The hotel is kind of off the beaten path and more or less in a residential neighborhood. The Mosaic in the hotel lobby is amazing and the staff was friendly. Our room was clean and very nice.
The very large balcony over looking the pool was perfect! In all honesty my mother and I could not have asked for a nicer room. We enjoyed the view from the room as we relaxed on the balcony...resting before our cruise. We did walk down the beach toward the Ritz and it is quite a way slogging through sand to get to local eats (we ended up taking a cab back). The only down side to the hotel was the pool. We only stayed one night. After a good nights rest we hopped down to the pool very early (8am) for a dip. A pool attendant was placing towels and various magazines on all the chairs surrounding the pool. We were scolded at 8am for using the hotel towels and sitting on chairs surrounding the pool. How were we to know the entire pool was reserved for a group. We were the only ones down there for the most part. I really don't think its fair to other paying customers (who were in a suite mind you) that all the prime seating is taken at the pool. It is a fairly large and winding pool, reserve a section for the group, not every seat surrounding the immediate pool.
On a lighter note. The hotel is close to the cruise terminal (not with in walking distance but a short ride nonetheless). It's a lovely hotel in a very quiet neighborhood. There is a large and expansive beach for the hotel, not to mention a pool bar. The bathroom in our suite was large and spacious. The living room, large and spacious....and the balcony...superb!
- 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