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The Fort Lauderdale beach has a hotel or motel on nearly every block, ranging from the run-down to the luxurious.
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The Fort Lauderdale beach has a hotel or motel on nearly every block, ranging from the run-down to the luxurious. Both the Howard Johnson, 700 N. Atlantic Blvd., on Fla. A1A south of Sunrise Boulevard (tel. 800/327-8578 or 954/563-2451); and the Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort Hotel and Suites, 4221 N. Ocean Blvd. (tel. 800/329-7466 or 954/563-2521), offer clean oceanside rooms starting at about $150. For a cushier stay, look into the St. Regis Resort (tel. 954/568-4623), featuring 197 suites, a gourmet restaurant, and a spa; when reviewed, it was slated to open in April 2006. And projected to open in the fall of 2006 is the $220-million W Fort Lauderdale Hotel & Residences (tel. 954/525-8133), a boutique-hotel-slash-condominium with ocean views and a very hip and happening bar.

In Hollywood, where prices are generally cheaper, the Holiday Inn, 101 N. Ocean Blvd. (tel. 954/923-8700), operates a full-service hotel right on the ocean. With prices starting at around $110 in season and discounts for AAA members, it's a great deal. Howard Johnson, 2501 N. Ocean Dr. (I-95 to Sheridan St. E. to Fla. A1A S.; tel. 800/423-9867 or 954/925-1411), has a good location right on the beach.

Extended Stay America/Crossland Economy Studios (tel. 800/398-7829) has four super-clean properties in Fort Lauderdale and offers year-round rates as low as $49 a night and $159 per week. The studios are designed with business travelers in mind: Each includes free local calls, a dataport, a kitchenette, and a well-lit desk.

For rentals for a few weeks or months, call Florida Sunbreak (tel. 800-SUNBREAK) or check out the annual list of small lodgings compiled by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau (tel. 954/765-4466). The latter is especially helpful for those looking for privately owned, charming, and affordable lodgings.

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