And there is a larger parking lot to the side. Modern mattresses are really comfortable. Friendly staff, especially Lonnie and housekeeper Forrest, who were interested on our progress birding the area. It is across the street from the high-rise places which block the view of the beach, but access down the street if you lack the confidence to march through the lobbies of huge hotels & condos which have maximized THEIR use of land by building from property edge to edge & making it impossible for free Americans to get to the sandy edge of our country!! The pool was next door; we spent our time looking for specific birds instead, but kids staying there used it & were happy. Everything on Ocean Blvd.is crowded together, but this U-shaped courtyard is landscaped and surrounded by flowering tropical plants in pots (kept up by a helpful & enthusiastic, middle-aged blonde guy who's name I didn't catch). We stayed in an efficiency for $110 for several nights after one night in a regular room for $85. With nice & well-stocked CVS drugstore & a Wyn-Dixie grocery almost directly across the street (an easy, pleasant walk, too), we had everything we needed to maintain ourselves and our pleasant activities without the interruption of expensive & time consuming restaurant stops three times aday. MacDonalds has breakfast within walking distance, the egg McMuffin a moderate-carbohydrate,protein-balanced choice for fellow Diabetics. Plenty of seafood, chains, and better restaurants nearby for WHEN YOU CHOOSE to eat out. We walked and respectfully birded the neighborhoods behind the Galt without excessive security concerns. Interestingly, there were across our street two traditional(not sure if Hassidic or Reform type) Jewish temple buildings, with family dedications carved into the cream marble. We often saw a beautifully silver-haired man, in black hat and white shirt,walking there before sunset, surrounded by younger women & girls in flowered long dresses and men in suits chatting away with each other like songbirds. This added to the sense of a safe, established area. "Sunshine," the huge blue macaw, is now kept caged behind white trellis in front of the owner's quarters. Twenty-five years old, visitors reportedly couldn't resist feeding her unhealthy stuff. Peek in diagonally to see and talk to her; she is an intelligent beauty who makes eye contact and respond to company, sometimes talking. It would be worth the investment to build an elevated cage in the courtyard for this interesting and interested bird. Just don't be prompting her to cuss-it's just not that type of place! And that should keep her cooped up again- not funny and no fair!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Galt Villas is located in sunny Fort Lauderdale, Florida within walking distance to Fort Lauderdale Beach. The Galt Villas offers both rooms and efficiencies. The guest rooms feature mini-microwave, compact refrigerator, in-room coffee maker with complementary coffee, in-room phone with voicemail and wake up service, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, free internet access and cable television with over 70 channels. The efficiencies have the same amenities as a room but with the added bonus of a fully equipped kitchen. As well as being located within walking distance to Fort Lauderdale Beach The Galt Villas is only a few steps to restaurants, night life, drug stores, the grocery store and the bus line. Some of the property features are a pool, free parking, guest coin laundry and complementary internet station. The Galt Villas is convenient to the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, Port Everglades and many of the attractions that Fort Lauderdale offers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Galt Villas Hotel Fort Lauderdale