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“Brilliant modern hotel” 4 of 5 bubbles
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The Aqua Hotel
Ranked #9 of 127 Hotels in Fort Lauderdale
Certificate of Excellence
London
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15 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Brilliant modern hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for three nights at the end of January. Maggie upgraded us to a one bedroom suite on the second floor. Brilliant having a separate kitchen and the facilities were excellent. Unfortunately the pipes in the bathroom rattled extremely loudly for a few hours every day: no idea what caused it but it was always around 10am so never at a time that would bother us.

Nice bathroom with lots of towels and robes a d great toiletries, including conditioner (important for anyone with long hair).

We loved the pool which was never packed and lots of seats and lots of sun. Just a 5 min walk to the beach.

Only downside was that is a bit of a walk to the restaurants and activities, which could be a bit annoying after a long night out!

Overall though I'd say definitely stay here if you like smart rooms and great service.

One note to owners - a welcome pack/room guide would be really handy (restaurant tips, local info,wifi code).

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 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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1 Thank AJB1981
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upstate NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2013

I have stayed at several hotels in the area and from now on it is Aqua all the way. This is a recently renovated motel with a modern and hip vibe. My studio room was fine but very small and next time will spring for a larger room. This is a boutique style motel and doesnt have all the ameneties of a larger resort such as valet parking or bell hops. If you are looking for this then the Hilton or the W is better suited for you. Maggie who greeted me upon check in was thorough and made me laugh after my road trip, so refreshing after dealing with some of the corporate robots at other hotels. I love the location of this hotel. One block west off A1A. Location is ideal and safe. Pretty quiet and very little road noise. Night life is just a couple of long blocks away but just a block and a half from the W which has a great restaurant and fun night life. Parking is around the perimeter of the building and spaces were always available close to my room. My only complaint is I thought the HVAC was a noisey but not enough to warrant a complaint. Water taxi is 4-5 blocks away and taxis are always around the hilton or W.

I don't care for their cancellation policy, be sure to inquire about this.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank achnyer01
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Ottawa, Canada
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31 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2013

We stayed two nights on our way to cruise on the last week of January. The hotel certainly deserved the high ranking by the Tripadvisor. It was very clean with a lot of little details, and located conviniently from beach, stores & restaurant. The best part was Maggie's hospitality.

  • Stayed January 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank S_Cube43
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Brussels, Belgium
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22 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2013

we visited Florida during 2 weeks mid January, starting in Miami, going to the Keys, Everglades, Napels and Sorasota. The end of our holidays was in FL. Honestly, from all the hotels we did, and as a Tripadvisor user, I must honestly say that The Aqua hotel is the best of all the hotels we did in Florida. The hotel has the perfect size,not too small to be boring, not too big to be unpersonal. The service is great and Maddy is the most welcoming lady I ever met. The rooms are great, big and clean, the pools are very relaxing and the location is perfect. Without any doubt, this is my number 1 htotel of Florida !!!

  • Stayed January 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Joss001
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ny
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255 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2013

This is the first time that Tripadvisor's advice left me very disappointed. The Aqua Hotel is a 1950's motel with no amenities whatsoever, painted white. Very white. Just a little aqua accent in the room but white, white, white. Some flowers in the pathetic couryard might have been nice. White is a very unforgiving color. All the water stains and slight imperfections stand out. But that was not the problem. People who design and decorate a hotel should be made to stay in the room for a few days with luggage.
I could say that the people were nice but it seemed to be just lip service, The 'welcome' aka check in was a series of forms and recommendations of places owned by the same company. Everyone working there always said a friendly 'hi'. The good = great bed and nice bedding.
The bad. Their parking is on the street. It is not a lot but just some head-in spots outside the hotel that the tag you get allows you to park in. We were blocked in by folks who parked parallel to the curb at times. No help whatsoever with luggage; not even an available cart. Our first room (big window overlooking the pool) was flooded within 15 minutes of checking in. The staff immediately responded with a room of the same level. This room was under the stairs with one tiny window looking at the other building. People chained their bicycles to the stairs and left their strollers under the stairs. We were disturbed by their retrieval.
Let's talk about the room. First of all there is no comfortable chair, just something out of A Clockwork Orange and a cafe table. There is no place to put luggage, not even a fold out stand. We lived out of our luggage on the floor for 4 nights. There is little light in the room. The bathroom was tiny, the shower had a wall dispenser for soap so there were no products provided. The sink was poorly designed. The trendy faucet was set too far back of the fancy recepticle sink so unless the water was full on it ran onto the counter, which had bare plumbing underneath. My favorite was a simple problem. Because the bathroom was so small the only place that a waste basket could fit was next to the toilet under the toilet paper holder. Because the toilet paper holder did not secure the roll (open on one side), everytime you took some toilet paper the roll would fall into the waste basket.
And now, the housekeeping. Towels and the bath mat were a daily adventure. We were only 2 people and were given only 2 sets, including 2 large pool towels. Every day only some of what we used were replaced. We often had to go chasing after towels in the evening. This was EVERY DAY. When we checked in there were hairs in the tub. A lightbulb blew so we unscrewed it and left it for the housekeeper to replace. No replacement and dead bulb still sitting under the lamp. We mentioned something everyday to the person taking care of the hotel but never really complained. On the last day that person told us that our room was being kept by a new housekeeper so she must not be that good. Well, since the only thing that this hotel provides is a clean room to sleep in the head housekeeper should have checked rooms serviced by the new employee, no?
The hotel costs just enough and gives so little that care should be given to the little they give. I would not ordinarily call this place expensive for a beach hotel (1 1/2 blocks away but in a quiet place) but, for me, it boiled down to a bad value. I just do not get what other TA reviewers loved about the Aqua Hotel.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Mindyopp
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Hartford, CT
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2013

I booked this hotel off of reviews from trip advisor. I was not disappointed. We checked in and met Maggie! She was so nice and very helpful! We checked into our room which was right in front next to the pool. If I had one complaint that might be the only thing. We could hear the cleaning people as early as 8 AM outside our door. It did wake us up but we were able to go back to sleep! We loved the hotel overall! We booked a room with a kitchen so we went to the store and bought stuff for breakfast and lunch which helped keep costs down. We also picked up some alcohol that we enjoyed by the pool every afternoon! It was 80 and sunny everyday and the hotel is only a block and a half from the beach. It is so close to everything, we had a car but you did not really need one expect to get to the grocery store! They have a few beach chairs that they allow you to borrow as well and bikes you can rent! They also even have a grill outside for people to use if you want to grill dinner up! We LOVED this hotel and really hope to stay again in the future!

Room Tip: Choose a room facing the ocean so you don't hear the cleaning staff in the morning!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank KCRUSIN
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Medicine Hat, Canada
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2013

The only disappointment we had was that we were only staying one night! The reviews are spot on about this hotel being so great, but what really makes this place so fabulous is not the cleanliness, the trendiness, the location...instead it is the wonderful Maggie. She is what made our stay so wonderful.

We stayed one night prior to cruising on the Oasis. Getting there from the airport was a slight challenge as the shuttle and taxi's had no idea where it was located nor did they know the address we gave them. Upon phoning Maggie directions were quickly given and we arrived at our destination. Driving up my family saw two other low rise hotels and were slightly concerned. I told them to trust me and once we walked into the office all their nerves were put to rest by Maggie's amazing personality (and we hadn't even seen our room yet)!

She escorted us up to our 'penthouse' (combination of two suites) that encompasses the entire top floor, with private balcony, and ocean view! Every one was absolutely thrilled at how fabulous our accomodations were. And from there Maggie just helped us out with any and every question we had.

Once Maggie's shift was over, we encountered Lucy who when our keys wouldn't work had them change out the batteries within five minutes and problem was solved with a smile (both from her and handyman).

There were ten of us, two of which are kids and we were extremely comfortable. Even though it was cold (in Florida terms) the kids still went for a swim in the one pool. We then, upon Maggie's recommendation, went to Casablanca's (amazing meal) for dinner. After dinner we enjoyed a walk on the beach and then enjoyed our balcony with some beverages!

Customer service is hard to find and we certainly wouldn't have found that kind of service in a big chain hotel. Next time in Ft Lauderdale we will be staying at The Aqua Hotel (Bill looks forward to his glass of wine Maggie!)

Nothing disappointed us except that we only had the one night there :(

Highly recommend it for price, location, cleanliness, and undoubtedly the service!



I can't stress how nice it is to receive such fabulous service.

  • Stayed January 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
      Service
Helpful?
Thank BigTeePee
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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
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