We stayed for three nights in room 901 (a corner balcony room in the tower section) from Jauary 20 to 22. We were looking for a hotel that was close to several dining options as well as being in an area that we would be able to safely do a lot of walking, and that had an easy connection to the water taxi. Being on the beach was not a priority for us.
When we arrived the taxi doors were opened, we were greeted, our bags taken, and were shown the way to the lobby to check-in. We were quickly checked in by a very pleasent young lady and were on our way to our room in no time. A great start to our stay that never changed!
The room was spacious, well maintained and functional. The king size bed was very comfortable, but could use more that just two pillows. The balcony was a bit of a disappointment in that there was a lot of traffic and air condioner noise as well as a cooking odour from the restaurants on Los Olas 9Well, I wanted to be close to dinning!). While the view to Los Olas was nice, we will request a New River view next time to get way from the noise and odour, and to a much better view. However, when the balcony doors were closed, the room was very quiet and we did not hear the street noises. This was also the first hotel room that we have ever been in where the bathroom exhaust fans actually work. No matter how long or hot the shower, the mirrors were always clear. They also use high end towels that were large, very soft and fluffy. There is a coffee maker and coffee was replenished daily.
The tower hallways appear to have been recently redecorated and a designer touch is clear. Some of the hall walls have hand painted scenes on them rather than the usual bland wallpaper. In fact, nothing could be considered bland about this hotel. It is much more of a boutique hotel than a chain hotel could ever dream of being. Elevators were consistantly very fast to arrive even though the hotel was full.
There is a very nice, heated pool behind the hotel that offers a great opportunity to just chill and watch the boat traffic go by on the New River. There have been some reviews mentioning that the pool area is small, but we never saw more than one or two people in the water at any one time. It seemed to be the right size to create a peaceful oasis away from all the Los Olas traffic and hustle and bustle. The weather was great and it was our favourite place to go and relax in the afternoon after a long walk.
The hotel is surrounded by great places to eat (including Indigo's in the hotel), is near the water taxi and other amenities, making for a perfect location.
The most impressive part of our stay was the terrific staff that they have working there - from the bell staff, front desk, restaurant, to the maids. Everyone that we meet had a smile, and time for a hello and to ask how our stay was and if we needed anything.
After six years of searching we have now found the perfect hotel for our annual pre/post cruise stays.
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