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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
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TravelPod Member ReviewsBEST WESTERN PLUS Oceanside Inn Fort Lauderdale
Mine was a stay of 3 nights - pre cruise. It is not a cheap place to stay, nor is it luxurious, I would say adequate describes it to a T.
However it was clean and the staff were helpful and friendly. The free breakfast was a bit limited but again adequate, I've had a lot worse. The pool area is pleasant with some shade, the bar is small but friendly. I didn't eat there but across the road is a very nice little waterside restaurant at the Days Inn, which is highly recommended. If you go for the ribs, don't eat for at least 24 hours before!!
The nearest beach facilities were at the Sheraton next door, a whopping $25 for a sunbed and parasol for the day, including towels.
There is a little trolley bus and a local bus to get about on. The trolley bus was $0.50 a trip and the bus for me was free as his machine had broken down!!
Some noisy neighbours spoiled my stay, BW would be best refusing groups of single partying lads to stay with them, especially when they entertain lady guests all night too!!
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews BEST WESTERN PLUS Oceanside Inn Fort Lauderdale
Great Customer Service !!!
The customer service given here was outstanding and believe me I don't say this about very many hotels.
When booking the room I had requested a room with chairs on the balcony and when we got in the room there were no chairs. I happened to mention this to the hotel bartender and she came back 5 minutes later and had me in another room pool side with a sun deck. Plenty of tables and chairs. (Thanks Rose and Scott).
This is a value priced hotel so don't go there thinking you are staying in a upscale hotel.
They had a free full buffet breakfast which I figured saved me at least 15 dollars a day. A free shuttle to the airport, it doesn't get much better than this. Before you book a room on the Internet I recommend you call the hotel directly and ask if they have any specials going. I saved 40 dollars a night over all the major online booking services.
One last Kudos goes out to one of the owners, I didn't get his name, we were talking on the sundeck Wednesday 9/1/2004 and he asked me when my flight was leaving. I told him Friday 9/3 he said to me his personal opinion was that the airport would be closed because of Hurricane Frances so I called and managed to get a flight out that evening and sure enough the airport closed Friday. I would have been stranded. Most hotels would have tried getting my money as long as possible.
The bottom line is if you are looking for a luxury hotel don't go here. If you are looking for a hotel close to the beach and personal service this is it.
More like WORST Western
Checked here at Tripadvisor first, and it sounded like a pretty good place, so we booked our first night in Ft. Lauderdale, and our last night at the BW Oceanside Inn (we went to the Keys in-between that).
We paid for a room with a King Bed, Private Balcony and "Ocean Views." The room was tiny, as was the bathroom, but acceptable for only 1 night.
However: The bed was as hard as a rock.
The Hotel is surrounded by the Sheraton Yankee Clipper, so our "Private Balcony with Ocean Views" faced the break-area of the Sheraton staff. We were on the 2nd floor, but even if we'd been on the 5th floor, there still would not have been an Ocean View -- there might have been at one point, before the Yankee Clipper engulfed the tiny BW. Anyway, so not only was there no view, as advertised, but our Private Balcony was viewable to every staff member at the Yankee Clipper, and there wasn't a single moment of Privacy.
Walls were paper thin. We were woken up at 6:30a when a Sheraton staff-member started throwing glass bottles into their dumpster.
The BW is yards from the beach, but you have to navigate around the Yankee Clipper, so give yourself a few minutes.
We took the advise of another review, and changed our plans to stay at the Yankee Clipper our last night in Ft. Lauderdale. It is a nicer hotel, but not worth it. It ended up costing us twice as much as it would have to stay at the BW again.
Four Nights at BW Oceanside Inn
We just returned on June 8 after a four-night stay at the Best Western Oceanside Inn in Fort Lauderdale. We are two married couples ages 47-56 and we were all very satisfied with this modest hotel. The service was good, the rooms were very clean and each contained a refrigerator, microwave, and coffeemaker with regular and decaf coffee provided. Maid service was excellent and all requests were taken care of immediately. Each day a free breakfast buffet was provided which included scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, muffins, yogurt, fruit, bagels, toast, cereal, waffles, juice, coffee, tea, and milk. This was served each day from 7 am to 10:30 am. The buffet was well attended and the staff kept it replenished and kept the dining area clean. The pool area was very nice and the pool itself was sparkling clean. Pool/beach towels were provided at the front desk. I must say we were not really expecting to enjoy this property as much as we did. If you are looking for a reasonable place to stay with great beach access and a great location, I don't think you will be disappointed. Granted, it is an older property, but is kept up very well.
Best Buy of Ft. Lauderdale
Stayed for 6 nights. Great place for the price, friendly staff, good location - beach is very close. Nice pool and continental bnreakfast. Way better than expected, would definately stay there again.
We just got back from a 6 night stay and would go back there anytime.
The hotel is an older property but well cared for. The room was always clean and comfortable. Breakfast was included, and although spartan it was plenty for us. Choice of cereal, muffins, bannana, toast , coffee and juice. The staff was helpful and nice. This hotel is not on the beach but on the beach side of A1A and a short 3 min walk to the ocean.
I paid $145 /night for pool side and additioanl $5 for daily parking.
Not bad for Spring Break in Ft Lauderdale, nothing else in this type of hotel this close to the ocean was available for less
Just ok...March 8-12, 2004
This hotel was just ok....Overall I would say I was disappointed. The hotel is totally surrounded by another hotel (The Yankee Clipper).
There is no great view of the ocean from this hotel. The hotel is not actually on the beach. You have to walk down this ally to get to the beach. They try to fool you by saying they're only 70 yards from the beach. I just felt like we were led on by the hotel into believing we were on the beach. If your desire is to be "on the beach" this is not the place to stay. The free breakfast they offer was also a let down.
It was just cereal, muffins, toast, and bananas. They try to tempt you and get more money out of you by putting the eggs and bacon breakfast across from the free food. It's $7.95 for the upgrade. You should bring a couple bucks to breakfast with you. Even if you get the free breakfast you are expected to tip the waitress for bringing you a cup of orange juice. One outspoken waitress yelled at another customer because he only tipped her $1.50 the previous morning! The hotel was in a good location for the surf shops and the Beach Place mall. It's about a 15 minute walk to Beach Place which has good shopping and good food.
Would I stay here again? No....but you get what you pay for!
Not so great....
Not so great....despite the fact that our online reservation said we had an ocean view room, we actually had a view of the hotel between us and the ocean...it is convenient to the beach, but there is no such thing as an ocean-view room here...in all, the hotel was okay, but just not worth what we paid. I'd suggest anyone looking at this hotel try to the Sheraton Yankee Clipper instead.
Stayed Mon - Mon with wife + 2 yr old daughter. Booked on expedia for around $60 a night with 1 night free. Check-in 3 p.m. Check-out 11:a.m. Informal, but pleasant atmosphere (no valet, bell-hops, etc), with decent exterior + interior decor. Parking fee ($5. per day, but mine was in package). About 20 parking spots in the back of hotel, with about 50 in basement - both accessed with elec. room key. Very pleasant, professional, knowledgeable + attractive front desk personnel. In-house bar/diner personnel were very pleasant with "down South" hospitality. Requested mini fridge for room (came up to 37.00 for week), $1.50 per day for use of safe in the room. Had average size, but clean room on 2nd floor, with access to sun deck. Had some minor construction work next door, but were invited to relocate by staff to avoid disturbances. Free local calls, with data access ports in telephone to connect to the Internet (no charge once you use local access numbers by your ISP - AOL, Juno, MSN, etc.) TV had basic cable with a few movie channels, nice AC, and excellent daily housekeeping. 2 elevators + stairs at East + West sides of hotel. 24 hr prompt front desk + security, with selected cameras. Lobby has public access pc with pay per use Internet, and lots of brochures, guides, etc. 8-1/2 foot deep heated pool is outside of lounge, lobby, diner, + bar - each with view. Sun deck around pool + pool-side 2nd floor rooms. Wash pipe near pool. Immediate area is very tranquil, with mucho stores, restaurants, diners, groceries, attractions, etc, etc in any major direction. Beach is around the corner, without crossing any street. Many beach chairs + wash pipe, but not sure if they are for public use, or belong to water front hotels. No lockers, changing rooms, etc in this part, but there are some lower down. Water is clear and pleasantly warm. Beach is rather clean except some washed up seaweed. Regular schedule lifeguards, with nearby beach + US Coast Guard patrols. Sights of cruise ships in the distance, pulling into Port Everglades, which is 5 minutes from hotel. All water sports along beach for fees.
I stayed here for a conference. The service was AWEFUL!! The people were very RUDE.
Best Western Oceanside - Good Value
I stayed for 4 nights at the Best Western Oceanside Inn. This hotel was a very good value for the price. It is right next to the Sheraton Yankee Clipper. It has about a two minute walk to the beach, which was less crowded and also wider than the beach closer to Beach Place and all that action. Rooms were a good size, although the bathrooms are tiny. Rooms are clean and daily housekeeping does a good job. There's a little lounge with a pool table and bar, as well as a cafe on the first floor. The pool is a good size with plenty of lounge chairs. Pool towels are available at the front desk. There is also internet access in the lobby. Complimentary breakfast is not really worth mentioning - just toast and muffins and juice and coffee. The clientele is a mix of spring breakers (it was never loud) and families with kids.The first night, we tried to walk to Las Olas Blvd. It is only 10-15 minutes to Las Olas, but the interesting downtown part of Las Olas takes about an hour to walk to. Recommend taking a taxi to go to Las Olas restaurants, Riverfront or Himmarshee area (about $8-10). Within walking distance of the hotel (10 min or less), there's a 7-11, a liquor store, the Int'l Swimming Hall of Fame, the Jungle Queen dock and some little cafes. The strip of souvenir shops along Ft. Lauderdale beach proper were about 15 minutes.We also ended up taking a bus to the Galleria mall. It's under renovation, and was totally dead when we went -- not really worth it. But the bus system is easy to use -- I think the #40 bus would've taken us back to the Oceanside. BTW, I had a very good experience with the Best Western customer reps - I never waited more than 2-3 rings before talking to a human being, and the reps helped me find the very best deals.