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“Great location, pricey parking” 3 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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Dallas, Texas
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14 hotel reviews
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146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
“Great location, pricey parking”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

Stayed here for a short business trip in March 2013. Hotel was filled with many tourists (thought I had missed spring break, but there were a few stragglers still in town.)

Courtyard has an excellent location for beach access and reasonably updated interiors. A relatively small lobby area so it can get crowded pretty quickly.

One quibble - very expensive valet parking ($29 per night with in-and-out). There is NO alternative for hotel self-parking except for a few area municipal lots (not sure if they are 24 hour or not). Travelling to Fort Lauderdale, you will most likely have a car (yours or a rental), so this is a bit of a ding. They could make it a bit more palatable by splitting some of that fee into the room rate to lower the perceived valet charge. But still, $29 is getting up there with some downtown hotels in large cities. Seems awfully high for Fort Lauderdale and for a Courtyard.

So if you have a car, inflate that room rate another $29 to get a more accurate picture of your real nightly rate.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bill C, General Manager at Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach, responded to this review, April 30, 2013
We are always pleased to have business travelers stay with us. Although we are more leisure with our location on the beach, we do have a core of business travelers that stay with us on a regular basis. At the end of a business day they like the nearby choices within walking distance to dine, be entertained or just relax watching the beautiful sights. Waking up in the morning to a beautiful sunrise over the Atlantic is great too. I must admit that parking is scarce throughout the beach area and likely expensive any where you go. Neighborhood lots are less expensive, but don't offer in & out privileges. Hotel rates don't vary much. I thank you for your review and I hope that you will join us again for business or pleasure.
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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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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

This far exceeded our expectations.... Our room was a beautiful King Oceanview(corner room) and it was beautiful! The floor to ceiling windows surrounding our room gave us a gorgeous view of the ocean and the harborside. The room itself also very nice, modern and clean....and the bathroom with the enclosed glass shower was a nice surprise too! The staff were all fantastic, friendly and accommadating. The pool area , the outside bar and patio were also very nice and spacious. Great spot to have a few drinks and a snack while soaking up the beautiful Florida sunshine with a fantastic view of the beach. Isabel was our server when we were there for our mini-vacation and she was excellent...very friendly, great personality,attentive and accommadating as well. She even took the time to tell us some great places to go while we were there...she really seemed to care about our trip being a happy and pleasant experience. Also the location of the hotel is perfect for walking to stores, shops and restaurants....Coconuts across the street has outside dining on the Harborside...beautiful as well. We are already planning our next trip to this great hotel!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Bill C, General Manager at Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach, responded to this review, April 30, 2013
Thank you for your 5 star ratings. I share all reviews with my Team and Isabel was especially pleased to see her name among the compliments. We are fortunate to have a team of genuinely hospitable people. I'm glad to know that your visit was "excellent" and I hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back to our Marriott Courtyard Fort Lauderdale Beach.
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Cape Coral, Florida
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

We used our award night to stay here last February before our flight to South America from Miami(MIA). I don't know what the price would have been without the award night but we have made a reservation to stay again the end of July when we will fly out of Miami again. I think for as nice a hotel as it is that it is well worth the summer price of $118 senior rate for 2 people. Rooms are very clean and they have floor to ceiling windows. Great wifi, many restaurants within walking distance, water views in every direction--we requested a complimentary upgrade to an ocean front although we had paid for the intracoastal view. Watching yachts cruising the intracoastal would have been a nice view, too. Ft Lauderdale is truly a gorgeous beach. If you are taking a taxi or public transportation from the FLL this Marriott is one of the closest of the hotels on the beach. We had a rental car which we were turning in at MIA and the only bad thing is that unless you will be leaving by 11:00 which would make it okay to use the beach parking next door at a much lower price than the hotel's valet parking at $29, but we had requested a late check-out and so was worth the extra price. The breakfast looked good at the hotel but when you are facing the beach and walk to the right the first restaurant had the best omelet and we had an outdoor table with a view of the ocean. There is a coffee/tea maker in the room but great tasting free coffe is provided downstairs.

Room Tip: All views are probably good but we requested a complimentary upgrade to an oceanfront room. It was...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bill C, General Manager at Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach, responded to this review, April 30, 2013
Thank you so much for your review and excellent ratings. We are fortunate to have beautiful water views all the way around our hotel as well as many interesting/fun things to do within walking distance. Being close to the airport is also another big plus. I hope that your trip to South America was perfect and we look forward to welcoming you back to our Marriott Courtyard Fort Lauderdale Beach!
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Howell, New Jersey
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Prior to our cruise, we decided to stay a few days in Fort Lauderdale to get some much needed sun. We had a nice view of the ocean and pool. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Breakfasts were great and having a Bubba Gumps close by was a plus. Onsite parking was a little steep at $30 per day, so we found a public parking lot next door for less than half.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Bill C, General Manager at Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach, responded to this review, April 29, 2013
I'm glad that you enjoyed a few days on Fort Lauderdale Beach before your cruise. The Marriott Courtyard is conveniently close to both the beach and the port. Thanks for your ratings and please come back to visit us again!
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Reasonable and beach is right across the street. (Only a few hotels on the beach here) great outdoor bar. Friendly staff. Did I say location? That's the number one reason to stay here! Don't miss the water taxi! The best $20 you'll spend in Ft. Lauderdale.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bill C, General Manager at Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach, responded to this review, April 29, 2013
I'm very pleased that you enjoyed our location and commented about friendly staff. Thank you for your review and we hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back to the Marriott Courtyard Fort Lauderdale Beach!
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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

We usually stay at smaller guest houses on Ft Lauderdale beach, but this one was selected by our cruise line for a pre-cruise stay. It worked well for us because we had an additional coupole joining us for a night and our room with 2 queen beds was roomy and comfortable for all of us. It saved us over $200.
The hotel is is great shape and the staff was very accommodating. It's also very convenient to Las Olas Blvd, for times you might want to head off the beach.
Only drawback was that parking was pricey at about $25/day. We always find free parking at the smaller places further up the beach.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bill C, General Manager at Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach, responded to this review, April 29, 2013
Thank you for your review. We're glad that you gave the Marriott Courtyard Fort Lauderdale Beach a try and we hope that you will join us again!
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Brookhaven
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78 reviews 78 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

On the plus side--this location is at the beach and easy to get to. It is clean and comfortable, and the fridge in the room was welcome (even though the last guests' leftovers were still in it). The bathroom was lovely (though step up to the shower/tub was strange!). On the down side--check in staff was brusque and the room felt cramped. The pool was totally shaded and the area not very inviting. However, the beach IS right across the street. It was great to be so close (<15 minutes) from the airport. All in all, not bad. Ask for a room far from the outside bar/music if you want it quieter.

Room Tip: Try to get a higher floor room for the view and the quiet.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bill C, General Manager at Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach, responded to this review, April 25, 2013
My goal is to have all plusses and no minuses. Reviews are valuable to me and I go to work on eliminating minusses. I'm glad that you enjoyed our location and I certainly want to apologize for a brusque staff member. I know that a genuine welcome and friendliness are critical to a guest's experience. I will follow up and ensure that all personnel live up to our standards. I hope that we will have the opportunity to welcome you back.
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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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