This is a nice hotel with a modern feel. The room was a decent size and you couldn't beat the view of the ocean (room 1015). The place was clean enough (may have been some mildew around the edges of the large, modern, walk-in shower or it might have just been a different color grout...places in the shower were re-grouted with a darker grout. Unfortunately, the tile work was cheaply done. In any event, the shower was plenty big so your feet didn't have to come anywhere near the edges). We slept really well. The beds were comfy and it was nice and quiet on our high floor (except when a band was playing an event...but they were done by 11pm)./
While B Ocean appears to be striving to be a little more high-faluting than it is actually able to pull off (some towels were threadbare, some minor repairs needed, the free robes that you need to specially request had seen better days), it is certainly nice enough for an enjoyable stay. We got a good deal on the room and I felt we got far more than our money's worth (we went during a slow week in early Dec.) If I paid over $200, I might have not felt as happy.
Ft. Lauderdale is a busy/noisy place with the boulevard running between the hotels and the ocean, but this hotel is uniquely situated for judy a bit more peace than hotels further south where there's lots of action along the boulevard. B Ocean is wedged in between the Bonnet House and the State Park, so the beachfront in front of those two green places has no commercial development. Even in front of the hotel, there is green space insead of development. You are right at the light, so crossing to get to the beach is easy. There is a station to wash off the sand right at the light. Just to the left (as you face the ocean) is a lifeguard station. Just to the right is a beach chair/umbrella rental. But, you can save money by buying that equipment on the cheap at 7-11 which is about 600' behind the hotel.
If you are looking for convenient action, there are two little streets that wind behind the hotel and they have bars/restaurants/tshirt shops/24-hr pizza parlor/ice cream/ etc. The rooms do not face this commercial area, so you can relax unaware of it if you aren't interested.
The pool area is rather small, but it is nice. Lots of loungers in both sun and shade (though depending on the time of day, you might have to switfch chairs to stay in the sun or shade). I didn't see a hot tub. There is a bar and some tables for dining at the pool and some heaters for nightlife. There are also a few cabanas that appear to be free for guests to use (but that might be because this was such a slow time). The pool was a comfy temperature. I really liked the music at the pool area...mostly seemed like songs from the 70s redone with a modern feel...instrumental. Unfortunately, the street that runs along the side of the hotel is a major east-west route (which makes access to the hotel easy, but creates some noise at the pool area even though there is a wall to create privacy. I did not see a hot tub. I didn't use the fitness area, but it seemed small, yet sufficient. The pool area was closed on a few occasions for private events...that could be problematic if spending time at the pool is important to you.
I did not eat at the hotel. I was told that coffee and tea in the cafe were free to guests (maybe just in the morning...I can't recall).
I didn't use the free wifi, but the front desk person did mention that I could borrow and ipad for free for up to 3 hours...I don't think many people are aware of this. I never did borrow the ipad (making it a real, tech-free beach vacation). There is no frindge or microwave in the room, but I think you might be able to request at least a fridge...you'd have to check on that.
Parking is $28 per day, but that seems pretty standard for the beachfront. The valet service was very quick. We called upon leaving the room and our car was almost always ready when we walked outside.
We didn't use it, but the free trolley goes right by the hotel. The Galleria Mall is a short walk (but over a causeway bridge). The water taxi has a stop behind the Doubletree, which is right on the otherside of the causeway bridge as well. You could really get along quite nicely without a care with plenty in walking distance or within easy reach of the trolley or water taxi. The water taxi is a great way to see the intercoastal waterway and all the gorgeous homes on it -- and to get around. Unfortunately, sometimes some big yachts tie up at the Doubletree and the water taxi can't stop there...so you have to be willing to walk or take the trolley if you get a surprise like that.
There are some seedy characters on the street, but that's the case everywhere along the beach. It seems like the crime is mostly crimes of opporuntiy, though, so if you don't leave stuff visible in your car or leave valuables on the beach, you should be okay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just steps away from the ocean and the beautiful Fort Lauderdale beach, Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach offers you a sensational experience among Fort Lauderdale hotels: oceanfront hotel accommodations, unique restaurants and lounging areas, and a variety of excursions for those guests looking to explore Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Our ballroom and meeting rooms on the penthouse floor overlook the Atlantic Ocean, presenting a special setting for business meetings and social gatherings held at this Fort Lauderdale Beach hotel. ... more less
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