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Windjammer Resort
4244 El Mar Dr, Lauderdale by the Sea, FL 33308   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Newfoundland
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“An enjoyable experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

My husband and I stayed here for a week in early October. We are in our mid fifties and enjoy a quiet vacation and this area fit us well.Our room was unit 15, which is a studio unit with a murphy bed. It is small, but with the bed tucked away during the day the room was quite comfortable and the bed was very easy to raise and lower.The bathroom was small as we expected. There is no bathtub and the corner shower is tiny, so much so that if we had stayed for more than a week I would want a larger space. If the bulky shower curtain was removed and replaced with a shower door it would probably feel a little less claustrophobic. You know how some shower curtains float in to attach themselves to your wet skin? Combine that with an already tiny space and it isn't fun.
The only other aspect of the room I didn't like is the location of the room safe. It is above the microwave which is so high the average woman would have to stand on a chair to reach it. Moving it to a lower cupboard would be an improvement in safety and convenience.
The room and the grounds were very well kept. Thank you to Deborah for her cleaning as well as her friendliness. I don't know the man's name who did the outside work but thanks to him as well.The office staff were friendly and helpful and very prompt in updating us when the power failed one morning. The view from our unit was wonderful. The air conditioning unit was whisper quiet.
If we return to this area I would certainly choose Windjammer again. I'm still checking out the beach cam daily!

  • Stayed November 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • 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
    5 of 5 stars
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Boca Raton, Florida, United States
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

My first time to this resort and I would recommend anyone to stay here. The management and everyone that works there could not be any nicer, very clean and close to everything. Thanks to the staff for the enjoyable stay and I will come back.

  • Stayed November 2012, 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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Clyde, New York
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

I got stuck in Fort Lauderdale this past Oct and Nov, well, not really stuck, but I came down on the 24th and planned going to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show as I have done for the past 10 years or so. Well after one night at some terrible hotel just down the street, I checked into the Windjammer and did not want to leave. I had originally planned on staying through the 29th of October, but thanks to Hurricane Sandy, I stayed an additional 5 nights, through November 3rd. All I can say is you have to see it to believe it, what a really nice and clean hotel should be. Friendly & helpful staff and clean, no...not that clean, but really, really clean..
This place is just great, however, on this trip it was not my first choice, but will be from now on in.
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It has it all...oceanviews, oceanfront, two pools,, BBQ area, Tent like gazebo.....and of course, it's own private beach. Did I mention how clean it was?....It is clean!!!

Room Tip: Rooms in the south building share a great, great pool and beach. My choice of rooms would be: 1...
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  • Stayed October 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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Comox,British Columbia,Canada
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84 hotel reviews
Reviews in 55 cities Reviews in 55 cities
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

This is truly a gem it was our first stay here and not our last.The location is excellent and the beach is beautiful.the rooms were on the smaller side but they had everything we needed.Daily maid service was nice for a timeshare.The bathroom was small for sure but everything was clean.the staff were very friendly and willing to help answering any questions.Nice small pool areas and bbq area was excellent.A block or so to 3-4 restaurants,stores ,shops on a quaint quiet street.
Small two story building seems to make everything low key and we really enjoyed that.
Morning sunrises and evening sunsets were enjoyed on the deck and a short stroll out the gate and you are on the beach.the pier is a five minute walk so overall it is a very nice beach location and the property is very well kept

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lanark, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

Such a nice surprise! The one bedroom unit we had was neat and clean. There is maid service every day. It was so nice to come back to the room to fresh towels and a very neatly made bed. We had unit three. There is a pool almost right outside your door. Right past the pool is a gate that goes to the beach. It doesn't get much better than that. This is a great place for people who like to go out at night. There are several very good restaurants in the area. Windjammer also participated with our RCI timeshare. This made a nice trade for us.

  • Stayed November 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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Ellicottville
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3 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012 via mobile

We are choosy customers and research our accommodations through Tripadvisor. We just reluctantly checked out after three nights' stay. I knew our room would be spotless since they've earned several White Glove awards. However, we didn't expect plush bath towels, a very comfortable mattress and numerous cable channels, and being literally a few feet from the beach. No need to cross the street here to reach the beach. The Windjammer lends guests beach chairs and umbrellas and also has two pools and laundry facilities. Guests have a special key to access the pools and laundry. The motel is walking distance to a 7 11 and three ice cream stores, liquor store, Walgreens, several restaurants and souvenir shops along with a Publix. We ate at the Aruba restaurant bar which has a great happy hour. Try a loaf of the Aruba bread for $3 with your cocktail while watching the ocean and sipping coffee from the deck of the Windjammer! Life is good. On Friday evening about a block away in town, the road was closed for a jazz band which was really good. Lots of locals and tourists with a decent police presence. We felt safe walking any time day or night. We're planning to return and this time we won't be researching accommodations. By the way, the staff were helpful with questions about the area, and housekeeping greeted us each day. Thank you, Windjammer and to Francine and Jim at the front desk.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 4 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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Wheeling, West Virginia
1 review
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

Stayed here two times...never will go back. The first time was ok...so we gave it a second try. My purse was stolen from our room on our first night the second time. It was a nightmare...imagine starting your trip with no credit card, id to get back with on the plane, cash, etc. The management and staff didn't think that it was a big deal that the sheriff was there investigating the theft. It was staff that did the stealing. The management never came to our room to ask what happened...very shady place! And don't jump in the pool...you will be grounded by the staff and their cameras will see you, but can't see the theft.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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johnboutin, Manager at Windjammer Resort, responded to this review, November 6, 2012
It is disheartening to read this review. Windjammer has been a family business for over 30 years and to have an individual resort to name calling and accuse our staff of stealing is deplorable, mean spirited and hurtful. Never in our history has an incident like this ever happened.

Our record speaks for itself and yet because this individual, who has the freedom to write whatever they want about us, chooses to publish a review that is contrary to what they stated in the police report they filed, it undermines the reputation of both our establishment and our Town in the eyes of travelers who are researching locations and lodging properties on Trip Advisor. To those individuals who are reading our reviews and considering us for their stay, please consider all our reviews and know that Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, because of its size and police presence, is one of the safest places and has some of the fastest emergency response times in the Country.

We do not deny the fact that this individual’s purse is gone, but we do categorically deny that a break-in into their room occurred or that a staff member took the purse. It is clear from the police report that she lost track of her purse and could not remember bringing it into the room when they retired for the night.

We are saddened that michellefig360 lost her purse and belongings but we cannot stay silent when uncorroborated accusations are made against our establishment and staff.
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Address: 4244 El Mar Dr, Lauderdale by the Sea, FL 33308
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Location: United States > Florida > Lauderdale by the Sea
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Lauderdale by the Sea
#4 Romantic Hotel in Lauderdale by the Sea
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Lauderdale by the Sea
#6 Family Hotel in Lauderdale by the Sea
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Windjammer Resort Hotel is located away from the crowds and sits on a wide and gorgeous palm-lined beach. Modern suites, all with kitchens, provide guests with superb views of the Atlantic Ocean and direct access to a pristine uncrowded beach. One block away is Pelican Square, the center of activity in the charming and secure seaside town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, on the east side of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Relaxation and comfort are assured with a pristine uncrowded beach, two heated pools, a well maintained facility, friendly staff and very clean apartments. Our beachfront property is a White Glove Award recipient from the Superior Small Lodging Association eight years in a row. Unique to the Windjammer Resort Hotel is that from our beach you can snorkel or dive to a renowned coral reef, walk to the best fishing/sightseeing pier in South Florida and to a variety of shopping, restaurants and bars. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Windjammer Resort And Beach Club
Windjammer Resort & Beach Club Hotel Lauderdale By The Sea
Windjammer Resort Lauderdale By The Sea, Florida

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