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“Okay, but it’s not THAT good!” 3 of 5 stars
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3021 Alhambra Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL (Central Beach)   |  
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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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“Okay, but it’s not THAT good!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

We booked the Alhambra Beach Resort for a couple of nights pre-cruise stay due to the high Trip Adviser rating, but are somewhat disappointed. Certainly it is clean and the owner, or manager, (Edward – don’t know where the other staff mentioned in the reports were) was very pleasant, but we would have expected more given the rating it attained. Despite it’s name the ‘Beach Resort’ is not on the beach. It is in a side road, surrounded by other buildings. The hotel has only 12 rooms over 2 floors, has thin walls and is quite dated, with a 60’s feel (the wall mirrors even 50’s deco), with net curtains and in the case of our room (No. 8) yellow painted walls (clearly: previously blue) and black and white lino, maybe cushion flooring, in the shower room – with a very strange spray hose (see photo). This may all be very quaint (or old) but it certainly cannot be described as ‘boutique’ style! We cannot see that other rooms would be much different. The AC is by extremely noisy, old fashioned, wall units. Our room is quite small, others are larger, with only the very basic requirements. There is a fridge, with a broken shelf, a microwave, a small coffee maker and rusty 2-slice toaster. Despite the equipment and a storage cupboard above, there was, save from 1 (one) single polystyrene beaker, no utensils at all. No plates, no cutlery, no crockery - nothing to even butter a piece of toast with… or on – after toasting it in the toaster, provided. When I asked for something to drink from, Edward was surprised that there was only 1 beaker, and, after some searching said that there was only a ‘real’ mug available, which I gladly accepted, asking for a second – which was readily provided. I was told that our room was not a kitchen/room but, at my further request was supplied with two knives and some small cardboard plates! He was, indeed, pleasant enough, but all the plastic and paper only added to my wife and I feeling quite disappointed. For $187 (inc. taxes) per night, in April, I would have expected more. The ‘patio’ was actually just the passage way, and in the case of the back area, the fire escape, both having shared tables and chairs, with other rooms. Despite what other reports say, the breakfast really was, again, only very basic. Plastic spoons (small teaspoons) for the individual pre-sealed cereal pots; bagels and pastries; a toaster – but no bread – coffee with polystyrene beakers and orange juice. The small pool was very pleasant and the patio area very clean and tidy. Edward, or another member of staff, was certainly readily available, in his office, throughout the day, for anything needed. In fact with the hotel only having just 12 rooms he seemed to have only his computer to while-away his time, while waiting for guests to arrive or make queries. Yes this stay was just about OK, but pricey and I find it extremely difficult to quantify the excess of positive reports on this establishment?

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Los angeles, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

I am right now in my comfortable room at this property. Strong included internet connection-
Would not have known about this little gem if not for Tripadvisor. If we wanted the ammenities of the large beach hotels we would not have booked Alhambra. This is a cute, kind of retro, old Ft. Lauderdale style property, nice small boutique hotel. Property provides beach towels, beach umbrella and chaise loungers to use for beach. Bill and Eddie are very accomodating. Every one who works here try really hard to please. We took the least expensive small room #2 since it was just the two of us-- nice quiet location. We did not rent a car--due to time constraints for this trip we just had one day to spend before cruise. The location allowed us to walk to CVS for sodas and water with our rolling duffel (for cruise)-many restaurants in area. There are different sizes of efficiency units perfect for longer stays in the area. Wish we had another day to spend at this property.

Room Tip: Note, this is old style hotel with noisy wall ac. Our room #2 while small, is perfect for 2 people...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Me and my wife stayed here for four nights prior to a cruise.
We really loved it. We arrived after check-in time but keys and information had been arranged so there was no problem at all finding our room and get settled.

Maybe the rooms weren't the biggest (those we stayed in) but you're just sleepiing there anyways so we didn't have a problem with it. The breakfast was fine and we really enjoyed our morning coffee on they're quiet and beautiful patio.

The staff are so friendly and helpful and they do a very good job keeping the area and the rooms clean. The pool is nice and the temperature is perfect.

It's so close to the beach, bars and restaurants. You don't even have to take a cab - you can walk people!

Sure, if you want a bigger room, larger restaurant and pool. Maybe you should consider the Ritz but it will not give you the same value for the money, for sure.

If we go back to Ft Lauderdale we will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Canada
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Great small boutique hotel, customer service is amazing and breakfast is great. Pool is lovely and across the street from the beach. Close walking distance to restaurants as well. Would strongly recommend pre cruise

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Just got back from 2 night at the Alhambra Beach Resort. Loved it! Staff was wonderful and helpful. My room was a small suite, I was in room 7. Clean and homey had everything I needed. The pool area is lovely, the beach is steps away and so are plenty of restaurants in addition to having shops nearby. I loved staying here and will return twice more this year.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We stayed at the Alhambra for 3 nights after returning from a cruise. We arrived very early for check in and received a warm welcome from Matt. We were invited to relax by the pool and our luggage was looked after until our balcony room was ready in the early afternoon. The property is kept in immaculate condition . Everything appeared to be recently painted and in good repair. Quiet location being 40 yards from the excellent Casablanca cafe and across the road from the beach. The help yourself Continental breakfast included coffee,juice,cereals,fruits,bagels etc and was more than adequate. Free internet access was appreciated. Will definitely stay again next time we seek some respite from the frozen north!

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Clarence, New York
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Great location towards the end of the restaurant/shop strip and very close proximity to the beach! Room was quaint and clean. Staff was awesome and very friendly. Perfect place if you want to sit and relax by the courtyard pool or go the beach just down the street (they provide beach towels and chairs and an assortment of sunscreens in case you forgot!). Nice, free breakfast spread was provided each morning on the lower porch. Computer with internet access available during the day and the staff was kind enough to print out our boarding passes at checkout. Would definitely visit again!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Alhambra Beach Resort

Address: 3021 Alhambra Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Location: United States > Florida > Fort Lauderdale > Central Beach
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#1 Family Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#11 Business Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
Number of rooms: 12
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

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