The Casa is in a great location, very quiet & in a pretty setting. The free parking was a bonus, especially as the hotel is relatively close to bars & restaurants, but more than 1 1/2 blocks from Las Olas, as stated on the hotels website. A healthy walk away.
We booked a 2-night stay after reading reviews & seeing the impressive website. Got lost due to inaccurate directions on website. It is not near the Ritz Carlton, but directly behind the W. By the time we finally found the street, it was dark & there was no illuminated sign. The contact 'phone number given on the booking confirmation was unavailable, which didn't help. However the reception staff were welcoming & helpful when we finally arrived.
Sadly our cosy room (no.13) was nothing like the clever website images. It was spotlessly clean & the bed was very comfortable, but it was not renovated as the website claims. We couldn't decide whether the wardrobe was bigger than the bathroom. There were old tiles inside the wardrobe where a previous kitchen unit had been. Wardrobe handle was missing & the other door was badly cracked. Paintwork was cracked & flaking. The "kitchen" unit was falling apart, with flimsy equipment, 2 nasty polystyrene cups, no plates or cutlery, however these were willingly provided by the helpful reception staff when we asked. The pool area was small with only 6 sun-loungers which was inadequate for the 16 room capacity
On the whole we were disappointed with our stay here, despite the friendly & helpful staff. Had the website not been so impressive, we would not have had such high expectations. It's a good place to use as a base for a few days but make sure you get a larger, renovated room. They looked really nice! Our stay could have been so different.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to La Casa del Mar: a charming Spanish-Mediterranean style accommodation located on Fort Lauderdale Beach, the "Venice of America", where you can enjoy the sub-tropical climate, ocean, beach, sun and fun! La Casa Del Mar is situated in a charming, two-story Mediterranean villa, built early in this century by the famous architect William Vaughn for the Francis Colter family who resided there until it became a small hotel in the 1950s. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Casa Del Mar Hotel Fort Lauderdale