Ok, I would actually have given this a 3.5 if possible, but it almost deserves the 4 stars. All of the previous bad reviews about the shape of the rooms may have been before a remodel. We found our private room (D-1) to be comfortable and smartly decorated for the pricing of this area. Although a private room may be 3 times one you'd find in Central American regions, this was a great price for the location (a block from the Hollywood Broadwalk).
The staff were mostly very friendly and helpful, and free bikes, beach towels and chairs, etc are provided to guests! The common area in between the buildings is a great place to chill and drink a beer while reading or chatting with other guests.
Now for the downsides (1) the toilet in our particular room was so close to the wall, you literally had to sit sideways... something that an older potential guest may want to think about - bad hips or knees would not have been a good thing and it was somewhat uncomfortable. 2) The parking is NOT guaranteed, so this can be a problem, as parking is about $1.50/hr anywhere near this hotel/hostel. Apparently, the attached "Taco Shack" (good food and expensive drinks) guests can also park in the hotel parking areas... I just can't figure out how they could enforce parking, as Taco Shack patrons don't have any kind of identifying tag in the car, whereas hotel guests are given a paper parking pass for the duration of their stay. No biggie, but on Friday, Saturday, and Sundays, it can be an issue.
This is a beach hotel/hostel, people! Some reviews seem a bit harsh (perhaps Quebec visitors :P ). Enjoy the vibe and relax a bit... you can't beat the location near the beach and trolley stops to downtown.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hollywood Beach Suites, Hostel + Hotel is a new concept hotel ready to accommodate those looking for a chic beach hotel or fun hostel experience. Chose our hostel option to vacation with your best friends or meet new ones. We have an amazing location… on the beach and boardwalk in the heart of Hollywood Beach, Florida just across the street from the Intercoastal Waterway and minutes from Fort Lauderdale Airport and the seaport. With private and shared accommodations, we offer hotel quality services for all types of travelers in a fun, friendly and safe atmosphere. Reminiscent of a Key West style cottage and a “no worries” attitude, our hip hotel features more than 200 beds with shared female, male, mixed-sex and private hotel rooms. You won’t be at a loss for things to do with our never ending list of free amenities and activities, such as biking and surfing. We are in the perfect spot for world travelers, single travelers and groups especially bachelorette and bachelor parties seeking the ultimate sun-filled vacation with activities including beach barbecues, fishing, surfing, kayaking and beach volleyball just steps from your door. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hollywood Beach Hotel Hollywood