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Sandy Shores Motel
3008 Bayshore Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 (Central Beach)   |  
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Ranked #119 of 133 hotels in Fort Lauderdale
Saint Louis, Missouri
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“Almost nice”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2012

Stayed here for two nights on the way down to the Florida Keys. Everything was almost right but not quite. Two bedroom suite by the beach. Yes, the beach is only a short block away and the hotels location is great for beaching and walking to restaurants. The room had a small kitchen, a small entry room and two small bedrooms. Bathroom with very cramped toilet and no shampoo in the shower and no vent fan or window. Light in the Kitchen sparked and sputtered when it was turned on. Batteries in the safe and the smoke alarms were both dead so there was constant beeping the first day. The front desk got this fixed as soon as I let them know. Swimming pool was basic and very warm. Beds were fairly comfortable but I do not think I would want to sleep on them for more then a few nights my back was starting to hurt from the overly soft mattress. Room was clean but nothing fancy. Staff was very friendly and accommodating. Overall. Rates were reasonable and I would stay here again for a short stay. May need a little more comfort for a week or more.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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West Lafayette IN
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113 hotel reviews
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352 helpful votes 352 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2012

This property is a typical old Florida 1950s Mom and Pop motel. The Sable Resort owns 4 adjacent properties (Shell, Martindale, Sandy Shores, and Seaside).
We were looking for a place close to the beach with a pool and kitchen and the Sandy Shore met those criteria however it was a mixed bag.

Positives:
Location: about 100 yards to the beach, a block from Starbucks, and a short walk to many restaurants and beach shops (to buy towels for pool) and a CVS drug store that had a large grocery section and beach items. It would be easy to stay here without a car.

Staff: the staff was friendly, helpful, and hard working. The office person was alone and had a lot of running around to check on things.

Price for location: the motel is surrounded by high-end hotels (W, Hilton, etc.) so I’m sure their rates were much better than those nearby.

Pool: small (only served 10 rooms) but it was never crowded, it was warm and cleaned every morning. Pool area was one of the nicest parts of this motel.

Size: it was nice to walk out of our room and use the tables and chairs near the pool.
Beach chairs: free ones available to use at the Shell

Clientele: many international guests.

Coffee makers and safes in each room but no toiletries or hair dryers.

Negatives:
Room condition: we had 2 rooms and one was in better shape than the other though they both looked as if property owners had given up on maintenance (either biding time to sell the property once the Florida real estate market improves or figuring that next year’s Spring Break college students will damage something anyway). For example, the closets didn’t have doors and at one point the 1950s bathroom tile had been painted and now the paint was peeling off the tiles, the rod to open our blinds had been broken off, the oven didn't work, all of the rails on the inside of the refrigerator door had been broken off, and the decorative knobs on our end table had been broken off.

Kitchen equipment: while the website says that the kitchen is fully equipped, our kitchen had 1 cereal bowl and 1 wine glass but 8 plates and 4 cups. It seems that there should be as many bowls, plates, cups, and glasses (and flatware) for the number of people that are the capacity of the room.

Cleanliness: it was generally clean though even on days that the tile floor was mopped (it wasn’t every day) it still was not clean (as evidenced by the black on the bottom of our feet and on the crawling baby in our group). These floors need a deep cleaning. Also, the room with 4 adults did not regularly get 4 towels or an extra roll of toilet paper.

No heat: each room had an air conditioning unit but no heat. On the night that it got really cold the office did hand out space heaters but they didn’t haven enough for every bed room so one party in our group spent a very cold night.

Wifi: was free but only worked outside on the pool deck near the laundry room which made it inconvenient for those of us who needed to work. It was particularly inconvenient in bad weather. Fortunately, Starbucks had wifi.

Coin-operated washer and dryer: was $1.25 per load for washer and for dryer but they were out of order.

Noise: the street noise varied a lot from night to night but because we were on the ground level and the windows are old any street noise sounds like it is in your bedroom.

Room Tip: Room 3306 was nicer than 3308
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Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2012

We booked this place based on location and price after reading the reviews. The place is perfectly located and off the main street of traffic. Yes, it is old and could use some modernizing. The room was clean and had the basic necessities. The pool area was nice-however, with the high rise condos on two sides-the amouont of sun is quite limited. There was plenty of closet space, utensils, etc. No hair dryer or iron. The lobby has an iron. If you are looking for luxury-stay somewhere else; if you want convenience affordably-this place works!

Room Tip: We stayed in a poolside suite. Sable resorts owns this and three others adjoining it.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Indiana
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

We needed a place with more than one bedroom and with a kitchen, which limits hotel/motel options. But this place had several shortcomings that would prevent us from returning: (a) it was really run down: much of the furniture seemed second hand (mismatching pieces, scratches everywhere) and some rooms looked as if they hadn't been painted in years; (b) the kitchen was poorly equipped (e.g., one cereal bowl, the oven didn't work); (c) the wifi signal was so weak in the rooms that guests congregated outside, near the laundry room (because the folklore said the signal was strongest there); and (d) the rooms were unheated, which made for chilly nights during a cold snap. Not all was bad: the location is good, close to the beach and beachfront restaurants and retails. And the pool was clean and convenient to the units.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2011

The frensh women at the counter was nice but pfff..what a stress that little woman has. Relax. The room was clean and nice. A little small thou. The beach is very nice and just 2 minutes walk. Take the starbucks just around the corner.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Seville_Hotel, The Seaside Team at Sandy Shores Motel, responded to this review, July 7, 2011
Dear Guest:

Thank you for taking the time to review our property. We told the french women to relax, so hopefully you'll benefit from her new found zen attitude during your next visit ;)

It was a pleasure having you stay with us. We hope you had a safe trip back and look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2011

Just like home, maybe a little better... I loved our room!!! We had a 1 bedroom apartment with a king size bed. The living room was suitable for entertaining guests, and the fully stocked (utensils, plates, pots and pans) kitchen had a full-sized fridge and stove, and a microwave and coffee maker.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seville_Hotel, Manager at Sandy Shores Motel, responded to this review, May 19, 2011
Thank you so much for your kind feedback and staying with us. We are looking forward to your next visit.
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New Haven, Connecticut
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2011

This was one of the most relaxing and enjoyable stays I have had in Florida. Check in was fast and I was escorted through a gated wall into a charming courtyard of single motel rooms surrounding a beautiful, blue swimming pool. The employees from the front desk to housekeeping were extremely courteous and helpful. I couldn't believe we were only one short block from A1A and the beach and that there were so many impersonal and behemoth Hotels all around us. The price was right, the room was clean and functional in every way. I can't wait to book Sandy Shores Motel again for the Fall...Thank you Heidi, Mary, Emilia and the entire staff.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled solo
    • 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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Seville_Hotel, Manager at Sandy Shores Motel, responded to this review, April 27, 2011
We are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us and would like to thank you for taking the time to write this kind review.
Looking forward to welcoming you back in the future.
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Additional Information about Sandy Shores Motel

Address: 3008 Bayshore Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Location: United States > Florida > Fort Lauderdale > Central Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#35 On the Beach Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
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