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“GREAT Beach Rental” 5 of 5 stars
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Windjammer Resort
4244 El Mar Dr, Lauderdale by the Sea, FL 33308   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Plymouth, Michigan
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“GREAT Beach Rental”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

We stayed here for the first time this past week (April 19-26). The price was reasonable and it was a PERFECT choice! VERY clean, great location and ameneties. The rooms and grounds are very clean and well maintained, and the kitchens are well equipped. The rooms are also very up to date. Their website is accurate as to what you will experience - from the beach cam to the room photos. Beach chairs and umbrellas are provided (first come first served, although we never had an issue getting two chairs and an umbrella - so they obviously planned carefully) and they are of very high quality (Tommy Bahama brand). Just off shore is a live coral reef (about 300 feet out) that we saw many folks snorkeling and diving on throughout the week. The beach is gorgeous and clean. They thought of everything - from a cheese grater in the kitchen, to a pair of bikes you can borrow, and even a device allowing disabled folks access to the pool. This management team clearly cares about their guests' needs. The staff of the Windjammer is outstandingly helpful and friendly as well.

Just South of the Windjammer, (within easy walking distance) are several shops and nice restaurants (highly recommend Burgerfi with their craft beers and chili dogs). A few blocks to the North, you can get on the Water Taxi which will take you all the way to Hollywood and several stops in between. We spent a very enjoyable day doing that as the Water Taxi crew pointed out homes of the rich and famous along the way as well as yachts of the rich and famous.

I could go on and on, but the message here is that this vacation was worth every penny and I will not hesitate to stay at the Windjammer again. A real rarity - great value, outstanding customer service and a perfect location. Try them out - you won't regret it!

Room Tip: Use their room map on their website - they actually show your view from each room and what each room...
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  • Stayed April 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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johnboutin, General Manager at Windjammer Resort, responded to this review, May 11, 2013
Dear KuhRAHLa,

My, what a nice review you wrote. Thank you so very much for the kind words. You’ve capture the essence of the lodging experience that we strive to provide our guests. Windjammer is a Superior Small Lodging Association property and that provides us with the knowledge and desire to be exceptional. Member properties of the SSLA are held to very high standards and inspected annually to ensure compliance. When traveling in Florida, seek out Superior Small Lodging Association properties and you will always be assured of a splendid lodging experience. Thank you again for this wonderful review.
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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
    5 of 5 stars
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Saguatuck, MI
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

Have stayed here in high season but now prices are lower and the biggest problem is the clientele taking advantage of the lower rates seems to be a different crowd -- loud, drunk, and lack of basic manners. These were not college spring breakers, they were 40+ adults, foul mouthed, guys who think making foul remarks to you wife is flirtatious.

The other issue is towels. Management, please reading the posting in each of your efficiencies. Very clearly, in print, you state that those rooms should receive 4 beach towels and 4 bath towels, just like the one bedroom units. But, you apparently haven't told your staff to read these bulletin boards. Follow your own rules.

Room Tip: Get a room on the south side. North side is too noisy with the rift-raft yelling down the balconies...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Gainesville, Florida, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

Came to visit relatives and friends who have a timeshare here at the Windjammer. Very clean units with coffee maker, stovetop, microwave, dishwasher and toaster. Prompt maintenance service and a great cleaning service. Friendly staff at the front desk. Pool shielded from wind by plexiglass. Will definitely return!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Quebec City, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

It's our third year in a row in Florida, each of our stays at the Windjammer is a great experience, it's a home away from home. The location is a few steps away from the beach, you can walk to stores and restaurants, the environment is safe, friendly and such a peace of mind. The staff and management do their very best to provide us with a wonderful relaxation and enjoyable experience. 2 pools available, quiet environment and you get to meet with friends year after year and as a bonus you make new friends as well... Comfort, peace of mind, the view of the ocean, the warm sand and staff dedicated to make sure we enjoy our stay... I have to add that we had a minor trouble with the car and one of the staff has been so helpful to us what a man!!! My husband and I are looking forward to return to the Windjammer Resort in 2014....

Room Tip: It depends on what you are looking for really, of course rooms on the east side of the building will...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Albany, New York
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Great property right on the ocean! You can walk to restaurants---
Very clean and wonderful staff. They have two pools----we did not rent a car as we just wanted to relax and enjoy the ocean. It is great, they have a kitchen, fully supplied---great for an early morning coffee!

Room Tip: If you only need a studio, ask for the one facing the ocean---you wake to views of the ocean!
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Gatineau, Canada
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

This was our first experience in Florida for my wife and me. This place was almost perfect. It's in a great location cause you can walk to stores and restaurants. Clean, comfortable and spacious. Superb service, nice beach, private pool and close to everything. I highly recommend it

  • Stayed March 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

We just returned home from the windjammer. It is a very very quiet resort, very clean and the people who own it and work there were very helpful and friendly. It's in a great location cause you can walk to stores, restaurants, bars etc...not a lot for young kids, no playground d, but two pools and right on the ocean.

Room Tip: All rooms are great but no private balconies so busy with people walking by
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Additional Information about Windjammer Resort

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
#7 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 & Beach Club Hotel Lauderdale By The Sea
Windjammer Resort And Beach Club
Windjammer Resort Lauderdale By The Sea, Florida

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