We stayed at Residence Inn Pampano Beach for 2 nights while visiting south Florida. We chose the hotel for its oceanfront location and good reviews from TripAdvisor.com. Our rooms are very spacious and are generally very clean. All the staff we met were very friendly and my son even had a good conversation with Mr. Hastings, the general manager. The folks at the valet desk are efficient and friendly, especially the mid-age gentleman who works evening shift.
Miles of fine sand beach are just outside of the hotel and walking to the light tower in the misty early morning was soothing and romantic. The hotel has two heated pools and they work great on a day when ocean water temperature is cold. Breakfast is included and they are very good and plentiful. They don't have enough sit down area for breakfast but you can always go use the bar and lounge area just down the hallway.
The city of Pampano Beach is about 4-5 miles north of Fort Lauderdale and there are many other activities, sites, and fine restaurants just 10-15 minutes drive away. We found a lot of good restaurants driving down south on US Route 1, less than 15 minutes drive.