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Coconut Bay Resort
Ranked #60 of 128 Hotels in Fort Lauderdale
michigan
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63 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
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Reviewed January 4, 2012

Great location excellent restaurants with in walking. Mexican cantina,trulucks,prim anti brothers and Thai on the beach. The resort was built in the 70's. Everything in working order and clean. 5 min walk to bach and water taxis..stone crab season oct to may Billy's in Hollywood fl and trulucks were excellent trulucks has excellent wine list w% off during happy hr. our $53 bottle was $36. Will come back no frills but decent

  • Stayed January 2012
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Reviewed December 29, 2011

The worst part of this "resort" comes upon arrival, with the small registration office, no main hall, parking and catwalk overlooking the rear of a small, dilapidated commercial strip on the north side. The friendly, efficient staff cannot compensate for this initial letdown. The unit which we occupied was rather clean and comfortable, which may have not been the case of all units based on complaints we heard from other guests. The best part was the back balcony, overlooking a small canal with docked boats, but the canal is very narrow and apartments located across are too close for comfort. It is centrally located, within easy walking distance of the beach, but it does not deserve the name "resort", especially when compared to real resorts we have visited though Interval or DRI. It is passable as a base for sleeping, but not recommended as a resort for relaxation and lounging all day.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Olympia, Washington
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Reviewed December 24, 2011

Me: Wyndham 'Owner' who exchanged for this resort via RCI. A true 'Average' rating for the place. Not Excellent but not bad --- an 'oldie but a Goodie' would best describe the Coconut Bay Resort.

Pros: 1) Location, location, location! About a block from the beach, block from a shopping mall, reasonable drive to just about anywhere. 2) My unit was clean, smelled clean, carpeting/floor tiles/paint seem new in places. 3) Pool/hot tub were OK but the sun is blocked by neighboring residence high-rises, 4) staff friendly, 5) ample parking, 6) TVs in both rooms, basic kitchen setup. 7) I didn't bring a boat but you can park your boat on one of the neighboring channels that borders the place. ---- Overall, it's not the Ritz Carlton but I would have no problem staying here again.

Cons: 1) Some parts of my room showed age/wear and tear. For example, the ceiling tiles in my bathroom were worn/broken and are in need of an upgrade. Walls/doors had chips but were still functional. 2) Popcorn style ceilings. 3) Lack of cooking utensils such as baking pans/pizza pans. 4) No DVD or Blue Ray player, 5) No Wireless Internet unless you were lucky to pull in one bar from the complimentary 'free' wireless in the lobby (so 2002 in my opinion). 6) No washer/dryer but they did have a dish washer in the unit and coin-op laundry with reasonable reasonable prices. 7) Next to a fire station (it didn't bother me but I can see where this would bother some people in the middle of the night). 8) 'Free' morning doughnuts/coffee and free hot dog/soda Wednesday is an attempt to lure you into signing up for a timeshare presentation from the building operators. I didn't fall for it!

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This place is about fifty years old so I wasn't all that surprised at some of the wear and tare in my room. In my opinion, most (not all) of the people who complain on previous post probably are the type that spend their entire week inside the unit (24/7) versus going outside, going to the beach, exploring southern Florida, etc. For the most part, the place was clean, felt secure, and I would have no problem coming back. Some units may be different than others and some units have people living there year round. After stating 'no' via phone to the person who wanted me to attend a timeshare presentation, I wasn't bothered again. I would have no problem staying here again with family or as a solo traveler but I wouldn't suggest this place for a romantic getaway.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
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Peoria, Arizona
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Reviewed December 7, 2011

We stayed here for a week in late September 2011 through RCI. There is not much nice I can say about this place. These are a apt/condo conversion and apparently some of the owners live here part time. We stayed in a I think 208 and directly below us was a an owner in his condo doing a sanding project at 1:00 am. We couldn't tell at first where the noise was coming from, we tried calling management, forget it, they roll up the carpets when they lock the front lobby door. We finally had to confront the owner below us. In addition, the carpets were disgusting in our suite and the furniture was not much better. I couldn't believe RCI would even offer this place.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Louisville, Kentucky
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Reviewed September 9, 2011

A good vacation can make everything seems better. But when you step back for a review like this, you have to ask yourself – were the accommodations really that special? I have stayed at better timeshare exchanges than Coconut Bay. On its own, the place would probably rate a solid 3 – totally average, neither exceptional nor awful. But Coconut Bay is well-managed and provides a level of service that pushes it up to 4.
My wife, her sister, and I stayed at the Coconut Bay Resort over the week of August 27-September 3. We exchanged our unit in Cancun through Interval International. However, Coconut Bay is primarily affiliated with RCI. The resort itself is a converted condominium complex built in the early 1970’s. A friend of mine who now lives in the area describes the place as “a piece of old Florida”.
The area seemed safe. The resort is less than a block off Sunrise Blvd, two blocks to beach, and within short walking distance to Hugh Birch Taylor State Park and Bonnet House (I highly recommend the latter). The resort is also centrally located within easy driving distance to major areas of Fort Lauderdale. There are a number of shops and restaurants within walking distance, and more shopping (including the Galleria Mall and a Publix Grocery) just over the bridge.
We stayed in a one-bedroom unit on the 3rd floor. There was only one elevator, and it had a bad smell to it. We tried spraying it with Febreeze, but that didn’t help. But the elevator ride was generally less than 30 seconds, so we could put up with it. The resort provided luggage carts, which were very helpful. We frequently used the outside stairs when we weren’t carrying anything.
Our unit was basic, but quite nice and very clean overall. The furnishings were dated but serviceable furnishings. My wife and sister-in-law really liked the artwork. The finishings in the bathroom and the kitchen seemed on the cheap side, but everything worked. The kitchen was basic but adequately equipped. Similarly, the TVs were older tube-type models, but they worked fine too. The unit had an enclosed patio in the back overlooking the waterway. Strangely enough, there was also a sauna off the patio, but no heating element. There was a King size bed in the bedroom and a pull-out sofa in the living room. Both were comfortable. The resort offered towel exchange mid-week.
Coconut Bay has a very nice and well-maintained pool and hot-tub area. The wi-fi connection is only available at the pool. It went down one afternoon. However the front desk told us to reboot our computer, and it worked fine after that. There are a couple of covered areas, which are useful when it gets too hot or when it rains (you can expect both when you are visiting Florida in August). The resort also owns the boat slips off the waterway behind the complex. While we didn’t use them, it adds a nice character to the place. The resort also provides a coin laundry for guests. Like a lot of things at Coconut Bay, they are older but work fine.
The service really makes the difference here. As I mentioned before, our unit was very clean. In addition, the cleaning, maintenance and landscaping staff were out working very day, and the property was very well-maintained. The front office also provided excellent service. Check-in and check-out were a snap. I went to the front office several times to ask questions, and they were very helpful and friendly. On Monday morning, the staff offered coffee and doughnuts by the pool while the manager talked about local attractions and activities. We went to the timeshare pitch afterword, but it only lasted half an hour and was not high pressure.
Other than the fact that we had a great vacation, it is hard to say why Coconut Bay should rate higher than average. But the staff works so hard to make the place welcoming and homey that we found ourselves liking it a lot. And that, I suppose, is what makes a place above average.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Overland Park, Kansas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed August 24, 2011

Rooms are nice and the kitchen is fully equipped. There is a new Publix grocery store just opened close by. I suggest Big Louies calzones just across the bridge and the nature park across the street. Lots of great dinning at the food court in the mall 8 blocks away. We enjoyed the water taxi and being just 2 blocks from the beach. Great location!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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NH
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed August 21, 2011

Located two blocks from Fort Lauderdale Beach and within walking distance to shopping & restaurants you couldn't have a better location, other than day trips it offers the only resort amenity is the pool & spa which is nice but on the small side, there is a sauna and several gas grills for guest use. The chamber maids were quite loud almost every morning, if you weren't awake when they made their rounds they would see to it you were. While the resort is close to the intra costal it isn't located right on it. Traffic from nearby East Sunrise Dr can be noisy and there's also a fire station across the street. The rooms and resort in general were clean and kitchen well equipped.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Coconut Bay Resort
Address: 919 N Birch Rd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304-3317
Location: United States > Florida > Broward County > Fort Lauderdale > Central Beach
Amenities:
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#9 Top resorts Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
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Hotel Class:3 star — Coconut Bay Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 80
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