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?
- 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