The hotel is not a five star but the view from my 6th floor room was out of this world. I could lay in my bed and watch the bridge open & close while boats plied back and forth all day long. It is priceless in that regard. I had a room with a kitchenette which came in very handy because I could fix breakfast or lunch, or even warm up leftovers from dinner. Most restaurants serve good portions and if you are not staying in a place with a microwave, your doggie bag goes to waste.
Staff was helpful, and the room was always fresh and clean. I was able to get Wi-fi everywhere which was great. The location was perfect, it was close to just about everything, Church was less than ten mins away, the beach is mins away. I went to Hillsboro beach, but there are so many others across the street.
One important thing to remember is that you need a lot of quarters for the meters everywhere you go including the beach. Parking is an adventure. Also, the Sands hotel does not provide beach towels or beach chairs, you pay about $11 an hour for a nice comfortable beach lounge wooden chair and umbrella.
Pompano is hopping, you can go anywhere and everywhere in less than half an hour, in every direction, north or south. You can walk to get the best rum & raisin ice cream in Fort Lauderdale, and sit on the bench enjoying it with a fantastic view of the ocean.
I was there to purchase a house in Coral Springs and found it very convenient. I explored quite a bit of the surrounding area and even though I will reside in Coral Springs, I will utilize the beaches in Pompano. It was amazing to see how many boats pull up at the Sands for bar food and drinks. Overall, I enjoyed staying at the Sands. After all a vacation is to go out and enjoy, so much of my time was spent enjoying the sights, sounds and ambience that South Florida had to offer.
After a day that included a trip to Las Olas Blvd or the beach, being exhausted when I got back to the hotel, I was able to make myself a refreshing cup,of tea, sleep in a nice clean bed and look forward to the next day of exploring. It's a nice clean place with a view to die for on a budget that would not break the bank. Go for it, it's worth it!
- 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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