I am staying for two months in an efficiency near the pool at Montreal Inn. I came to Dania Beach because of wonderful memories of spending a summer here in 1971. I am delighted that the area is as it was in 1971 except for two high-rise condos casting shadows over my little bit of paradise. (Many condos in the buildings are in foreclosure.)
I am here because the Atlantic ocean is 30 yards away, with sea oats and a handful of people. I walk my dog along the broadwalk, as do many others, greeting the many bikers, skaters and joggers. I ate breakfast at a table in the courtyard and will soon get in the pool.
The buildings are old; I'd guess they date to the 1950s, judging by the color schemes. The owner, a man who imports bananas from Ecuador and who lives down beach a bit in a nice home, appears to be investing little in upkeep of the units. My frig is rusted and could have been bought at Salvation Army . But it keeps food well. I have a microwave, one unusable skillet, 2 unmatched plates, two sets of cutlery -- that's all. I had to ask for towels and a broom to sweep up the ever-present sand, but the manager sent them. My TV is tiny and the remote doesn't work.
But these are not the things I came here for! I bought a few things -- incuding, first, a mattress pad and sheets and pillows. I want to make sure my bed is clean!
The folks working here are helpful and friendly. Folks my dog and I encounter as we walk are super nice.
Within easy walking distance -- one no more than 100 yards away -- are two clubs and a restaurant. I don't know what some of the travelers want in terms of "night life," but two clubs and a restaurant within walking distance are more than sufficient for me. Driving south to Hollywood, north to Fort Lauderdale or west to Dania takes one to entertainment as pricey and spicey as anyone could want.
I am paying Montreal Inn a fraction of what other better-kept accommodations in the neighborhood (about 10 one-block long streets that stretch from Surf Road along the ocean one block westward to north-south North Ocean Drive.
I came here not for what most people call "luxury" -- hair dryers, Aveeda shampoo, well-coifed young women at the check-in desk, etc. I expected (and found) cleanliness, friendliness, ordinary people behaving well.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Montreal Inn offers comfortable and well maintained apartments complete with spacious interiors and fully equipped kitchens, cable TV, and much more. Guests can enjoy the magnificent clear blue ocean and sunbathing on the spectacular beach while staying here. Our property is located at the North end of the beach in Hollywood Florida, 40 minutes North of Miami Beach and 35 minutes South of West Palm Beach on the East coast of Florida. Footsteps from the ocean, with miles of beautiful sugar-sand beaches and palm trees under a warm tropical sun. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Montreal Hotel Hollywood