Lauderdale Beachside Hotel
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The day had finally arrived. The day I had been counting down for since September! I was finally on my way to Florida for school. I mean, let's be honest here, who wouldn't be excited to travel south for a week and get school credit for it?!
The university that I attend offers 13-15 lucky students the chance to travel to Bimini, Bahamas …
... thru dinner a couple walks up wanting to share our table. I'm thinking all these empty tables around us and you want to sit here? So, we got to meet Marvin, and Carol from Jacksonville. Marvin announced he was the cheapest ******* on the ship. Carol was originally from Australia, but had a former diplomatic job in the UK, and France. Well, they turned out to be a great couple on their first cruise. After ...
Having bid farewell to our mates, the Moormann family, we are headed south for the Winter.
First stop is Kennedy Space Centre, at Cape Canaveral.
We spent 4 amazing hours at the Kennedy Space Centre this afternoon. Very educational with lots of history, and well worth a visit. We parked up at Palm Shores at Cocoa Beach tonight. We took a walk before dinner along the waterfront. Ran into a couple of ...
... than the sun deck! It's the first of two formal nights tonite so back to the room early to get dressed up for that. Delicious meal as always and afterwards we went to the Production Show called "Dance" great show and music and then over to the Wheelhouse for the comedian act. Then off to be and we hope for sunshine ...
... I have small hips and long legs, so it was helpful to have Steffie along to help me out. In the end I got 2 pairs for $80 so I couldn't complain.
With nothing else to do, it was time to head for home and we caught the metrorail and tri-rail trains back. Kai was nice enough to pick us up and I went for a swim in the pool to cool off. It definitely pays to have a pool here, even if it is a lot of work!
Next stop, Miami Beach!
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
TravelPod Member ReviewsLauderdale Beachside Hotel Fort Lauderdale
great place to kick back, have a drink at the pool bar and view of the beach. bit far from the nightlife and many couples staying here. all in all good place!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Lauderdale Beachside Hotel Fort Lauderdale
Don't go if you expect to sleep
Visited this hotel in March 2004. They rent to spring break teens who overcrowded and partied in the next room and their balcony ALL NIGHT and well into following morning. Despite repeated complaints to management, these noisy irresponsible young adults were barely reprimanded but never ejected from the hotel. Many guests complained to no results. Rooms are adequate, if you don't mind the exposed carpet tacks along the edges at the sliding glass door. I would not stay there again.
A legit 3 stars
I stayed at this hotel for 2 nights and enjoyed it. Its right on the beach, so access is easy. The beach side grill/bar is great. They have a pool for the kids and adults near the grill. A nice restaurant inside the hotel. For those on a budget, there is a FULL grocery store right across the street. The hotel rooms have friges and microwaves. The hotel rooms are nice. The rooms fit the 5 star rating in my opinion. Its not top of the line luxury, but its not a rat trap. I saw NO pests or strange odors. The front desk staff I met (Priscilla, Tonya, Nadeen and Aloha) are very nice. This hotel is in walking distance to buy souveneiers and other places to eat. There is a Walmart and Burger King about a mile or so up the street. This part of the beach doesn't do the jet skis or parasaling, the nearest place was north of the hotel in Pompano Beach. The ladies that do the rooms aren't the friendlies, but lets not nick pick. I saw families having a great time as well as couples. I highly recommend this place and I am going back next year. For the price, you can't beat it. Don't forget, it is a 3 star, not a 5 star, so don't expect top of the line luxury, but don't expect a dump either. DO NOT take a cab from the airport to this hotel, let the hotel set up your transportation through a shuttle service they use. FT Lauderdale has only 1 main cab company (Yellow Cab) which is a monopoly and will overcharge you for the trip. The beach rents out lounge chairs, umbrellas, ect. The hotel is about a 20 min drive from the Ft Lauderdale airport and the drive wasn't bad at all.
Great, Loved it!!
I stayed at the hotel for 2 nights and I really enjoyed it. I stayed in a room looking out at the ocean and beach. The room was clean and furnished nicely. I had a little fridge, microwave and a safe in my room. It was quite in the building and on my floor. The beach was great, not too crowded. The outside bar next to the beach is nice and they have a pool for all ages. The people at the front desk are great. Priscilla, Tina, Nadeen and Aloha (thats her real name) are all great. Its a great value. I will be back next year. There is a grocery store across the street and a nice restaur in the hotel which was nice. You can't be it for the price and it is not a dump! Familes are here and seem to enjoy it. I highly recommend it. Tell the ladies at the front desk, Byron say so!!
Public pool and beach
We have been going to Lauderdale by the Sea for several years and have stayed at the Coral Key Inn-this was during the spring and was an adult vacation--wonderful place!!! However, since we had the kids, we felt the Clarion would be a better bet because of the beach, pool, poolside grill etc...
I was happy with the room, location and the proximity to the grocery store. The staff was pleasant as well. My problem was the beach and more specific-the pool. There were several families who basically "moved in" for the weekend. They had breakfast, lunch and dinner packed in their coolers and brought games, clothing and other personal items. Let me say that it was fourth of July weekend and the place was a zoo already. I realize that this hotel has a grill at the pool, and monitoring the patrons would be almost impossible. I suppose if people are patronizing the bar and grill, they may be entitiled to use the pool. However, the people I speak of may have bought one beverage, as they had several coolers containing beverages from home.
Bottom line....this place does offer value, however, be aware that you will be competing for lounge chairs and pool space with locals who come to use the facility without being registered guests. This practice was confirmed as we met three young men who were there doing just that. They also said they have been taking advantage of the hotel pool and beach since they were kids-as their families have always come to "use the pool and beach here."
A very pleasant stay
I spent the whole month of july 2003 at one of the hotel's efficiency suites. It was very clean and had all the amenities for a comfortable stay. We had a TV on our bedroom and another one on the living room. The kitchen was well equipped and the service was above average.
In addition, Dammon's (the restaurant on the main building) has great food and is amusing for the kids with all the TVs screens including a unit at your own table.
I spent a month in Lauderdale by the sea every
year and next month I am going back.
I think it's a deal.
Great Hotel my second stay going back next year for #3
Just got back from Florida. Stay at hotel was great
Staff was friendly, arrived at 1030am and room was ready, very clean. Location ,location 5th floor overlooking beach was awesome. Food in restaurant in hotel was good. Will go back next year. You can't beat the price either.
Good time..mostly pro's --some con's
April 10-16-2004--Booked a 6 night stay via Expedia. We were looking for a fairly priced room on the ocean.
My wife and I arrived early on Saturday, about 12:30 PM and were allowed to check in right away, even though it was a very busy week.
Front desk staff was very friendly and helpful.
Room was on the third floor...2 doubles..small micro wave--refig etc etc...Clean.....and typical. Room was very quiet at night..much to our suprise. We expected to hear "loud noise" with the many people that were there--but it was not to be heard! Only real noise was the sliding glass door that "banged" when the wind blew. Not a big deal as we slept thorugh it. Nice ocean beach..bar ..food music etc. etc. Felt like a stay on an island.
Maid did a great job cleaning the room each day..and she was very friendly as well. We did have a problem with toilet (twice) and they took care of it right away...Tony wa great. Told me they are replacing all the toilets.. a common problem right now.
Only real complaint was the food service a the restaurant "Damon's"...other than Susan the bartender (she was great)..the service was the SLOWEST I have ever experienced! One morning we arrived at 8:45 for coffee and toast and grits. Only six people in resturant. We finally got our food at 9:25.......and we had to serach for silverware....we kept hearing they were short handed in the kitchen!...then the bill comes and it is showing coffee for 4!
That was the last time we stepped foot in the restaurant.
Over all though, with the exception of the restaurant, we would have no problem going back and saying we had a great time there!
I give it a 7 on a scale of 1-10!
Pick Your Location
Stayed at the Clarion for a few nights recently while attending a conference. Our room was across A1A from the main hotel and it turned out to be a good pick. Very clean, responsive staff, and handy location. Had a kitchen and a bedroom as well as living room. Other people attending conference were not impressed with their rooms in the main hotel, looked as though much of hotel toward beach is under construction. Conference facility was good, restaurant was just ok. Be patient with the front desk unless you get Magelin or Jorge, who were both helpful.
Although we made our reservations 10 days in advance, our flight was delayed and we arrived after midnight and got one of the worst rooms in the entire hotel. We had a first floor room in the main building, with no view, and fairly noisy. We couldn't open the sliding glass door to our patio, but since the view wasn't interesting we didn't bother to ask for repairs. The sink was stopped up, but a request for repairs solved that problem in 5 minutes. The bathroom was a bit beat up (rust, chipped tiles, etc.), but the bedroom was okay. The double beds were reasonably comfortable. The refrigerator was decent sized (maybe five cubic feet) and the microwave was small but adequate for our weekend stay. The iron and ironing board were a nice touch. The best part is the excellent beach which is reached via a 100 foot walk across a small road. The hotel has a bar and snack shop next to the main pool and beach. For the beach there are cabanas, awning covered tables and benches, and beach chairs. This area has a slightly private feel, which is nice. We had lunch at Damon's, the hotel restaurant, which feels like a sports bar with good food at a good price. All the staff were friendly and helpful. One morning the cleaning crew left an air cleaner running which helped overcome the slightly musty smell. There is a strip mall across the road with a supermarket, drugstore, diner, coffeeshop, bagel shop, and several other very convenient stores. If you want a hotel with great access to the beach for around $100, this is a decent hotel. If you want a nice hotel for $100 and don't have to be on the beach, you can do better elsewhere. Three stars is a bit of a stretch for the room itself. The hotel's facilities compensate to some degree. The fifth floor suites with balconies overlooking the ocean are undoubtedly significantly more desirable.
Worked fine for me
I stayed at Clarion Lauderdale by the Sea May, 2003 and had a good experience. My clean room had 2 double beds, mini frig, small microwave, large double closet w/mirrored doors, ironing board & iron.
There was no odor in my room or the halls--all was normal. I was in the second west of the beach -- the one with the main lobby and restaurant on the first floor. A separate building is East and faces the ocean. It has pool and small outdoor bar. That blgb seemed to have a more "party" atmosphere with music going at the bar. My upper room faced South & had good view of Lauderdale by the Sea fishing pier from the sliding glass door (no balcony, only railing). Standard hotel with no frills. Nice room decor.