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“Good value, good location” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Surf Rider Resort By Evrentals

Surf Rider Resort By Evrentals
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1441 S Ocean Blvd, Pompano Beach, FL 33062   |  
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“Good value, good location”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Let me start off by saying two things: 1) My parents have owned a timeshare here for 25 years, so I cannot review the dollar value/rental cost and 2) if you are looking for an upscale, 5-star, glam hotel to rest your head, this is not the place.

Having said all that, my husband and I just spent a week in the timeshare unit and we had a blast. Check-in was quick and easy, and the staff was very helpful and pleasant. We had a one bedroom unit with a Murphy bed in the living room, so it sleeps 4 total. In 25 years, the upholstery on the furniture and the bedspread have not been changed - cleaned, for sure, but not updated. They might want to get on that. Outside of that, everything else is pretty updated: flat screen tv's in both living room and bedroom, tile floors, dishwasher, microwave, etc. The thing I love about timeshares is that you can "move-in" and be at home for the week. Everything is provided from cookware to bed linens. We knew we didn't want to spend a lot of money eating out, so the first stop after check-in was to the Publix just down the street...and the liquor store of course. Great food & wine selections. We cooked most of our meals in, though we did grill on the bbq out by the pool a couple of days. As I said, we weren't looking to spend a whole lot of money eating out, so it worked out perfectly for us.

Directly across the street is a private beach to which all guests have access...it's a little hidden path in between the buildings, but once you go through you end up on a beautiful beach that never seemed to be crowded no matter what time we went. I had forgotten that the water is still a bit turquoise around these parts, so it made for a lovely view. When we weren't at the beach, we were at the pool, which is a pretty good size, and also never seemed to be that crowded.

Surf Rider is about a 5 minute drive from the Ft. Lauderdale area, 45 minutes to Miami, and about 4 hrs from Key West. We didn't hit Miami this time around, but we made the drive to Key West for a day trip and it was totally worth it! If you want to stay local, there are a bunch of restaurants, museums, and shops in a 10 mile radius that should keep you occupied. Though there are buses that run right by the resort, if you can swing a rental car, you will be better off and glad you did.

Overall, we had a great time. It served our purposes just fine and we're already making plans for next year.

  • Stayed August 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Kingwood, Texas
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

This unit #115 was exchanged for another time share week. The ratan furniture was "tired" and could use updating. The tile floors were great ! The carpet was old and really needed to be replaced. Our unit had 1 BR, Murphy bed and 1 1/2 baths with a full kitchen and lots of accessories. It was a great location for me and the kids. We mostly just slept there and the beds were comfortable. The courtyard and pool were really nice. It looks like they were beginning to renovate the building so far mostly on the outside. Across the street was a private enterance to the beach..nice! The location was good close to Lauderdale by the Sea with lots of things to do in the area.
I must say that "Howard" the front desk / concierge was "awsome". Howard assisted with age appropriate places for the kids and hot spots in the area. Having kids of his own he was very knowledgable of what to do and went over above and beyond to make sure all our needs were met. (There were many!) "Howie your the best"! Customer service that can't be beat !!! I have to thank John too for helping the kids open the coconuts..the hard way!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Detroit, Michigan
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

we stayed for a week, private access to beach across the street, clean room (one bedroom) dated decor, but renovated, tiles from entrance, kitchen, living room and bathroom, furnished kitchen with dishwasher, toaster blender. big pool, nice staff, welcome breakfast free Tuesday, free hotdogs Wednesday. the only downside is the bedroom and walk in closet has carpet, and bedroom smell, water damage on the side of the floor in the walkin closet, but other than that had a good stay.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

This property is maybe a bit older than others around, which makes it great for those seeking value. The location is amidst many of the condos, so you get a flavor of what it's like to live near the beach, which is nicer than just the typical touristy experience. Most memorable for me was the customer service exhibited by Howard. Top notch.

Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Sarasota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

This was a timeshare week that my husband and I bid on and purchased at a charity auction and being Florida residents...we've been in quite a few timeshare units. The SurfSider was perfect for us! We did our research on Lauderdale-by-the-sea and the Pompano area and had a good idea of what we wanted to do. Mostly though, we wanted to relax and not be riddled with plans and itineraries. The staff were helpful, but they didn't bother us. We didn't have interruptions from housekeeping (which we prefer, as we don't like people being in our unit when we aren't there) and the towel exchange mid-week was helpful. Most helpful though, was the washer/dryer in the unit. We just washed our own stuff. We didn't have to pay a cleaning fee (which I've paid many times at other timeshares) and the unit was well stocked. The location couldn't be better! Directly across the street from the reef with private beach access. We brought our bicycles and hardly had to drive anywhere, as we were 1 1/2 miles from the pier (nightlife, restaurants, etc) and 1 1/2 miles from Atlantic blvd (right smack in the middle!). The pool and the hot tub were lovely. The SurfSider, unlike the SurfRider, has an elevator, is 5 stories (not 3) and sits right on the inlet (your balcony overlooks water).

The unit is a little dated and the living room furniture is not terribly comfy, but the bed was very comfortable! Relatively clean (although the A/C units, ductwork, and vents need to be cleaned) and no bugs...living in FL, that's a BIG accomplishment! lol

Will definitely be coming here again.

Room Tip: The SurfSider is also a LOT quieter than the SurfRider because it sits well back from A1A.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Riverdale
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

Nice and quiet at nice staff friendly and helpful room is large with a pullout bed that is like a normal queen enjoyed seeing wicker furniture again pool area is nice lots of seniors around not the place for young adults

Room Tip: Check with front desk ask for Howie very helpful does not work every day I had no problem with any...
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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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Thunder Bay, Canada
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

We are in the last week of our two month stay. The weather has been great, that's why we stay in southern Florida. The accommodations are exactly what we were looking for, close to lots of action, close to the beach, quiet when needed and best heated pool, whirlpool and pool side in the area (we checked the others out), Staff are very friendly and accommodating and plan lots of activities you can participate in if you wish to. We enjoyed many great evenings and pot luck suppers. Close to four casinos, Coconut Creek being our favorite. We would highly recommend this resort for anyone wishing to visit the area. Check it out, we're sure you will be surprised by this little gem.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1441 S Ocean Blvd, Pompano Beach, FL 33062
Location: United States > Florida > Pompano Beach
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Pompano Beach
Number of rooms: 50
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