Florida's Best $61 Hotel Room A review of Bonaventure Resort & Spa

Wow, I may have gotten the best $61 hotel room in Florida through Priceline!

This hotel was rated three stars by Priceline, but after $100 million in renovations, it is easily four stars or even resort category worthy. . .The layout is nine building clusters on 23 acres overlooking the Bonaventure Golf Course and various ponds.

The guest rooms are just gorgeous. . .flat screen TVs, great linens, and five fixture bathrooms--separate shower, tub, bidet, and marble throughout--as well as a walk-in closet. A few drawbacks. . .the hotel's location is a bit out there. . .it took about 40 minutes to Fort Lauderdale beach with no traffic, and there is little around the hotel itself--access to routes 595 and 75 is fairly proximate, however. The standard rooms have no balconies--unfortunate in Florida, where you want to be outside--and as a result, they are somewhat dark. Also, they would benefit from ceiling fans for circulation. (BTW, the rooms with balconies--considered an upgrade by the hotel--don't have the same spacious bathrooms or walk-in closets of the non-balconied rooms. . .though there is a small kitchenette; also some don't have flat screen TVs. . .)

There are three pools, and the main pool is lovely, complete with a roaring waterfall for tropical ambience. Spa is run by Elizabeth Arden Red Door, and sits nestled in a grove of tropical plantings and a water garden of sorts. Was appreciative that the hotel didn't nickel and dime on things. . .no resort fee, for example, and parking, wireless internet, and fitness center (beautiful one too. . .great and plentiful machines, nice layout, lovely locker rooms, etc.) all free. Other than an unfortunate check in--I did get the sense that I got a less than optimal room at first given my Priceline reservation--the staff was great, really eager to please, and went above and beyond to be helpful and accommodating.

Priceline provided a remarkable bargain. . .$61 when the lowest rate on hyatt.com was $139 same nights. . .and actually the $139 was low given the caliber of the place. Views can differ, so try to get a room with a front on view of golf, ponds, or pool, not the side views near the road.

Think once this hotel gets its legs, rates will soar. Right now, the place felt empty--no one by the pool, parking lots largely free of cars, etc.

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