My girlfriend and I recently spent ten days at the Hollywood Beach Resort Cruise Port Hotel at 101 North Ocean Drive. Generally we enjoyed ourselves. We had a complementary shuttle from the airport to the hotel and took about ten minutes to call. The driver was very knowledgeable about the area and different "Happy Hours" that took place from 4-7. Our room was small, approximately 350 square feet, and it included a large size fridge, microwave, a hotplate, cutlery and plates for four people. Our room this time had no safety deposit box, although we were told when we checked out, they could have brought a box in. We also had to pay a tax for beach towels, use of the pool, and other incidentals. This was our second time staying at this semi renovated hotel. Our view looked out at the waterway, with practically no view. Since we had planned on staying at this hotel, we brought down cereal, condiments, a few cans of meat etc, plus a few snacks to get us going. There was a small market just outside the hotel called Geoge's food., We felt very secure in the hotel as one needed a special pass key to get to the elevators, another one for our room, and one key for the pool and gym. When I did not have the right key and she had recognized me, they said "sir, we don't make the rules". . The highlight of the hotel was the lovely pool and the beach just steps away. They now have "non smoking" at the pool area. There were hundreds of bars and restaurants to choose from for lunch and dinner, all within walking distance. The amazing boardwalk stretched easily five miles. Our favorite bar during "happy hour" was bar 101 (located just outside the hotel) and G G's (across the street) quite upscale with many yachts stopping there. We also took the "water taxi" to downtown Fort Lauderdale, about $20 return. The guide informed us about the many beautiful houses, including Sonny & Cher , famous golfers, etc. Take your camera. We actually found we didn't need a car during our stay. They also had a trolley on Ocean Drive, but we were informed that it is not working on Mondays and Tuesday. We actually took the trolley to Walmart (both clothing and groceries). It was a short walk over the bridge to get to it. The trolley does not go direct to it. There is also a Publix about a twenty minute walk. We took the local bus (senior ticket is 95 cents.)There is a live music bandshell on the boardwalk just north on the boardwalk, just opposite the newest hotel and complex called "Jimmy Buffets Margariteville" . It will open in September and looks awesome. They also have a organic food area called "Josh's, just south of the hotel on the beach. This food market is only open on Sunday, but go early afternoons for the best bargains as food goes on half price or less. I am a little nervous on driving in foreign countries so we did not need a car. If I was in my twenty's or older and wanted to go to some new night clubs in Ft. Lauderdale, I would have had rented a car. Parking at the hotel is about $20 a day, more if you use the conciege. We got the conceige at the hotel to drive us back to the airport and I think we tipped about eight dollars. Generally we had a good time, and would go back. but probably go to the new hotel "Jimmy Buffets Margaritivaille" or pay extra for a ocean view at the hotel.
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- Hollywood Beach Resort Cruise Port Hotel Hollywood
- Ramada Hollywood Beach Hotel
- Ramada Hollywood Beach Resort
- Hollywood Ramada