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... of homes. (First Mate was keenly disappointed to not see a peacock on a roof. We did see lots of adorable, tame baby ducks as the island was populated by some domestic ducks). Captain and First Mate both agrred that Grove Isle was a swell place to recover from our memorable voyage from Marathon.
We decided that Fort Lauderdale would be our next destination. We were hoping to catch up with our sailboat friends who were just a day or two behind us but headed our way. As ...
... trip for over a week. What a great feeling to be getting out of the car! After driving over 3000 kms in the last two weeks, time out of the car and some much needed personal space was something we all looked forward to.
We arrived at Port Lauderdale around 1pm for our check in on the Carnival Freedom from 1.30pm. By the time we checked in after Gary dropped the hire car off, most of our fellow cruisers had already checked in. Our cabin is on deck 7, and the girls have ...
... to experience this again. I have always respected fire fighters, but this day was such an enlightening experience of what really goes on each day. So much respect to all of you, thank you. The rest of the day was simple, practicing using two different types of fire extinguishers. We finally completed the course and started walking towards the trailer to receive our certificates when I smacked my head straight into a concrete column. Apparently I ...
... my iphone back at the hotel! So a little detour, then on with the beautiful drive along the Florida Keys. I have driven this stretch of road many times, and never get bored of it. You have the Atlantic Ocean on one side, and the Gulf of Mexico on the other. Part way along is Seven Mile Bridge. As the name suggests, it's a seven mile bridge across open water. At one point, you can barely see land in front or behind you.
I would have enjoyed the drive except for a few rain storms ...
... scenic area which was part of the ancient Jujing Garden. Three Pools Mirroring the Moon, Two Peaks Piercing the Cloud, Leifing Pagoda in Evening Glow, and Evening Bell Ringing at Nanping Hill complete the group of ...
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It's not paradise, but it's not terrible either!
We ended up staying here by accident as my knucklehead fiancee booked our hotel room in Hollywood for the wrong date. Wonderful. But the Ramada had room for us, and going by Expedia they seemed decent. We reserved a room and ventured up A1A.
I'm not a fan of valet parking as i like my freedom, but it was fine.
The concierge pointed us to a great place that was fun and had good food (Aruba Grille) and after a 10 min walk we were there.
The room was adequate, fridge and coffee maker. Yes, the view from the balcony was directly at the condos next store, but i still liked the view of the water between the buildings.
The pool area was great. Had breakfast at the rest. there, i'm not a fan of buffett but they had an omlette station that was good. I still like the choice of either doing buffett OR ordering off menu. We ate lunch at the little tikki bar and the bartender was really nice.
We were there for one night, and a few hours in the morning but the view was great. Kids seemed to like the surf. No, i wouldn't give it my highest rating but i think it's gotten a bad rap here. No bugs in our room. No inconsiderate housekeepers or anything.
So don't be scared to stay here if you get a good deal.....it's not *that* bad.
Don't stay here.
I stayed at this hotel for two nights from 26th December 2003. All I can say is that I spent a lot of that time looking for somewhere else to stay. I was scheduled to stay there until I left the USA on 1st Jan, but instead my husband and I booked another hotel at additional expense. Whats wrong with the Ramada Plaza? Well we didnt see any insects, but the rooms (we had two) were incredibly dingy and the staff were unhelpful. It took ages to check in as the lady on the desk kept answering the telephone while checking us in and we had to wait for assistance with our bags, and even then only half were brought up. The moment we got to our room I asked where the ocean view the brochure had promised was. The man with the bags had obviously had that problem before. He pointed out that there was an ocean view if you went out on your balcony and turned right you could see the ocean. But don't sit down, then you cant see it anymore. There obviously has been refurbishment, but it wasnt thorough and it wasnt well planned. The lighting was awful and we were woken up in the middle of the night by banging on the doors of our rooms. My kids were frightened and my daughter would not part with her bear as she was convined if she left it in the room it would be stolen. Our room looked out onto the balconies of the building next door giving the whole place a feeling of claustrophobia. I have stayed at Ramada's before and always found them OK. I would not recommend anyone to stay at this one.
I have stayed at the Ramada on many occasions and have enjoyed myself.
The pool area is very nice , right on the ocean and the view is beautiful. The rooms are average. We did not have bug problems. The area is great. It was good value for out money. April best time to go.
Ramada full of ants and terrible service
We stayed at the Ramada Plaza Beach Resort Aug. 17th through the 21st.
The building looked decent from the outside but little did we would have problems
On our first night there we discovered our room had an infestation of ants and they were everywhere. I quickly called the front desk and they told me they were busy auditing and would promptly call back. Of course they never did. I had to call again and asked to speak with the hotel manager. This manager was not available but were able to get another room. The next day we found ants in the new room and promptly went to the local Genonvese to buy ant baits. Can you imagine this is our vacation get away.
We did not have cold water but we had PLENTY of hot water which was great for 92 degree weather.
Valet parking attendants did not help us with our bags and that is upsetting because we gave generously. By the way the hotel manager, Kathy Baker never returned our call.
We can give a few more terrible details about their awful service at the Ramada Plaza Beach Resort Hotel but we just want to put it behind us. Do yourself and your loved ones a favor -DO NOT STAY THERE.
Bugs bugs bugs
If you enjoy thousands of small black bugs crawling in your bed then this is the place for you. I stayed at this hotel the weekend of the 17th and despite this disgusting hotel I did have a great time in Fort Lauderdale. Upon arriving in my room Friday afternoon, I noticed a few small black bugs crawling on the bathroom floor and didn't think very much of it. My guest and I went out to dinner and returned that evening only to find that when we turned our bed down that it was infested with small black bugs. I called the front desk and was immediately moved to another room that evening. The next morning I again noticed a few small bugs on the bathroom floor in the new room but decided I didn't want to be a nuissance and did not say anything. On Sunday morning I reached over to the nightstand to call room service only to find my phone, nightstand, microwave, and coffee pot to be covered in black bugs. I called the front desk immediately and was told that they never had a problem like this before and if they had a room they would move us. We then received a visit from the Manager who wanted to see our bugs and told us that it was a common problem at the hotel and that it was no big deal. He told us he would send someone up to spray and that we could stay in the room. Ya right!! like I am going to stay in the room while they spray a pesticide!! In the meantime we went down to the pool for the day and while we were there encountered 3 other couples who had had their rooms moved due to bugs. Well our last day was Monday and we woke up that morning to thousands of bugs forming a conga line around our room. Not only did we have to put up with bugs in our bed and suitcases but we also had to put up with a staff that was non apologetic and never once offered to make our stay more comfortable. Fort Lauderdale is great but be cautious about the hotel you choose, ask if they have a bug problem!!!
Don't Stay Here
Unfortunately, we stayed here for two nights post-cruise (January 16-18, 2003). The hotel lobby was great, but it ended there. We checked in around noon. What a disaster. We learned later that we were checked in under another persons name. When that person checked in, he was turned away. This included 3 room reservations. The rooms were large but were musty smelling. The beds are hard, so if you like sleeping on a slab of granite, you'll feel right at home. I was awakened twice in the middle of the night to loud booming music. The maids constantly turned the air-conditioning to full throttle no matter where we had
previously placed it. It happened to be 55 degrees the day we left. I'm still trying to thaw out. Don't stay here. You're money would be better spent elsewhere. The only decent thing about this hotel was the hot tub. I spent most of my time there.
The lobby was very nice. Nice ended there. Once off the elevator on a floor with the rooms it looked like a rundown old building. Once in the room, it reeked of staleness and cigarettes. When you opened the balcony door there was a very loud noise coming from some kind of huge fan on ground level(I was on the 7th floor). I asked to be switched to the other side of the building and was told "you don't want to be there because of the kitchen odors on that side". I checked in at about 2:00pm and the pool was almost all in the shade because of the tall building next to the hotel. The only place to sit where there was still sun was where there were double lounges that had to be rented. The regular free lounges were all in the shade. The location of the hotel is not near anything you want to be near. Needless to say, I checked out 2 hours later after driving to another hotel. I was charged for 1 days stay but it was well worth it to get out.
I enjoyed my stay here.
11/1/02: I just came back from my stay for three nights. I was pleased with the Ramada Plaza Beach Resort. This hotel is located a few miles north of downtown in a quieter section near the smaller community of "Lauderdale By the Sea". I was most impressed with the pool and deck area, including a tiki bar (where I met a few locals).
Nice lobby. My room was very clean. Although the bathroom sink had a very small vanity, it was clean and had the high quality floor-to-ceiling tiles that I normally see in more luxurious hotels. No free HBO nor Spectravision. Self parking was the same price as Valet ($5).
This hotel was better than I expected. Great staff. The Manager, Mr. Evans, took the time to meet with me and told me to let him know personally should I have any questions or need anything. I would definitely stay here again and recommend this hotel to others that are looking for a beachfront stay at a moderate price.
A few weeks ago I read the review of this hotel and since I had made my reservations months ago, I decided to continue with my trip, even though the reviews caused me great concern.
I arrived at the hotel and was greeted by friendly staff, the lobby was clean and very nice. I went to my room and with hesitation, I opened the door. Much to my surprise, the room was very clean, updated and roomy. During the week I was at the hotel, I had dinner at the restaurant (Soprano's), enjoyed the beach, Tiki Bar and other ammenities. I was very impressed with the friendly staff, excellent housekeeping personnel and surroundings. The previous entries on this site are incorrect and possibly refer to a different hotel. There is no way they could be referring to this hotel. I spoke with other guests at the hotel and everyone said they were having a great time and would return. I am planning my next vacation, and it WILL include a stay at this fine resort!