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“"An ace of a motel."” 5 of 5 stars
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1515 North Ocean Drive, Hollywood, FL 33019 (Formerly Hibiscus Resort)   |  
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Ranked #19 of 65 Hotels in Hollywood
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
1 review
“"An ace of a motel."”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2009

We found the The Caroline (Ocean Beach Motel) to be the best place to
stay in Hollywood and we pretty much nosed around a lot of the other places in the area. If you're looking for a very clean place to rest your head
and be steps away from the beach, then stay at The Caroline. As an added
benefit, Tammie, the manager, will ensure you are well taken care of. She can help you find anything you may need - restaurants, nightspots, shopping or just a plain old good laugh. Tammie, in the truest sense of the
word is a "real pistol." Let her make your stay at The Caroline a pleasant,
fun and memorable time.
See you Tammie in 49 weeks.
Derek & The Teabag Terror of Toronto

  • Stayed April 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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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Miami
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2009

The Caroline was like a home away from home. The staff was friendly and helpful, Tammy the manager is so wonderful. The rooms are spacious and clean,big beds, fully equipted kitchen with refrigerator & stove. The area is perfect!!! just steps away from the Boardwalk, with access to the Beach many restaurants and shops. My family
loved this place and we plan to keep coming back.

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto
2 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2009

We were pleasantly surprised to find the room very clean. We met with a most friendly, warm and helpful Tammi We enjoyed our stay so much that we have already booked our room to go back in July,2009. We are also taking two other couples with us so we have also booked two rooms for them. Two minutes walk from the beack. The Caroline is a very quiet and private motel yet close to the beach. Just love it!!

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Danbury, CT
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2009

For the first time, I feel let down by TripAdvisor reviewers. While I agree that Tammy is a sweetheart (see other reviews), this reviewer does not believe a manager (owner?) alone makes for a 5-star rating. Rather, the management should be one of many factors to be considered when reviewing a motel. My intention here is to “keep it real” regarding the Caroline:

Upon arrival, we noticed quickly that the Caroline is located one block from the beach and boardwalk. It is conveniently centrally located to all of the Hollywood Beach area attractions. However, it is also directly – and I do mean directly -- on Route A1A. A1A is a major street with significant traffic. Each night, we fell asleep to the sounds of passing trucks, cars and street noise essentially directly outside our window. It also did not make for a relaxing setting when arriving to the room. The outside area is nicely kept, but due to the traffic noise, it is not really a relaxing place to “hang out” for any length of time.

The best thing I can say about the room itself is that it was clean and bug-free. Otherwise, this is essentially an older (1960s?) run down property. The tile floors were severely beat up. The bathroom was tiny (no place for toiletries at all) with a toilet that sounded like a siren each time it was flushed (probably the old pipes). The shower was powerful and hot at first, but cooled down after the third person showered (yet, it did not get cold). Toilet paper was the Scott-brand type (sandpaper!). Soap and shampoo was an off-brand (“Ocean Mist”) that felt cheap, but smelled nice enough. The towels were soft and clean, but old and mismatched – like what you might expect at grandma’s house.

On our last day, we noticed that our shower was leaking through the wall into the adjoining closet (we used one of grandma’s old towels to keep the water from spreading). Since we were leaving, it didn’t effect our stay, but was certainly indicative of the room overall.

We did not use the kitchenette – but, it looked clean and usable with a small microwave, electric stove and ¾ size fridge. Everything appeared to be in good working order.

The bed sheets appeared clean, but again were very old and “pilly”. The pillows were very basic, lumpy and uncomfortable. The bed itself was bouncy, squeaked and was somewhat uncomfortable. Each night we woke up with sore backs and feeling unrested. My daughter’s rollaway was inches off the floor and probably 15 to 20 years old.

The remaining furniture (large sofa and chair with ottoman) is mismatched and best described as eclectic, clean and adequate. The curtains did nothing to block out the little sunlight that could reach the room, and the bathroom shades were broken and need to be replaced.

The in-wall AC was powerful and cooled the room on our warmest 82 degree day. The evenings dipped around 40 degrees - and the room had no heat capability. Still, it was not really a problem.

One evening, our toilet backed up. Given that it was midnight and there was nothing in the room that indicated whom to call when such a problem occurred, I got dressed and decided to poke around the motel to find a plunger. Indeed, an unlocked office/closet next to the laundry room had what I needed. However, I couldn’t stop chuckling over the absurdity of finding my own plunger and plunging a toilet at a motel property.

Let me say again: The room was clean and Tammy (and her cats) are very sweet. Moreover, at $100 per night (tax included) during spring break week, it was a fair enough price. But, if you are a discerning traveler, then the Caroline is probably not going to meet you expectations. It certainly did not meet ours.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Conception Bay South, NL
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2009

We loved this place and Tammi! Myself and my husband, along with my parents and my son and his girlfried stayed here for two days while waiting to go on a Cruise. Tammi was so wonderful in helping me plan our stay prior to our travel to Florida. She would always answer my phone calls or return them promptly when I left a message. When we arrived, it was like we had known her for years. The location and price was no surprise from what she had described to us. I hope we get the chance to visit with her again. She was so helpful from making sure everything in our room was perfect and arranging cab rides to the ship port. You will not be surprised by any unexpected expenses as she is one down to earth gal! As for location - you couldn't ask for better - the neighbourhood shops and restaurants employed some of the friendliest people and we felt safe and secure - the beach was a great addition and my son didn't even want to leave for the Cruise - he and his girlfriend loved the area and would have been satisfied to stay right there!

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with family
    • 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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Maryland
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2009

The room was very nice and clean. Great location and a great value. Will definitely stay again. Tammy is a trip!

  • Stayed March 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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Kansas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2009

We stayed at Tammy's (the Caroline) a couple of nights and we can't say enough about this place or Tammy. We are already trying to make plans to go back. Tammy is the sweetest lady and went above and beyond to make sure our trip was all it could be. Amazing hostess, clean rooms, walking distance from the beach and all for an unbelievable price. You won't be disappointed! You'll be wondering when you can go back again!

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with family
    • 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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Additional Information about The Caroline-Ocean Beach Hotels

Address: 1515 North Ocean Drive, Hollywood, FL 33019 (Formerly Hibiscus Resort)
Location: United States > Florida > Hollywood
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
#5 Best Value Hotel in Hollywood
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 16
Also Known As:
The Caroline-Ocean Beach Hotel Hollywood

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