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“Love, love, love this place! They have the best staff of all Bluegreen Resorts.” 5 of 5 stars
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Solara Surfside Resort
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   8801 Collins Avenue, Surfside, FL 33154   |  
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Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Surfside
Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Love, love, love this place! They have the best staff of all Bluegreen Resorts.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We stayed here last year, August 2013, which happened to concur with my sisters 14th birthday. One of her requests was to get a real coconut from a palm tree. So we decided to inquire if this was possible and to our surprise, one of staff members told us he would try his bets to get her a coconut (and he not only tried once but twice, even during a storm).

This experience in and of itself is one of the reasons we love this place. The staff at Solara go out of their way to make you feel like you are at home and comfortable. We have been to many Bluegreen Resorts and so far none can compare to the staff at Solara. They are quick to greet you with a friendly hello and offer you any help which you may need.

Although this resort is on the smaller side, it is one of the most accommodating resorts as well. While we thoroughly enjoyed our vacation this year on another beach resort, we missed the hospitality of the staff at Solara (which is why we decided to book our 2015 vacation here again). You simply cannot go wrong when you choose to vacation here. Great views, an awesome beach, and the best resort staff EVER.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BluegreenCares, Manager at Solara Surfside Resort, responded to this review, August 18, 2014
Hello jenntyl99,

Thank you so much for your kind remarks. We are glad to learn that you enjoyed your stay at Solara Surfside and that you would love to come back. We are thrilled our staff helped make your stay above and beyond outstanding. We hope to welcome you again soon!
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Virginia beach Va
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I stayed 3 nights in May and this hotel helped me to enjoy my first Miami vacation. Aside from the confusing entrance from the road it was a gem. The room was exactly how it appeared on advertisements. That moment that travelers look forward to when they open their room door was a "ahhh" instead of a "oh no". It smelled clean not overpowering with air freshener and the music playing added to the "aahh effect" the staff is friendly, helpful and often remember you when they get your car. Being my first time in Miami i was unaware of the traffic and the driving conditions (not for this country girl) so although I didn't use it it still was nice to have a bus stop directly in front of the hotel. Loved the hammocks, grills and direct access to the beach. I was also pleased I didn't have to contend with the sales pitch being I was vacationing with my daughter. It is indeed dwarfed in size by the surrounding accommodations but it is a giant in hospitality and having a relaxing atmosphere. So much so I'm planning to come back in Sept. Hopefully a oceanfront room this time.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BluegreenCares, Manager at Solara Surfside Resort, responded to this review, July 28, 2014
Hello 1blueskylvr,

Thank you for reviewing your stay at Solara Surfside. We are thrilled we were able to help you enjoy your first vacation to Miami. We are happy you were pleased with the room and appreciate your comments regarding the staff. We look forward to welcoming you back soon on your second trip to Miami!
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Tamarac, Florida
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Clean, spacious rooms, with full kitchen and floor by floor updates coming in October. Small exercise room that faces the pool but lots of equipment. Clean pool, jacuzzi and pool deck with a variety of easy listening music playing. Game room, light refreshments and activities room coordinated by Kramer. Thanks Kramer, I thoroughly enjoyed the Yoga (I'm feeling it today!) Bring your running shoes because there is a spectacular walking path that runs parallel to the ocean and you will be so happy you did!

Cookies are offered once a week around 3:00 p.m. but it would be nice if there was at least a continental breakfast offered with the coffee…even if you have to pay a nominal fee since there are no restaurants nearby.

Make sure you go down to the beach for sunrise as well as in the evening when all the wind surfers show up…it's amazing they don't get tangled up...

Room Tip: Bring some groceries to cook in your room or grill out at the picnic tables...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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BluegreenCares, Manager at Solara Surfside Resort, responded to this review, July 28, 2014
Hello Francie A,

Thank you for sharing your experience at Solara Surfside. We are delighted you enjoyed the accommodations and amenities. Thank you for your suggestions, and we hope to welcome you back soon!
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Michigan
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

We spent 4 nights here in late April and it was a wonderful and relaxing time. The unit we stayed in (1 bedroom - #307) was clean and spacious. The only downfall was the lack of view of the ocean. Maybe if you were higher up you would be able to see it.

Being able to get lounge chairs, for free, on the beach was great. We would go down at 10am every morning, getting front row lounge chairs, and sit on the beach until around 1pm. At that time we would go grab some lunch and then head back to the beach, where they would have our seats saved. We would continue to sit there until 6pm when the picked up the chairs.

We used the pool once and it was very warm and relaxing. The hot tub was also at a good temperature but quite small.

The valet guys were great and quick to retrieve your car for you.

The only downfalls were the lack of beach view, hard beds and the sales pressure. As a Bluegreen owner I find it very annoying when the "concierge" wants you to just hear about changes (you know it is going to be a sales pitch) and when you tell them you aren't interested they keep pressuring you.

Bluegreen and their resorts should allow you to tell them in advance of your trip if you are interested in sitting through another "ownership overview" and if you say no they should leave you alone.

Room Tip: Ask for a higher room so you may be able to see the ocean. Also, 2 bedroom units are on the end wit...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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BluegreenCares, Manager at Solara Surfside Resort, responded to this review, May 15, 2014
Hello simhap,

We are delighted you had a wonderful and relaxing stay at Solara Surfside. We are happy you found our accommodations clean and spacious and that you enjoyed the convenience of complimentary beach chairs. We are glad you enjoyed spending your days on the beach and that our pool area was very warm and relaxing. We appreciate the feedback you have shared regarding our concierge service. Your feedback will help to ensure a pleasant experience for all guests. We hope you will consider another visit soon!
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madison
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

After a very long winter in Wisconsin, it was absolutely wonderful to get to Solara. We had a nice view of the ocean from our balcony and the room was very tidy. The beach is beautiful and the pool area never seem very busy, even during spring break. Thank you to all the staff that went out of there way to make our stay a success. The valet staff (Hillard & Ruben) always had our car ready before we could get down to the lobby. Also thank you Claudia, Carlos, JR and Morris for your thoughtfulness and help during our stay. Miami is great if you can get past all the traffic.

Room Tip: The closer your room is to the street the view of the beach diminishes.
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  • Stayed March 2014, 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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BluegreenCares, Manager at Solara Surfside Resort, responded to this review, May 15, 2014
Hello jespie,

We are delighted your stay at Solara Surfside was absolutely wonderful after a long Wisconsin winter. We are happy you enjoyed the view of the ocean and the cleanliness of your room. We greatly appreciate your generous compliments regarding our staff. I will certainly share your comments with the team. We hope you will consider returning soon!
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McBain, Michigan, USA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for 2 nights after a week long cruise. It was a $40 cab ride from the Port of Miami. We had a 2 bedroom suite. It was very clean and large! My kids loved the pool area and all of the beach toys and games they had available to use for free. The beach is beautiful and padded lounge chairs for free daily! We made use of the grills at dinner time- an added bonus to this resort. The grocery store is about a 10 minute walk away. The kids got to tie dye tshirts one morning as an added activity. The entire staff is beyond friendly and helpful. I would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BluegreenCares, Manager at Solara Surfside Resort, responded to this review, May 15, 2014
Hello Rlb3mom,

Thank you for staying at Solara Surfside and sharing your review. We are happy you found our accommodations spacious and clean. We are glad your children loved the pool area and that you made good use of our on-site grills. We appreciate your generous compliments about our staff and hope you will consider returning soon!
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

This place was great from the moment they said go. Room was nice, valet service was great, and staff was from the arrival and through the visit. Great views and beach right in your back yard, full kitchen so you don't have to eat around you can go to the grocery store and cook and be like your still at home.

Stayed April 2014, traveled solo
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BluegreenCares, Manager at Solara Surfside Resort, responded to this review, May 15, 2014
Hello Scooter J,

Thank you for sharing this generous review of your stay at Solara Surfside. We love knowing our guests are having great experiences throughout their entire stay. We hope to have you back soon!
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Address: 8801 Collins Avenue, Surfside, FL 33154
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Location: United States > Florida > Surfside
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Surfside
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Hotel Class:3 star — Solara Surfside Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 59
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