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“Absolutely The Best” 5 of 5 stars
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Ataraxia by the Sea
301 Jackson Street, Hollywood, FL 33019-2016   |  
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Ranked #6 of 25 Hollywood B&B and Inns
Haverhill,Ma
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Absolutely The Best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2012

My wife & I arrived at Ataraxia & were met by Dean, we felt like we had known him for a long time. He is an accomodating & gracious individual. The inn is a wonderful place to relax, no pretenses allowed here. All the guests mingle at breakfast & around the pool. Dean is like the " Godfather " giving advice,suggesting & recommending restaurants- sights - short trips. He takes care of his guests on a individual basis, everybody feels like they are staying at a friends house. He has great stories about south Florida the past, present & future. Dean is a generous soul, he enjoys helping others. We missed his other half, Lori, she was away on a trip. We heard wonderful things about her & look forward to getting to know her when vacation there again in June. We recommend this place wholeheartedly. Paulie From Boston,Ma

  • Stayed February 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Boston
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4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2012

We arrived to the place with a geat welcoming by both Dean and Lori. We were quickly escorted to our room. We were in the tree tops which was an amazing qaint room on the second floor with a semi private balcony. The room had high ceilings and great charm. The bedding was neat and clean and the closet and storage space was amazing. The bathroom was huge with plenty of towels.

The grounds were very islandy and had a great floridan charm to it. The pool was very warm and very nice. Dean provides everything you need for the beach which is approx. 15 feet from the building. Towels, beach chairs, a cooler with ice and anything else you would need. The hosts are so accomodating but also so laid back that you can come and go as you please. Dean provides breakfast in the morning which ranges from: Fruit, yogurt, cereal, and an occassional hot item freshly made (I.e french toast or pancakes). Each Morning you would join the rest of the guests and share stories and become a sorta family.

The broadwalk is 30 seconds a away and provides unbelievable morning walks. It stretchs the entire length of the beach and is just great to see so many walking in the morning. The broadwalk also provides ample bars and dining options to meet anyones needs. The place seems to never shut down and has great bargains on 2 4 1 specials and cheap drafts. The trolley will take you to downtown Hollywood which was a great surprise. It cost a dollar and breaks you right to downtown offering amazing food and good bars. The broadwalk also offers and band shell will live music M, T, W. It is a great fun to people watch.

Overall our mini vacation was a great getaway for some nice R&R on the beach. The sun was shining everday and the beach was awesome. Dean was the best host and had some great stories of the past. Dean ended up giving us a ride to the airport on our last day which was such a great help. The whole trip was just so much fun that we want to book again. I would recommend anyone looking for the beach right out your door and the broadwalk to stay here. You will no regret it cant wait to return!

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Columbus, Ohio
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2011

From the moment we arrived on a Saturday till the point when we begrudgingly left on Wednesday, we felt 100% at home. What an incredible place. The hosts Dean and Lori have the perfect personalities to be doing what they do. Very kind, relaxed, and helpful. From Dean's Omelets every morning, to the comfy beds and the warm mineral pool, it's the little things that made our stay so wonderful. We hope to return!
Laura & Quinn, Columbus, Ohio

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Olney, MD
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2011

We stayed at Ataraxia by the Sea (formerly Hollywood by the Sea) for four nights in January. The room was spotless, the location amazing and the owners were great. If you are looking for a formal B&B, this is not your place. If you want to be treated like you are home, this is the place for you. Dean and Lori are wonderful laid-back hosts. You truly are steps from the broadwalk, the outside pool area is beautiful and one will want to sit there for hours. Umbrellas and beach chairs are available for your use. Dean and Lori ensure your stay is trouble-free. We'll stay there again if our travels ever bring us back to Fort Lauderdale or Hollywood, FL. .

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled on business
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2011

This was a terrific location, with comfortable accommodations, serene surroundings, that only paled to the great service provided by hosts, Dean and Lori. Our hosts instinctively know what makes for a great stay and it was apparent that they were tireless in ensuring our comfort and enjoyment. The location is literally steps to the beach... a lot of place say this, but this one delivers. We'd definitely love to stay here again and again, if we are lucky enough to synch up with available rooms! We previewed all the rooms and they are all winners. We had the privacy of the Margarite! Very cozy and private, right off the pool.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jasper, Alabama USA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2011

Hollywood by the Sea is now "Ataraxia" after Dean bought the property back (he sold in 2007 and bought it back in March 2009). We stayed at Ataraxia in November, 2010 and loved it. Dean and Lori made us feel at home. The room (Everglades Suite) was eclectic, roomy, and comfortable. Dean's casual poolside breakfasts were just right - eggs (however you want), bacon, fruit, pancakes, juice, coffee. What impressed us the most was Dean's hospitality; he made us feel at home; he went out of his way to go get my wife a bike helmet (to ride his personal bikes); he went out in the pouring rain on our departure day get us a cab after the cab we had called failed to show, making sure we got out on time. The hotel is perfectly located steps from the broadwalk; the pool is a heavenly oasis; we are booking a second stay and will stay with Dean and Lori whenever we are in the area.

  • Stayed November 2010, 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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Denver
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2009

I had to find a place in a hurry to stay a few nights before we could get a plane home. There was a Mardi Gras celebration on the beach, and what better place to be if we're stuck in FL than on the beach right? I didn't expect to find any open rooms at a decent rate, and called around without much luck. I spotted this B&B on my list but kept calling other places. Well, my girlfriend likes B&Bs so why not? Mike answered, room is available, right price, just steps to the beach, come on down. "You don't need a credit card to hold the room? No, just come on in."

We dropped off our bags and went for a walk down the beach broadwalk to find some dinner at a place Mike suggested. We stayed out longer than expected, but had no problem arriving “home” late. Breakfast the next morning was delicious; much better than I make at home and worth the stay on its own. Ours was a cozy room on the corner of the house so we opened the windows to let the breeze off the beach and the sound of the waves wash through.

The place was quiet during the day and evening even with a lot of other people staying there. We had good conversation over breakfast and Mimosas the next morning as we met some of the folks that were staying there. Mike and Diane must attract good people.

How’s the service? As soon as we got through security at the airport I realized I’d left something kind of large and awkward on the bed. No problem, Mike graciously figured out how to box it up and get it to me.

It’s a beautiful place with beautiful people, good food, great location, and I look forward to staying more than a couple of days next time.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 301 Jackson Street, Hollywood, FL 33019-2016
Location: United States > Florida > Hollywood
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Ranked #6 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Hollywood
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Steps to the Beach and Broadwalk. Our home is your home. Enter as strangers- leave as friends. Our goal is to make your stay a memorable and fun time. Our Breakfast is wonderful. Read our reviews. ... more   less 

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