Beach Place Towers Fort Lauderdale
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Greatest beachfront location in Florida I've ever seen.
I loved Beach Place Towers and the location facing the beach or the Intracoastal Waterway. Spectacular! Although free parking is available for guests, you really don't need a car at this location for a week's stay - there are dozens of nearby restaurants, from hamburgers to fine dining, all within a 5 min walk.
There is a nice pool, great sun deck until 5 pm, and the best sandy beach in the world just across the street (there's a little tunnel if you prefer). In addition, just behind the resort is a stop for the Water Taxi - if you attend the Monday morning introduction to Ft. Lauderdale meeting on the 19th floor, you'll hear about all the things you can do and get great deals on the water taxi, etc. The Marketplace in the building is great for good coffee, pizza, snacks, etc. - a little pricey but really convenient and open till 10 pm.
I'm glad they don't have the DSL service like in hotels as they usually cost about $12 a day to use and I only need to make a 75 cent local call to tie in with AOL and get my emails once a day from my room. Had no problem with the elevator delays others have mentioned. The spotless rooms are huge - fill up your fridge and it's just like home. The 'studio' portions don't have a kitchen or laundry or living room, but are much larger than a normal hotel room and have a kitchenette for snacks.
Only negative is that other developers are finally finding the Fort lauderdale beach attractive and selling $2 mill+ suites quickly - that means construction is on both sides of Beach Place - the new St. Regis hotel/condo is well underway to the north and this Fall another place will be started just south of the building...but the noise didn't bother us, and it was fun to watch it being built.
This is a super place for kids from teens up - lots to keep them interested with the bars and music down below in the Beach Place retail complex an elevator ride away - we sat out on the balcony and listened to music and talked for hours. Nice place - can't wait to go back.
Below expectations for a Marriott
First the positives: rooms were very nice with plenty of space for a family of 5. Had 2 balconies overlooking the intercoastal. Proximity to the beach was good, however, had to take the elevator down to the bottom floor of the mall in which the smell of the hotel garbage was unbearable. We wound up getting off on the 2nd floor and going down the stairs. The biggest issues: The pool is small for this size hotel. Each morning it was a race to get downstairs to put towels on chairs so you have a place to sit during the day. The pool is in the shade by 3:00 - which may be ok, but it turned pretty cool. The pool deck gets so crowded, you are sunning within 6 inches of complete strangers. The elevators are terrible - from 10am to 2pm you will have to wait 10 - 15 minutes to get downstairs. The parking for the hotel is on the 4th and 5th floors of the garage - which takes you 10 minutes to drive in. I have stayed in many Marriotts and this was proabably one of the worst.
All in all - vacation is about enjoying yourselves, this we did. The accomodations could have been better. For the price, I expected more.
I think this hotel is excellent. Staff is very very friendly. Needs to be more Indian restaunts in area. very very good
Good if you get a deal
Great place with a great pool, and hot tubs, on the lobby level, with a view of the ocean. We had a two bedrom, two bathroom, two balcony, full kitchen, washer and dryer, living room, dining room, foyer, double size jaccuzi bathtub in one of the bedrooms. This was a great place "room" wise. Usually $400+ a night, we got a deal for $109 a night. THe staff was efficient, not as friendly as I am used too or accomodating. The store in the hotel is quite substandard for Marriott, they do have a deli, and starbucks coffee, as well as pizza hut, but these are mostly a staff member of the hotel store preparing these things. The Beach Place, which is the three levels below the hotel, has many bars, including HOOTERS, FAT TUESDAY,and a few others, just to give you an idea of the folks arounds the area at night. Stay far away from the Irish Bar, had a very bad incident with the service staff there. I would stay at this hotel again if I got the deal I got again. Otherwise the Marriott Harbour Beach is the hotel for me, much nicer, quieter, private beach, pools, bars, very large SPA with some of the best therapists I have ever had. If you cannot get a GREAT deal at the BEACH PLACE, pay the extra and go to the Harbour Beach!
Basic amenity lacking
I have not yet stayed at the location yet (I will be soon, a family member booked it)
I was extremely surprised that no highspeed internet was available nor any wireless access is available. Given that this is an urban location, it is very surprising the hotel will not spend less than $100 US to provide what you get in many coffee shops, at least on the lobby. This is far below the standards one would expect from a Marriott!
I have stayed at other Marriotts in the past and found them excellent.
This is very disappointing, in the future I will look for this feature before allowing anyone to have me stay there. The response of having me buy and configure antquated equipment to accomodate the hotel's' deficiencies was ludicrous and insensitive. Unfortuately, I will have to find a local coffee shop to obtain basic services Marriott is too cheap to provide.
Beach Place Towers rocks!
I spent a week at Beach Place Towers with my husband two grown children. We had a wonderful time. The accomadations were spectacular.
We had a corner room on the 17th floor with a beautiful view of the intercoastal waterway and if we looked to the side of our terrace we could see the ocean as well. The only negative of the view were the fans on the roof of the building below, but since it was many floors below it really wasn't bad. We spent many moments sitting on our terrace relaxing and watching the yachts and water taxis traveling intercoastal waterway and we saw huge water front mansions as well. The room was a 2 bedroom with lots of room for the four of us, and the kitchen that had everything we needed as well as a washer and dryer.
The beach was nice but public and you needed to rent the lounge chairs and umbrellas from the attendant that walked the beach during the day ( not a marriot emplyee) or you could rent a sand chair from the recreation dept at the hotel or sit on the sand. There were lots of activities to choose from in the Fort Lauderdale area. While we were there my family tried scuba diving, jet skiing, sky diving and we took a very nice tour of the everglades at Billy's Swamp Safari. My kids 18 and 22 were not sure they wanted to travel with Mom and Dad any more but they had a great time too. There was lots of beach shopping near by and lots of restuarants in the mall located on the first three floors of the hotel building. The hotel lobby was on the fourth floor which seems a little strange but we quickly got used to it. The pool was right outside the lobby over looking the beach and was nice but a little small. The staff at Beach Place Towers were polite and helpful when called upon. I would gladly return to Beach Place Towers in the furture. We had a wondeful time!!!!
Check out at 10 a.m.
My family stayed in a rwo-bedroom suite. The room was really excellent.
Large rooms, a good space for the kitchen and a dryer and washer in the room, so you can bring less clothing to the trip. There were some thing we didn´t like, we hope this is useful for you. To go to the beach you have to cross through the mall and a main avenue, not so bad. The elevators were very crowded, sometimes we had to wait like 10 minutes for them. Very nice pool, but a little bit small. If you´re looking for a calmed room, ask for the ones that have the back view, at night is beautiful. The cleaning service is really expensive. The worst part for us was the check out time, it was at 10 a.m. They don´t give you any late check out!! you have to be out of your room at that hour. So wake up early and have everything ready. They said they had to have the room cleand up for 4 pm. Well, we think that with the cost of the room, they can pay for one more cleaning girl, and clean the room faster, and let us stay until 11 as all the hotels in the world.
Beachplace good but not particularly for young families
Fort Lauderdale is a great place to stay and Beachplace towers is in a great location and is a great place. However it is not particularly famillies with young children as the games room is a lot smaller than other Marriott resorts and there is also less games for younger children. These facilities also close early 3 times a week which isn't alwasys usefulThe pool is nice but also a little small. The service however and quality of the room is impeccable.
Would stay here again
We have a 6-year old and stayed at Beach Place Towers for the first time this past week for 4 days, 3 nights. We had a 1 bedroom King room with queen sleeper sofa, balcony, microwave, fridge & kitchen supplies. Great place to stay. Easy access to beach, just downstairs and across the street. Pool is heated and great as well, w/2 jacuzzis. Nice workout room and steamroom. Very clean facility with stunning views from pool deck on the 6th floor. They have a kids club with planned activities and a play area, though not enough kids were there to merit having the Friday night out. You can rent boogie boards, chairs & umbrellas for $5 a day from the hotel. They have a little deli/mini grocery on the Lobby level with (overpriced) to go snacks & microwavable foods, and wine & beer; also fresh salads, pizza, sandwiches, even Starbucks coffee.Downstairs, an open air mall of 3 stories of shops and restaurants, which we didn't use at all: cafes, Hooters, etc. and the requisite T-shirt & bikini shops. Also some interesting vendors -- temporary tattoo art, caricature artist, shell necklaces, sarongs. A little bit too teen-oriented on Saturday night, basically a pickup/drinking scene with kids milling about, but we were just passing through it anyway.Tip: if you have kids, stay on the side facing the intracoastal waterway, not the beach. More interesting -- you cans see boats going by; and less noisy as it's not on the club side where music blasts at night. Nice balcony and great views of downtown Ft. Laud at night.Only downside: elevators are SLOW due to the fact there's no service elevator. The hotel staff (housekeeping, maintenance) all shuttle their large carts on the 4 elevators for guests, leaving less room and meaning more floor stops. Especially at check-in and check-out times, you can spend a LONG time waiting. Each time I went up to the room from the beach meant a half-hour trip, including walking across the street & back, and you'd better have your room key handy to get on the elbut it takes a while to drive up there. Only 1 ice machine, inside the guest laundry room on lobby level.Also, the water taxi is a fun way to travel but very SLOW and may involve transfers; still easier than driving to Las Olas or the Riverwalk, esp. if you're having a few drinks. If you want good food, avoid the restaurants on the main drag, go to Las Olas. If you want to have a few drinks and people watch its fine.There were a couple derelicts on the beach (same ones each day) and if you're conservative/ very family oriented and have kids, you might want to know that Friday & Saturday the beach was full of tatooed (who under 25 isn't anymore?) drinkers and young women in thongs. We might drive to a more family oriented beach next time. But there were other kids there for ours to play with.Also, bring your own pillows unless you like hard foam ones.Overall though it was a great stay.
Our best vacation ever!
Besides excellent service and the most wonderful staff, the rooms are very spacious and well mantained by the housekeeping staff. The cleanliness of the rooms and public areas are very impeccable. The views from either side of the hotel are breathtaking. Having the pool area to the hotel 4 floors up makes dipping in the hot tubs (2 of them) a perfect place to relax while looking out at the ocean. The shops and kiosks have an exotic flare to them and have very friendly and helpful service people. I love when they have small bands playing in the courtyard area. Some tips on great views and great picture taking is as follows.1) you must be a guest of Marriott to go up the elevator. Go up to the 19th floor and in the middle of the hotel is a balcony room with views of the shops and beachs below.2) Go to the fire exits, again on the 19th floor and be sure to prop the door open or you will be locked out. (that happened to us had to walk 19 floors plus the 3 floors of the mall to the street to get back up.) With that view you can see all the way down the beach.Well as you can see I can't say enough about the hotel, their staff and the shops. I hope if you go you will enjoy it as much as our family has.
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