Tropi Rock Resort
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Historical Traveler Reviews Tropi Rock Resort Fort Lauderdale
The finest and most beautiful resort motel in the World!!
The Tropi-Rock Resort is a one-of-a-kind. A casual, relaxed, motel-style resort in picturesque Ft. Lauderdale with all the charm, service , and style of a 5-star boutique hotel at a fraction of the price! Steps from the beach, a short walk to restaurants and nightlife. The pool is totally modern and heated and surrounded by abundant tropical foliage and chaise-lounges and plenty of very luxurious tables and chairs. Thick beach towels are provided as well(unheard of in motels in general!) The rooms are whimsically decorated and thoroughly modern and perfectly maintained. Refrigerators, coffee makers, modern phones, remote controlled cable tv with at least 60 channels, plenty of soaps and towels in the "spic-and-span"vintage bathrooms. But the best part of all is the warm friendly service. How nice it is to walk into a hotel of this quality and be checked-in by the owner! One feels as though they are a V.I.P. And the price....LOW!! This place is a real bargain for what you get. Go and stay at the Tropi-Roc! You will not be disappointed!!
There are three things that make a hotel stand out as a great hotel. The facility itself, location and personnel. Tropi Rock has all three mastered on the superior scale!
From the moment you step inside the grounds of Tropi Rock, you instantly feel at home. The relaxing sound of trickling water fountains, the luscious tropical plants and trees filling your view, the inviting tables and chairs, the lounge chairs along the poolside, and the exploring path that takes you out and beyond to the double tennis courts, and more. Then you will be greeted by one of the two most friendly, down-to-earth courteous, and helpful professionals, John and Mick. Both are proud of their hotel and will give you all the time in the world to show you around, explain the area, give you directions, share suggestions of what's best to see and do, and do their utmost to make your stay a wonderful one. Their personable and attentive manner will make your stay there outstanding and memorable. John can converse with you in many languages and his adorable French accent will melt you away. If you need any translations, John is your man. Mick will be happy to share his story leading up to his venture of becoming the proud hotel owner. You will love both of them.
The rooms are spacious, clean and cozy. Most with kitchenettes and dining areas. The decor will intrigue you. A lot of effort and personality has decorated this artsy hotel. All face the courtyard and pool through stone arches and towering palm trees. The roof top terrace gives an alternative to the pool to maximize sun rays if that's what you're looking for or if it's to suntan on the beach, the Ft. Lauderdale beach is a mere block away, an easy two minute walk to feeling the sand under your feet and hearing the ocean waves roll in. The core of Ft. Lauderdale restaurants is just down Ocean Drive, maybe a 10-15 minute walk to the bustling energy of Ocean Drive lined open-air restaurants with live entertainment. And for driving, even the unfamiliar tourist will find it easy to access from Ocean Drive. The free guest parking is ample and off the street. I whole-heartedly recommend this hotel. And please say a warm hi to John and Mick for me! (Claudine)
Tropi is the place to come back to!!!!
MY wife and family stayed at this Hotel from December 25th thur January 6th 2003. I found the staff to be great.. Especially John the manager whom could tell you where to go anywhere in South Beach. The rooms were very nice and clean and the staff was very friendly. The heated pool was a great touch when the nights were somewhat cold at the time we were there. I give this hotel 5 plus stars and would come again anytime.
What a GREAT Place to Stay!
We've been staying here for the past four years before we take our annual cruise. We've stayed here by ourselves and with groups of people we've brought along. We always enjoyed staying here, but it's even better under the new ownership (within the last six months).
You'll find a unique environment totally different from all other hotels/motels in the area. The rooms are cleverly decorated and colorful, the pool is surrounded by beautiful landscaping, there are two areas where you can grill out and have picnics and best of all, the new owner, Mick, is genuinely concerned about taking care of his guests. It's always refreshing to find someone these days that truly cares about customer service.
We've already booked to stay there before our next cruise.
Lots to like, but not perfect
I have to weigh in on the Tropi Rock with a somewhat neutral review. On the positive side, I do feel the Tropi Rock owners have done as much as they can with what they have. It is a lovely little place, not at all a sterile chain motel. Our room was painted a pretty sunset yellow-orange color, and cute decorations and works of original art are spread throughout the whole motel. Our room had a nice cable tv and a small fridge. The pool and garden areas were very attractive, and the location was a short two minute walk to the beach. Additionally, ONE of the owners (I never actually met him) was as nice as could be, always smiling, waving, and making eye contact whenever we walked past the office. He could not have been nicer.
On the downside, the owners can't change the fact that the building is old. We could hear every word being spoken in the room next door at night unless we ran the air conditioner (not needed in January!) Our toilet had a problem and wouldn't refill, but my husband got it working again using water from the shower. The elevator more often than not did not work so we lugged our stuff up to the third floor. Also, our beds were old and soft, so if you're used to a firm mattress you're out of luck. Finally, the second man who appeared to run the place in the daytime seemed aloof and seemed not to want to interact with us at all. Considering we had traveled 8 hours and 1,000 miles to get to the Tropi Rock, a warmer welcome would have been appreciated.
In the end, I can't fault the Tropi Rock too much because the price was significantly less than the chains we also considered. If I could afford to spend more in the future, I might be tempted to try somewhere else, but if my budget only allowed for the Tropi Rock I know we would be fine there too.
My wife and I haven't had an extended family vacation for 3 years so spending 2 weeks in a hotel we were not familiar with made me feel alittle uneasy. My wife assured me that after speaking with the new owner of the Tropi Rock, Mick Ball, that the place was great and we would enjoy it. I still wasn't very comportable with that but I trust my wife's judgement so I agreed.
Once I saw the Tropi Rock and met Mick, I knew the next two weeks would be great.
The area surronding the property is pretty well what you would expect; motels, pools, regular stuff. The Tropi Rock was not like the rest of the hotels/motels in the area, it is very special. I will not go into detail, go see for yourself. The place will please you and the service will leave you feeling like your part of the "Ball" family.
I wish Mick all the success a man like him deserves and I also wish his wife and children all the best from their new friends from the great whit north.
Cool Eclectic Place to Stay
First of all, let me start this review by saying that I'm a traveling sales rep so I stay in lots of hotels- WAY too many! Usually you get what you pay for - that means a hotel in the Tropi-Rock price point in most cases isn't going to have many amenities and certainly NEVER give you anything different to look at!
I ADORED the Tropi-Rock. My room was clean and adorably decorated. The owners were very cool and helpful. No matter where you walk throughout the hotel, there is something neat to look at. Walk out the gate (make sure to look at the wall while you walk by!), and after a short walk, you're at the beach. I went back and forth several times a day barefooted. Lying on a hammock on the roof, you can watch the ocean and all the Cruise ships going by. Every room has its own personal charm and things to offer. There's even a huge library of videos to rent (only 3 bucks!).
I had hot water, my phone worked, and my refrigerator kept the $2 budweisers I backstocked at the front desk plenty cold. They even have a washer and dryer downstairs by the fitness room if you're staying a while.
We are definitely coming back. If you want to spend your money on neat stuff at the Swap Shop (huge nearby flea market with great bargains) and souvenirs for the family instead of paying exhorbitant and rediculously inflated rates to be "directly on the beach" or stay in a chrome and white new hotel, pick this hotel!
I've never written a review before but when I saw the negative reviews, I was struck by the fact that the people so innacurately described the real "vibe" of the Tropi-Rock.
Enjoy your visit!
New owner does it right
After reading the other reviews here, i was a little leery of the tropi rock, but a lengthy telephone conversation with the new owner set my mind at ease, and i booked a room. Mick is justifiably proud of his unique hotel, with its lush courtyard and tropical colors, and he's determined to provide great service to his guests. He's an amiable host and made our stay very enjoyable. And at $59/nite (w/AAA discount) the price is certainly right!
Far away from everything interesting
Very disappointing! We called several weeks early to shorten our stay, but when we arrived they charged us for the entire original length. Then the hotel (definitely not a resort) is far away from all the restaurants and the nicer part of Ft. Lauderdale beach. We didn't save much money, so it was not worth it. We definitely will not be back.
What a let down...
Stayed there in Nov 2001. Gave us a key to our room, opened the door and the room hadn't been touched by housekeeping at all. (we checked in at 6:00 p.m.) Asked for another room and they upgraded us to one with a kitchenette. Phones didn't really work either because you couldn't hear the person on the other end. Went to take a shower and no hot water ever existed. No use complaining to anyone...no one was at the front desk! What a let down. I do not advise as a hotel for those who require cleanliness, prompt service or hot water or any communication equipment.