By Kara Franker

Ready to plan your next girls' night out (GNO?) I have the perfect locale for you — the W Hotel Fort Lauderdale.

I recruited some of my fave gal pals, rented a limo, and got ready for a night out at the trendy and luxurious W Fort Lauderdale, one of the best hotels in the area.

We started the night in a fabulous black stretch limo from Ambassador Limousine & Transportation and arrived in style. (See the video, below.)

We ordered a round of handcrafted cocktails at Whiskey Blue. Think plush aqua-colored seating at the bar, a hip and stylish vibe, plus a specialty cocktail menu that will knock your socks off.

This is a favorite hotspot for locals and they feature guest DJs on the weekends. Take in the view from the patio or pull up a seat at the horseshoe-shaped bar and get ready to take in the scene.

For dinner we headed to one of my favorite restaurants, Steak 954. It's  right there in the W, too, and features a 15-foot aquarium, home to neon-glowing jellyfish.

This classic steakhouse with a seafood-inspired twist will wow you with simple, locally-infused flavors served with a tropical flair.

After dinner, we toasted to friendships and fun in the Florida sun. Special shoutouts to these fabulous ladies: Christiana Lilly, Shayne Benowitz, Aurora Rodriguez, Ginger Harris and Shireen Brueggeman.

Thanks so much for making my GNO at the W Hotel Fort Lauderdale a great one!

When you go...

The W Fort Lauderdale is located at 401 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304. For more info, call (954) 414-8200 or visit

Insider Tip: Check out Visit Lauderdale for travel ideas from the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau.