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“Great Location” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hollywood Sands Resort

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Hollywood Sands Resort
Margate, Tasmania, Australia
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great Location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2012

My wife and I (who live in Tasmania, Australia) visited this resort in November 2012. It has a great location - right on the Broadwalk and the the beach. It is one of the best locations we have stayed at, and would regularly revisit if it was closer to home.
We both enjoy walking so the Broadwalk was perfect - and there were enough things close by so that we didn't need to hire a car.
This is an observation rather than criticism - its not a resort like we would normally consider a resort. There wasn't a lot of facilities other than a small pool - but we quite happy to just do our walks and spend time by the water.
There are lots of good restaurants not too far away on the Broadwalk - and our favourite was Florios, which was about a 10 minute walk away. Just a great spot to sit, eat and watch the world go by. Also liked Le Tub - great burgers.
We went to Fort Lauderdale on the water taxi one day, which we enjoyed. It was quite a full day though, and we only got to spend a couple of hours there. But the journey itself was worth it, particularly coming back at sunset.
And we used the Trolly a couple of times - and enjoyed our visit to the Anne Kolb Centre.
We didn't have a lot of interaction with staff, but everyone seemed friendly, and happy to help.
The only real downside to the resort is the lack of a lift. We were on the 3rd floor, and reasonably fit - so taking the stairs each day wasn't an issue. But it was a bit awkward with our large suitcases.
But we really enjoyed our visit here - the location is perfect.

Room Tip: If you don't enjoy stairs, try and get a room on the first floor.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank Mike A
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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New Bern, North Carolina
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2012

Front desk, housekeeping and maintenance staff are the best. They do all they can to make your stay happy and comfortable.
Location is fabulous, steps to the beach. The view is like being on a stationery cruise.

Every guest is treated Like they are "special". Would highly recommend if you are looking for the comforts of home on the beach.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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4 Thank gina45nc
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New York City, New York
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151 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2012

The place is clean and sweet. The pool is small, the hot tub in the west building on the other side of the fence from the parking spaces. The people who work here are incredibly nice and really attentive; they want you to enjoy yourself and like the place. The couches could be updated. And I was amazed that we visited Florida and the unit is smaller than our Manhattan apartment.

The location is fantastic. We had lunch next door at the Marriott restaurant, and I made reservations at the hotel spa so that I could also use the gym, pool and hot tub there, if I would like.

They have clearly updated the bathroom recently, and it is just fine. The bedroom is so small that we have each bruised our legs on the bed post, but that may be just us. :)

I would not stay here again, but it was just fine for us for a few days.

Room Tip: Ask for a room that faces the ocean directly and is on the third floor, not the first or second and...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank marabel100
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toronto, ontario
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133 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

We've stayed here a number of times as friends have a time share here. The resort is in a great location - right on the beach, and boardwalk. Lots of restaurants and stores close by. We loved walking down the boardwalk in the evening - just a great location. Great views too!

The rooms are nice and spacious. Everything you need is in the room. The resort is typical of the area - in need of some updating but Hollywood Sands is, in my opinion, one of the best in the area.

Staff are helpful and friendly. Always with a smile and ready to go above and beyond.

Pool is nice and well maintained. Couldn't swim in the ocean for a few days due to warning flags so we made use of the pool.

My only complaint would be parking and lack of it. This seems to be a problem for the entire area though and not just Hollywood Sands. I also think it was a problem because some of the other guests had visitors at the resort daily taking away from the limited spots.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Kelli99
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2012

The Hollywood Sands Resort, like most of the buildings around here is dated and long overdue for remodeling . Anywhere else this place would have had to do a complete gut rehab or face the wrecking ball. That is not the case here and I would guess that it hasn't had to modernise because it's on the " Boardwalk" and across from the water, and people still pay to stay here. Cramped suites , antiquated amenities ( the bed is as old as the building and has a " hole " in the center ) and while we were here the downstairs was getting new windows , so noisy as well. RCI sent us here last minute becouse the place they sent us to first in Pompano Beach was even a bigger dump and we refused to stay there. In short, if you like atmoshere, newer amenities ( at least from this decade ) and roomier accomodations , I simply can not recommend this place. If you don't care about your room at all and just want to be near the beach than this place may be ok for you.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bloomington, Minnesota
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35 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2012

The place was nice enough, very clean inside the room and on the grounds. The problem we encountered was that each room has a wide spot in the outdoor "hallway" in front of their door with chairs and table for sitting outside. First two nights were fine, third night was horrible. The group in the room next to ours violated the rule about quiet hours after 10:00 PM, and got louder and louder as the night went on. I asked them politely to keep it down at 11:30 PM, to no avail. With no management on-site to enforce the policy, there wasn't much we could do but bury our heads under the pillows and try to sleep. At 1:30 AM they were still going, loud and strong. We checked out the next morning.

While this situation is not the fault of the resort, I think it's important to consider that this could happen, when choosing a place to stay. I was there with my young daughter and did not feel that it was appropriate for her.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 Thank MinniMom2112
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2012

I just got back from a weeks vacation at the Hollywood Sands Resort. This hotel was very nice and very conveniently located near restaurants, ice cream shops, live music and beach all within walking distance. The pool is heated and always very clean. The rooms are also very clean and updated with a full size kitchen. I really enjoyed walking the boardwalk with the kids on their bikes going for pizza and ice cream. The location is wonderful and the fact that you have everything walking distance makes you able to relax and not have to drive out for anything. It's all there... the pool, the beach, the sand, a small water park for the kids to enjoy, live music from a nearby pub, and a cozy room with great cool a/c and clean bed after a nice hot day out in the sun... Bring your bikes, rollerblades, skateboard, sneakers, etc... The boardwalk is amazing!!!

However, management can be a little snotty when it comes to asking for towels, toilet paper and if you need to change the sheets, they ask: "why? what happen?" etc... They can be a bit ridiculous, but overall I still had a great time!

Room Tip: Make sure its on the first floor or at least second floor. They do not have an elevator its a 3 sto...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Hollywood Sands Resort
Address: 2404 N. Surf Road, Hollywood, FL 33019
Location: United States > Florida > Broward County > Hollywood
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 29 Specialty Lodging in Hollywood
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hollywood Sands Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
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