The location of this hotel is fabulous - near enough to walk to bars, restaurants, tourist shops and far enough away from the bulk of the "spring-breakers" to enjoy some peace and quiet. Our room was on the 16th floor overlooking both the marina and the ocean. We could watch all the yachts coming and going and see the cruise ships off in the distance. We found the staff, for the most part, to be very friendly and welcoming. The deli/snack bar had great food at a reasonable price. We didn't try the food at the pool or in the restaurant - they were very pricey. The room was quite acceptable - adequate but not luxurious. The low-flow toilet flushing was annoying. You don't save any water when you have to flush 2 or 3 times. The "free" wireless internet does not extend to the rooms. It was only available in the lobby and they changed the password for it every single day. If you're travelling on business, this is very inconvenient to have to huddle in the lobby over your laptop. They did have a 'wired' system in the rooms but I believe it would cost $9.50 a day to access it.
The most unacceptable point about this hotel was their pitiful fire alarm system. On the Wednesday night, after 1:00 AM, there was a fire in a garbage dumpster at one side of the hotel. I was asleep (on the 16th floor) and my husband was on the 3rd floor in a hospitality room for the group we were with. They noticed the flames shooting up to the 3rd floor windows. When they called the front desk, there was no answer. They called 911 and were told the fire had been reported. At this point, my husband called our room to make sure I got out. I could not hear any alarm in our room and it was not until I opened the door that I could hear a very faint beep-beep and saw flashing lights. Luckily I knew where the emergency staircase was because we had gone down it the previous day when the elevator still wasn't working (as mentioned by the previous poster) (it took over 24 hrs. to fix that elevator). When I exited the staircase in the parking lot, there were only about 30 people out there. Hardly anyone heard the alarm - some people were awakened by the smell of smoke. There were no staff outside marshalling or giving out information. After about 1/2 hr. we walked around to the front of the hotel to determine if it was safe to reenter. The firefighters told us it was okay. Funnily enough there was an employee cleaning the floor in the lobby with a polishing machine and one employee at the front desk being yelled at by an angry guest who had woken to the smell of smoke. They seemed completely unbothered by the whole event. The next day most of the other guests were unaware that anything had happened. Lord only knows how they would have evacuated this building if it was actually in the building.
- Also Known As:
- Bahia Mar Beach Hotel
- Bahia Mar Beach Resort
- Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale
- Hotel Bahia Mar Beach
- Bahia Mar
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy stunning surroundings and 44 breathtaking acres along the Intracoastal Waterway at the Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach hotel- a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. Located near the International Swimming Hall of Fame, the Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach hotel is a water taxi ride away from the shops, restaurants and nightlife of Las Olas Boulevard. Stay active with water sports, indulge the option to sail away on a cruise or simply relax on the white sandy beach. Bahia Mar is only a short drive from the Fort Lauderdale International Airport and Port Everglades Cruise Terminal. ... more less
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