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“Old-School charm, but dated” 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 35 Hotels in Pompano Beach
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Old-School charm, but dated”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013 via mobile

A buddy and I used this as our base for a diving trip. We had an enjoyable experience, and I would go back. The hotel is clean but worn around the edges. The staff are helpful and maid service was great. Bed was firm, shower was hot, wi-if was a little slow but passable and included in the room price. At the outdoor bar, service was very good and the food was surprisingly great (I think they share a kitchen with a nice seafood restaurant next door)! People watching reminded me at times if something out of a Hunter S. Thompson novel. I would definitely consider this as home base for another guy's trip. Because my wife's not hung up on amenities, I might take her for a quick trip. For romance, I'm probably looking elsewhere.

Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Livingston, NJ
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

My son and I stayed at the hotel over a long weekend and have a great time. From the hotel there is easy access to the beach, jet skis and other water sports. The rooms are plain and clean -- nothing special. The room we stayed at had a queen bed and a double pull out couch. The bathroom was a bit tired and you could see the repairs.

The hotel staff couldn't have been nicer. In the mornings, they had coffee/tea and muffins. The Wifi was good and included in the price of the room. There are several nice places to eat within walking distance including Houston's across in the water for a great steak dinner. We'll definitely stay there next time.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 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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Hatfield, Pennsylvania
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

I stayed here for the first (and last) time during a recent business trip to the area. I wanted to be near the beach while staying within company expectations for cost. In that regard, it was a success. The hotel is on the IC waterway and a 5 min walk to the beach. Location is very good. Everything else was pretty bad. The furnishings are dated in the lobby and rooms. My TV picture looked as if it had rabbit ears attached (very poor quality on all channels). No fitness room. Continental breakfast consists of prepackaged fruit cups and muffins.

The kicker was that my smoke alarm went off randomly one evening. I tried to reset it to no avail. There apparently is no maintenance dept so I was told that it would be 'a while' since the front desk person could not leave her post. When I returned later she explained that she was able to silence the thing by using a butter knife and prying on the cover a bit. Hmm, "I sure hope that thing doesn't go off in the middle of the night" I lamented, hoping she might change my room. Not to worry, she said, and went and provided me with my own butter knife to use in the event of another random smoke alarm. Too funny! This was a first for me.

By the grace of god the alarm stayed silent throughout the night and I left the next day thankful that my visit to the Sands Harbor was over.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013 via mobile

Stopped at the sands outside deck/bar. Lots of people just having fun and enjoying life. Buckets of beer are priced reasonably. Tasty bar style food. Hard to find local joints like this any more. This is the type of place where you can watch the boats go buy, have a beer and just relax in a real casual atmosphere.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

The waterway views from the balconies of this hotel are spectacular. The ocean - about two blocks away is also visible. Otherwise the hotel is rather dated and lacking in modern amenities (no wifi or hair dryers in rooms). There is no room service. The hotel restaurants serve lunch and dinner - not breakfast. A minimal complimentary continental breakfast is available. The decor is rather retro beach. Go for the view and location.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Maryland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

This place is like a slice of Old Florida. The building is older and undoubtedly has seen a few hurricanes, but it is clean and well-maintained with a very friendly staff. Staying here is a good way to get a gorgeous balcony view of the Intracoastal Waterway at a reasonable price. Special rates are available if you are diving with Pompano Dive Center which is two short blocks away.

Our room was quite large and the bed and pillows were very comfortable. Everything in the room worked properly except for one wall outlet into which plugs fit loosely and didn't always make contact. There was no fan in the bathroom though, and no hair dryer, so plan to bring your own. Our room didn't have a fridge, but there are several large ice machines downstairs with big scoops for filling ice chests. The high-speed Internet connection in our room was free and reliable.

I didn't try the indoor seafood restaurant, but the outdoor bar and grill made a good blackened mahi sandwich and my waiter was very friendly and attentive. A continental breakfast of coffee, juice, prepackaged muffins and pastries, yogurt and fruit is provided.

Finding a parking space can be a bit of a challenge, but there is an ATM in the hotel and a bank across the street, and a Publix within walking distance for groceries, so we didn't have to move our vehicle too often. There are restaurants within walking distance as well. A coin-op washer and dryer are available for guest use.

If you are there for the diving, I think this is a good place to stay. Divers don't necessarily want to have fancy furnishings or carpeted hallways to worry about if they are hauling wet dive gear back and forth from their room, so the concrete stairs and walkways and the tile-floored entry hall and fiberglass-walled bathroom area just inside the door of our room were ideal as far as I was concerned. We had a nice, quiet, relaxing stay, and the diving was great as always.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New Paltz, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

Another long weekend of diving, eating and sleeping in Pompano Beach, Florida. Stayed at the Sands Harbor Hotel again and all was good. People were friendly and took good care of us. ScubaTyme Dive Charter took us out each day for diving. The weather was great despite a recent run in with tropical storm Debbie.
By Sunday we had 100' visablitly.
Till next time.... Thank You Pompano Beach....Dive Safe...
Brad

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 4 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 35 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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