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“NOWHERE AS BAD AS SOME MAKE OUT” 3 of 5 stars
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Hollywood Beach Resort Cruise Port Hotel
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   101 North Ocean Drive, Hollywood, FL 33019 (Formerly Ramada Hollywood Beach Resort)   |  
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Ranked #56 of 65 Hotels in Hollywood
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“NOWHERE AS BAD AS SOME MAKE OUT”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Yes the hotel is old, 1926, and some of the public areas still show signs of that era.
It is a little tired and could do with modernising, but whilst it retains private condos that won't happen.
The only part of the public areas that we could fault was the toilets in the lobby area. The whole two weeks we were there some of the 'facilities' were out of order and certainly the cleanliness of the gents left a lot to be desired.
The condo that we booked, 424, was adequate for our needs. It was certainly not the worst condo there, but probably a long way from the best.
If you book here be aware that wi fi is NOT available in rooms as some owners may advertise. Available in the lobby area only..
The outside of the hotel was generally clean and tidy. The pool area was great. All the staff we had dealings with were both polite and helpful.
All in all the room was just OK, the hotel fine and the beach and pool great.
Shuttle from Fort Lauderdale airport is available, after 7am, for $9 per person (taxi about $28). Contact the hotel and they will let you know who to phone to arrange.

Room Tip: Sea view if you can get one
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  • Stayed January 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have stayed at many hotels in the past and I can honestly say that this was the worst hotel experience I've ever had. I've never taken the time to write a review but this time I felt absolutely necessary. Everything about this hotel was terrible. It was rundown, dirty, old and the staff was rude. This may have been a resort when it was initially built many many years ago however this is not a resort. The first floor of the hotel which should be shops and restaurants are all boarded up windows and cheapo touristy style clothing that looks like its been sitting in the window for 20 years. What used to be water features throughout the lobby are now dirty and empty. The air-quality in our room was terrible. A strong smell of musty mold. We had a two night stay and each morning I woke up with swollen eyes from the poor air quality. The tub and sink in our bathroom drain so slowly that we were standing ankle deep in our shower water while taking showers. I can't explain how rude the staff was at the elevator security station. We felt more like prisoners then guests. I can't tell you how upset we were with the price that we paid for these rooms to be treated the way that we were and to stay in a place as dumpy as this. There's no way this place should be calling themselves a resort. It was more like a dumpy 8 story motel. The beds were hard and very uncomfortable. The hallways stink of smoke and must. I have nothing good to say about this hotel. It is a rundown, dingy, stinky, dirty, old and overpriced.

  • Stayed January 2015
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Sarasota, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I will echo many of the same comments that I have just read recently in regard to this dump and that's exactly what it is. You'd never know from the street because as your driving you can either go left to the beach or bear right, make a U-Turn as you most always have to here in Florida and that will get you to the lovely Hollywood Beach Resort a sorry, sorry excuse for a hotel if you want to even call it that. I believe it used to be a Ramada property several years but they couldn't pass inspection and it's no wonder why once you get there, take a look and get to your lovely room. Boy are u in for a surprise!!!
Pictures of this property in its heyday adorn the walls. Looks like they haven't done anything since and want to retain that mystique. Walking into these rooms it's as if you did step back in time to the 50's. Look at some pictures your Mom or Dad may have after they were first married, perhaps purchased their first house and I'm sure as it was with my folks may bring back some memories. Then fast forward to this place circa 2015 but the property still looks like its back in the 50's straight out of the Twilight Zone with Rod Serling. This would have been a great episode for him: Remember the opening went something like; 'you've entered another dimension in space and time". Real bizarre indeed.
I feel bad for anyone who actually has to work there and try and defend the property. But wait. There's more. You have to pay $15/day to park and they give you these flimsy things they call towels for the pool that I never bothered to check out. Why even have a pool when Hollywood Beach is right there, the only saving grace to this cesspool. But then again, I've stayed at the Ramada downtown and in ten minutes you're at the beach so beachfront is a moot point and you're going to pay thru the nose for a place on the beach.
And if you don't return those things they call towels(they're better suited to dry off your car after it's just been washed) they will charge you. That almost happened to me because my car needed repairs while I was there and the towels happened to be in my car. I returned those "luxurious" towels to the desk when I got my car back. And finally, this being 2015 and all in the 21st century, there is no internet access in the rooms. Who does not have room WI-FI these days. I'll tell you one. It's this dump. If you trust the reviews you read here you'll stay away from this place. And like I said, save yourself some money. You don't need to be at the beaches doorstep when in a matter of minutes you're there. Well, unless you're in Ft. Lauderdale or something. Buyer Beware. Don't say we didn't warn you. They should be paying the guests for staying there and not the other way around.

Room Tip: Yah, I have a tip. Don't bother staying there. That's the best tip I can offer.
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  • Stayed October 2014, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have to say that from the front desk to the cleaning lady's this were great! Close beach, restaurants, lots to do! Hotel, was nothing special, it's run down but the beds were cozy and everything worked! Clearing ladys need to do a lot better, but other wise it was great time!

Room Tip: Ocean front rooms are not worth paying extra! Better rooms looking other way!
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  • Stayed January 2015, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

DO BOOK THIS HOTEL it is probably for homeless people which is a shame as it is a health and safety risk!! Myself and three friends were booked here for nights before a cruise we did were unable to stay at the hotel for more than twenty minutes. My friends petite studio was engulfed with the smell of gas but no one seemed bothered. The studios are small pokey dirty health and safety risk with full size cookers by the bed two kitchen units half falling of the wall a giant fridge freezer and I was not in the room long enough to see if there was a tv. Assistance from security was poor no one to hep with our suitcases, reception was poor the receptionist was un I informative and looked as if we had waken her from her bed. The best person was the man we had to see on the second reception who tried to assist us in finding a better room, but it was actually just a bigger version of the terrible studio we were allocated earlier. At this point Fter flying for ten hours and spending two hours in the airport customs queue we decided we desperately needed some sleep as it was now 1am US time we therefore called a taxi which took us to the nearest Martiot Oceans street where we had a warm welcome and were able to book two luxurious rooms.

Room Tip: Don't book there. Ratings unmarkable
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Stayed January 2015, traveled with friends
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

absolutely disgusting…food court all border up cracks and holes in the walls ceilings
washrooms the most disgusting place i have ever seen water fountains don't work
i cannot believe they operate this JOINT AS A HOTEL SHOULD BE BLOWN UP
makes the bates motel look like a four seasons
I WOULD RATHER SLEEP IN MY CAR OR ON THE STREETS

DO NOT AND I REPEAT MYSELF DO NOT STAY HERE

  • Stayed December 2014, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I have never been grossed out in my life with such a place. Let me first start off with the negatives.
When we checked into our hotel, we were going to take a quick nap since had a long day. We pulled the sheets back only to find that they had body fluid stains on them!!!!! Disgusting! My wife was mortified. So I quickly notified the front desk and they had housekeeping come up immediately to change our bedsheets. So as housekeeping was changing out the bedsheets, we then noticed that the too comforter had BLOOD STAINS on it!!!! I pointed it out to her snd told her that those need to be thrown in the trash! This was a bad sign that I should have packed up and left.

The a/c unit was a portable unit that had a flex pipe duct taped from the unit to the window (see photo). The room had lots of unfamiliar stains on the walls (see photo). The safe did not work (see photo). The TV looked like it could fall off the wall at anytime; had wires hanging down (see photo). The bathroom floor was disgusting (see photo). The front door looked unsecured (see photo). The "beach front" view was a view of the roof with HVAC units (see photo). The hallways had a dirty, mildew, cigarette smell throughout the whole building. It looked as iff this hotel was abandoned. Don't let your kids or wife walk alone in the hallways. Looks unsafe.

We booked 3 night at this "resort" and we packed up and checked out at 8am after our first night and forfeited our money. This is a slum place. This is NOT a resort. This is more like a MOTEL.

Parking onsite in the garage (which is the only option) is $15 a day! We also forfeited $30 of prepaid parking simce we checked out 2 days earlier and they do not issue refunds for unused days.

We checked in on December 19th amd checked out on the 21st asap!
Please please please please! Do not stay at this place as you will disappointed. If you would like to personally contact me for any questions the email me at jeremieisaiah@yahoo.com. I have never left my email on a review but I do not want you to be disappointed like we were.

The only positive thing about this place was the friendliness of the staff during my check-in & check-out.

If I could rate this hotel, I would give it a negative 5 rating. It was that bad.

Stayed December 2014
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Additional Information about Hollywood Beach Resort Cruise Port Hotel

Address: 101 North Ocean Drive, Hollywood, FL 33019 (Formerly Ramada Hollywood Beach Resort)
Location: United States > Florida > Hollywood
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#17 On the Beach Hotel in Hollywood
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hollywood Beach Resort Cruise Port Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 250
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Also Known As:
Hollywood Beach Resort Cruise Port Hotel Hollywood
Ramada Hollywood Beach Hotel
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