I work for a dockside bed & breakfast on a charter yacht in Miami, so I don't do much hotel travel anymore. However, during the boat shopping days, we would travel to Fort Lauderdale often. We found some really nice, quaint "ma & pop" beachfront hotel/motels in Fort Lauderdale to be little hidden jewels along the beach. And they were very inexpensive as compared to places like Doubletree, Marriott, Hyatt, and other brand-name chains. If you're looking for a bargain, there are many to be had. I found them through "Yahoo Local" search engine. Many, but not all, websites listed there. Many of them had kitchenettes which we used to save money on eating out.