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“Modern, clean but overpriced high season beach spot”

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Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach
Ranked #15 of 128 Hotels in Fort Lauderdale
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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60 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Modern, clean but overpriced high season beach spot”
Reviewed January 31, 2014 via mobile

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.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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eduardo f, General Manager at Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach, responded to this review, February 3, 2014
Dear DaveW43323, many thanks for sharing your very thorough review on your recent stay with us. After reading through your observations and for the benefit of our readers, I would like to address some of them. Parking is limited on the beach and our daily price is still one of the lowest for full service hotels. The smoking fee is in place to ensure that guests are not inconvenienced by the smell of smoke and very welcomed by an overwhelming majority of guests. As with 99% of hotels on FLL beach, we are located accross the main artery that separates the beach from the hotels, retail, restaurants and bars. There are no train tracks near or next to the beach or the hotel. We do provide a large selection of TV channels, including 3 options with Showtime premium channels. As you accurately stated, the season is here and so is the demand for beach front hotels. As such, our pricing is competitive and in line with other full service hotels on FLL Beach.
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Lawrence, Kansas
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Reviewed January 31, 2014

The hotel itself is nice and the view is great, but, as others have noted, the staff is not professional. They got our breakfast order wrong, our room service order wrong and our room bill wrong. When I spoke with them about the bill, which they eventually acknowledged to be incorrect, they offered no apologies whatsoever. Not classy. In fact, the person who identified as "the manager" made a joke about how "everyone has to make money somehow." Ugh, Would never stay here again. Spend your money elsewhere.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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eduardo f, General Manager at Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach, responded to this review, February 3, 2014
Dear Kim C, to say I am disappointed with your feedback would be an understatement. Sometimes errors do happen, but it's the way that we react and respond to them that makes the difference. My sincere apologies for the poor response provided after sharing your concerns. I would love to continue this dialog and get more specific input from you off line. Please contact me via the GM email on our website and I will follow up personally with you.
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Cardiff,Uk
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Reviewed January 30, 2014

Stayed for 3 nights at end of January. Rooms all have ocean views and very comfortable beds but no fridge or coffee making facilities. Complimentary coffee available from ground floor Bistro between 0630 and 1100. Read previous reviews about thin walls but must have had quiet neighbours! Good breakfast in Bistro but food/service/atmosphere in evening is average at best. Did not try Saia restaurant. Galleria shopping centre and water taxi within 10 minutes walk. Friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere. Would stay here again.

Room Tip: Go for room above 3rd floor with direct facing sea view.
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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, February 3, 2014
Dear DPWales, thanks for sharing your comments. Great to hear you enjoyed our friendly staff and casual atmosphere. I hope you come back to B with us and take the opportunity to enjoy wonderful SAIA restaurant.
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Miramar, Florida
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Reviewed January 29, 2014

So I rented out at this Hotel this past weekend, Rooms are a bit small but great, sucks no mini fridge but its not the end of the world either... its just nice to have when kids are involved in the stay. We stayed as a family for one night and then just the two of us another night. We were celebrating my husband's Birthday and the hotel was super super nice to us. Very considerate to our celebration, completely added a nice touch to our hotel stay. Hotel is very clean all over, the rooms on the other hand can use a bit of help. Like you can tell they do not vaccum the carpet on the floors. Other than that however, everything else was good. Pool is small and not too kid friendly but it works also. Location, location, location is the best!

Room Tip: I do advise that the room with double beds are small and the beds are small, so if your hubby is tal...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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eduardo f, General Manager at Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach, responded to this review, January 30, 2014
Dear Norma M, many thanks for your feedback and thank you for choosing to celebrate your husband's special day (and a mini staycation) at B Ocean. Glad to hear you loved our location, location, location!!!
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Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed January 28, 2014

Stayed at the B Ocean in early January 2014. The rooms were clean, comfortable bed, and nice toiletries. Unfortunately, there was no coffee maker and the walls were paper thin. I had a group of kids on one side and a "playful" couple on the other. I heard EVERYTHING!

The hotel amenities were very underwhelming. The pool was small and was surrounded by run down buildings. The wicker furniture was rotting and in terrible need of replacement. The "gym" was mostly mirrors with 2 treadmills and a universal. Something you would expect at a budget motel.

The overall value (considering the price paid) is very poor. I would not recommend this hotel. I stayed 2 nights (had 2 rooms) and then switched to the Hilton (what an incredible hotel for the same price as this place).

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
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eduardo f, General Manager at Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach, responded to this review, January 30, 2014
Dear Jim S, thanks for staying with us and for your feedback. I am sorry to hear that the noise from adjoining rooms was an isue during your stay. I hope you took advantage of the free coffee available every morning to all our guests in our B'stro restaurant. We believe our amenities and facilities are very competitive with other hotels on the beach and provide a fresh alternative to the typical offering.
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North Bergen, New Jersey
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Reviewed January 27, 2014

I love this hotel! Everything was so clean and fresh. The beds were amazing and the view was breathtaking.

Love this hotel's simple, clean design and of course the location!

All the staff were friendly and professional. Absolutely loved the toiletries provided.

Just wish the valet parking wasn't $25, but everything else made up for it!

Room Tip: Ask for a room on one of the higher floors so the palm trees do not obstruct your view.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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eduardo f, General Manager at Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach, responded to this review, January 30, 2014
Dear DanaCray, many thanks for staying with us and for the perfect ratings. I am glad to hear that you LOVED our hotel and staff. We would LOVE to see you return in the near future... New Jersey is a bit cold these days!
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Waterford, Michigan, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed January 27, 2014

The pool is very small and no hot tub. Small area for sun bathers.
If you want to know anything around the hotel don't ask the front desk (literally)
go to the valet.. they were great. I thought the customer service personnel were snobby.
There was a great waiter in the restaurant though.

Room Tip: Every room has a view of the ocean. Too bad there was no balcony. You can do better more south of t...
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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 28, 2014
Dear Mickey L, thanks for sharing your feedback. I am disappointed to hear that you did not find our front desk team to be accessible and informative. We work hard to extend a warm hospitality experience to every guest and I want to apologize for not meeting expectations. Constructive feedback is essential for a business to succeed and I will make sure we put your comments to good use from a training perspective.
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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 Business Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#18 Romantic 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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