Decided I needed my two cents worth.
Booked this property because it was connected so I thought with the Royal Palms, now known as the not so royal.
We arrived about 6:45pm to find the office already locked and staff gone home. Being there for the first time, we felt it was very odd and completely unsafe as when word gets out on the street, there is no telling who may get wind of this and end up in the rooms without permission and destroy or hurt a potential guest who is unaware of his surrounding. It's just bad business practice and leaves a very poor first impression. Luckily, we found a guest who was just returning who showed us where to find our unsecured keys.
We weren't renting a cheap room as we opted for their $200.00 + suite that was nicely appointed but was old.
One thing that we liked, there was a card under the bed that states, yes we check and clean here too, something the Royal Palms has completely given up on.
Housekeeping was inconsistent and out of our 6 day stay, room was cleaned twice.
Why?? For we didn't exit until 1 or 2 pm and we guess, housekeeping has probably already left for the day.
Place was not full and location although close in proximity to the beach almost gave us the feeling of staying in the hood versus resort area.
There are other areas that give a better feeling and are more resort oriented just south of this area.
Would we return?? NO, because unfortunately, this is owned by the corporation North Beach Properties who is quickly expanding their base, but also laying to rest, the wonderful reputation these properties once had.
I can't for the life of me understand why if they feel the place needs to lock up so early, they don't have the guest check in at say the Not So Royal which is manned by a clerk, 24 hours.
Now back to the suite, it was passable and not at all bad, but I would bet my bottom dollar, if this review was up to date, it would hold much more criticism.
So in ending, if this new investment company will slow down and show pride in their current holdings, they have potential, but if grabbing everything on the market to expand their empire is more important, I see a crash that won't be pretty, as no matter how many newbies arrive each year, the power of social media will prevail and the guest that once supported this small oasis, will sooner or later, all move on. What has the is place still taped and holding together are all the positive reviews that where posted in the past for another ownership that showed a different strategy. Possibly not enough profit, which shows how difficult this business really is. Good luck, I hope they listen before it's too late.
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- Continental Breakfast Kitchenettes or Kitchens Custom Robes Safes in all rooms Fully equipped Gym along with The Village Spa available Get to know you cocktail hour DVD's in all rooms High Speed Internet The Hotel Lush Royale is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of your every day life, conveniently located on sun-kissed Fort Lauderdale Beach. Wake up each morning and begin your day with a stroll along the miles and miles of sandy beaches just two and half blocks away, or make new friends while enjoying Fort Lauderdale's countless gay bars and gay-friendly restaurants. ... more less
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