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“The people make the place!” 5 of 5 stars
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4220 El Mar Drive, Lauderdale by the Sea, FL 33308   |  
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Saint Charles, Illinois
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40 reviews 40 reviews
9 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“The people make the place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

WOW..this place is great! I can't believe this is one of my favorite vacations! This place only has one bedroom, one baths...but they have brand new commercial pull out sofas that are quite comfy! No granite counters, no high end decor..this feels like Fla from my childhood. Now, if that makes you think that this place is not for you...WOW, are you wrong!!! I'm used to the Marriott properties...gorgeous interiors and high end everything! However, this place is a diamond in the rough. The property is located directly on the ocean...no road or boardwalk between you and the ocean..just you, sand and water. Most units directly face the beach head on, some face the beach sideways, but all have the ocean in site. I prefer the direct facing units, make sure to request that view. The pool is beautiful and there is no reason to fight for a chaise lounge, there are plenty and they are new! I have not incurred screaming kids, everyone has always been polite. There is a professional grill with lighting for night cooking that is available for all, it's clean and huge. There is also a coffee shop that serves free coffee and you can reserve it for dinner get- togethers..groups will have Italian nites, steak dinners and I've even hosted a Greek nite. One visit here and you are hooked. The people all look out for one another, all ages, no bitter old people. here...there are old people - but they are positive child loving people.....what a change for Florida! There are scuba diving couples that dive right out from the resort. There is no absolute need for a car rental but I definitely prefer the freedom. Shopping on rainy days saves your sanity with two kids in tow. The kitchens are outfitted with all you need to cook every meal, however, a short 3 block walk away and you have the choice of at least 15 plus good restaurants. I can't stress how comfortable the units are and once again you can't find a better view...total privacy!!! I love it here and will come back each year with my family!!

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  • Stayed January 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Nashville, Tennessee
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46 reviews 46 reviews
7 hotel reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

We've stay at Costa del Sol four times now -- three times with a timeshare and in October 2012, we rented directly from the property. It wasn't exactly cheap, but the rooms have a FANTASTIC view of the ocean and the closeness of restaurants/bars/grocery stores, etc. just cannot be beat! We don't have children, so we always vacation when school is in session (i.e. we never run into screaming kids at the pool or beach). The housekeeping staff is very nice and they do a really nice job on keeping the rooms clean. The fall is when the property does most of the major maintenance, so we've always run into some construction going on in September/October. Sometimes it has been a major inconvenience, sometimes it just minor. It's good to know they are keeping the property up, though -- that's a good sign. The kitchen is very well equipped, the bathroom and and bedroom are of a good size, and the balcony is very nice for 2 people to sit. We really love this place, which is why we keep coming back.

  • Stayed October 2012, 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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Richmond, Virginia
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128 reviews 128 reviews
17 hotel reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

We were worried about this place because it had only one current review. What a great surprise and great vacation. Try to get an end room, king size bed. The ocean view is great and the noise is less. These are older, but well kept and clean timeshare condos. Ref, Stove, microwave, toaster, blender...you get the point everything you need.
Maid service, not every day, but all you need.
The place has a new General Manager and he is good to the employees and his guests.
Nice pool, but too many screaming kids.They could offer nice beach chairs, but you can live with the old ones...
No restaurant, but the place is close to everything..

  • Stayed July 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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Hopkinsville, Kentucky
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012

This property is right on the beach and is well maintained. Daily towel service and mid-week cleaning is provided. The area [Lauderdale by the Sea] is a small community but it is a few miles up the road from Ft. Lauderdale, Pompano, Miami etc, larger communities with more exciting stuff. The condo we had was well-appointed but if you want top-flight appliances, granite counter-tops and expensive furniture, this is not your place. My wife and I were well-pleased with the accommodations but we don't expect the "lap of luxury" when we vacation. There is a very nice pool at the resort that is well-maintained. A short walk from the complex gets you to the center of LBTS where you can get the basics you need [restaurants, souvenir shops, etc.]. This area is well know for the coral reefs but you have to snorkel or scuba. You need a car to really explore the area. Everglades air boating is not too far away, as well as tons of shopping [we went to the South Florida Flea Market--it was HUGE]. This place is a relaxing, well-maintained "get away" for people who want enjoy an uncrowded beach. Costa del Sol did not have many kids at the resort when we were there. Warning, this area of Florida is expensive but if you know this in advance, the cost is not too much of a turn off. Keep in mind that everything costs a lot from a can of black beans to a meal in a not-too-fancy restaurant. The more expensive restaurants are in the town center but my wife and I love to go to the little places that are on Commercial Boulevard. A shout out to Keeses, which looks "like a hole in the wall" but they really know how to turn out very good Mediterranean food. We went there three times. Most of all, at Costa del Solf, go for the beach; go for the nice resort. You won't be disappointed.

Room Tip: Most of the rooms are on the ocean but about three don't face the ocean directly. The resort is...
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  • Stayed June 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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Canada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2011

We spent a week here, so relaxing. Very clean, staff is friendly. Just remember it is a timeshare resort, so 98% of people staying there are owners. So if you have children that like to run around and jump in the pool there will be dirty looks from people. Mind you we did meet great friends there, it's too bad that some of the timeshare owners make you feel a little uncomfortable, they really think they own the whole place. But it won't stop me from going there, for the price we paid you can't get any better. Your balcony is so close to the water you can throw a stone and hit it. And you are walking distance to good restaurants and the fishing pier. Going back again in 2012!!

Room Tip: If you do travel with children, try and get ground floor room. It would be much easier for access to...
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  • Stayed March 2011, 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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China Grove, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2011

You cannot get a better view of the ocean from either your room, balcony or by the pool. This resort has only one bedroom units, perfect for two people. Nice flat screen in livingroom, extra tv in bedroom. Kitchen is nicely furnished, including a dishwasher. The only items missing in the unit are washer and dryer (on site for quarters) and ceiling fans. They have a wonderful grill for outdoor cooking and free coffee in the coffee shop all day. I would have rated a 5 but I was there with heavy duty noisy reconstuction going on. I do love this place and always hate to go home. Highly recommend for a great getaway.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2011

Our family stayed at Costa del Sol for a before school starts vacation. We had a great time. The place was clean and well stocked with towels. We loved the view: our room overlooked the pool and beach. My wife and I would sit on the balcony at night, talk and listen to the surf. The pool area was nice. The master bedroom was large. When we arrived we went onto the balcony to see what sort of view we had. Looking staight ahead we saw the ocean and a full rainbow. We knew we arrived in paradise.

Room Tip: The rooms directly in front of the pool are great.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Costa del Sol

Address: 4220 El Mar Drive, Lauderdale by the Sea, FL 33308
Location: United States > Florida > Lauderdale by the Sea
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 30 Hotels in Lauderdale by the Sea
Number of rooms: 43
Also Known As:
Costa Del Sol Hotel Lauderdale By The Sea
Costa Del Sol Lauderdale By The Sea, Florida

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