I recently stayed in this hotel for three nights for a conference. As a conference hotel, it was very nice. We were checked in quickly, and the hotel was gracious enough to upgrade my wife and I from our standard room to one with an ocean view. The conference facilities were well maintained, and the food and beverages provided during the conference were excellent.
The hotel grounds were beautiful and well-maintained. The hotel claims to have a private beach, and this may be the case, but I didn't see anything to suggest that non-guests were prevented from visiting. There are no barriers on either side of the beach, and when the beach was being attended to by a hotel employee, they didn't seem to do anything to verify that the beachgoers were guests. My wife and left and returned to the hotel several times via the beach without issue, and one morning I witnessed a homeless man verbally assaulting a woman who was playing on the beach with young children, with no interference from a hotel employee.
The fire pit and patio area on the beachfront is beautiful, probably my favorite part of the hotel. My wife and I had a very nice time relaxing on the couches in the evening with a few drinks.
The dining options at the hotel leave a lot to be desired. There are a few bars and restaurants, as well as a Starbucks, but not a lot of variety, everything was pretty generic. This wouldn't be as much of an issue if the hotel were in a better location. We like to walk as much as possible on vacation, and the property is difficult to leave this way. Most of the road leaving the hotel does not have a sidewalk, and the beach route is not well lit at night because sea turtles are in the area. However, once out on A1A, it is a pretty short walk to most of the restaurants on Fort Lauderdale Beach.
The amenities in the hotel were not in line with what I would expect from a "Resort and Spa." The rooms did not have bathrobes, there was no bellhop to assist with luggage. The bed had a thin, hard mattress that had a thick mattress pad on top to try and add cushion. I've only seen this done in two-star hotels, a resort usually doesn't go cheap on the mattress.
Overall, I'd say this is a fine hotel for a business conference. However, it seems to aspire to be a destination for weddings and honeymoons, but I would never choose it for that, it just doesn't have enough going on, at least not at this time of year. The rate card in our ocean view room said the regular rate was $700 a night, and our rate for the no-view room we had booked was only about half that. I think there are much better values to be had, in Florida and elsewhere, for that kind of money, but it may just be a matter personal preference. It just wasn't our kind of place.
Don't pay the crazy rate for an ocean view room, the abundance of ocean view rooms makes it like...
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