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“Holidays at the Aqua Hotel” 5 of 5 bubbles
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The Aqua Hotel
Ranked #10 of 128 Hotels in Fort Lauderdale
Certificate of Excellence
Ontario
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54 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Holidays at the Aqua Hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2013

We spent our Christmas vacation on two cruises back to back to the Bahamas. Our flight back home was not booked until 3 days later following our cruise so we decided to stay in Fort Lauderdale. After searching for a reasonably priced hotel we came across the Aqua Hotel which we found right here on Trip Advisor. I read the reviews for the past few months and decided to book their for our 3 nights and glad we did.

Love the look of white and turquoise. This is a new place with exceptionally clean rooms, and comfortable beds. The kitchenette was equipped with set of 4 dishes/cutlery/glassware. We had a coffee pot with 3 packages of coffee to use. Small bottle of palmolive to wash the dishes, few napkins and paper towels. There is a fridge, microwave and stove. Pot and pans, serving dishes and bowls are also provided. The bathroom had shampoo, hand soap and toilet paper.

The location was perfect. You can see the beach from the hotel and is just minutes away. Many places to walk to so you really don't need to rent a car. There is the sun trolley at .50cents per person that runs Fri-Mon. Great Value for this!! The plaza bistro just around the corner is a hip and cool bar/restaurant all outdoors with some tables for seating and then white leather couches off to the side. Food was very good but service a little slow.

We went to the Galleria mall (very high end and pricey) but nice to walk through. Had some good specials. You can do the walk from the hotel but if you are not a walker a cab ride is only $7.00. There is also a publix and cvs pharmacy across the street for all your food and snack items to keep in your room.

Overall, we were very happy. We did not meet Maggie until our 3rd day and enjoyed our conversation with her. She really cares about the hotel, cleanliness and happiness of her clients. She sat and shared stories with us. I do have to mention that Abbey was also great. She was the first staff member we met and took care of all of our needs. You would never find this type of customer service in a large Hotel chain. Thanks Maggie and your staff. Wish we had stayed a little longer to continue our talks.

Check this place out for your next trip. It's is worth the price and you won't be disappointed!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Diane F
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Info1000, Owner at The Aqua Hotel, responded to this review, January 4, 2013
docean1964,
Why spend every Christmas with us? Maggie, Abbie and the rest of the staff extend an open invitation, and they will always be there to enjoy more nice conversations with you! Give us a call and let us help you plan your next vacation to Aqua! Thanks so much for your review, NBV
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2012

Some hotels will be remembered by their amenities, others by their location but the Aqua Hotel offers something that I have never experienced - an absolutely outstanding services. It also has great location, functional and well laid out rooms, beautifully designed interior, and lovely swimming pools. The photos that were posted by other guests give a good picture of what you get when you stay there. What the pictures don't show is how amazingly comfortable the beds are! I have had one of the most restful sleeps there ins spite of having been in a really bad car accident on the night that we arrived to Fort Lauderdale. And the reason that I mentioned this is because it's Maggie Martino, the guest service manager, and Claire, one of her staff members, that took care of us the way no chain hotel staff would after our accident on Christmas Day. From ordering the food for us and booking a new car rental (Hertz at the Holywood Airport bailed out on us) to letting us use their cell phones so we could communicate with various agencies they surrounded us with warmth and care that helped us get through a very difficult time. From the bottom of my heart and on behalf of my family I want to thank Maggie and Claire for truly treating us like their guest - guests in their home. Believe me, you cannot get better quality, value and service than the Aqua Hotel! (There is no restaurant on site but we got a very fast pizza and caprese sald delivered to our door from a Big Loui's that Claire suggested).

Room Tip: We stayed in building 2 on the main floor in room 2110 and we could see the ocean from our bedroom w...
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  • Stayed December 2012, 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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5 Thank Queen_Marg0t
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Info1000, Owner at The Aqua Hotel, responded to this review, January 4, 2013
Queen_Marg0t,
We strive for, as you say, absolutely outstanding service, and truly appreciate your kind review. We would love to have you come back and stay again soon. Give us a call, room 2110 and the ocean view will be waiting for you!
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Helsinki, Finland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2012

This place we found throug tripadvisor and as usually the place that have got a good score here are really worth it.

We really enjoyed the cool interior decoration of the room.Surfboard on the wall etc.The staff was really friendly and one of the best things was the heated pool. And it was really well heated I can say that1Almost felt like hot tub.Jsut perfect place for relaxing and playing with our toddler.
Also the parking was free and there wher plenty of parking places to choose from.
The beach is just few hundred meters away and there are also good restaurants such as the Plaza Bistro close by.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on third floor with sea view.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank ProEtContra
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139 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2012 via mobile

Smart, quaint, slightly retro. Very very clean. Friendly and fun. This is a new hotel run by a company that ha s values we can all share. The primary manger, Maggie (love) is a super star. She will not rest until you are restful and happy.

Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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1 Thank shermannj
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Hamburg, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2012

Been here for a week in December. The hotel is very nice and well maintained, the rooms are lovely, clean and equipped with everything you might need for your stay. The location is perfect for exploring the town (water taxi stop close by) or a day on the beach. Service is great, Maggie and her entire staff are amazing and always friendly and helpful. We would strongly recommend The Aqua to everyone who likes the small but inviting places better than the big and bustling but impersonal hotels downtown. Just come and see by yourself! To Maggie and her staff: We had a great time at The Aqua and would like to wish you the very best for 2013. Go on, you are wonderful!!!

  • Stayed December 2012, 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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2 Thank Kathrin S
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London
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32 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2012 via mobile

Really enjoyed our stay at Aqua. Spotless and well equipped room, lovely pool and perfectly placed for the beach. Staff über friendly and nice to have the personal touch of the owner welcoming us, showing us to our room and giving us all the info needed.

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank londonjp101
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Danbury, Connecticut
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17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2012

We had a 6night stay booked at another hotel and upon arrival we walked down the road on Breaker St. there we found Plaza Bistro and our very sweet and helpful waiter Orlando told us about the Aqua Hotel just two blocks down the road owned by the North Beach Village. Once we walked back to our hotel we had an awful experience, drilling, hammering and some kind of construction work at 9pm, that went on for over an hour and after complaining twice we decided to check out and luckily we got a studio at Aqua for a fabulous rate. The Manager, Maggie was so gratuitous, helpful and serviceable that we were able to book another 2nights at the last minute.

The Aqua is clean, modern, one block off the beach, near everything on Ft. Lauderdale Beach and the best place for your money to stay.

Room Tip: Great for families, great for couples, two pools and fantastic ambience.
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  • Stayed December 2012, 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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5 Thank Indy P
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Property: The Aqua Hotel
Address: 3016 Windamar St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304-4019 (Formerly Angela's Beach Resort)
Location: United States > Florida > Broward County > Fort Lauderdale
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#5 Romantic Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#33 Business Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Aqua Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 39
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Why are AQUA’s reviews so excellent? Is it that North Beach Village’s boutique hotels are located in an extraordinary area of Fort Lauderdale beach that’s perfect for kids and fun-loving adults? Or is it that AQUA’s concierge-like services ensure happiness? Could it be our sandy beaches a few minutes’ walk away or how our heated pools induce laughter? Maybe it’s our incredibly reasonable rates for modernized suites with flat-screens, kitchens and Wi-Fi included? Yes – families revisit us for these details and many more! From golden beaches and turquoise waters to the winding Intracoastal Waterways – AQUA’s at the heart of a lush barrier island. Our tropical ambiance and 322 days of Caribbean sunshine also adds to AQUA’s success – plus we’re minutes from Fort Lauderdale’s world-class airport, cruises, shops, nightlife, entertainment and restaurants. Imagine – rejuvenating family beach picnics, water taxi rides to chic Las Olas or thrilling watersport adventures!AQUA’s 39 spacious rooms – studios, suites and penthouses – have a refreshing, beachy décor. We never charge resort fees, or for coffee or beach views. Recharge your inner holiday and book AQUA. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Angela`s Beach Hotel Fort Lauderdale
Angelas Beach Hotel
Hotel Angelas Beach

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