Stayed at the Sheraton for one night while in town for work. While an older place, it's been renovated and Starwood has done a decent job with what they had to work with. There are obviously some restrictions, as the heyday of this place was in the 50s and 60s. It's not hard to picture the glamorous days of this hotel (once called the Yankee Clipper - there are pictures in the lobby of the glory years when stars like Marilyn Monroe were guests and scenes from films have been filmed there, including in the apparently somewhat iconic bar).
You won't find the high end finishings or furniture of a boutique hotel here (I think there was something resembling a plastic patio table in my room) but it is a beach hotel after all and gets lots of traffic from couples and families with kids coming in and off from the beach and pool. And that's where the strength of the Sheraton Ft. Lauderdale resides: the beach. It's the last hotel on Seabreeze Blvd. before a park. The views are quite nice with no other buildings around and a nice area to walk along the water. The majority of other guests I encountered were family types. These included international travelers and also groups of people getting ready to go on a cruise or staying one night following the cruise.
Other than walking past the beachside pool, I spent no time there but it appeared to be well-maintained and there is a deck area for lying on beach chairs. There are other pools on the property but I did not get a chance to see them. The pool by the beach had a bar and also a shelved station equipped with towels.
A word of caution: there are actually three separate buildings as part of the hotel. Two are directly on the beach but one is in a tower across Seabreeze. Access is easy via an enclosed walkway / hallway but it's worth mentioning as many travelers most likely prefer to stay on the beach side (might be something to consider asking about when booking the room).
The real delight for this hotel is in the service. Each and every member of the staff that I had any interaction with, from the parking garage attendant (you can valet but the garage is adjacent to the hotel and also accessed by the 2nd floor walkway - $20 / per night to park there) to the maintenance worker I passed in a hall, to the housekeeping staff as well as the clerks at the front desk were pleasant, accomodating, professional and seemed to be quite good at their respective jobs.
My room is nothing special but was sufficient. Again, you can pick up on some of the older details (and not necessarily in a charming way) but I didn't encounter anything unkempt or unclean. The bathroom was average compared to a newer hotel but, again, nothing unsatisfactory. The bed was comfortable and the TVs have been updated to flat screens.
All in all, this was a fine place if you are one who is not overly concerned with boutique-type amenities. If you can overlook the older feel (or just embrace the nostalgia of it), nothing else should be a problem. It's probably not the place that you want to center a whole vacation around but, for a night or two, it was definitely enjoyable and I felt the service was above average.
- Also Known As:
- Sheraton Yankee Clipper
- Yankee Clipper Hotel Florida
- Yankee Clipper Motel
- Sheraton Yankee Clipper Fort Lauderdale
- Sheraton Fort Lauderdale
- Fort Lauderdale Sheraton
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel, a landmark destination. This stylish Fort Lauderdale resort is a haven of hospitality and is located directly on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. ... more less
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