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“7 Days in a Great Hotel on Fort Lauderdale Beach”

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Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach
Ranked #15 of 128 Hotels in Fort Lauderdale
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Frankfurt, Germany
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“7 Days in a Great Hotel on Fort Lauderdale Beach”
Reviewed January 23, 2014

We were a group of 3 couples who stayed for 7 days. The first room was booked online and the other through Otels.com. Before arriving I reconfirmed all rooms by email and faced a few issues but finally had all confirmed.

We the first couple were stuck in Philadelphia due to a missed connection, so we rang the hotel to let them know we wouldn't be arriving till the following morning and to allow the others to check-in under our name. The lady was grateful that we had called to let them know, however upon our friends checking-in they were told there was no booking under any of the names. After some time all was sorted out, but it felt like all the reconfirmations were a waste of time.

The hotel itself is very nice. Its an older building and from behind looks like a giant bunker but has been renovated really well. Check-in is very South Beach, with lots of white and neon, but done tastefully. We always found the front desk to be fully staffed with really helpful people. Especially Barry Jones who was the most helpful.

The room itself (Type Stunning Room - Floor to Ceiling Windows) was great. Lots of natural light and everything felt fresh and new. We had two double beds for two couples and there was enough wardrobe space for us all. It never felt cramped. The bathroom was great and the water pressure was really good. The only issue for us was the frosted glass window between the bathroom and sleeping area. Only because when the lights on you could see everything.

The pool was a good size and we never had problems finding a spot to relax also there were always towels available. I preferred that the pool was behind the hotel, because on some days the beach was really windy and the hotel protected the pool area from this. The bar is also quite good, nothing overly expensive.

The location is probably where its not amazing. Its a bit of a walk down to the main Restaurant / bar area but thats also a good thing as there is little noise. The beach however is straight across the road, which is great. Theres a shopping mall just down the road, thats ok. But if you drive 25 mins directly down the same road you will come to shopping heaven, SAWGRASS MILLS! There is also a big supermarket just around the corner.

Watch out for the Valet Parking at $28 + tax + tips. We were lucky as we were 6 people so it wasn't so much per day. Note; sadly there are no other parking options.

Breakfast was included for us and was great. A good variety and the staff were really helpful and friendly. However if you were to pay the $16 plus tax plus tip, maybe goto one of the places just around the corner. Most hotel buffets are expensive anyways, they are only worth it if its included.

However, if you can get a good deal ($215USD per night for 4 with breakfast over Xmas) then I would recommend this place.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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eduardo f, General Manager at Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach, responded to this review, January 24, 2014
Dear chrisbowers85, many thanks for your detailled observations. Regarding our location, most people prefer to be away from the noisy part of the beach to enjoy a better experience on Fort Lauderdale beach. For shopping options, the Galleria Mall, which is within walking distance, is the best option near the beach, and there is also a shuttle service that provides transportation to Sawgrass Mills for a roundtrip cost of $25 per person.
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Reviewed January 22, 2014

Located along the ocean front, every room is designed to have a bit of an ocean view. The lobby is very large and this hotel has a very modern feel. The rooms were okay sized, with nice decor however it could be cleaner. The gym and pool is extremely small and not really worth your time to see. However for a few nights stay, it is a good place to stay.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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eduardo f, General Manager at Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach, responded to this review, January 24, 2014
Dear Julie C, thanks for sharing your candid input and for the perfect rating on the service provided by our team.
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Reviewed January 22, 2014

Beautiful corner room(420) for $269- good value for oceanfront view and GREAT location. But I agree, the $28 dollars for valet parking is steep. Only second to the TWO DRINKS at the bar (1 kettle one martini and a beer) for $24 AND two small pots of coffee via room service for $18. Otherwise- the view, hotel staff and room are GREAT. We were on a "date weekend" and watching movies in bed ( morning AND late night) was a guilty pleasure. We stayed a Friday/ Saturday night and it was a WONDERFUL weekend destination and location.

Room Tip: Corner room- floor to ceiling windows oceanfront with large northern windows as well- bright and sun...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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eduardo f, General Manager at Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach, responded to this review, January 24, 2014
Dear Sharyn N, thank you for sharing your feedback and for the strong ratings. Nothing like a wonderful staycation to start the year on a positive note. Come back often, Fort Myers is not that far away!
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Reviewed January 21, 2014

I stayed for 3 Nights on a business trip. the Hotel is immaculate, the staff are friendly and courteous without being overbearing. I had a spacious corner room with great views from both windows. a balcony would have been a nice touch. Its worth going up to the penthouse to take in the view from the top. I would struggle to fault anything. The location is good with both water taxis and the gallery shopping mall within a short walking distance. I am looking forward to returning with my familly in the near future..

Room Tip: Great views from the corner suites and the higher the better.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
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eduardo f, General Manager at Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach, responded to this review, January 24, 2014
Dear ScoutmanG, thanks for sharing your comments, the perfect ratings and also for selecting our hotel during your recent business trip to Fort Lauderdale. Glad you loved your stay and great to hear you will B back to visit with your family.
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Reviewed January 20, 2014

This hotel was booked on Expedia and I was pleasantly surprised! The location is great, the views are spectacular, and the service is A+. I did miss having a balcony, because I like to feel the ocean breeze, but you can't beat the view, with the ocean front windows. The beds were super comfortable, and they have mini fridges on request(limited amount). I think if you stay for a few days it's great, and if I stayed longer, I would like tile floor, or a kitchenette(which this hotel does not have), but for a couple of days its great.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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eduardo f, General Manager at Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach, responded to this review, January 24, 2014
Dear eastcoastkitty, many thanks for sharing your feedback. Love to hear that you enjoyed our spectacular views and great location. I particularly appreciate your A+ rating on service. Our team members are very focused on delivering a great experience and it's rewarding to hear from our guests that we nailed it!
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Reviewed January 19, 2014 via mobile

We stayed two nights at the hotel and was overall happy with the stay. However. Paying USD 28 per night for valet parking is just NOT ok! For this readon we are not returning eventhough the hotel and the view is great, but I think that other hotels along the coast line can offer just as nice a virw. Rooms were nice and European in style, so no complaints there and staff was friendly and helpful.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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eduardo f, General Manager at Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach, responded to this review, January 20, 2014
Dear Jette A, thank you for staying with us and for your positive comments on our friendly and helpful staff. Please note that the fee for parking is consistent with other hotels on Fort Lauderdale beach. We recently conducted a survey and our rate is still one of the lowest for upscale hotels.
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Reviewed January 10, 2014

We haven't been to B Ocean since Nov 2011 and before that was May of 2011... both of those times we had the most amazing experience(s) with your Hotel on the beach mostly due to your now ex employee, Tommy! When we arrived and settled in this current trip we asked a couple housekeepers where Tommy the Supervisor in Housekeeping was and were told of an unfortunate situation. We were hugely disappointed to find out he hasn't been there in a year or so according to your staff and without his outstanding customer service I (we) must say wasn't as impressed as I (we) could have been this time around. It is lacking the fun staff we knew and anticipated to see! My family all looked forward to seeing him again and remembered him well and I just want whoever is in charge to know of our disappoinment in that area! Our room was cleaned by a lady who just didn't smile whatsoever! Seemed unhappy that day! The housekeeping staff are not as welcoming as before. What has happened to this place? Seeing it from our angle is probably too hard to comprehend. Sad to hear Nico at the front desk was gone as well! He was another wonderful employee to deal with! Sometimes the employees make a trip more pleasurable and go out of their way to make your stay a memorable one...it just didn't happen this time around and we didn't have one sunny day which made this trip even more unenjoyable. Sorry B Ocean not a good review this time around! Gonna give another Hotel a try next time around...

Room Tip: the best rooms have floor to ceiling windows at the end by the ocean! The best views!
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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eduardo f, General Manager at Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach, responded to this review, January 14, 2014
Dear OhhhYeaaa, thank you for sharing your comments and for coming back to stay with us. Yes, we've had some of our team members move on, but that is to be expected in any business over the course of several years. We do have some great people on our current team as recognized by the previous post on this site. Unfortunately, it sounds like your experience was not aligned with your expectations and that is where we need to focus our attention. Rest assured the team is very focused on providing a great experience so please touch base with me via our website's email and we can continue this dialog.
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Property: Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach
Address: 999 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304-3310
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Location: United States > Florida > Broward County > Fort Lauderdale > Central Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#7 Luxury Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#18 Romantic Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#18 Business Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#33 Family Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach 4*
Number of rooms: 240
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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