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“Great place to have quality time with children.” 5 of 5 stars
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Wyndham Sea Gardens
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   615 North Ocean Blvd, Pompano Beach, FL 33062 (Formerly Fairfield Sea Gardens Beach and Tennis Resort)   |  
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Ranked #14 of 35 Hotels in Pompano Beach
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Quebec City, Canada
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“Great place to have quality time with children.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

We were there in December 2012 - January 2013.

This is the best place to go with a family and we enjoy it so much that we go back every year.

The units are very clean and so is all the property. There are three heated pools and one that is not (the one closest to the beach). There are a lot of different types of unit and they all have access to a free Wi-Fi. Some units have a washer and dryer and some do not, but there are three washer/dryer available in the north cabana building and you can use those for free. There is also two Jacuzzi on the property and three tennis court are available free of charge. There is also a fitness center on the site, but it should be upgraded a little.

By the way, the Cabana pool is the less windy place so it is a good choice when the weather is colder.

There are a few differences from last year. The lobby is still located in the north building but now the "game room" is also in this building. The south office building was closed and it was mentioned that it would be a new "SPA" in a near future. The game room is a little less inviting but they still have a Wii with a lot of games and they also have a good selection of board games, but that's about it. They still rent old DVD movies (2$). There is also a new "Publix" grocery store that is now open on Atlantic Blvd just over the draw bridge. You still need a car to get there but it is nice to have a good grocery store nearby.

One of the best things about this place is the staff. They really do their best to make your vacation a great one. At the front desk you are always greeted with a smile (Vinette, Zechia, Joe, Pauline, etc). The activity staff (Eddy, Kenny, Omare) is great. They really make you feel at home.

There are all so nice and so helpful. I must say that everyone working there really knows what customer service mean. They go out of their way to satisfy everybody and they are all great at their job.

The resort provides beach towels, but you might have a little trouble if you want to exchange those everyday since they don't always have some. But since you have access to a washer/dryer it might be a better idea to clean them yourself. Be advice that they now charge for things like laundry detergent, dishwasher, toilet paper if you need more that the quantity that was provided in the unit when you checked-in.

You can rent a chair and an umbrella at the beach but the beach is so great you really don’t need too. Most of the people we saw just used their towel directly on the sand like we did. The ocean is great too. There is a medium drop when you enter the water (about 2 feet) but when you pass that you only have water to your knees and after that if is very shallow for a while. So the kids can go very far without you worrying about them. On the windy days the waves were really cool but did not seems too dangerous so this is a wonderful place to play with kids.

By the way, you can borrow a lot of things from the game room (Surfboard, sand toys, beach chairs (NEW!), football, etc...). You just have to sign in the register and bring back everything as soon as you are done with it. You won't be charge a dime, but please do not bring this stuff to your room, bring it back to the game room so other people could use it.

Finally, they also organize a lot of activities (Bingo, Karaoke, etc...) and this is fun for all the family. So get in the mood and you will have a great time at Sea Gardens.

I must say that I noticed a couple of minor negative points this year and I reported them to Wyndham so I hope they will address them. Here they are:

1) This year we noticed that a lot of chairs around the pools were reserved early by guests that put their towels on it and leave, even if it is not allowed. Often those chairs stay empty for hours and other guests that are around the pool have no chair to seat.

2) You can exchange your beach towel but they often run out of them because people do not return the used ones and leave them in their unit even if they don't need them anymore.

My suggestion to fix the "towel shortage" situation would be to implement a system that seems very efficient at other Wyndham resort. The beach towels should be supplied on a rack near the pools and there should be a bin there also where you could put your used towel when you leave the pool. This way, nobody brings towels to their room and the staff could easily collect dirty towel to clean them and bring them back near the pool as they are available.

And to fix the "chair reservation" situation, the staff should frequently check and remove the towels from empty chairs and throw them in the dirty bin and collect the miscellaneous item that reserved the chairs in a "lot/found" box near the pool!

There is also a lack of control in the game room where you check-out the beach chairs, beach toys, umbrella, etc... So there was one week where some guests took the beach chairs one morning and did not bring them back at the end of the day. In fact they kept the beach chair all week but the staff could not retrace them since they never signed the check-out book. There should be more control, maybe not to the extent of controlling every little thing that is borrowed, but at least to know which guest did borrow the more in-demand items (beach chairs and umbrellas).

All in all, I will definitely go back to the Sea Garden and I really recommend it to everyone. This is one of my favourite places to spend time with my family.

Note: See my previous review of this place for pictures.

  • Stayed December 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Madison, New Jersey
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

The property is quite nice, but you never know exactly what your room will be like. This was the 4th time we stayed there. A small maintenance opening for the tub was not in place and I did not report it. On our 7th day there, there was a rat in our room which was chased into this opening one evening. The hotel engineer came and and closed up the opening. The rat was not scratching so it was not trapped in there but must have had access out into the outside or other rooms. Our room was on the 1st floor on the ocean side of A1A.
The jacuzzi tub is quite high to get into and there are no safety handles at all.
The 3 pools (2 heated) are very nice and the access to the ocean is very convenient.

Room Tip: Do not stay on the 1st floor. The upper floors over the parking garage on the best.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Brisbane, Australia
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10 hotel reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

We stayed in a two bedroom apartment.
The apartment is renovated , large and comfortable. The hotel is old run down but clean.
Location is good walk to the beach. Public is 5 min drive.
You need a car styling at this hotel.
They try to invite you for free breakfast etc and then try selling Realestate avoid any freebies offered by conceirge it s a trap.
Too expensive or what s offered. We booked this hotel through Expedia.
I will stay somewhere else next ime.
Not happy with Wyndham selling pitch.

Room Tip: Ask for refurbished or renovated room
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 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
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

Not a luxury resort but a wonderful place to stay if you'd like a laid back and casual beach vacation. Every year, we try to spend a week in Pompano Beach and always go to the Wyndham Sea Gardens if it's available. They have lovely comfortable units, pretty gardens and inviting pool area. We usually upgrade to a unit right on the beach. You can take walks along the beach and find tiki bars to grab a bite and a cocktail. You will need a rental car to get around. Pompano is about 10 miles from Fort Lauderdale airport and then when we arrive, we usually stock up on some groceries since the units are equipped with kitchenettes. We like to cook our own breakfasts and then go out in the evenings to the local restaurants and pubs. There is always fun in the sun at this property

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Mount Laurel, New Jersey
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

We first stayed here in 2010 and enjoyed the resort very much. Last year, we stayed at the Wyndham Palm Aire and so, when we had the choice for 2012, selected the Sea Gardens again. Since we try for 2 BR units, we had to pick the Ocean Palms building, as most of the other buildings are 1 BR or studio units.
Since we are a couple without kids, we don't follow the activity planner, but from what we saw, there's plenty to do for kids. There are four pools, and of course, the beach is right there so what's not to love. Plus, you can get in your car and drive over to the other Wyndham properties (the Royal Vista is the best).

A car is a must and our building has enclosed parking. We would recommend this resort to anyone, whether you stay at Ocean Palms or not. The other buildings are two-story "motel" conversions. My only criticism is that the only mirrors found are in the bathrooms. The master bedroom has a large sink area, so an entire wall of mirrors. However, the 2nd bedroom has no mirror and the one in the 2nd bath is small and poorly lit. Yes, using CFL bulbs is "green", but the one in the bath could use more illumination.

The location of this resort is in a residential neighbor, so feel free to take morning walks (as do those who live there in all the condos abound). Enjoy the area and don't forget your sunscreen.

Room Tip: If possible, BYOP (bring your own pillow) -- what is it with timeshares and small soft pillows?
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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LaSalle
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

We stayed at the Ocean Palm building in the Wyndham complex. 10th floor it was very quiet, nice view, the building is showing it's age but it is clean. Local restaurants are a drive so a car is needed, we used Hotwire and ended up getting a car thru Hertz, no questions asked, best rate I picked it up at the airport. Ate at Sea Side Grill on A1A, Zuccarelli's and Carrabba's on Federal HWY # 1, all great meals. Did a trip to Miami South Beach, not sure now why, lots of cafeteriai 's to eat at for $10. We went down to the keys (1+1/2hr drive) to the John Kennekamp State Park. Snorkelled 1+1/2 hr it was great, well recommended . Did not venture down to Key West, the Water taxi for $20/day is a good site seeing deal. 10 stops and well narrateded. Fished with the Lady Pamela II tour, but was not lucky on that day!

Room Tip: Had a room on the south side , decent view.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Detroit, Michigan
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

It's an older property, which has been remodeled, along with newer buildings. We stayed in the old section. We had a 1 bedroom unit on the first floor. It had a nice patio opening to the courtyard. Nice warm pool.
Yes, it's a timeshare, and yes, we're owners. So be prepared to be invited for a sales pitch. Nothing says you have to go. It's their job to invite you, and that's how they keep expenses down.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 615 North Ocean Blvd, Pompano Beach, FL 33062 (Formerly Fairfield Sea Gardens Beach and Tennis Resort)
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Location: United States > Florida > Pompano Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Green Hotel in Pompano Beach
#6 Top resorts Hotel in Pompano Beach
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Pompano Beach
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Hotel Class:3 star — Wyndham Sea Gardens 3*
Number of rooms: 177
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