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Hotel Sheldon
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1000 North Surf Road, Hollywood, FL 33019   |  
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Ranked #33 of 66 Hotels in Hollywood
Smithfield, North Carolina
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31 reviews 31 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Awesome location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

We stayed here for a couple nights while staying in south Florida for the National Championship Game. The best thing about the hotel was the location. Right out the back door you are on the boardwalk with the beautiful turquoise ocean right behind it. That was enough for our visit right there. There were numerous restaurants located within walking distance along the beach and a very nice bakery a short walk off the beach. Parking was adequate although a little difficult to find initially and the one-way streets can be a little confusing at first. The hotel is dated and still under renovations but once complete will be very, very nice. The staff was pleasant and helpful. We would stay there again.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Austin, Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

My wife and picked this hotel based only on the online reviews we read. We were traveling to the Miami area for the National Championship football game in Sun Life Stadium which is about 20 minutes away from the hotel.

We were very surprised at the quality of the hotel for the price. The hotel has recently remodeled the guest rooms so everything is up to date and clean. They are in the process of remodeling the lobby but it is not disruptive to the stay. The hotel sits right on the boardwalk and is only a few yards from the ocean. There is also a beach chair rental booth that is right outside of the hotel.

The beach is beautiful and clean at this location. There are also several restaurants, bars, and souvenir shops within a quarter mile radius of the hotel. Only small downside is that the hotel parking lot in a block from the hotel but we parked at the rear of the hotel and unloaded the bags then parked the car. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a location in the Hollywood or Fort Lauderdale areas.

P.S. The pictures on the hotel website does not do justice to the hotel and they don't reflect how close the beach is to the hotel or how nice the boardwalk is outside the hotel.

Room Tip: We had a ocean view on the third floor. The bed was comfortable and we were not able to hear any out...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Vermont
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

Like other reviewers have stated, the Sheldon is in the midst of a thorough renovation. The lobby was completely empty aside from the workers refinishing the gorgeous terrazzo floor. Even so, the place has lots of art-deco-like charm, it's clean and comfortable, and its location, right on the boardwalk in Hollywood, was perfect for us. Hollywood retains a lot of its vintage beach getaways, while in nearby Hallandale they have been torn down and replaced by massive structures.

This place will be truly amazing when the renovation is done. We're just concerned the prices will go up... way up.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Carrollton, Texas
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Very nice hotel right on the beach. Undergoing a thorough re-model but will be great when done. Staff was all very nice. You can walk to many restaurants in the neighborhood. If you can nab one of the 2 rooms with a balcony even better. We will be back..

Room Tip: grab the room with a balcony..but there are only 2
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

let me start off by saying that the sheldon is still renovating, so don't expect upscale amenities like pool, gym, concierge service or business center -- by i loved my stay there! my window looked out at the ocean (they gave me a free upgrade!) and it's right on the broadwalk, so food and drink are right outside your door -- what more do you need for a florida vacay? the staff are wonderful people, and it's a quick ten minutes to the restaurant/club stretch of hollywood blvd -- plus FREE PARKING! -- i'd go back to the sheldon in a heartbeat

Room Tip: ask for third floor ocean view
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Orlando, FL
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

Let me start by saying---if you are looking for a 4 star hotel or like the basic run of the mill hotels, this is not for you. This is a diamond in the rough and has charm. It could be a boutique hotel with the right renovations and decor. The hotel staff is very nice and even allowed for an early check in. The parking is great and free. The location is the ULTIMATE BEST! It is right on the boardwalk and close to everything.

Now, keep in mind this hotel is over 70 years old and it looks it. They are working on renovating it. There was no lobby-it was a construction zone. The hallway was very dark and ceiling tiles were mismatched and dirty. Our room had not been renovated; so it was a bit of a mish mosh of decor. On the bright side, we faced the ocean (awesome), the bed was clean and comfy, the TV had a million channels and we had a microwave and refrig. I was told that the bathrooms in the future will be renovated to stand up showers only (I like that). Trust me, that is a good thing when the showers/bathtubs look really old.

I was told that a new Starwood hotel was being built steps away from the Hotel Sheldon. Once that hotel comes in and the renovations are complete, Hotel Sheldon will jump up in stars and price. Take advantage of it now. Side note, Giorgios and Las Brisas are very good places to eat.

Enjoy your stay.

Room Tip: Go ocean view.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Richmond, Virginia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

Hotel Sheldon is definitely a hotel I would recommend to friends and family members who are planning a trip to or around Hollywood FL.

Pros:
Excellent customer service when it came to the front desk and cleaning staff. We arrived around 11 am from our cruise in Miami. We were allowed to check are bags, and check in early at no extra charge.
Outstanding view of the ocean and boardwalk. My other half and I were upgraded to an ocean view room and could not have been happier. We could see the cruise ships leaving out of Port Everglades and at night we left the windows open to hear the waves.
The hotel offered Free WiFi.
Large walk in closet that was excellent to store are luggage.
The room key is blank and has no reference to what hotel it belongs to. I really like this concept more for safety reasons. No one can find your key and determine where you are staying (unless they are staying there).

Cons (Everything has it highs and lows):
The name of the hotel is located on the roof. We passed the hotel twice before seeing the name on top of the fire escape.
The tub floor in are room was made out some type of ceramic material. The bottom of the tub became to hot to stand on when taking a hot shower.
The Outlets for the lamps are in between the headboard and the mattress. Very easy to get your hand caught around the wire.
Since the walls are made out of concrete, the air pressure is really bad. The wind blows under the bathroom door and creates a wind tunnel in the hallway between the bathroom and the closet. You can hear the wind blowing from other rooms and doors slamming.
The weekend noise was excellent but Monday and Tuesday was very loud in the morning due to construction. You could hear people banging hammers, talking, and doors slamming at 8:30am.

In all I would visit this hotel again once construction is done.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1000 North Surf Road, Hollywood, FL 33019
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Location: United States > Florida > Hollywood
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#13 On the Beach Hotel in Hollywood
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Sheldon 2*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Sheldon has been a fixture on the Hollywood Beach boardwalk for decades. Breathtaking ocean view rooms with private terraces, full bathrooms, and free parking are what Hotel Sheldon offers for any family excursion, pleasure getaway or business trip. Our new management delivers a truly personalized service, while our prime location in the heart of Hollywood Beach allows every guest to enjoy the countless recreational activities, sandy white beaches and the characteristic two mile boardwalk. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Sheldon Hotel Hollywood
Sheldon Ocean Resort

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