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... and did some more shopping.
We went and bought some fireworks for 4th of July and went and some shoes for the cruise. Then we looked at a shop that sells RC Toys. We dropped our car of at the airport and caught a taxi back to our hotel. We had tea at a restaurant and went for a walk along the beach.
... to hear him say that parents are responsible for their children at all times and that they should ensure that their children’s behaviour is not a detriment to other passenger’s enjoyment of the cruise ! I don’t think I’ve heard that before at muster … I wonder if any parents of ankle biters actually heard it too!
We departed a little late – the ship was waiting for one passenger. We went to Deck 16 ...
... the other, hoping to get our mini van back to the Hertz office at Fort Lauderdale airport. The highway across the state (another toll highway, of course) is known as Alligator Alley, but we didn't see any as we whizzed by at 70 mph. Traffic slowed down as we approached Ft Lauderdale, and then our gps directions were not clear as we meandered through the maze of streets....we finally could see our hotel, but couldn't figure out how to get there. Eventually, we ...
... the boat Dezeo. It was a good day, with great energy. Jennifer, the owner of the boat I'm waiting to hear from, phoned a few times today to chat. So anxious to hear the answer. Danny and I went for lunch at Anthony's, I had a delicious salad. We got dressed up and drove to Dezeo's owner's apartment. They own so many hotels and buildings. We parked in his garage where he has 15 cars... Bugatti's, Lambo's, Chilli with a Ferrari engine etc. Amazing! He had a dinner party ...
... home and go to College classes), was the "High Line Walk". This is an old tram track, which they have made into an amazing garden walk, above the streets of NY. Following that, Brad caught the train back and I caught the subway up to the Museum of Natural History. Brad said two hours should be plenty of time to do it all, but ideally I would have liked a little more time to read and take in everything. Anyway, the museum itself was great. Most of you would know it from the film "Night ...
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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.
The room was great! Very comfortable, large and roomy. I had a junior suite and it was affordably priced for what you get. I could have stayed there a month! (or longer)
The staff was very personable, fun, friendly and really made my partner and I feel welcome and special.
Both pools were great and the jacuzzi was awesome! The place has something for everyone, couples or singles alike.
The other guests were also very friendly.
The location was ideal and a quick (very scenic) walk to the beach, beautiful clear water, white sand, palm trees and BEAUTIFUL bodies everywhere, restaurants and some fun bars. There was plenty of parking and the neighborhood was quiet with no road noise or blasting music at 4 am like in South Beach. We took a cab to the nearby clubs at night and just relaxed the whole weekend.
Although the place is very large and maze-like, it is very cozy and private with lush tropical foliage everywhere.
I highly recommend you get a room inside the complex rather than outside in my opinion.
I am VERY happy with my choice and had a wonderful, refreshing stay and will surely be back.
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."
The rooms varied greatly in size and configuration, but all appeared clean and relatively well equipped. The property is well maintained with two pools as well as a large Jacuzzi that stays busy late into the night. Overall, a pleasant stay, but I wish the staff was more personal. The location is convenient to the beach and restaurants, but the area is undergoing MAJOR construction which may impose unpleasant noise at times.
Great Thanksgiving Stay!
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.
Mark & Partner - Atlanta, GA
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.
Very pleased with our Stay!
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.
Elysium... a tastefull gay holiday
i recently visited the elysium resort. i decided on a short econimical last minute holiday and as a gay male i decided to give fort lauderdale a try. after combing many websites i finally chose on the elysium...
and a good choice i made. i received the economy room for a 4 night stay and recieved the last day free. the price was great. a big king bed, clean bathroom and well appointed furnishings made my stay a relaxing one. the two heated pools, huge in ground jacuzi and lush foliage was especially welcome. not to mention that the other patrons were in general all quite attractive and open to, er... fun. the staff was attentive and polite and the place was always being cleaned by a rather busy staff. although not a luxury resort, the elysium gave me great bang for my buck and i will certainly be returning in the future.