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Historical Traveler Reviews GALLERYone - A DoubleTree Suites By Hilton Hotel Fort Lauderdale
My Hotel Of Choice When I Visit!
In reading the reviews of this hotel, I must say I am surprised by some of the responses. I understand, however, what some are saying. This is definately a family oriented hotel.
Although it's been years since I was last there, I had a wonderful stay. My room was clean. I had a suite on the 14th floor overlooking the Intracoastal/Ocean View. However, during my stay there in 1999, a highrise Condo was being built, so now there is no ocean view at all. My room faced the drawbridge/A1A.
I had room service twice. Room service is expensive, but you come to expect that. I found the food served from the restaurant to be very nice!
The only complaints that I have is that the rooms are a bit dated. My bathroom, while large, needed renovation. Thie tile looked dirty from mildew. Also, my room smelled like dirty socks from the A/C unit. However, after a while the odor went away as the A/C ran.
A suggestion: If you opt for the in room bar, do a complete inventory of what is listed on the card. Count all the beverages, alcohol, candy, juice, etc. When I arrived, there were 2 items missing in my bar and I had not used it. Had I not done a count, I would have ended up paying a small fortune for those two items. I surmised the houskeeping staff helped themselves before my arrival, or a previous guest consumed the items and they were never replenished. I immediately called the front desk, gave them back the key to the bar and was not charged anything. You are better off going to Publix or Winn Dixie and picking up your own snacks, beer and soda and putting them in the fridge.
Efficiency kitchen had fridge, microwave, 4 cup coffee maker (with coffee and tea provided), sugar, creamer, sink, garbage disposal, silverware, pots pans, glassware and dishwasher.
Front desk was always helpful and nice. One time I needed a wine bottle opener at 10PM and they sent one up right away. Always called me a cab when I requested one.
Parking is something like 4-7 dollars a day, more for vallet. However, parking was always plentiful. If you don't have a car, then this hotel is not for you. You really need a car in Fort Lauderdale. I called a cab when I was going out to the clubs (nerver drink and drive). Cabs are everywhere!
This is my hotel of choice because of its location and that's important during peak season because if you stay at a hotel on A1A on the beach, A1A is jammed with traffic. This is a quiet area-very safe and the price is right. I went in July (off season) and paid $89 a night for a suite! From what I understand though, you can get rooms much much cheaper than that. However, I was not aware of Priceline at that time.
I liked it
We stayed here because we were attending a wedding on the yacht outside the hotel. I was pleasantly surprised with our stay. We had a room on the 11th floor with a balcony. We faced the intracostal waterway. The room was spacious with a living room and a small kitchen. Friends stayed on the 5th floor overlooking the patio and the intracostal waterway which was even nicer because it was a little quieter. I had breakfast at the hotel restaurant which I thought was good. The pool area is not hugh but it served the purpose. There was an outdoor tiki hut for drinks though I thought the Daquiris had too much crushed ice. Beach is a few blocks away but this location was ideal for this wedding. I would stay here again.
I Highly Discourage Using This Hotel
I stayed at this hotel this past January because they allowed pets and it appeared close to the beach.
Upon entering my room I turned to the left and was shocked to see that the kitchen was filthy. The bottom of the dishwasher was missing and there were peanuts, dust and other crumbs spilling out on to the floor. The microwave was smeared with grease. There were dried eggs and other food particles stuck to the stove.
Making my way in to the living area I noticed that there were foodstuffs and dust all over the table base. I was disgusted by the uncleanliness of this place. And I was paying $200 a night. Totally unacceptable. I asked to be moved to a cleaner room.
The whole new floor stunk of tobacco. The new room had been furiously cleaned. I could tell. The only thing was, it was still filthy. The top of the refrigerator was covered in dusty grease. I thought it a stain at first but then touched it and realized it could have been wiped off. The sliding glass doors were smeared and hazy. Just gross. The bathroom again had dirty shelving and peeling wallpaper. Even the "art" adorning the walls was smeared with fingerprints and hazy. Once again, stained furniture and a dirty table base. But at this point I just wanted to get to the beach (a few blocks away) and relax.
I did eat one day at the breakfast buffet. The food was just awful, as I should have guessed. The only thing on the buffet worth eating was the pre-packaged yogurt. The pastries tasted of refrigeration. The omelette was dried out and the waffles were inedible. Thank goodness there was an organic grocers and a Starbucks across the way.
Bottom line. I would never stay at any Doubletree hotel anywhere. Especially this particular property. There are many other hotels in the area. Stay away!
I Will Not Return!
We stayed there for two nights in March, 2004. First the positives: the location is great. Right next to the Galleria shops and a short walk to beautiful Fort Lauderdale Beach. The front desk staff was friendly. Now the negatives: We stayed in one of the two bedroom suites with a balcony. It was one of the dirtiest rooms I have been in. The carpet had multicolored stains and seemed to have never been cleaned. The balcony sliding glass door was covered in hand prints. The toilet in the second bedroom ran nonstop. The refrigerator had food remains in it. I could go on, but I think you get the jist. Valet parking was $11 a night plus tip each time I needed the car. The good thing about Fort Lauderdale is that there are many other hotels to choose from for my next visit.
Kinda old, but location pays!
The reason I stayed here was to be close to the action at las olas. You can walk over in a couple minutes and be admist the action. The hotel itself was pretty lame, with few amenities and a small plain room. I guess you pay for the scenery and the location here. Its a pretty basic hotel, good for a business traveler or someone who wants to get wasted and crawl back.
Great hotel, we had a room on the 11th floor with a beautiful view of the intracoastal as well as the ocean, yachts going by, very nice.
suite is huge, waterbus stop right in front, various buses for easy cheap transportation, great heated pool and jacuzzi. beach is 8 minute walk.
don't ask the concierge anything though, they are completely clueless!!
got a room on priceline for 60 bucks at spring break time, fantastic!
Not a family friendly hotel.
one of the poorest run hotels we have stayed at. concineare was
clueless, staff was robot-like and and very rude. resvervations was a
nightmere, took over 20 imns to check in both times we stayed there.
restaurant was over priced and the buffet is a nightmere- the "tiki"
bar was never open and the parking fees are just insane.
overall i rate it a F. the only thint hat was enjoyable was the view from our room overlooking the intercoastal waterway, and the short walking distance to the beach and shops.
The Doubletree Suites Galleria is a hotel with a wonderful location. Although you may wish to stay right on the beach, the intracoastal waterway in Fort Lauderdale is also beautiful. The beach is a short two block walk. The suites are huge with a large bedroom and living room. The kitchenette is small but adequate. The hotel is getting close to needing refurbishing, but a good rate can still be found there. We paid $129 a night, which is reasonable in season (11/2003). We asked for the 14th floor and you could see the ocean. The waterbus stops at the hotel and will drop you at different locations to visit. The Galleria Mall is next door as well as the movie theatre. There are shops across the street, including Starbucks, a diner and drugstore. I would recommend staying here and experiencing Fort Lauderdale on the intracoastal.
Bid @ :Priceline $75 in SEASON
After many months of attempts on Priceline, I finally won the bid for a 3* FLL Beach side hotel, the Doubletree Galleria Suites @ $75. It is right on the Intercoastal Waterway, but a 2 block easy walk to the beach. The 2 room suite is huge and would be great for a family. No transfers or breakfast but we found a sidewalk European cafe across the street for a guick bite before taking a cab to the pier $15 taxi ride.
There is a large Cinema nearby too plus the Mall and an Eckerds drug for last minute purchases.
The guest suite was huge, with a large bedroom, a living room with pull-out sofa, a balcony, and a kitchenette with refrigerator. The location is not the best, however; you will definitely need a car if you want to get to restaurants and all the attrations.