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... after plate made its way back to our table, and it was hard to not try everything on offer. The walk back to stateroom 702 was slow…and much heavier. Called it a relatively early night and went to bed with the balcony door open. Falling asleep to the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean was amazing. Most unique moment of the day: Starting our day in New York City and ending it in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. ...
... Erin had some beer. Dave was great at playing and getting all the people to interact with one another. He played a lot of requests and there were over 3000 songs on his list from almost every genre. He did a name that tune quiz where he played 20 tunes and we wrote down what we thought they were. Erin and I only got 5 right. We stayed until almost 11:00. We went back and got ready for bed. Early up tomorrow at 7:00 to be ready for 8:00 briefing for our ...
... a room with a partial ocean view. The room was quiet and comfortable. Room service worked well for our late dinner.
Our room faced south. We awoke and found the room had a perfect view of Port Everglades. We could see 3 cruise ships in port. In addition to the Noordam we enjoyed a great view of the Independence of the Seas and the Coral Princess, along with many cargo ships in this very busy port.
We checked out as late as we could. We were in no hurry to get to the ...
... and the pool decks restore my confidence that this is a real ocean going vessel. At 1pm we head to our cabin. Stateroom 12664 on deck 12. It's lovely. Efficient use of space and storage means we can finally unpack our bags that we have been dragging around for the past 2 days. We have a broad (compared to NCL Breakaway at least) and deep balcony which will be perfect for sitting out on early morning to write this blog. More ship exploration follows and Peter quickly ...
When your not used to it, the heat that is, it's Hot. It's 5:00 pm and it is 31, but feels like 38! Here's a picture from our deck! Did a little bit of shopping, got some great deals, and the only reason for not going to the beach for Margarita's and Jello Shots is that it is really windy, so not a beach day! Cheers to one and all! ...
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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.