We stayed at Rooftop Resort for four nights over a weekend in mid March. We weren't sure whether or not to book there in the first place because of some of the older sketchy reviews that we found. But a couple of newer reviews mentioned that it was under new ownership and we happened to meet a couple of people that had been there and said it might be worth visiting.
We were looking for a sexy place to stay for a few nights at the end of a two week vacation in Florida... maybe a place a bit along the lines of Hedo. The original plan was to stay there and visit Trapeze Club in Lauderdale one night and do some naked sunbathing at Haulover Beach during the daytimes. Turns out, we liked it enough that we never made it to either Trapeze or Haulover.
Rooftop is ideally located right on Ocean Blvd in the centre of Hollywood. It is an easy one minute walk from the beach and the fantastic broadwalk that runs for about two miles along the beachfront. The broadwalk is lined with shops and restaurants and Ocean Blvd is the address of many other restaurants within easy walking distance. There's lots of people-watching to be had on the broadwalk as it is filled with walkers, joggers, and bikers during the day and diners and sightseers at night.
The hotel itself is very nondescript from the outside, in fact, it doesn't even look like a hotel and could easily be mistaken for an old office building. It is constructed in the old Spanish style of a completely enclosed courtyard with four stories of rooms (I think about 28 in total) on the perimeter. On the rooftop there is a swimming pool, BYOB bar, and about 40 or so chaise lounge chairs. The rooftop area is all nude and nudity is permitted in the whole hotel. The bottom floor in the courtyard serves as a dance floor and party area. But just to be clear... this is a swingers/lifestyle hotel so if you're not into that this place might shock you. The dance floor is for the swingers parties that happen on Friday and Saturday night. (These are free for hotel guests to attend but they also draw an outside crowd.) The pool area on the roof could probably be equated to the hedo pool area. Saturday and Sunday afternoons are full and busy with a pretty good party atmosphere. While signage says that sexual activity is restricted to the playrooms that are located adjacent to the dance floor, the pool area has plenty of PDA's happening during the daytime. Friday afternoon was pretty busy on the rooftop but I think that the rest of the weekdays are likely pretty quiet.
Everything, day and night, is BYOB but they throw in free mixes and ice and provide bartenders on weekends that work for tips. It's a great deal if you are staying at the hotel. Also included was a basic continental breakfast and free parking for hotel guests. All that adds up to some pretty good value compared to other hotels in the area.
The staff are all great, friendly, attentive, and helpful. The other thing that we liked a lot were the guests. It's a bit like Hedo in that respect... people are going there to party and meet other people so the guests are generally friendly, outgoing, and easy to strike up a conversation with.
If you are a germaphobe this may not be the place for you. And that's really the only downside we saw to the place. The rooftop itself is clean and in tidy shape and the pool is sparkling clean but some of the rest of the hotel just needs to have another staff member to do janitorial duties. Some daily mopping and sweeping would go along ways. We had a studio room so it had a microwave, fridge, and dishes in it. These could have been kept a bit cleaner as well. We didn't use them, and I could see why others might not.
The rooms themselves are large... our studio was about double the size of a room at Hedo and had two queen beds with a sitting area and a kitchen area. We thought it was great value for what we paid -- especially considering the location and all the bonus stuff of being a lifestyler's hotel. The rooms are probably about the age of Hedo's and seem to function about the same... a few small things don't work but they can be overlooked if you're not too fussy like us. For example, in our room the shower diverter didn't work, the bathroom window was tricky to open and the sink didn't drain well. But they weren't make or break it things for us.
Overall we had a good time there and thought it was quite good value. In fact, like I said, we were having such a good time we didn't make it to any other clubs or even Haulover while we were there. We're swinger nudists, not naturalist nudists, so this was much more up our alley than a nude beach. We probably wouldn't stay for two weeks at a time but would definitely return for a long weekend party of three or four nights. If you are Hedo fan, you'd probably like it at Rooftop. If you're fussy about accommodations you might not like it so much.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Adult only clothing optional Hotel featuring a heated rooftop pool, free wifi, premium tv channels, weekend nightclub, recent renovation of several rooms and common areas 1 block from Hollywood Beach and Boardwalk.15 Minute drive from Ft Lauderdale International Airport and Port Everglades. ... more less
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