After getting a "great" deal from Priceline of $45 per night, I then read the reviews on this site and became very worried that I was getting into a place I would regret. Not to worry. while it may not be the 4 Seasons, it was certainly worth the price I paid. I like the location and the staff was very friendly. Tonight is my last night here as I'm leaving on a cruise tomorrow.
I arrived on Wed. evening. Was given a spacious room on the 4th floor of the Marina building with a full balcony (not many rooms have a balcony in this building) facing the marina with a view of the ocean. WAY better than I anticipated I would get.
I love the fact that it's just a short walk up the beach to get to the Sebastian Street beach (the gay beach) and that there were many choices of restaurants along the way. Being gay, but not wishing to "shell out" the $$$ to stay at one of the gay establishments, this worked out just fine.
I've never been to Southern Florida before, so I didn't know what to expect in terms of "walkability" or public transportation. I chose not to rent a car since the beach is easily accessable and the pool at the hotel is very nice. I utilized the fitness center each day and found it to be clean, fairly standard with what hotels offer.
I don't know why some of the other reviewers have been so harsh with this property. Would I stay here again? Perhaps. It would just depend on factors like: How long would I be here for? Will the hotel offer free wifi access in the rooms in the future? What other amenities will the new owners offer in the future?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy stunning surroundings and 44 breathtaking acres along the Intracoastal Waterway at the Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach hotel- a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. Located near the International Swimming Hall of Fame, the Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach hotel is a water taxi ride away from the shops, restaurants and nightlife of Las Olas Boulevard. Stay active with water sports, indulge the option to sail away on a cruise or simply relax on the white sandy beach. Bahia Mar is only a short drive from the Fort Lauderdale International Airport and Port Everglades Cruise Terminal. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bahia Mar Beach Hotel
- Bahia Mar Beach Resort
- Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale
- Hotel Bahia Mar Beach