We have just returned from a trip to Florida and this was without doubt, the worst accomodation we stayed in. In fact I am sure it is the worst accomodation we have ever stayed in.
First impressions of the 'resort' (I use the term very loosely) were that it needed a complete renovation and a fresh coat of paint. Our room was not clean and there were ants crawling all over the kitchen.
The kitchen cupboards and the cooker were also dirty with dirt, food crumbs etc. all over them. Later on we found dead cockroaches in the bedroom.
My wife and I planned to use the sofa bed while our kids slept in the two main beds, but when we got the sofa bed out it was unusable. The mattress had no stuffing and all the springs were coming through. They hadn't even given us bedding for it. I went to the reception and the maintenance man indicated that he wasn't surprised about this. He offerred to get another mattress from another room, but that one was just as bad. We ended up sleeping in one bed while the kids slept together in the other.
The aircons in the room were appalling. They were the really old style ones that are placed in a hole in the wall (and don't fit) and were falling apart with rust. They were so noisy it was hard to sleep and they looked liked they hadn't been serviced in many years.
The outside of the accomodation needed a lot of work to get it upto an acceptable standard. The pools were often dirty and the filters didn't seem to clean them at all. The pool steps were broken and dangerous but no attempt was made to fix them. The steps down to the beach were also broken and dangerous and you had to be very careful. When I chatted with the maintenance man about the state of the place, his excuse was that it "was built in 1938". It then occured to me that perhaps that was the last time it had been painted or worked on.
All in all this was appalling accomodation and how it ever gets the ratings it gets I do not know? Personally I would not even give it one star. I chated to several other guests who were staying there and they all had the same oppinion as me. One said to me " It isn't quite the way it apears on the internet sites, is it!."
All I can say is do yourselves a big favour and give this place a wide berth.
- Also Known As:
- Villas By The Sea Hotel Fort Lauderdale
- Hotel By The Sea