My husband, my 15 year old daughter and her friend, and my 5 year old daughter traveled to FL from Texas during our Spring Break. My husband was attending a conference there. Online the rates were like $400+ per night but bc of the conference we got it at $259. The room policy specifically states no more than four people per room and because of that no rollaway beds could be requested. I've stayed at other Marriott's with similar small rooms and small full size beds but was able to get a rollaway bed with no problem. I think because their rates are ridiculous they are trying to avoid people craming into a room (which I get) but for our circumstance it just seemed silly. We didn't get much sleep bc of it bc my 5 year old is a crazy sleeper. The resort is beautiful. The pool was a nice size with ample lounge chairs but you have to have a towel card to get a towel (if there is any) which can be annoying. There isn't a kids pool unless you use the kids camp which costs a lot of money. Luckily my daughter can swim. The pool service was pretty good but EXPENSIVE! The beach is great! The sand is soft white sand and the water wasn't that ruff or cold. Plenty of lounge chairs with umbrellas and a little cart that goes around asking if you want anything. There is also a beach bar. They have a large tub of toys the kids can use for free which we saw after we bought some at the beach store.
Breakfast buffet was good but again expensive. $20+ per person even for our teens. For my 5 year old for cereal and a banana it was $8! We ate at the beachfront restaurant which was reasonable but still pretty expensive $14 for a hamburger.
Just off the premises you can catch the water taxi which is a must. It's kind of expensive during the day but at night after 7 it's half price and it takes you all along the canals and you get to see the huge mansions and million dollar yaughts. Very cool. We took it downtown and eat at the Cheesecake Factory. It was the Las Olas stop which had lots of restaurants and shops lining the street.
We decided to rent a car and drive to Hollywood Beach which is close and we walked along the boardwalk and ended up eating at this Argentinean place called Las Brisas. THE BEST SPAGHETTI I"VE EVER HAD!!!!! I think it was listed as the owners favorite. I still dream about it.
Next night we get brave and decide to head to South Beach Miami (it looked close on the map) well the way our GPS took us down route 1 it took us two hours. We wanted to get there in daylight but it didn't happen. It was DEF spring break because people were wild and I felt like a terrible parent bringing my kids there. It took us forever to find a place to eat and we finally decided on Cafe Cardozo. Our bill for two adults, teens sharing, and a 5 year old who also shared was $250!!!!! And the food was mediocre. It was a poorly planned last minute trip obviously and we def learned our lesson.
In all it was a fun trip and we enjoyed ourselves but we spent so much money on food and drinks it was nuts!!! Plus I would NEVER pay $400 for a room unless it was all inclusive and 5 stars.
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