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Venues in Fort Lauderdale, Florida,
(954) 377-0971
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4.5 out of 5
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  • 34 Reviews


    Daphne

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  • We used the Riverside Hotel for our reception site. We had met several times with Jessica King to discuss the reception and make plans. After deciding to use the Riverside we moved to New Orleans but decided to still have the reception in Fort Lauderdale. In December we flew down from New Orleans to have our tasting. Upon meeting with Jessica she was unaware of any tasting - even though we communicated with her several times regarding this matter prior to coming into town. She arranged for us to eat at the restaurant and have a pseudo tasting, however this was quite the inconvenience for us and was rather unprofessional. After that we contacted Jessica to discuss questions from our meeting, however, after emailing her several times we received no response. Roughly one month after our initial email we received a form email stating that she was leaving the Riverside. Had we not repeatedly attempted communication we would have not known our event coordinator was leaving. Additionally, thr... Read more

    User3823897

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  • Out of all the vendors I dealt with for my wedding, The Riverside was my only problem! My wedding coordinator there was unprofessional and flaky, at best. She never returned emails or phone calls, I had to call the manager just to get her to contact me to set up my rehearsal time. 2 days before my wedding I emailed her so I could drop everything off for the ceremony. Then I receive an automatic email that she will be out of the office until the following Monday! How the hell! No one ever told me any of this. So I then call the hotel and am told that they will have to try to find my file and they will figure it out! This is 2 days before my wedding!! Besides this lack of work ethic, reservstions kept telling my guests that my room block was full when it WASN'T! Then they kept forgetting to hand off the welcome boxes to my guests when we kept reminding them. The day of my wedding they never brought up fruit and water and coffee like we were told they would for my bridal party. Then it to... Read more

    Christina

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    4.8 out of 5
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  • We are really excited to have our ceremony on the pavilion outside the Riverside Hotel! Though the F&B minimums were too high for us to have our reception here, we were able to get the ceremony location right by the water! It's going to be perfect, the pavilion area is in a somewhat secluded river front area in Fort Lauderdale that you would never know about unless shown. Perfect for our wedding! And now we can have our guests stay walking distance to the ceremony. Jessica was very helpful!

    User5497163

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    5 out of 5
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  • My husband and I just got married this past weekend at The Riverside Hotel and everything was beautiful. Being a bride from the northeast I wanted an outdoor venue and we searched the entire fort lauderdale area and could not find anything that suited our needs until we found the Riverside. We had our ceremony on the patio by the river, the location is normally beautiful we however, happened to book when the building next to it was under construction. This was not a problem esthetically as the view of the river still remained spectacular, however, the lighting was an issue. The power to the patio had been cut and we had no lights, and our ceremony was at 7 pm. I will say the hotels coordinator Jessica did her best with what she had and provided up lighting which added a little bit of light, enough for our guest to safely make it up to the cocktail hour. Our passed hors d'oeuvres were delicious and the wait staff and bartenders were polite and attentive. Our reception was the show ... Read more

    Lynn

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    5 out of 5
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  • My daughters wedding at the Riverside Hotel was perfect! The Riverside provides 3 separate sites to be used for the 3 segments of a wedding and by doing it this way the event seems a lot longer. This is great because it goes by too quickly as it is.. We had the ceremony by the river, was beautiful, cocktail hour on the terrace with a canopy to protect from the sun and a wonderful view to the ocean. It is a spectacular place for cocktails. The dinner/dancing was held in the ballroom. Jessica King is indispensable as the wedding coordinator. She is very experienced and had many great ideas but never overbearing. She was so good at coordinating all the vendors and timelines that I never felt I needed to hire an outside wedding coordinator. The banquet staff and the manager Debbie were great. Debbie has an eye for the smallest detail and is very creative. It is the small things that makes a wedding perfect and Debbie and Jessica helped us make our vision come true. The food was... Read more

    Laura

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    5 out of 5
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  • From the first time we met Rebecca Kendig at The Riverside Hotel, we knew we were having our ceremony and reception there. When we met Jessica King, the wedding planner, she was completely all in and gave us ideas we would have never thought of. Jessica made us feel like we were the only clients she had. Jessica was there every step of the way. She was unbelievable! Professional, kind, astute...couldn't have been better. Everything from Jessica's planning, to the food, the beautiful venue, the rooms were fantastic. We want to do it all over again. Everyone said it was the best wedding they have ever attended and we credit that to Jessica and everyone at The Riverside. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

    Joyce

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    5 out of 5
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  • Jessica King, Riverside Hotel Wedding Coordinator, was a God-send! She gave me tips for all things wedding. My only regret is I didn't have Jessica from the first day I started planning my Wedding. The Riverside staff were professional and very helpful. Everyone raved about the food and the venue.

    User3807162

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    5 out of 5
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  • The Riverside Hotel gave us the most elegant wedding we could ever dream of. Mark Semple and his team ran our entire event flawlessly. From start to finish, making plans, choosing dates, menus, hours, floor plans, etc...Mark and the Riverside never left me with a worry. You can customize your package/menu to your price range. The Riverside hotel is a historic hotel on Las Olas boulevard. A beautiful setting for a "Cinderella" affair. Guest enjoyed staying at the hotel and a great room price block was set up for them (affordable, especially for out of town guests). If I could do everything all over again, I wouldn't change a thing (well I would worry less lol). The hotel went over and above for me and I recommend their venu over any beach hotel anyday. Did I mention the 8th floor patio and ft. Lauderdale skyline view!!!!

    Julie

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    5 out of 5
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  • My Husband and I got married at the beautiful Riverside Hotel on December 1st. We had the pleasure of working with Mark, Debbie, Fin and all of the other wonderful staff. From the moment we walked in the door we felt this venue was perfect for us. It was the only venue in South Florida that had all 3 wedding components that we loved (ceremony, cocktail and reception). The ceremony was absolutely stunning - we got married in their "ceremony ring" as the sun was setting. The cocktail hour wasn't in the location we had wanted because of the wind, but the Riverside quickly moved locations without any issues. The reception completely exceeded my expectations - the coordination the Riverside did to make that happen was incredible. I am a planner for a living so with Mark and the team, we did not need a wedding planner. Additionally, the food was the best wedding food I had ever had (and we are not just saying that). The cake was also included in our package and Ana Paz did a fabulous job.... Read more

    lindsay

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    5 out of 5
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  • We had our November 2012 wedding and brunch at the Riverside Hotel. I can't even begin to describe how wonderful Mark Sempel & his staff were. Mark coordinated everything-- we didn't have to worry about a thing the day of the wedding. The atmosphere was amazing, the food was delicious, we can't say enough good things about the Riverside!!

    Karen

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    5 out of 5
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  • this hotel is beautiful. mark semple is absolutely the most fabulous person ever. he answered every question we had, he made sure the wedding and reception went off without a hitch. he couldn't have done more for us if he tried. i reccomend this hotel for the wedding and reception. the food was so above and beyond what you think of as "hotel" food. it was more like a gourmet meal at a five star restaurant. what a great team at this hotel. love,love,love them!

    Megan

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    5 out of 5
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  • Mark and the event staff at riverside hotel was perfect!! Mark answered all my questions whenever they came up. He provided anything and everything we requested. This hotel was the perfect setting for the wedding and provided wonderful backrounds for the photos. I had several family members stay there as well and plan on staying there any time they come to florida. The food was fantastic as well! It was def. not typical wedding food. By far Mark Semple is the star and deserves an award for how awesome he was!!

    Paulina

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    5 out of 5
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  • I stayed at Riverside Hotel the night before the wedding with my bridesmaids and that's where we got ready. The staff was amazing and we got upgraded to a suite with no extra charge. Also, my husband and I stayed there two nights after the wedding and everyone was extremely friendly and helpful. The place has beautiful decor, and the rooms are super clean. Great place to stay...:)

    Trisha

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    2.5 out of 5
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  • I used the Riverside Hotel as the hotel for my out of town guests. I chose this hotel due to the perfect location on Las Olas and it being so close to the beach without paying the outrageous hotel rates to stay on the beach. At first my experience was okay, but as the day got closer it became more difficult because Riverside messed up our dates and as a result many of our guests had no where to stay due to it being sold out. That was very frustrating. The hotel did very little to help us with this unfortunate situation. We were able to upgrade to a very nice suite but at a cost, which after all they did I was hoping our room would be comped. The hotel itself is beautiful!

    Eileen

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    3.6 out of 5
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  • The Riverside was a beautiful and very classy place to have any party. The service and food were just perfect. Anything involving the 8th floor balcony is breathtaking. The city is a perfect backdrop for cocktails and some classy music. (We used a guitarist) I would like to have another party here... any party!!

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