W Fort Lauderdale’s Voyeuristic Bathrooms & Pool
I was thinking about going to Miami for a few nights for some fun and sun but going to Miami after Art Basel is like going to a bar the day after New Years Eve. So I thought I’d give Fort Lauderdale a shot. Well, it’s fucking cold. I just arrived and the weather is near 50 degrees, which is abnormal. Hey, isn’t their website “sunny.org?” Anyway, it sucks because I checked into W Fort Lauderdale, which opened two years ago and made the cut for my round-up of World’s Coolest Pools for Travel + Leisure. I was looking forward to splashing about in the swimming pool, which has a glass-encased stairway that protrudes from within the pool. The stairs stretch 28 feet into the middle of the pool, descending into the Living Room bar on the 4th floor, so you can actually watch swimmers below and above the top of the stairs. Pretty awesome. Guests in the Living Room can also look up at the swimmers through slits at the bottom of the pool. Sure, voyeuristic, but not as much as the bathrooms in the guestrooms.
About half of the 517 rooms have bathrooms with a glass wall, so you can see directly into either room. Yeah, you would have to be really comfortable with your travel buddy. There’s no curtain, no blinds, no protection. So basically, when you take a bath, you can watch your lover/friend/hooker do what they do on the bed, and vice versa. If you’re crazy self-conscious (or if you’re traveling with a parent), head down to Steak 954 restaurant and bite into their tuna tacos while gazing hypnotically at the wall-size jellyfish tank full of real jellyfish. The Stephen Starr restaurant has awesome patio seating for people-watching as well, which I would have taken advantage of if it wasn’t so fucking cold. Or take a spin in the complimentary Acura car service, which goes within a five-mile radius of the hotel. Not to bring up the cold weather again, but the potentially coldest walk of my life (who brings a jacket to Florida?) was narrowly avoided thanks to this service.