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“I would call it a boutique motor lodge” 4 of 5 stars
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The Aqua Hotel
Ranked #6 of 136 Hotels in Fort Lauderdale
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Hermosa Beach
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34 reviews
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“I would call it a boutique motor lodge”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

Refurbished, stylish mid-century modern, very clean.

Good sized room with kitchenette

1 block from the sand, about a 15 minute walk to the heart of Fort Lauderdale beach.

Very friendly service

Not cheap during peak season but less expensive than most comparable places.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

We stayed here one night pre-cruise. Located 1.5 blocks from beach. We had a king studio on second floor, rooms just as appear in the pictures. Very clean. Check in quick and easy. Room had refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker, wineglasses, room safe, iron/ironing board, hair dryer, soap/shampoo in the shower. We did not use the pool or spa. Nice walk to CVS Pharmacy for supplies and Casablanca Cafe for dinner (would have been nicer if it hadn't been raining!). As others have noted, our cab driver was not familiar with the hotel location; have address with you for them to enter into GPS. Woud stay here again. You do have to carry bags up stairs yourself, should request first floor if that is a problem for you.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

I hate to say it but I wasn't as impressed with the Aqua as other reviewers have been. Generally I didn't come away thinking - wow, I'll definitely return here.

The bed was amazingly comfortable - probably the best hotel bed I've experienced but that's where the praise stops.

It's nice to be 2 blocks from north beach and right next door to a car rental office. The small retro resort is nicely done however somewhat basic in its amenities, especially the lack of toiletries. I didn't experience any of the customer service other travellers have raved about, in fact management was pretty laissez-faire. The rooms are quiet but as someone else mentioned, you have to choose between privacy or sunlight. There's not much choice for decent food in walking distance - I struggled to find somewhere to have breakfast. The closest entertainment section on the beach is a 10/15 min stroll and is pretty touristy and expensive.

In hindsight I'd wished I'd either spent a bit more and stayed at The Four Pillars on the waterways again, or went the other end of the luxury scale and found a Hampton Inn near the port or airport.

Sorry The Aqua, you have a lovely place but need to offer a bit more boutique luxury to warrant the boutique price.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

The photos on the web site do not do these rooms justice! we stayed in a Deluxe studio with 2 queens what a fantastic room, spacious, modern, clean, well presented. A kitchen and bathroom that were contemporary with good facilities. Very comfortable beds. The staff were welcoming and friendly. The hotel was well placed to the beach and restaurants within walking distance. Short drive to the Galleria Mall. We stayed only one night before flying home but we would defiantly stay in this hotel again or in one of the group hotels. Go on book it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013 via mobile

Nice room - kids liked the funkiness of it.
Pools are warm and clean
Maggie very welcoming - nice to kick start trip with a friendly person.
Clean place
Excellent location
On the pricey side if you book directly
Would certainly consider again

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

My wife and I stayed here for a couple of day during our honeymoon in Florida and the Caribbean. We found the hotel to be conveniently located close to the beach and with easy and complementary parking next to the hotel. Our room (a studio apartment with a bedroom and a living room with a fully equipped kitchen) was very spacious and clean with a fun surf style decor as seen on the photoes. It had a large balcony, facing the road and buildings outside. The hotel offers rusty but nice rental bikes, that are cheaper than the ones found on the beach. Experiencing FL by bike, including its many canals and Los Olas Boulevard, is highly recommendable. All in all a nice and pleasant stay at this fresh hotel.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013 via mobile

We chose the Aqua because it was in a location we were familiar with. Six years ago we stayed at this hotel (then called Angela's Beach Resort) while visiting for a family wedding. At the time we were just an engaged couple about to be married and loved the place so much my husband and I chose to return to Angela's for our honeymoon! We vowed to come back! Now 6 years later we were planning our first vacation. It was an easy decision for us to stay at Aqua!
When we arrived at the hotel we were greeted by Maggie! She is absolutely amazing and made us feel welcomed right off the bat. My 5 year old son fell in love with her.
The rooms had been updated since our last visit and done very nicely with fun beachy decor.
I have nothing bad to say about our stay at Aqua. It was truly an amazing stay. We will be back!

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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:
#3 Family Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#6 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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