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“Our "after spring break" Florida mini vacation” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Sands Harbor Hotel and Marina Pompano Beach

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Sands Harbor Hotel and Marina Pompano Beach
2.5 of 5 Resort   |   125 N Riverside Drive, Pompano Beach, FL 33062   |  
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Ranked #20 of 36 Hotels in Pompano Beach
Jacksonville, Florida
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
“Our "after spring break" Florida mini vacation”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2011

This is definitely an "Old Florida" kind of place. No spring breakers allowed, so any time visit will be quiet. You can sit on balcony and view the yachts go down the inter-coastal and there is small marina connected to hotel. Not really beach views or sunset views, but close. You will need to walk across huge parking lot and around a condo property to get to the beach. Beach is clean and wide with a mix of young and elderly sand lovers. The hotel has small bar that collect some locals with the quests. Very small pool, but relaxing. They attempt to keep the "old" property as clean as possible, and the staff very friendly to everyone. If they updated the rooms, which are surely in need, you would lose some of the charm and for sure increase the prices. The free breakfast was coffee, yogurt and packaged muffins. It "ain't South Beach" but close enough to sleep comfortable and take a leisurely drive to Miami sands anytime day you wish. If you are on of those folks checking out things in life's, such as "who owns the most toys or most expensive patio", take one of the inter-coastal tour boats, an interesting couple of hours.

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
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Sacramento, California
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Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2011

We came to SCUBA Dive and had a great time. Keep in mind that this property is part of "Old Florida" so it is "a bit tired" around the edges. At the outdoor bar, I talked with one couple who visit every year to remember their honeymoon here 48 years ago, they say it is the same. So yes it needs new carpet etc. but everything was in working order and everyone was very attentive, friendly and fun! Oh and the restaurant was good also with indoor and outdoor dining. The Pompano Dive shop is at the marina and they were great.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2011

First time there and planning to go again soon. It is close to everything! The hotel was clean, the staff could not have been better, and our stay was so relaxing. We tried to do it all, but one week is not enough. We had ages from 21- 52 and each of us thoroughly enjoyed this vacation.

  • Stayed May 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rossiter, Pennsylvania
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2011

Nice clean rooms, very friendly staff. Food extremely good. Best Tiki Bar ever! Great place for relaxing and spending time by the water enjoying the boats and yachts. Already planning a longer vacation here next year!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Punxsutawney, PA
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2010

The Sands Hotel is located right along the intercoastal, right next to the draw bridge in Pompano Beach, FL. Every room has a balcony and you can sit outside look to the left and the ocean is two blocks away and look to the right and watch the boats go up and down the intercoastal waterway. It is an older hotel, but rooms are very clean and spacious. There is a patio bar and grill with a nice swimming pool and the boats pull right up and dock and stop for a drink or to eat. Food is delicious! There is also a very nice restaurant, Joe's connected to the hotel with excellent seafood. Moderately priced and worth it! U can walk to a few places from hotel but would recommend having a car. Fort Lauderdale is about 20 minutes south. Area is mostly condos so not a lot of activity around, but definitely fun at the patio bar! Best rum runner I have every had!! I go every year for the Pompano Beach Seafood Festival which is held one block away, and I would highly recommend to anyone to go during that week especially!

  • Stayed April 2010, 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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chicago
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2010

We visit the sands every year for at least 1 month. We love this place the location is beautiful. Staff goes out of their way to accomendate all of your needs, and has always been very friendly. I think it is very personable when the hotel staff calls you by your name it feels like one big happy family here.The Hotel rooms have always been very clean and the beds are comfortable. The service that you receive at this hotel is better than any room in downtown chicago. So I would highly recommend this hotel to any traveler, you will surely get a bang for your buck.
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  • Stayed February 2010, 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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Pennsylvania
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2010

Recently, my family and I stayed at Sands Harbor Hotel and Marina in Pompano Beach, FL. We were treated like royalty from the moment we entered the hotel through the entire stay! My husband and I took our daughter and her boyfriend with us for their spring break getaway and our older daughter, along with her husband and our 7 month old grandson joined us. Sitting on the balcony overlooking the intercoastal waterway watching the boats go by and looking over at the ocean were so relaxing! The patio restaurant had wonderful foods and excellent drinks ( I highly recommend the rum runners!) and Joe's restaurant downstairs had some of the best fresh seafood I have ever eaten. Housekeeping was able to clean our rooms around our schedule and the front desk staff were so courteous and friendly when helping us to find things to do and attractions to see. When we let them know our grandson would be coming, we were offered the option of moving to a larger room and the crib was placed in the room within hours of us telling the staff that he would be arriving the next morning! The rooms are clean, the price is reasonable and the staff is wonderful! We stayed in an efficiency room and also had the attached room and it was so convenient that our family could be together! Many hours were spent on the balcony and even my grandson enjoyed the sights that we were afforded. The pool was heated and the pool area was clean and were enjoyed by my family. The beach is a just a short walk from the hotel, as well as places to purchase meals, groceries, homemade ice cream, souvenirs and any other item you may need during your stay. We were able to rent a boat at the marina to further explore the intercoastal and could even take a lighthouse tour right from the hotel! The Sands offers package deals which are reasonably priced for any budget! We have visited the Sands many times before this visit, including during the annual Seafood Festival and will continue to do so. Whether you stay here before going out or returning from a cruise or for your entire vacation, activity surrounding the Sands is geared towards all ages no matter what time of year you visit! I highly recommend this resort!

  • Stayed March 2010, 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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Additional Information about Sands Harbor Hotel and Marina Pompano Beach

Address: 125 N Riverside Drive, Pompano Beach, FL 33062
Location: United States > Florida > Pompano Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 36 Hotels in Pompano Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Sands Harbor Hotel and Marina Pompano Beach 2.5*
Number of rooms: 56
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sands Harbor is the complete Florida resort that includes 3 popular restaurants and a full service marina with fishing charters, snorkel & scuba diving trips, small boat and jet ski rentals plus monthly boat trips to tour the historic Hillsboro lighthouse. A million dollar renovation was just completed in 2014 that includes many improvements to our Superior rooms, a beautiful new public lobby and more. Come enjoy the best waterfront views and the friendliest staff in beautiful Pompano Beach! ... more   less 
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