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Review of Courtyard Fort Lauderdale Beach

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Courtyard Fort Lauderdale Beach
Ranked #24 of 128 Hotels in Fort Lauderdale
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Hamilton, New Jersey
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110 reviews
83 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
“Could have been better”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2008

Thought I already reviewed this here, but I guess not. Stayed 2 nights post cruise using points. I am a Platinum Premier with Marriott.

First they said they would not upgrade me since I was on a reward stay. I said that as a person who spent 220 PAID nights in Marriott brands last year, the company gor ENOUGH money from me for which I earned POINTS to use.

They upgraded me to a king suite. Nice, but I need TWO beds. Found a room for us that was NOT CLEAN! Trash cans full, hairs all over, crumbs and dirt on window sills, and the place opened in November?

They bought us lunch-turkey sandwiches (ick). Finally the room was cleaned and we moved.

Ate dinner one night at Bubba Gumps (not great but not as bad as expected) and at a little German bar in the alley nearby. (Late lunch-BIG chicken sandwich, decent price, lousy apple struedel!)

Can't remember what we did for breakfast. Oh, I took the sun trolley to publix and bought some little boxes of cereal, pastries, etc and got free coffee in the lobby (and then some at 7-11!) The buffet was overpriced and I was sort of sick of Marriott food anyway.

Most of the staff was OK...some were rude though. The music from the pool lasted until 11 PM one nght and we heard every sound. That was rather annoying. Another issue was the pool towels, dirty glasses and dshes, and trash that were left in the pool area for 24 hours. YUCK!

All in all, the place wasn't BAD but could be better. In their defense, one manager gave me back the points, and the GM gave me a significant amount of bonus points....so, I suppose that if I got a good rate I wold return if cruising from FLL again.

By the way, one of the bellman has a side job running a van service. He charges the same amount to the airport as a cab-$19. Thenice thing is there is no meter...so if the drawbridge is up, you don't pay for sitting still.

The views are lovely.....and it is a much better choice than the Renaissance. (That hotel is being remodeled in May).

  • Liked — Close to port, near beach
  • Disliked — Got off to a rough start. Some poor staff attitude
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Syracuse, NY
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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2008

This hotel was tops. We had an oceanview, corner room. This room was spacious and very clean. The bedding was comfortable. I loved having a little fridge in the room, was very convenient. The housekeeping staff, front desk staff and all other employees were top notch. They really pay attention to detail. The fitness center is nice, too. The pool was a little chilly, but it felt refreshing after being in the direct sun. The pool bar was great. John the bartender was awesome! The door, however going out to the pool area was very TOUGH to open, it really needs to be fixed/changed. The valet parking is very expensive as well. The valet people were very friendly and helpful. Always held the door, smiled, and greeted us and we didn't even use the valet parking!

Great hotel for the price and will stay here again!

  • Liked — The location!
  • Disliked — The door going to the pool area.
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 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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Thank MaryCPB
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CLEVELAND OHIO
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30 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2008

Stayed at the Courtyard Fort Lauderdale beach for 2 nights while in town for a concert. When booking the room, requested an ocean view room. Upon arrival, was assigned an intercoastal view room. Informed the VERY POLITE desk clerk of the original booking and quickly was assigned an ocean view room.
First hotel stay that I feel I could have walked bare foot in the rooms as they were so clean!!! It seemed that wherever one went, cleaning staff was everywhere. Excellent addition of the flat screen TV's and granite countertops!! Felt that the hotel should have been rated higher by AAA.
Coffee available 24 hours, nice to take a cup with you to walk along the very clean beach across the street.

MAJOR PROS TO THIS HOTEL
*LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
*BUBBA GUMPS (GREAT FOOD)
*LOUNGERS AT POOL AND TOWELS
*CLEAN!!!! COULDN'T FIND ANYTHING DIRTY
*GREAT SHOWERHEADS
*COFFEE
*COMFORTABLE BEDS AND PILLOWS


CONS
*NO FAN IN BATHROOM
*POOL IS COLD AND DOES NOT GET MUCH SUN

  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank SYCSU
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washington, dc
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17 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2008

Heard good things & had some Marriott points so decided to give it a try. Got a room w/zero view, but didn't mind since it was only one night and it was mini-suite w/king bed and stylish frosted french doors to separate bedroom area from sitting area. Each had it's own flat screen t.v. All new, recently renovated. Directly across from beach & walking distance to restaurants/coffee shops, etc. Sand was white, ocean was turquoise, lounge chairs rent for $10/day.

Apparently Marriott is in the process of upgrading the level of its Courtyard brand to be equal to what a regular Marriott used to be (and newer regular Marriott's are now edging upward toward Ritz Carlton status). I never thought I'd stay at one of these, hotel snob that I am, but I was impressed. Also, staff was friendly. One thing I didn't like was no safe box in room --safe behind reception desk was a pain in my tush. Would stay again if unable to get a discount rate at the St. Regis. (smile)

Stayed March 2008
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Thank Saturday
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Naples
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2008

This was not our first stay at the Courtyard Fort Lauderdale Beach. We stay here every time we are over from Naples visiting Fort Lauderdale. The manager Mike Fatta is OUTSTANDING! He is on top of his staff and is visible around the hotel making sure everything is flawless pitching in when necessary. He goes out of his way to make sure your needs and wants are met. The entire staff is friendly and accomodating. The hotel is spotless and the rooms and view beautiful. John the bartender in the Tiki Bar is awesome....Once the friendly valet park your car you are steps away from the beach and all the activies...If you are a visitor of Fort Lauderdale and have never stayed here, this is a most...You will love it......Kudos to Mike!

  • Liked — Everything was great....Manager, staff, rooms, view, food, decor, free internet and computers...location etc...
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Property: Courtyard Fort Lauderdale Beach
Address: 440 Seabreeze Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316-1622
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Location: United States > Florida > Broward County > Fort Lauderdale > Central Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#17 Business Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#28 Romantic Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#40 Family Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Courtyard Fort Lauderdale Beach 3.5*
Number of rooms: 261
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Oceanfront with spectacular views! The Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach presents a popular choice for families, couples and business travelers to take in all of Ft. Lauderdale. Explore Las Olas Boulevard and an array of dining experiences, premiere shopping and entertainment venues day or night. Contemporary accommodations featuring scenic views of Ft. Lauderdale Beach and Intracoastal Waterways with ceiling to floor windows. The hotel features The Bistro - Eat. Drink. Connect, by day serving healthy breakfast options and your favorite Starbucks beverage. At night - have dinner in the Bistro or choose our pool deck lounge, the Seabreeze Poolside Bar, and order your favorite wine, beer or special cocktail with your meal. Stay connected with free Wi-Fi and the interactive GoBoard, providing the most updated news, weather and local information. Only minutes away from the Hollywood/Fort Lauderdale International Airport, 2 miles from the Port Everglades Cruise Port and nearby the Hard Rock Stadium, the Sawgrass Mills Shopping Outlets and the BB&T Center. ... more   less 
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