Lauderdale By The Sea Resort Hotel, Fort Lauderdale
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Lauderdale By The Sea Resort Hotel
Decent Stayfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The pool area was nicer than other hotels we saw along this strip - many pools were right by the road, this pool was surrounded by the hotel and private from those not staying at this hotel.
The beach is across the street, and the Holiday Inn has their own private access.
We didn't pay all that much for the hotel so it was worth the money we spent.
I would be willing to stay here again.
Not what I thought it would befrom A TripAdvisor Member
The elevators that take you to the rooms were in very poor condition, the latch on the door to my room was broken, the room was dirty, the pool heater didn't work, and the pool bar area smelled of vomit. The best part on my trip though was when a water pipe broke on the 1st floor of the hotel and they had to shut the water off for the entire evening and most of the night...no showers, no toilets, nothing....fortunately it was fixed by morning....
Stay here at your own risk.
s finefrom provguy99
Somewhat rundownfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Anything gets by as a Holiday Inn these daysfrom s_Away
Interesting hotel........from A TripAdvisor Member
Maybe it needs a little work but great place neverthelessfrom Candy.BridgeUK
However, I was disappointed with some of the housekeeping staff. Although my room was usually cleaned to an good standard, I came back to find housekeeper's in there talking on their cell phones, watching TV and lying on the bed. On one occasion, I opened my door to find the housekeeper inside talking on their cell phone in Spanish. I was disturbed by this as I understood they had to keep the door open when they were working in the room. It's unsettling to wonder what they'd been doing behind closed doors. It was also annoying to come back to a freezing room after they'd adjusted the AC - I prefer it warmer.
But, the location of the hotel was superb, just a short stroll across El Mar Drive to the beach where you could rent beach chairs, etc.
Lauderdale by the Sea, with its great restaurants, bars, etc was an easy 5-10 minute stroll away and the heart of Fort Lauderdale just a short drive away.
Denny's in the lobby was very handy, and again the staff in there were very friendly and helpful.
Having a washer/dryer easily accessible was good - during an 18 day stay your clothes get very grubby!!
A free newspaper is a nice gesture - some of the most expensive properties do not even offer this.
All in all, a great vacation and I'd have no hesitation in staying at this property again - my 18 days there were a pleasure.
Whilst writing I would praise the attentions of Craig - General Manager, Vivek - Front Desk Supervisor, and all the wonderful Front and Bell Desk staff - thank you for being such a friendly crew. Look forward to seeing you in 2005.
Location is good - and they do try - but...from j5son
The room was clean, and there were the usual toiletries provided (including toothpaste, razor, shave creme), and it was nice having a Denny's right in the lobby (free breakfast included every day). But the poor old place is being held together with spit and baling wire. Why doesn't somebody put some maintenance money in this place before it falls down?
The service stank on Columbus Day weekendfrom Enable
I found that the hotel was generally a good value, clean and well maintained, and I was satisfied with the quality of my room. However, on the second day, I returned to my room at midnight after being out since the morning to find a note from the maid on my bed apologizing for not having new towels ready when she cleaned. The note promised that the towels would be brought to the room when they were available. I had showered twice since the the room was cleaned the day before. The used towels had been removed and not replaced. I had only one towel left.
When I returned to my room the next day, once again about midnight after being out all day, I found my room had not been cleaned at all! Of course, my only remaining towel, which had been used, was not replaced. I called the desk clerk to complain, to no avail. I was told that the only reason the room would not be cleaned could have been because I left a "do not disturb sign" on my door, which was not the case. I did get the towels replaced the following morning.
At about 10:30 the night before checking out, I asked the desk clerk to make a reservation for shuttle service to the airport for 5:30 the following morning. She told me go back to my room and she would confirm this within ten minutes. When I received no confirmation more than an hour later, I called the front desk from my room to ask about my shuttle reservation. I spoke to a different desk clerk, who then made the reservation.
I don't know if the service I received was an abberation on a Columbus Day weekend, but it was bad enough for me to not want to choose to stay there again.
Room Was Not up to Holiday Inn Standards!from A TripAdvisor Member
Top Local Tips for Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale By The Sea is the BEST The Business Assoc is fabulous! There is a great shopping center a couple blocks from the beach. We stayed at A Little in by the Sea II and had a great time in the newly done rooms. #25 is the best! If you are going to show up after 8:30p make sure you find out about the late check in procedure as you will not be able to figure out where anyone is or how to get to your room otherwise. Speaking from experience here...ASK! Cost $40 cab with tip to get from airport in taxi.
Water Taxi explorations Was told by our trasport guy to the airport that we should have taken a water taxi in and around the intercoastal canals. Can stop and go as you want for one fee. Would have had to take a taxi but kinda wished we would have done this since we probably won't be going back there anytime soon
Beware Find another place to stay, the beach is beautiful but Holiday Inn Lauderdale by the sea is a dive!
Other names for Lauderdale By The Sea Resort Hotel
- lauderdale by the sea hotel
- holiday inn lauderdale sea
- Address: 4116 North Ocean Drive - Fort Lauderdale - Florida - 33308 - United States
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