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“Excellent hotel and welcoming staff” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of 15 FTL Guesthouse

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15 FTL Guesthouse
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Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Excellent hotel and welcoming staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2013

Very great experience in this Guesthouse. The hotel is calm, the room is clean, beautiful. Small hotel, thus very welcoming. The breakfast is very good: large choice of food that we can bring to eat around the swimming pool. The host is very nice. Very good hotel !

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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waltnnyc, Manager at 15 FTL Guesthouse, responded to this review, November 3, 2013
Thank you for the nice review you did of the 15 FTL Hotel property. It's always nice to hear from our guests and that they appreciate all we do to make their stay a pleasant one. We wish you safe travels and do please come see us again. Regards, Alan
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Frankfurt, Germany
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2013

By arriving late and in the dark we only saw a small sign and a little welcome note at the gate - providing the room number and how to get there. Who describes our suprise when we checked into the beautiful room with a king bed, so carefully designed, so clean an neat! After a great night's sleep we discovered the pool right in front of our window surrounded by palm trees. And the we met Walt who really makes this place so special. We were treated like friends, he gave us some very good tips like where to eat breakfast (Floridian Restaurant - aaaaaaahh!) My husband and I had a great time and enjoyed every minute. The place is a hidden paradise.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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waltnnyc, Owner at 15 FTL Guesthouse, responded to this review, October 22, 2013
Thank you very much for the nice review. I am so glad that you enjoyed your visit with us and got to experience our wonderful property. 15 FTL Hotels goal is to make everyone feel welcome and feel like they have their own little bit of south Florida paradise. We maintain our affordable rates by doing a pleasant self check-in process after 5pm so no guest ever feels rushed. The property allows for quite privacy unlike those larger hotels where you feel rushed to check-in and check-out. l' m so glad you felt at home and appreciated the service we provide. I look forward to your next visit with us in the future. Safe Travels, Walt
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West Babylon, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2013

Recently myself and two friends stayed at 15 FTL Guesthouse and I am giving it the highest ratings- 5 stars. The owners/managers(Walt & Ed) were very attentative and gracious hosts. I did not feel like I was staying at a hotel but more like a guest at a friend's home. The rooms were decorated elegant and very clean. The property had a lush tropical feel and very well maincured. I felt like every morning I was staying at a tropical island which is what I had wanted. I will definitly be back.....

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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waltnnyc, Owner at 15 FTL Guesthouse, responded to this review, September 15, 2013
Thank you very much for the nice review. You and the guys were a delight to have staying with us. I'm so glad the property was just what you expected and looking for on your vacation. Our mix of guests is what really makes the property stand out and you and the guys were a treat to meet and visit with during your stay. You'll have to come back and visit and see the new out door shower area and some of the new landscaping. You had said in our conversation that you guys wanted to be near Wilton Manors and the night life but not be directly in it nor on the beach but close enough to be there in minutes. Our location has the best the area can offer both in shopping and food as well as night life. Please come see us again and tell the guys we send them our best. Enjoy the New York Fall weather this next month. Stay well, Ed and Walt
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Austin, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2013

This place is a diamond in the rough. After spending most of my vacation in South Beach, I was wishing I would have spent more time here, for a much better price. You don't have to pay for parking, which is a major savings. The owner greeted us, and said he was going to get our room ready ASAP. Location is pretty great as well. It's pretty centrally located and easy to get to most anywhere in Fort Lauderdale. If you are looking for a place to crash for one night, or a comfortable place to lay your head for your entire trip, I recommend it. Can't wait to get back.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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waltnnyc, General Manager at 15 FTL Guesthouse, responded to this review, September 3, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to do a review of the property 15 FTL Hotel. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us. A lot of people do stay with us versus Miami as Ft. Lauderdale is central to all that South Florida has to offer. (Everglades Park, Sawgrass Mills, beaches) We love the fact we are the only hotel in the area that's welcomes all adults and has that Key West guesthouse feel. Our open guests policy has made us one of the most popular hotel/guesthouses in the area. With our closeness to the beach, Wilton Manors (gay area clubs) down town and shopping we truly have a very special location and group of guests from all over the world from many back grounds and life styles. Please come see us again as it's always a pleasure to have guests like yourself stay with us. Kindest regards, Walt and Ed (owners)
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013

This guesthouse is a rare find and quite a gem! The rooms are designed in a modern, classic comfort that is a home away from home. Walt is the owner and manager on hand to make sure that you have everything you need for your stay and is friendly and helpful if you aren't familiar with the neighborhood. The neighborhood is the best that Fort Lauderdale has to offer. 15 FTL is centrally located less than a mile from the Galleria, walking distance to Chill Wine Bar, and The Canyon Cafe. A short drive will take you to the Naked Grape and Wilton Manors with great restaurants and shops. The grounds and pool at 15 FTL are extremely clean and kept well. Even when it is full you have the place to yourself. Breakfast each morning is an array of fresh coffee, muffins, yogurt, and your pick of too many things to mention. The rates are unbelievable and far too inexpensive for what you experience. The rooms are equipped with mini fridges, glass wine glasses (which is much appreciated), and wine buckets. A great escape from Key West or for now a hidden secret for seasoned travelers who are lucky enough to find 15 FTL.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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waltnnyc, Manager at 15 FTL Guesthouse, responded to this review, August 19, 2013
Nicole, Thank you for the nice review of 15 FTL Hotel and staff. It's always nice to have guests like your self stay with us.The property two and half years a go went from being an exclusive gay male only guesthouse to it's current operation as an "All Welcome Adult Hotel" (no children) by the new owners. As in a few past negative reviews not all prior guests of the property like the changes. We however love meeting the many new guests from around the world who are drawn to our lovely property. We are glad you continue to enjoy 15 FTL Hotel and look forward to your next visit with us. Regards, Owner and Staff.
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Hortolandia, SP
Level Contributor
27 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013

It was our first trip to the USA and we intended to stay in Miami, but few friends advised us to stay near by Miami as we would like to be in a more quiet and beautiful environment... We decided to stay in Fortlauderdade, which was 40 min drive from Miami. I did not have any recommendation on Hotels in Fortlauderdade so I just picked by location and read few positive reviews.

Walter, the manager of the FTL 15, was so helpful, even before we get there! I asked if I could receive a package before my arrival and he promptly replied with a positive answer and also was free of charge (some hotels do charge you if you receive packages before our arrival, per day! Keep your eyes open!)

He helped us getting around in FortLauderdade (which was our second great surprise, it´s a BEAUTIFUL place, we loved it!), the location of the FTL 15 is the best possible in my opinion (it´s a quiet area but still, 2 blocks from AllGreens pharmacy, Great Supermarket, wine store, 5 min by car from the beach, 5 min by car from Las Olas Boulevard, 15 min by car from the big Outlet Sawgrass Mills, and 40 min from Miami... ) for us was perfect, after 5 days in Fortlauderdale we visited Miami for a full day and for our surprise we did not like that much Miami.... my husband and I were so happy that we choosed to stay in FortLauderdae...we could not wait to go back... :)

Other nice surprises at the Hotel:
Swimmpool available, clean, warm...
The hotel provided everyday beach towels, beach chairs, parasol, even sun-block lotion... (free of charge)
Laundry (free of charge)
Breakfast - For my husband and I was perfect, had everything we needed, coffee, milk, juice, fresch fruit, yougurt, cereal and few pastry.

Our room was exacly as in the picture, clean, and nice, everything working, A/C, microwave, small fridge, ventilator, shower, TV, wi-fi...

If one day I will be back in Florida, I will definetely stay at the same hotel, hope they have a free room for us (is not a huge hotel).

Thank you Walter for your excelent service and your willing of help us around! We truly wish to be back some day!

Priscila & Adrian

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Foi nossa primeira viagem aos EUA e no começo a idéia era ficar em Miami, pois queríamos fazer umas comprinhas e aproveitar as praias também. Mas, alguns amigos nos aconcelharam a não ficar em Miami e sim nas áreas próximas, pois tudo em Miami é mais caro e ás vezes a localização não é das melhores...
Ainda bem que escutamos nossos amigos, decidimos ficar em FortLauderdale, que fica a 40 min de Miami. Não tínhamos nenhuma recomendação de Hotéis em Miami, por isso procurei no site do Trip Advisor sozinha mesmo, por localização e reviews positivas...

O gerente do FTL 15, Walter, foi muito prestativo mesmo antes de chegarmos no Hotel... mandei email para ele perguntando se uma compra minha poderia chegar no Hotel antes de mim, se ele poderia guardar o pacote para mim, ele prontamente rspondeu que sim e não cobraria por isso (muitos hotéis em Miami cobram POR DIA! Fiquem atentos e perguntem sempre ANTES!

Walter nos ajudou explicando como chegar aos lugares em FortLauderdale (que foi nossa segunda grande surpresa, o lugar é LINDO! Nós amamos!), a localização do Hotel para mim foi a melhor possível (é uma rua tranquila, mas, mesmo assim, a 2 quarteiroes da farmácia Wallgreens que é enorme, supermercado ótimo -esqueci o nome...rsrsr), loja de vinhos e bebidas com preços absurdamente bons, 5 min de carro da praia, 5 min de carro do Boulevard Las Olas - outra surpresa - e 15 min de carro do Outlet Sawgrassmills - o maior da Flórida e acho que da América do Norte ou das Américas?? Uma coisa assim.... sei que ele é ENORME! Passei 2 dias inteiros lá... afff.....

Outras surpresas positivas no Hotel:
Piscina, limpa, morninha, ficava nela a noite
O HOtel empresta toalhas para a praia, guarda-sol, cadeiras de praia, sem custo! (Vc pode alugar na praia por 15USD)
Lavandeira grátis! (Lavaram nossas roupas sem custo no hotel)
Café da manhã - Para meu marido e eu era perfeito, café, leite, suco de frutas, banana, alguns bolinhos, cereais, até burrito tinha...rsrsr

Nosso quarto era igualzinho o da foto, limpo, bonito, tudo funcionando, A/C, ventilador de teto, microondas, geladeirinha, chuveiro potente, TV, wi-fi...

Se um dia voltar a Flórida com certeza vou ficar no mesmo lugar (desde que tenham vaga, pois o hotel é pequeno)

Muito obrigada Walter pelos seus serviços e por ter ido além do esperado, sendo tão prestativo com suas dicas!

Verdadeiramente esperamos voltar um dia!

Priscila & Adrian
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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waltnnyc, General Manager at 15 FTL Guesthouse, responded to this review, September 3, 2013
Thank you for such a nice review and taking the time to let others know about our small slice of sun shine here in Ft. Lauderdale. It's been an incredible busy Summer for us and we've enjoyed meeting so many people from such far destinations. We knew this property had great potential to be people's home away from home for them and with such a diverse people staying with us it's truly a pleasure to come to work each day. You were a joy to have stay with us and we all look forward to your next visit with us. Regards, The Staff of 15 FTL Hotel/Guesthouse
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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48 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

Came hear after 10 searing days in NYC for a wedding. What a relief! Easily accessible from airport....straight road. Continuation goes to the beach. Great sizable pool. Good airco/fan...comfortable Queen beds, modern, big bathroom, decent packaged breakfasts. Walt most helpful knows everything about neighborhood.

Room Tip: Number 1 out of 8 abuts on pool and umbrellaed round table
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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waltnnyc, Manager at 15 FTL Guesthouse, responded to this review, August 16, 2013
Thank you I remember you had come from a wedding in NYC and it was quite hot there at the time. I'm glad we could help you relax and make the rest of your trip enjoyable with us. It's always nice to have guests like yourself. Our best to you and look forward to your next visit. Regards, Walter
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Property: 15 FTL Guesthouse
Address: 908 NE 15th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304-4403
Location: United States > Florida > Broward County > Fort Lauderdale
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Fort Lauderdale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — 15 FTL Guesthouse 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
15FTL Hotel is an intimate hotel that welcomes everyone 18+ in Fort Lauderdale's walkable upscale Victoria Park district. You'll be just 10 minutes to the beach, walking distance to stores, casual and fine dining, movies, major shopping areas and 1/2 block to Holiday Park; a major sports park with jogging tracks and tennis as well as the Parker Opera House. 15FTL is an oasis in the sun. ... more   less 
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