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“Best of Times, Worst of Times”
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The Desoto Inn
Ranked #11 of 73 Hotels in Hollywood
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Reviewed February 12, 2014

I usually write my reviews right after returning from my travels. But this time was different because I had such mixed feelings. My husband and I stayed at the DeSoto for a week in December in Unit E. The overall experience was very good. Loved the location - away from the honky tonk of the Broadwalk, but close enough to bike to. Loved having bikes and used them every day to explore the area. Our unit was the perfect size and configuration with a king bed and small kitchen, and beautiful terrazzo floors. Everything was very clean and functional. The big problem was no fault of the DeSoto. it came from a noisy neighbor directly behind our unit only a few feet from our windows. He played his guitar and sang (badly) ALL DAY. Once in the middle of the night, we were awakened by last smashing and crashing sounds. Then a lot of yelling, and finally the police. The next day we spoke to Steve, the manager, about it. He was very apologetic, and said he would speak to the owner about it. Later he reported that it was over, and it should now all be fine. Well, within a day the singing, guitar playing and loud music was back. It didn't ruin our vacation, but it did tarnish what could have been a top ten. So disappointing, as we would definitely go back otherwise.

Room Tip: Avoid Unit E - noisy neighbor directly behind.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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extraclean, General Manager at The Desoto Inn, responded to this reviewResponded May 2, 2014

We hope that the "worst of times" portion of your stay has been resolved by recent actions we have been able to take. Through a great deal of our due diligence and persistence, the owners of the Magic Motel behind us have sold the building. All of the terrible tenants that were a disturbance to the entire neighborhood have been evicted and are gone! Besides our thankful guests, the entire neighborhood is grateful that I have taken over management of the building. The new owners have re-named it Beach Breeze, and it will be closed through the summer and fall to renovate. Thank you for your review, I hope that you will come back, peace and quiet has returned!

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Reviewed December 31, 2013 via mobile

You can tell that the owners really love this place. Just steps away from the beach, a beautiful garden (we had breakfast and lunch on the tables outside everyday), free bicycles and beach chairs, a safe and peaceful neighborhood, clean and comfortable rooms with plenty of towels, kitchen utensils so you can cook your own grub, an ice cream truck that comes by with tasty treats...and really quiet - a great getaway. We will definitely return...

Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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extraclean, Manager at The Desoto Inn, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2014

Thank you so much for your wonderful review. I am happy that everything was perfect, and hope you will come back often. That ice cream truck is really the best. It reminds me of the ice cream truck that used to come through my neighborhood when I was a kid in St. Louis. Have a great 2014.

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Reviewed December 10, 2013

It's been 2 weeks since I left my friends at The Desoto Inn :( The staff here know how to make you feel right at home, they truly care about your stay with them! The location is just steps away from a uncrowded section on Hollywood beach ( hard to find) and walking distance to a couple of fun restaurants. If you want, the Inn Keeper (Steve) offers bikes and in just a short ride you can head down the boardwalk to all the action! When you return to your quiet hideaway you can relax under a palm tree or a grass roofed dining room, BBQ or just take a nap in your comfy, nicely appointed room. The rooms are spotless clean, and have everything you need! You do not need to bring anything! My husband was relocated to Fort Lauderdale and we were looking for a place to stay for several months while we found your new home. Steve, Wendy and Bob quickly became our friends and made us feel right at home. We felt safe, and frankly didn't want to leave, This is the only place on Hollywood beach I would recommend to my friends and loved ones! Thank you all for a smooth transition. Hugs to you all. Julie & Scott Allen

Room Tip: Every room is nice, some are bigger but all are clean and have all you need.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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extraclean, General Manager at The Desoto Inn, responded to this reviewResponded December 14, 2013

We never get tired of hearing that our guests have enjoyed their stay at one of our inns. Thank you for your kind words, and thank you for being our friends.

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Reviewed October 26, 2013 via mobile

Stayed for five nights at the Desoto Inn. I can best desribe it is just a comfortable place to unwind. We had a studio style apartment/room. It was fully stocked with everything you need. There was a full size fridge, stove and microwave, even a blender for margaritas. If you are looking for a chrome and glass tower go to $outh Beach or Fort Lauderdale. If you want to enjoy the ocean 75 steps away and don't mind making the bed take a look at the Desoto. There were beach chairs and bikes, not new but certainly usable. My wife and I rode up to the Hollywood Broadwalk on bikes. Just a nice comfortable place to unwind and enjoy.

Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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extraclean, Manager at The Desoto Inn, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2014

One of my favorite things to do is to read the TripAdvisor reviews from our guests. Every review is unique, and every review provides an opportunity to say thank you again for the wonderful guests that stay with us. Without your input, advice and kindness, we simply wouldn't be what we are - a comfortable, clean and quiet respite from the busy world around us. Thank you for your kind review, I am so happy you like the bikes, they are true beach bikes, a little rust, a little funky, but all in good pedaling condition. We pledge to keep things the way they are, and improve on all that needs improving.

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Reviewed September 25, 2013

a bit of paradise. don't tell too many people. I don't want it to change. exceptional service. very clean. excellent kitchen. terrific bed. easy access and parking. care as it was meant to be. laid back; unpretencious; enervating.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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extraclean, Manager at The Desoto Inn, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2014

Thank you so much for your review, I love it when guests get it, and you hit the nail on the head - laid back, unpretentious and enervating; you've provided the perfect words on how we'd like to describe the inn. No amount of hype can say what you've said with three simple adjectives. Thank you, thank you, thank you. We'll try to keep it "the best kept secret" on Hollywood beach.

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Reviewed August 17, 2013

Went for a short getaway with the kids and found a great break from the chain hotels. The kids had a fun time exploring the unique grounds and enjoyed eating in the garden area. It was so convenient to be steps from the beautiful beach with chairs, umbrellas and bikes free for guests to use. The suite was very clean with a well supplied kitchen. Loved the peaceful environment and plan to return in the near future.
Maria

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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extraclean, Manager at The Desoto Inn, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2014

Thank you so much Maria, we loved having you here, and we're so happy the kids enjoyed it too. It proves that it doesn't have to be a theme park to make it special. We're looking forward to your return. Have a great 2014!

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Reviewed July 28, 2013

A small, exceptionally clean (Green) warm and friendly inn. Lush tropical environment a half block from the Atlantic Ocean. Near shopping and parks. Great place to ride bikes. Perks: wifi, bicycles, bar-b-que grills, full kitchens great staff.

Room Tip: Great for families or couples. Tiki huts to enjoy with complimentary beach chairs and umbrellas so y...
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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extraclean, Manager at The Desoto Inn, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2014

Thanks so much Kim, we are so happy you come often, and we will continue to work hard to earn your presence here. Our guests are so special, even when we have a full house, there is harmony and peace in the air. Thank you for making that possible,and a very good 2014 to you and yours.

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Additional Information about The Desoto Inn

Address: 315 Desoto St, Hollywood, FL 33019-4501 (Formerly The Desoto Oceanview Inn)
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Location: United States > Florida > Broward County > Hollywood
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Hollywood
Price Range: $113 - $254 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Desoto Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lovely seaside inn, nestled between beautiful parks, the intracoastal and the azure Atlantic. Footsteps to a very private beach. Minutes from attractions. Extremely clean, award winning studios and efficiencies. Free parking, bikes, beach chairs, umbrellas and towels. Tropical gardens with gazebos and bbq. Many amenities. Warm and friendly staff. ... more   less 
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The Desoto Oceanview Hotel Hollywood

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