Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach - a Doubletree by Hilton Hotel
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Today I am traveling to Fort Lauderdale to visit a lifelong friend of mine Paul Slevinsky, who lives and works there. We had been in touch over the last couple of weeks and had worked a day into my schedule for us to connect. I haven't seen Paul since 2006 when he was home to Edmonton for a visit.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach - a Doubletree by Hilton Hotel
Not too good, not too bad
My boyfriend and I spent 4th of July weekend at this hotel. Thinking that it is a Radisson I expected it to be better. We stayed at the Radisson in Aruba and were blown away, so I guess we expected the same thing. Good things about this hotel, it's in a great area and everything is in walking distance, the deli on the property was great, you can get a quick sandwich to souveniers. The staff was helpful and kind. The lobby was very pretty and they have a great gift shop. Bad things about the hotel, the rooms needed some work. The rug in our room was dirty and the shower was very annoying, one minute it was freezing and the next it was burning hot. The pool was so small. From the picture on-line it looked much bigger. They have a restaurant on the second floor, that dining area could also be fixed up a bit. Would I stay at this hotel again, for sure no. I would stay at the Hyatt or Marriott.
A shame ... dissapointing
This not a luxury hotel although some of the meal prices unfittingly seem to give the impression. There are some fantastic staff but also some sloppy staff which give the hotel a tired and fed up look. Surely if you pay for a $12 per head breakfast plus taxes and gratuities you expect some service to go with it ... it also took us 15 minutes to get served at the bar 9.30pm on a Saturday evening. It's a shame. The location is great and with a more upbeat decor and better motivated staff paying keener attention to detail this hotel could be a lot better. An almost there ... dissapointing
Very average...not all the impressed
My husband and I stayed at this hotel Oct. 9-10, 2003 only because this was one of the "upgraded" properties that we could choose from while we went on a timeshare presentation. I would not call this hotel an "upgrade." I would hate to see what the regular hotels look like that the timeshare company uses. The rooms were very average and needed some upgrading and remodeling. You could tell it had not been done in a while. The nicest part of the hotel was the lobby and lobby shops and the walkway to the beach. Also enjoyed looking at all the yachts at the nearby marina. The pool was very small...smaller than our home association pool. No hot tub either which was a disappointment. I did request a king, non-smoking room in the tower. Didn't get it, however they upgraded us to an oceanfront room in the tower with 2 queen beds.
Someone we met told us they were quoted $200-300 for a room in this hotel. I was appalled that the management thinks they can get that kind of price. For that kind of money, stay at the Marriott. Would I stay at this hotel the next time I am in Ft. Lauderdale...No. There are much nicer hotels that I would pay a little more for.
Staff is friendly and very willing to help
We stayed at the Bahia Mar for 5 days in March, 2003.. They tried twice to put us in a smoking room (night staff) when we had requested non-smoking but finally put us in the older part for the first night..the next morning the manager took over and put us in a lovely room and the staff were very nice..The hotel has a wonderful location with the beach at its door step, pool, tennis courts, and great exercise room..A convenient deli & nice restaurant are available..The water taxi takes you to downtown Ft. Lauderdale to Las Olas Blvd...We enjoyed staying there and look forward to our next visit and find it a great place to stay to extend a cruise vacation....
I have just returned from a 4 night stay for 4th July weekend. I carefully researched this hotel and was very happy with the stay.
I had read the comments here before booking and I took the advise and called ahead to request a room in the "tower" section of the hotel. I am very happy I did that - as we were 4 adults sharing a room - to keep the costs down - and they had put us in the block section. There is still construction going on around that section and the views from the tower are excellent. When I called the receptionist told me I could move to the tower section - which was ocean view and larger for an additional $10 per night. It was money well spent.
The Bahia Mar Bar and Grille was good food - but runs about $20 an entree.
The pool was great - and that was where we spent the bulk of our time.
Lovely. There is also a walkway/bridge taking you directly on to the beach. A nice feature.
There is a deli shop where you can get snacks and breakfast if you don't want to pay for the buffet.
The only negative feature was 2 VERY slow elevators, you had to wait a considerable time to get one!
This isn't a luxuary hotel - but clean and great for the money conscience traveller, as they hotel offers great deals through websites and travel agents.
Would go again - but DEFINATELY call to get the tower section - (less kids also!)
WOWWWW!!!What a great Resort!You have to go there! The most friendly staff we have ever experienced. The Marina hosts the water taxi base, we took them to Las Olas Riverfront and it was very nice. The beach is accross the street and they have a private skywalk only for guests access. The pool bar is owesome, great drinks at moderate prizes. Excellent location if you are planning to go out for dinner or lunch. We had an excellent stay and we will go back there!
Will stay here every year
My husband and I stayed at the Radisson Bahi Mar Beach Resort in 2-02 and we loved it. We would stay there again in a minute. The pool, fitness center and the easy access to the beach via a pedestrian walkway over A1A were great assets.There were several eateries to include a deli where you could get great sandwiches and breakfasts for a reasonable price. Ask for a room in the tower building as the view from the annex building is non-existent. Each room has a small balcony and almost every room has a view of the ocean, the intercoastals and downtown Ft. Lauderdale (which is beautiful at night). From our room we could see the cruise ships leaving and entering Port Everglades (amazing). The rooms are clean and well appointed, but I missed having a small refrigerator (extra charge). Parking was reasonable ($5.00 extra a night) and not hard to find a spot. Location is great as it is right on the water taxi line and walking to other restaurants and shops was a breeze. The hotel gift shop was loaded with everything you could need and the prices were reasonable. Concierge on staff to help with activities planning.
Beautiful Radisson - friendly people!
I stayed here in early November 2002, along with my 86-year old mother, my 13-year old daughter, and her 12-year old girlfriend. We had a lovely stay. Friendly, helpful people! The hotel is beautiful, surrounded by water, so we had a small balcony with a view of the marina and the ocean. Walkways to the pool, and to the beach provided easy access for the 2 girls, without having to cross the highway. We rented a wheelchair for my mother, and got around fine. Great food at the restaurant, a little pricey, but we were on vacation, right? Highly recommend the poolside bar drinks and shrimp cocktail. The handicapped room was large enough for all 4 of us, and the bathroom was extra large with a dressing area. Located 1 block from the Water Taxi that takes you everywhere, 15 minutes from the airport.
Serious Plumbing Problems
My stay at this Radisson in October 2002 was 'the worst stay at a hotel in my life.' Once outside the hotel things went well. It is located in somewhat nice position so that it is close to the beach and shopping center. But, the stay in the hotel was horrid. My room looked great, but when I decided to take a shower, it was possessed and changed from Alaskan cold to Scolding hot at it's own choice. When I called to complain about the problem, the room phone was broken (rattling sound inside). After complaining to management downstairs, they moved me to the upper portion of the tower. Just when I thought it was time to relax in the shower, guess what? The same problem. Do not stay here unless you like to be subjected to showers that set their own water temperature settings. The service was fine, but the plumbing throughout the tower has serious problems.
I visisted for 2 nights in Nov 2000-
We paid $135.00 a night for this horrible place.
Sure, the bars and food is ok, but they neglect to tell you they *may* put you in what we called the "other" building. You may not get in the actual tower, but rather in the building across the parking lot. (Where they were re-modeling both days). We could have paid the same and stayed
down the road. Make sure you call ahead and say you want tower!(same price).
Or else they will stick you wherever! We were so disgusted we didnt use any of the hotels' ammenities like the salon. We went elsewhere!
This is the WORST Radisson I have ever seen. After seeing this, I havent stayed in a Radisson chain since.
Go with Marriott.