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“One of the worst hotels I have ever stayed at” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Ramada Hollywood Downtown

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Ramada Hollywood Downtown
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1925 Harrison St, Hollywood, FL 33020   |  
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Ranked #27 of 65 Hotels in Hollywood
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“One of the worst hotels I have ever stayed at”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

When we arrived at the Ramada Downtown Hollywood, we were hopeful that this would be a pleasant place to stay. Those hopes were crushed fairly quickly though, and continued to be further crushed the longer we stayed.

Location: The location of this hotel is amazing if you plan to frequent the many restaurants and bars in downtown Hollywood. It is just steps away from quite a bit of action. But that can present problems too (see parking below).

Rooms: the rooms are OK for an old hotel. I understand there will be some cosmetic flaws and did do a decent job keeping up with those. The beds was horrible though. I honestly think the concrete floor would have been more comfortable than the mattress. They did an excellent job providing enough pillows and linens, however the furniture looked like second hand dorm furniture from the 1990's. And we were in a mini-suite! They recently upgraded the TVs to flat screens, but they did not have HD so the picture was awful, not that we watched it that much.

Pool: The pool area was amazing, It was decorated very nice and was a neat place to hang outdoors. The pool is heated though, and they kept it far too hot. I realize it was winter in Florida and the locals are cold this time of year, but it was 80 outside and the pool had to be 90+ degrees.

Breakfast: Abysmal. Why even bother if this is the best they can offer. They had cereal and a couple varieties of toast. The only hot food was soggy waffles and boiled eggs. There was some limited fresh fruit available, and the usual coffee and juices. In a pinch, I grabbed a donut one morning and thew it away after take one bit of the stale, powdery glob of disgust.

Parking: Sigh. They have a parking garage attached to the hotel, and we realized before we booked that we had to pay to park in it. Foolishly we assumed that meant the garage was for hotel guests only. It is not. They require that you pay parking for your entire trip when you arrive, so we paid it, and only managed to find a spot inside the garage twice over a 4 day trip. We ended up parking on the street a block or more away most of the time, and paying to do that too. When we asked for a parking refund at the desk, we were met with hostility and asked "why can't you just park on the street?" Uh, because I PAID YOU EXTRA to park in your garage! We never did get a parking refund and I feel like the parking garage is just a way to scam hotel guests out of more money each night.

Staff: The maid staff were very friendly and helpful. The front desk and security staff were rude and hostile. These people need to reconsider their choice to work in the hospitality industry because they do not belong there at all. We are not people to complain about a lot of little things, but when a guest politely asks questions about a paid service of the hotel, hostility and frustration is not the correct way to respond. I could tell that they get the same complaints on a daily basis at this place, and the staff is just tired of dealing with it.

Overall, I cannot find anything positive about this property except the location. Even the price was not that great.Do yourself a favor and stay somewhere else. Anywhere else.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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DanielGM_RDH, General Manager at Ramada Hollywood Downtown, responded to this review, February 3, 2013
Hello ROT Job of Oklahoma City, traveling as a couple.
I was saddened after reading your view of our hotel finding out how unhappy you and your traveling partner were with us. My team and I strive to provide all of our guests safe, clean and comfortable lodgings in a fun atmosphere. I am sorry we failed to meet that goal with you.
We are in the process of making many changes here at the Ramada Downtown Hollywood such as; changing all the TV channels to HD, changing the style of our bed linens and toppings, refreshing the exterior walkways of our hotel.
I appreciate all of your observations and we at the Ramada Downtown Hollywood will look into your comments and revise these situations where we can.
Thank you again,
Daniel Angress GM
Ramada Downtown Hollywood
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Miami Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

So many great shops and restaurants next door to this hotel. My room was clean and the staff was very friendly. The breakfast had some great selections including hard-boiled eggs. I'll be back again very soon!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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DanielGM_RDH, General Manager at Ramada Hollywood Downtown, responded to this review, February 3, 2013
Thank you Amy L of Miami Beach, Fl !
You said it all !
We look forward to seeing you again.
Daniel Angress GM
Ramada Downtown Hollywood
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Monticello, New York
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

Great location in downtown and the owners, well aware of this, keep maintenance and repair to a minimum. Breakfast is simply dreadful with only the basics. Some of the stairwells have a really bad smell. Choose your room very carefully. The good news is that Bistro 1902 is less than a block away.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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DanielGM_RDH, General Manager at Ramada Hollywood Downtown, responded to this review, February 3, 2013
Hello Deibiddo of Monticello, New York,
Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel. I am sorry your experience was less than it should have been. We strive to provide all of our guests with clean, safe and comfortable lodging. Our breakfast exceeds the minimum required by Ramada. We have 2 hot items daily. 1 stays the same and the other changes. We have a wide variety of breakfast pastries, breads cereal yogurt juices, fruit etc. I am sorry our complimentary continental breakfast did not please you. We are continually updating and upgrading the property. We are changing our television channel lineup to all HD programing. We are changing the bed covering style with a whole new look!
Along with Bistro 1902 the Ramada Downtown Hollywood is surrounded by 40+ restaurants, clubs and boutiques all within 2 blocks of any direction of the hotel!
I hope you give us the opportunity to serve you again so you may enjoy the changes we are in the process of!
Daniel Angress GM
Ramada Downtown Hollywood
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Plano, Texas
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4 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

This hotel is very old, you can see it from lobby to elevator to the room, everywhere. But it is clean. The breakfast was bad, I nothing really interesting to eat. I tried the boiled egg, that taste very strange. And all the room are facing outside, just like all the motel on the side of highway. If it rains, the rain drop will be on your door.
I think we are not going to stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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DanielGM_RDH, General Manager at Ramada Hollywood Downtown, responded to this review, January 24, 2013
Thank you xing68 of Piano, Texas for choosing the Ramada Downtown Hollywood to be your hotel choice while here in South Florida.
We strive to provide our guests clean, safe and comfortable accommodations.
I am sorry our our complimentary continental breakfast did not satisfy you. We meet and accede the Ramada standards. We offer 2 hot items daily. 1 which changes daily(pancakes, waffles, french toast) and the other is the hard boiled eggs you mentioned. We have 3 choices of juices, 3 yogurt choices, variety of breakfast pastries and breads and of course bagels & cream cheese, 7 cereal choices, 2% milk or whole milk and fruits.
We are an outside corridor hotel. Unlike "all of the motels on the side of the highway" our sleeping rooms begin on the 3rd floor of our 6 story building in an outdoor atrium setting. Our outdoor heated swimming pool, Tiki Bar, and exercise room are on the 3rd floor as well.
I am sorry you did not enjoy our hotel.
We like to think of ourselves as the nostalgic hotel with a spirit of fun!
Daniel Angress GM
Ramada Downtown Hollywood
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Address: 1925 Harrison St, Hollywood, FL 33020
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Location: United States > Florida > Hollywood
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #27 of 65 Hotels in Hollywood
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Ramada Hollywood Downtown 2.5*
Number of rooms: 95
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
2 miles from Hollywood Beach / 40 restaurants within walking distance / free wireless internet / free continental breakfast / 6 miles from Hollywood International Airport and Cruise Port. ... more   less 
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