Travel Blogs from Fort Lauderdale
... take risks, try new things, experience every bit of culture you can suck in, enjoy every single moment. I live to travel. My solo travels have never gone as smoothly as the dancing flight of a dandelion seed... Nope.... When I went to Spain at 17 and 3 engines broke on the plane and we were stranded on the jetway for 7 hours then in a random Miami hotel for a night, I missed all my connections and had no way to contact anyone... I met some lovely ...
Pack up the hotel room. Check! Gas up the rental car. Check! Turn in the rental car. Check! Check-in for the flight. Check! Breeze through the TSA Checkpoint. Not so fast! Lesson to be learned here? Do NOT pack a few vanilla scented candles in your carry-on to set a nice romantic vibe in your Jamaican Villa!!! Apparently that's the the same thing that alerted them to search the bag when we left New Jersey. Well, at least I knew exactly what they were looking for this time. I ...
... with some work in the same place, then resume the Odyssey.
Oh yeah, Ole Red had a heart attack. Had to have him towed back to Pete and Diane's driveway, where surgery was sucessfully undertaken to replace a fuel pump, thanks to some youtube videos that showed me how. Managed to get the whole job done for about $150. I'm looking for the youtube video on hip replacements now !
We departed the cruise ship about 8:30 am; took a transfer bus to the Ft. Lauderdale airport; rented a car; and drove to Key Largo. We had to buy a Sun Pass for about $20 since Florida eliminated their toll booths this year. We ate lunch at the Fish House. I had matecumbe with yellow tail snapper. It has tomatoes, basil, olive oil, capers, shallots and lemon juice on top. ...
... they were LOVELY!!! Also got a box of giant malt balls (Maltesers).
Storms were forecast for Saturday, so decided to have an early walk along the beach and some breakfast, then around 3pm off to a bar to ride out the thunder and lightning that was expected. Got to the bar just before the storm hit. Thankfully, I couldn't here the thunder over the country music playing on the jukebox. However, there was so much rain that the parking lot outside flooded, and the water came ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Elysium Resort Fort Lauderdale
I just got home today from a 2 night stay at Elysium in a Junior Suite room by the Jacuzzi. Anyone who did not like this place is more than likely high maintenance and can't be pleased anywhere except the Ritz, or so miserable that they would be better off staying home rather than bringing their negative energy to a place made to enjoy, relax and have fun.
On checking in, Rick was very helpful, informative, and gave my partner and I a comprehensive tour of the property, which is like a maze till you get aquainted. He brought two very heavy suitcases to the room furthest away from the parking area without compaint. I wish I could be so kind about the rest of the staff. They acted as if guests were an annoyance they had to endure to keep jobs. When one senior staff person was asked why the music piped into the pool area was off, he replied: "I have no idea. I don't even notice it."
What a fantastic stay. These guys have really done an great job renovating and adjoining the two one 50's motels together as one, well thought out, cohesive property. The staff was great, always smiling and always cleaning, scubbing and landering to keep the place in it's excellent condition. The best part of the stay was that they have the largest gay guesthouse campus in the Ft. Lauderdale area so the chance of meeting new people and staying around a diverse mix of folks is very good. It was perfectly walkable to the St. Sebastian beaches. Keep in mind if your looking to do a lot of night life then you'll need to cab or better yet (as we did) rent a car. If you do, you can pop down for a quickie evening in South Beach (about 45 minutes away). I recommend Golf Coast Rentals, cheaper than the big competitors and you can choose from a variety of "non-rental" like cars (like a VW Bug!). The gay night life is simply not in this area, but if you've studied up, you should know this. We loved our stay and we will be revisting these guys. Best part of our trip was that we got a nice Sunday surprise, as Woofest hosted a pool party at the Elysium, hot, hot, hot! Having two pools was great. I would really recommend staying at the larger of the two pools. People use it more and it makes you feel like more of a part of whats going on. The hot tub is huge, enough to boil half of those visiting. Again, great stay and was inspired enough about it to take the time to review it. Great job guys, see you soon.
Loved staying here
The staff and the guests are very friendly....Enjoyed every minute of my stay! Can't wait to get back there.
i came to the us for the first time and i did enjoy every minute of my stay at the elysium. the staff was always available to help and very friendly, the other guests were welcoming so i did not feel as travelling alone. i will certainly come back and can recommend that place without hesitation.
We stayed at the Elysium the week of Thanksgiving and were very pleased. We found Gary and Steve the owners to be very friendly and extremely helpful. In fact the week before we arrived I called asking about where they might recommend making reservations for Thanksgiving dinner and Steve was very nice to send out an email making recommendations for several places. The minute we arrived the staff was very helpful and cute to boot. They were also good about cleaning our rooms each day. The grounds are immaculately kept and the other guest were very friendly. There wasn't the attitude that we found when we visited some of the other nearby gay resorts. The beach is close by and the best part for us was that one of the two pools at the resort has sun all day. We also enjoyed the 15-man jacuzzi each night. While we were impressed with some of the other resorts rooms all around we felt we made a good choice in choosing to stay at the Elysium. Partly because of the price, the staff and the other guests. We would definantly stay here again. Thanks Gary and Steve for all your hard work and for making our vacation special.....Chad and Grant
Relaxing in Southern Florida
My 5-day stay at the Elysium resort in sunny Ft Lauderdale was just what the doctor ordered! With two pools and a jacuzzi (within steps of my own patio), it wasn't difficult to find a place to laze around for a while. The rooms were well appointed and kept squeaky clean.
The grounds were lush with tropical plants, and were kept extremely clean as well by the friendly and attentive staff. The owners are on-site each day, and are available to answer questions or make recommendations about the area.
During my stay I met several people who love the Elysium Resort so much, that it is included in their annual vacation plans. I intend to do the same.
It was just, O.K.
I recently stayed at the Elysium for 12 days with my boyfriend. We had a great time overall in the area. The owners of the hotel were very nice and the staff was very helpful. I felt that the rooms were a little overpriced. The bed in the room that we stayed in was too soft. Both my boyfriend and I had some back trouble during our stay because of the beds. It seems that the owners bought the cheapest mattress they could find. In fact, I travel extensively and have never had that problem before. The grounds are kept very nice, the pools are awesome, and the jacuzzi is also nice. The only complaint I have is that the rooms definitely need to be updated.
Loved the resort
Just wanted to say how gracious and accommodating the hosts and staff were during my stay. They made my vacation all that more interesting and special.
I loved the property, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for a warm, comfortable, relaxing, and inviting place in Ft. Lauderdale. When there's another beach vacation in my future, I'll stay at the Elysium Resort.