Staying here was a unique experience. For Ft. Lauderdale, this hotel is very inexpensive. It was clean, and fairly well maintained. But....
I talked to the gentleman at the front desk, and he said that he believed that this was originally part of John Knox Village, a geriatric facility located adjacent to the "hotel". The building served as a geriatric rehab/hospital facility for John Knox. John Knox sold the building to Marie Green, who donated it upon her death to a Christian Missionary group. The group uses most of the building for various missionary functions, including a conference center; but decided to operate left-over space as a hotel. Since it is run by Christian missionaries, there is no smoking or drinking allowed (which was fine with me.)
The rooms are old converted hospital rooms. You can tell this because they are arranged in a circle around an open circular area, which was obviously formerly a nursing station. Our room had a flat-screen TV, new appointments, but there were some worn spots on the blanket and the bed was very soft. However I would come back here.
A breakfast was included. This consisted of frozen bagels arranged near two toaster stations, cream cheese, butter, frozen waffles, cereals, milk, juice and coffee. The breakfast area is setup like a cafeteria with some really retro furnishings - the kind you would have found 50 years ago in a dinner; but new and clean.
Beware that finding this hotel is difficult without a GPS. It is adjacent to I95, but you have to go on a number of local roads to get to an exit. Map it out first.
Overall, if you can put up with the weirdness, this is a good deal.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Forum is a full-service lodging and conference facility that welcomes families and business personnel for daily, weekly and even monthly stays. With 64 guest rooms and suites, relaxing community lounges, a long list of amenities, and our non-alcohol policy creates a safe and peaceful environment right in the heart of South Florida. Whether you are traveling to South Florida for business or pleasure, our Pompano Beach address positions you in a prime location of Broward County, near shopping, dining, sightseeing, golfing, and our pristine beaches. All of our rooms and community lounges come with the conveniences of home - Free Wi-Fi, coffee maker, cable television, microwave oven, refrigerator, laundry facilities, vending machines and more. For those looking to start their day with a powerful breakfast, one stop at our Continental Breakfast area will send you off with the energy and nutrients you need, thanks to a variety of delicious and health-conscious options. Guests looking to interact with others, or just relax in an area outside of their guest room, will enjoy The Forum's community lounges, located on each floor. Lounges include free Wi-Fi, television, comfortable couches, vending machines, etc. Fitness buffs do not have to skip their usual workout routine when staying at The Forum, thanks to our state-of-the-art fitness center. All of these amenities and more are available when you plan your stay at our hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Forum Hotel Pompano Beach