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“All Around Good Experience” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach

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Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   440 Seabreeze Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 (Central Beach)   |  
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Richmond, IN
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
“All Around Good Experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

We have stayed at this property on the same week in January for the last three years. Some observations are worth noting ---
The staff is very pleasant, helpful, and well-trained.
The food service people (we have several group meals at the property) are also friendly and the food is quite good.
The property is well-located. Very close to the beach, across the street from an excellent restaurant (Coconuts) and just a hundred yards away from our favorite breakfast spot (St. Barts Cafe).
The rooms are pleasant and clean. This year I had a mini-suite and it was lovely. Great view of both the intercoastal waterway and the ocean (Room #1102).
With our group a special price is offered....and it is excellent. I noted with great interest the General Manager's attempts to make sure we keep coming back.
Overall, a great place to stay!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Springfield, Massachusetts
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

We arrived at the Courtyard by Marriott, Ft. Lauderdale Beach at about 10:30am on a Saturday following a cruise. We were pleasantly greeted by the valet staff and directed to the front desk. The positive greetings continued and we were told that a room was not ready. No problem, we expected that. They allowed us to put our valuables in a safe, took our phone number and informed us that our luggage would be held for us. At this time, they inquired about us celebrating our 25th Anniversary and told us they would try to get us a special room. Terrific! After receiving directions toward the closest restaurants/bars, we headed out to explore. We walked all along the beachfront and decided to double back to Spazio's. They had a nice atmosphere and great drink specials. We stayed here for the next couple of hours just people and car watching while enjoying libations. We received a call that our room was ready, so we headed back to the hotel. We checked into room 1017A. It was lovely!!!! A corner room with floor to ceiling windows that had a view of the intercoastal marina in the back and the ocean from the front. We were thrilled. We took a nap and then headed out the back door to Coconuts for dinner. The restaurant is right out the back door of the hotel across the street. Very convenient! The following day, we purchased water taxi tickets from the helpful concierge and headed out to explore. It was a fun day and we had dinner and drinks back at Spazio's. The "famous" Elbo room is next door too. On our last full day, we hung out by the pool. We ordered lunch from the hotel and it was very reasonable and delicious. Our stay at the Courtyard could not have been better! The location is great, the staff is friendly and very accommodating and although the hotel is older, it's kept up very well. We plan to stay again if our travel/cruise plans have us departing from Ft. Lauderdale. Don't hesitate to book a reservation with them. Thank you for a wonderfully relaxing stay!!!!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Ballston Lake
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

Location is the best part of this hotel, with the beach just a short walk away. Also, restaurants, bars and shops are within an easy walking distance. The room my wife and I had was awesome, being a corner room with floor to ceiling windows on two sides. Good views of the ocean and the intercoastal waterway. Breakfast was good, and the pool bar was relaxing in the evening with a patio overlooking the ocean that included comfortable chairs and gas firepits. The only negatives were an uncomfortably hard bed, being limited to valet only parking ($29/day), and one day having to call housekeeping at 5:30 pm because our room hadn't been serviced all day. The staff was friendly. I would stay here again but would ask if they have rooms with updated, more comfortable beds.

Room Tip: Try for a corner room in order to get a great view.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Greensboro
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42 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013 via mobile

Just completed a two night stay on the beach. Great location. Terrific views of the ocean. Superior staff. Valet parking is sometimes convenient, occasionally slow, always polite and consistently expensive ($29/night). We experienced minor ekevstor delays; but the hotel was packed. Checkout wss slow for the same reason. Computers in the business center are not up to date and really need to be replaced. After all thatcomplaining let me say the stay was great and I will gladly return.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, MA
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63 reviews 63 reviews
58 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
161 helpful votes 161 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

I had reserved a two-bedroom suite at the Marriott Beach Place Towers (One block North on Rte.A1A) for $341.00 per night, but preferred this hotel because the parking garage at the Beach Place Towers is a pain in the neck. The week before my arrival date, the AAA rate for a one-bedroom suite for the Courtyard dropped from $289.00 per night to $151.00 per night. The AAA rate also discounted parking from $29 per day to $14 per day. Since I was traveling with a friend, I needed two rooms which saved us $39.00 per night. So I changed our reservation to the Courtyard.

Our plane (Jet Blue) was delayed two hours due to a computer problem and we arrived at 12:30 a.m. on Friday night. At check in, the young lady welcomed us and informed us that there was only one suite available. She apologized and discounted the room that was not a suite to $109.00 per night. She offered us drink coupons as well. I asked for breakfast coupons instead and she agreed. So we got breakfast for two each day saving $34.00 per day.

We went to our rooms and upon entering my suite, there was a strong smell of tobacco smoke. So I called the front desk and went down to see what my options were. She offered me a corner room directly below where my friend’s room was. These corner rooms are awesome. They have two walls of glass and lots of extra room. I took it at the same $109.00 per night rate that she gave us for the other room. By now it was 1:00 a.m. and I was definitely ready for some sleep.

My room was perfect, but as I unpacked, I realized I was missing my small travel bag. Sensing this was beyond a nightmare night that was not going to end, I called the front desk and told the young lady that I may have left the bag in the first suite. She said not to worry, that a security person would come to my room and escort me back up to the suite and let me in. He (security) showed up in a couple of minutes and when I went into the suite, no bag! I must have left it in the rental car. So down I went, heading to the valet area, when the security guard called me. He was holding my bag which I had left at the front desk during check in. Thank you God! So back up to my room. When I tried to go in, neither of my keys would open the door. Both got red lights after swiping. So back to the front desk and she re-programmed the keys. Finally to bed at 1:45!

The next morning I was up at 6:30a.m.and heading out to pick up my dad for breakfast. On the way out I tipped the security guard and the young lady at the desk for their great assistance during my nightmare. Although they tried to refuse, I insisted they accept it.

The rest of the stay was wonderful. Breakfast was great. There was a very helpful waitress and waiter each day. The omelets, eggs, bacon, sausage, fresh fruit etc. were awesome. The valet parking was fast and the guys were polite and happy to offer water, assistance or directions. I tipped them a couple of dollars for each car retrieval and they always thanked me. Check out time can get a little hectic, but the longest we waited was about 3 or 4 minutes.

Everything worked in the rooms. Cleaning was done daily.

Checkout was fast and the bills were exact.

We’ll be back next January, if not sooner.

Room Tip: Corner rooms are great. Had rooms #217 and #317.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Leonard, Texas
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235 reviews 235 reviews
66 hotel reviews
Reviews in 75 cities Reviews in 75 cities
365 helpful votes 365 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

The good - The hotel is very nice and in a great location. Out the back door and around the pool then down some stairs to the beach. The property obviously has been around a long time, but the rooms are well kept, the linens are very nice and the rooms were clean. The front desk and the valet guys are very nice and helpful. There are several good restaurants within a short walk.

The bad - There is no free hotel parking. If you arrive in a car, your only choice is to pay $29 a day to have the valet park it. They take it about 60 feet and park it for you for that price. It is a nice place to stay if you are not driving!!!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ashland, Ohio, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

This hotel offers fabulous views of the beach and ocean! We stayed 2 nights before a cruise and then one night afterwards. We swam in the semi-saltwater pool, it was a little chilly, but a nice pool. No hot tub, though! Our room was very clean; but, the beds were hard, at least my family and I thought so. We ate from the breakfast buffet each morning, it was very good. We had no complaints there. The hotel is located about 15-20 minutes from the airport, and about 5 minutes from the port! We had to check-out before our cruise left, but were able to store all of our luggage in a locked room. We also arrived before check-in time, and they had a cancellation, so we were able to check-in a few hours early! That was great! The hotel staff were very accommodating! We used the concierge on multiple occasions, also very helpful! Also, Bubba Gump Shrimp is located on the beach side, right in front of the hotel! We were definitely stay here again!

Room Tip: Ask for a room on a higher floor, and with an ocean side view! The higher you are the better!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach

Address: 440 Seabreeze Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Location: United States > Florida > Fort Lauderdale > Central Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#14 On the Beach Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#31 Business Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#35 Family Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#36 Romantic Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach 3.5*
Number of rooms: 230
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