This was a wonderful experience - right from the very first email I had sent 7 months in advance of our trip. I hope we can come back very soon. The personal attention and professionalism is apparent from the detailed communication received at the very start when making bookings, and follows right through. We knew exactly what to expect from the level of detail we received when making our reservation. The focus on cleanliness was a big deal for me - I have a son who is allergic to many things, and none of us can stand the smell of smoke for one minute - when I saw how important housekeeping and non-smoking was to the owners of the Estoril, I knew we found the right place! We just returned from our stay only a few days ago and one of the first things I HAD to do was right this review because I was so very pleased. We stayed here with our 2 kids (2 adults, 2 children) in the Christmas/New Years holiday period and had one of their one-bedroom suites. It was beautifully decorated and although only one bedroom, it was quite large enough for our family and the children were quite content to sleep on the pull-out sofa bed. The kitchen was great for a family and allowed us to save time and money making our own breakfasts and snacks. We were thrilled with the size of the suite - a BIG closet area, lots of hangers, and plenty of drawer space for our week's worth of clothing! And a washer/dryer onsite (for a $fee) to wash our clothes during the week was very helpful and handy. (Travelling with children who are playing on the beach makes laundry necessary!) The landscaping is simply gorgeous, and as nice as the suite was inside, it is a pleasure just to walk through their patio area(s). The motel rooms face a few different courtyard/patio areas with plenty of seating and lounge areas and such pretty flowers and landscaping! The rooms were immaculate each day we returned from our travels, and it was very peaceful, very quiet, and very relaxing (exactly what we were looking for). It was lovely to bring a drink from my room, and sit at their Tiki Bar area and get on my (wireless) internet on a warm evening. I saw other guests making us of their tables to eat their nightly dinner, or just sit out relaxing with a drink, and they also have a BBQ which we did not use but I did see another guest grilling. The pool area is in one of their other properties across the street; however we were so busy seeing the Fort Lauderdale sights that we did not make use of the pool. It is important for guests to keep in mind that this is NOT a full-service hotel, nor does it try to be. Meaning: don't expect little toiletries and room service and valet parking and a great pool scene, etc. But if you are looking for personal, professional service in an upgraded, intimate, boutique-like facility - this fits the bill absolutely. There are some nice touches that I hadn't expected (ie: ironing board, iron, hairdryer, safe) which made it even better. We had a car, so not being beach-front did not matter to us at all. It was a short drive to the beach and that suited us just fine. The location is ideal, in my opinion - down the street (walking distance) to a mall that includes a movie theatre, and a very central location to everything else. We have stayed in Fort Lauderdale before, but this was our first time at the Estoril and I fully expect we will be back and have no reason what-so-ever to stay anywhere else.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casitas Coral Ridge, a boutique Inn, is a tropical jewel located in an upscale area of Fort Lauderdale. The entrance to our Inn is filled with colorful bougainvilleas and hibiscus where a transformation takes place the moment you step into our tranquil and relaxing tropical oasis. You will be surrounded by palm trees, tropical flowers and foliage of many colors accented with tasteful landscaping. A tropical, relaxing setting takes you away from the daily grind. Our accommodations are decorated in a tropical motif taken from the surroundings of Fort Lauderdale and South Florida. Coming for Business? We are just a 10 to 12 minute drive from downtown Fort Lauderdale and The Broward County Convention Center. Casitas is your home away from home offering quality furnishings and comfort. We offer direct dial telephones with voice mail that can be retrieved from anywhere outside your room. We also have free Wi-Fi high speed Internet service that can be obtained from anywhere on our property. Conduct your business and then drive a few golf balls or play a round of golf at nearby golf courses. Coming for a Vacation? We are located in one of the best areas of Fort Lauderdale, just a 2 minute car ride to the beach, water taxi, waterfront cafes, golf driving range, shopping mall, fine dining; 5 to 10 minute car ride to diving/snorkeling, fishing boats, jet skis, entertainment centers and Beach Place; 20 minute car ride to the Fort Lauderdale Airport, Downtown Riverwalk, Las Olas, Port Everglades Cruise Ships, golf courses and many area attractions. Let us book your tours or 1 to 2 day cruises. Casitas has achieved a high recognition among the elite list of small hotels and vacation rentals in Florida as a "Superior Small Lodging" establishment since 1989 by the Superior Small Lodging Association and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau. The staff of Casitas was just awarded the "White Gloves Award," a very honorable recognition by the Superior Small Lodging Association where you must score 100% on the housekeeping part of our annual inspection. This means you're assured well-maintained grounds, attractive decor, comfortable accommodations, and naturally, a friendly, hospitable staff. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Estoril Paradise Hotel Fort Lauderdale