft on site
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Skydiving nearby
  • Windsurfing nearby
  • Sailing nearby


If you need to make special requests for accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when booking your stay.

  • Roll-in shower

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children 18 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 15.00 per stay.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.


  • Pets: USD 75.00 per stay
  • Certain rooms only, restrictions apply
  • You can request a pet-friendly room by reaching out to the property at the number on the booking confirmation


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

  • No cribs (infant beds) available


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Valet parking fee: USD 27 per day (in/out privileges)
  • Pet fee: USD 75.00 per stay
  • Late check-out fee: USD 75.00
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 15.00 per stay

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

You should know

  • Children 18 years old and younger stay free in the same room as the parent or guardian when using existing bedding.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.
  • Pets are welcome in certain rooms only; other restrictions apply (please see the Fees section for related charges). To make arrangements for your pet, contact the property directly at the number on your booking confirmation.

Awards & Affiliations

  • This property is affiliated with the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) and welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) guests.