First of all, this is high season, and prices are up all over south Florida, but some seem slightly excessive for what you get, and this hotel if you paid full price is one of those. The hotel best deal was approximately $279/night as the base rate from several online sources. In the first of several Priceline bid victories during a 3-day southern swing toward the Keys, we were able to get a room for $100 by bidding for a 4-star hotel in the Fort Lauderdale beach area.
We entered through a bright, pretty lobby where the wall rotated through several pastel shades. There was no free street parking and the area is a bit dodgy for leaving the car at a meter all night, so we ended up paying what almost everyone who arrives by car is likely to pay, $28/night for either valet or park it yourself in the adjacent ramp. All rooms are absolutely smoke free, which was great for us, but will cost you $250 for a cleaning fee if you smoke and forget that you signed the agreement not to. The room was a very clean, modern looking room with a nice view of the water, but the hotel is across a busy street from the ocean and train tracks. More importantly for us, our room was too close to a late night bar, and there were likely similar music noise issues from most rooms on the north end of all of the lowest 3 or 4 floors. Unfortunately we were unable to get the AC fan on continuously to block the noise. As they advertise, they had a great bed but no extra blanket, but adequate pillows. The bed was a large king, but there was a night stand only on one side. One high-end touch was very nice Aveda products. However, although the entire room was modern with a european design the bathroom was small and the walk-in shower had a straight down spout and only half glass barrier wall toward the bathroom. They had a very nice staff and free coffee and tea in the AM. Unlike many expensive hotels, they had free wifi, which worked well. Like many expensive rooms, however, they did not have a fridge or microwave. There was a nice flat screen TV, but no HBO or other obvious free movie opportunity. There was no balcony for appreciating the water, and there is no option to open the windows, but even with all that, the rooms are only moderately sound-proofed.
For $100 + $28, it was a lovely stay.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- b Ocean Fort Lauderdale Hotel Fort Lauderdale