A Little Inn By The Sea
How has this inn rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking
Historical Traveler Reviews A Little Inn By The Sea Lauderdale by the Sea
Enthusiastic reviews lured me to this totally so-so and overhyped motel. This is an "inn"? Give me a break. Our room was dirty and had a NOISY air-conditioner. Breakfast food was inedible. I didn't find it to be as awful as some other reviewers but it is definitely not the little paradise some people have found it to be.
Needs a Lot-of-Maintainance-by-the-sea
My wife and I first encountered this hotel in 1995 - at that time it was very clean and well kept. We decided to return with another couple for 5 days in October 2003. When we arrived we could not believe how the place had deteriorated.
Our room was in the main building on the 3rd floor. Actually, our room was the exact one that appears in the brochure at the front desk so I would imagine it is the best room? When we arrived at midnight after a long day of travel we were greeted with the following:
-Broken and stained furniture throughout, including a bench at the end of the bed so stained we wouldn't let anything touch it our entire stay. -Ripped wallpaper hanging from the walls. -filthy stove and a toaster in kitchen I couldn't imagine putting bread in. -hole on wall where door handle had repeatedly hit -ripped comforter. -STAINED sheets (that were not replaced until our 3rd night there). -2 bath towels (room could be booked for up to 4 people). -ANTS crawling all over the kitchen (when we told the front desk the next day the reply was "it is Florida - we do have bugs")!
Our friend's room was in similar condition, with the added pleasure of a toilet handle falling off.
When we awoke the next day, we were greeted with a breakfast of bread, pieces of pastry, and a little tray of fruit that all of the rest of the guests had already pretty much consumed. The breakfast is put out at 8 am and is not replenished - it is completely a 1st come - only served deal.
The pool was filthy and full of debris from trees - It was not cleaned until Monday. When we questioned the desk we were told the pool is cleaned twice a week. Nasty, to say the least.
Finally, when we had enough, we decided to go to another hotel for our final night. We spoke to the owner about ending our stay early and he REFUSED to let us leave without being charged for the full stay.
To sum up, you would be a FOOL to stay at this hotel. It has become a run down mess and you will be sorry when you arrive. There are plenty of other nice choices in Ft Lauderdale!
Little Inn Is Dank and Dirty
I live in Fort Lauderdale and have friend coming from out of town. I thought it would be fun for us to stay at nice ocean front hotel instead of my house. I read Fodor's review of the "Little Inn". It sounded perfect-a home away from home-on the ocean. So, today I stopped by to look at a couple rooms. OMG!!! If the "Fab 5" had to fix this place and its rooms!! They would quit their jobs! The rooms smelled of mold. There were dusty plastic plants in the common areas. The AC was rusty. The walls were covered with the worst 70's tropical pattern.. It is truly Old Florida: tacky and dirty. After seeing 2 rooms I left feeling gross. I found a lovely room at the Villa Caprice for not much more $$. VERY clean with smart style.
Mixed Review for Visit May 2003
My husband and I stayed at the Little Inn in May 2003 for our 11th Anniversary.Hotel room was fair. We were on the 2nd floor and obviously placed in a room that was not part of the renovations that I'd read about somewhere else. Room had a musty smell, did not have enough lighting so it was dark, had washed out canopy over our bed, unpatched holes in the walls, petrified, dusty plants and dirty chairs on the balcony.Staff were very pleasant and helpful, though.Be prepared! Wackky (double) parking situation is unusual but it obviously works.Location was great! You could walk down to a lot of bars and restaurants near El Mar and Commercial Blvd.Nice patch of beach with free chairs. Really calm, clean water. Be warned: Depending on time of year when you go, and time of day you get out at the beach, it might be difficult to find an available beach chair."Upscale", continental breakfast was a disappointment. Seemed like a regular continental to me. Each day there was pastry, fruit, juice, tea & coffee.All in all, we found a lot to do outside our room so we only went to the room to sleep, shower or rest.Very pleased with the entertainment/recreation choices available in Lauderdale by the Sea
Relaxing, Quiet, Great location, Quaint
Right on the beach with old Lauderdale charm in quaint Lauderdale by the Sea area. Pool surrounded by lounge chairs & palm trees. Felt like a family run place with large open area indoors where free continental breakfast buffet is served 8-10 a.m. Free lounge chairs on the beach to use (some hotels charge rental). Room had lovely seaside decor (no bland hotel rooms here) & felt homey. An inn preserved nicely from the days before high rises took over.
Can i stay forever
wonderful friendly people, clean and nice sized rooms, sooooooooo relaxing, if you want some excitement ft lauderdale is close by...it is like your home away from home...we have been here several times and looking forward to returning.
this place is great good rooms great family staff. we have been staying there for many years now.
Very nice--very relaxing
Clean, colorful, relaxing, friendly.
My family visits Lauderdale-by-the-Sea yearly. Last year, the place where we usually stay was being updated, and after much searching we decided on 'A Little Inn by the Sea'.
The room rate includes a daily continental breakfast (one day each week, you get the owner's special waffles--not to be missed).
If you are looking for someplace quiet right on the ocean to take your family, you need look no further.
The pool is within easy view of your room and enclosed on three sides by the Inn--easy to keep an eye on your kids from the comfort of your balcony.
The only thing that may take me back to my old familiar hotel (The Sea Lord) would be it's proximity to the waves. The further up the beach you go, the further the properties are from the water. Not that much further, but out of a rock's throw range. Still, that's being pretty picky considering all the positives associated with the Little Inn.
We LOVE this place!
I am 16, and my family has been back here for what will be our 4th time (we're leaving in 11 days to spend winter vacation there!) There are so many places to go, but I am lazy and just sit on the beach 24/7. The hotel man (Victor) is SO nice and everyone there is very hospitible. Even though last year had bad weather I still had fun.
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... this is a short flight!
We departed at 10:34 (four minutes late) and took off at 10:48 from Runway 1, a great view of the city out the right windows. Here we go – my last world travel adventure has commenced. I read The Washington Post during the flight. We had a bumpy descent toward Fort Lauderdale, made worse by the kids behind me kicking the seat and screaming.
Landed at 1:06 on Runway 9L and arrived into Gate E7 at 1:08 (four ...