Well. Where to start. Wife and I were looking to get away for a few days, get away from the New England weather, catch the Dolphins & Patriots game at Sun Life Stadium, relax, not spend a whole lot of dough, be close to the beach, find friendly environs, have a little privacy, a pool, and did I mention relax? Lo and behold, we found it. Thanks to Tripadvisor and a little homework, we found this gem. About 200 yards from one of Florida's nicest, most popular beaches. The reviews are pretty accurate. The Alhambra is not the Ritz (which is just down the street, if you prefer) but it is also not $500 a night. What it is, is small (10 rooms or so), cozy, clean, albeit somewhat aged and very homey. Take it from a native Floridian, this place mirrors old Florida. Right in the middle of all the Ft. Lauderdale glitz. Enough privacy and quiet to suit. The staff is very personable. Very friendly and will go out of their way to help, provide info, and assist in ways that will leave the Ritz people way behind. The location is great. We had a rental car and within minutes were just about anywhere we wanted to be. Met the owner and several of the staff and all were conversational and down to earth. We felt comfortable here as well as secure.
The Alhambra is not a five star hotel. There is no restaurant. No turn down service. No bar. No concierge. No workout facilities (you can walk/run on the beach). No big ticket frills. If that's what you're looking for, go elsewhere. But it is comfy and quiet and well located and won't break the bank. We were so impressed, we are actually planning a return trip in the coming year. Better book early.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Alhambra Beach Resort, your premier lodging establishment along Fort Lauderdale Beach. Our resort is neatly tucked away off A1A and is the perfect place to be within steps of Fort Lauderdale Beach without the hustle-bustle. Along with a friendly and clean atmosphere, we provide free internet access, beach towels and chairs, continental breakfast, heated pool and parking. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Alhambra Beach Hotel Fort Lauderdale