Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel
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Great family place
My daughter, granddaughter, and I stayed at the Sheraton Yankee Clipper 8/9-8/16/03 and found it to be a wonderful place to stay for a family, especially those with younger children. Our room in the tower was very clean and had a great view of the ocean. We rented a refrigerater for $10.00/ night, and each room had a safe for valuables. The only thing missing was a balcony. The staff was courteous and helpful, and the food in the Clipper Steakhouse was excellent. We had the breakfast buffet most days (though the service outside was slower than inside) as well as one of the grilled seafood dinners several times that week. The children's menu was appealing to our six year old. The bar area had a beautiful aquarium with several types of fishes that were featured in the movie, Finding Nemo. The pool area was very clean with delicious light lunches. We usually brought soft drinks from the machines in the hotel's hallways rather than buying them at the poolside bar. The pool area was filled with children of all ages for the younger ones to play with. We met families from all over the world. Beach towels were provided, so there is no need to bring them from home (which we did).
My only complaint was the $5.00 cost to rent chairs at the beach. With the beach right off the pool area, we just planted everything at the pool area and took our towels to the beach. There was really no need for a car. The water taxi is nearby and taxis were readily available.
We also took a shuttle to the airport ($15.00) and to the Sawgrass Mall ($20.00/ adult). There was plenty of shopping and good restaurants within a short taxi/ water taxi ride. We would definitely stay at the Sheraton Yankee Clipper on our next trip to Fort Lauderdale.
My stay was from 8/18/03 to 8/20/03. Overall great experience for $266.00 hotel/air package deal. don't need car rental. everything is within walking distance or water taxi if you plan on relaxing and not alot of sightseeing, although near the Clipper is glass bottom boats, deep sea fishing and casino cruises. Water taxis have specials to miami on weekends. I did find $5.00 for a beach rental chair and $15.00 for umbrella per day a bit much so bring a beach towel. Did not try the restaraunts inside except the 24 hr deli which was ok for the quick bagel and coffee for breakfast. I was in the South Tower overlooking the ocean, which let me clarify that this is the name of the main bldg and you do not have to leave the bldg and walk to corner of bldg and go through the steak house restaraunt to get to South Tower as i was told by the young lady who checked me in. I think some retraining in room locations to staff is necessary. maybe she though i looked hungry. Room phones did not work with mci calling card, had to use pay phone in lobby. Rooms very clean and spacious. Clipper does have many extras; shuttle bus to Sawgrass Mills Mall for $20.00 per person round trip, $15.00 flat fee for shuttle to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood Airport. If you have any questions ask the Concierge, I found them very helpful.
Would consider extending my vacation for a longer period of time at the Yankee Clipper.
Just came back from a stay from 8/13 thru 8/17 - went for our 10th anniversary. I must say we were very impressed upon on initial arrival with the hospitality of the staff, they were very warm and friendly.
Our room had been upgraded from the Marina bldg. to the Beach bldg.
when they were made aware that it was our anniversary. They also validated our $50 ride our waters free coupon, even though we booked our package through a travel agent. The room was very clean, but seemed very old hotel style. The one thing we missed having was a private balcony - we had only windows. If your looking to save money on sodas, go to the vending machines and bring a wide mouth water bottle to fill with ice - it's better than paying the 1.75 charge for a small cup of soda at the bar. The deli was definetely cheaper than the pool bars.
Didn't try the Clipper Steakhouse, as the outside menu didn't include prices. There was a vast array of people from much older couples to families - though I wouldn't bring my young children as there is not much to do at nite for the young ones. Overall we had a very nice relaxing time and it was very nice being directly on the beach.
Could have been better
My husband and I stayed at the Yankee Clipper a couple of weeks ago. We were not very happy with the service and most of the staff we encountered. First of all we were unable to check in until 5:00 p.m. instead of 3:00. Their explanation was there had been a lot of late check outs that day which was a Sunday. We sat out on the beach waiting for a room. When we did get a room, it had two double beds instead of a king which we had reserved. I called the front desk and was informed by a rude staff member that basically it was too bad and that was all they had available. I knew this was not true since most people had checked out earlier that day, and due to the time of the evening. I had to go down to the front desk and after causing a scene, we got the room we had requested. Under the circumstances, I felt they should be more accomodating. We expected some compensation for not being able to check in on time, but received none. Adding insult to injury the mixup in the room and rude staff. We were very nice and understanding until the final straw. The room was average, but clean with a street view. The pool was small, but the location of the hotel is great. This is one of the few hotels directly on the beach instead of across the street. It is also close to the airport which is another plus. Next time we want stay at this hotel, I would rather walk across the street to the beach.
My family stayed at the Clipper July 2-6, 2003 and had a terrific time.
Hotel is clean and staff is courteous. You don't need a car, but if you want one for a day trip to the Keys (90 min drive down the Turnpike) or elsewhere, the hotel has an agreement with an excellent agency (Gold Coast). Highly recommend the Clipper and will go back again!
The Clipper was a nice place to stay, but kind of expensive. We also had to pay a daily parking fee which was kind of ridiculous. The Service was good, and the staff was friendly. The room was nice, and the pool and beach areas were clean and well kept.
Pleasant place to visit
I just came back from my four night stay at the Sheraton Yankee Clipper in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Overall, I'd say the hotel was above average. I didn't try any of the restaurants within the hotel except for one of them for the breakfast buffet - and it was very pleasant since they had nice seats outside. The food was average, and the waitstaff was very nice.What I really liked about the hotel was the fact that it was right on the beach. If you want to relax on the beach, get something quick to eat (Sandwiches, salads, drinks) then there is an outdoor bar right outside of the hotel with a pool attached to it. The staff there was also very nice. The beach is also nice in the evening, it's very quiet, but the hotel has huge spotlights that lights up the sand in the hotel area so it was very safe and pretty to hang out late night.If you walk about 10-15 minutes, there are restaurants and shops (Beach Place). Though it's not as crowded during weekdays, during the weekend it was full of people and restaurants overlook the ocean with a nice breeze - so it's very nice. If you don't have a car - with about $10 cab ride (one way) you can go to Riverfront which has more younger crowd with lots of bars, shopping and restaurants.Overall, my stay at the hotel was very pleasant, the area was fun. It would definitely revisit for a nice relaxing vacation.
Loved the Clipper
I just returned from 5 days at the Sheraton Yankee Clipper and it was awesome! The room I had was in the South Tower and was immaculate and tastefully decorated. This is a very friendly hotel and all the staff were extremely helpful. The Wreck Bar was nice too but the Bartender Tom really made it great. Also the Clipper Steakhouse had good food too.This is an excellent location if you don't have a car. Only a short cab ride to lots of places, plus the water taxi is only across the street.I highly recommend this hotel.
stayed at the Sheraton Yankee Clipper for 5 days (2/26 - 3/2/03... I would rank it "OK", fairly nice, very clean(I would say it's best quality). Good location, but our group did find it was necessary to have a rental car to see all there was to see and do in Lauderdale. All in all, I've stayed at many nicer places for much less! The $5.00/day beach chair rental was a bit much, but it did help to keep the beach crowd on the "tamer" side! As everyone has been writing, the coffee shop/deli service was horrendous! Rude employees that were slow also! I would go back to Ft. Lauderdale, but maybe not necessarily to the Yankee Clipper.
Clean and Upscale, but pricey.
Stayed at the Yankee clipper in one of the non ocean views ($20 cheaper). Was on the 1st floor near traffic. Lots of traffic noise required turning the blower on the climate control to quiet it down. 4 buildings make up this hotel. All are nice. No hottub but 3 pools. Prices in restaurants are high (ex. $2.50 for 8 oz orange juice or 6 oz hot chocolate, $2 - 20 oz cokes in the gift shop). Staff was generally good. Hotel is much nicer than some others on the beach we've stayed at. Generally the carpeting at beach hotels takes a beating. This place was good due to it's 2001 redo. Nice location. I'd stay there again but at $139 I'd look around first. Try ... as it was $20 cheaper than Orbitz and Expedia. Definately a 3 star to 3.5. Parking availability was first rate but $7 a night. All phone calls are either $0.85 or $1.50 depending on distance. Hotel offers ping pong, pools, sports deck (bball, putting green), Las Olas blvd not too far away. Respectable but pricey.
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