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“Lovely grounds, shame about the room”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Tropic Seas Resort

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Tropic Seas Resort
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London, United Kingdom
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129 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“Lovely grounds, shame about the room”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2007

We stayed at the Tropic Seas Resort for four nights before flying to Cancun from Miami (although had to cancel Cancun due to hurricane Dean but that is another story).
We chose this motel over others because of the pictures on their web site, the offer of continental breakfast and daily newspaper included in the cost among other things.
When we pulled up outside the motel it looked like a building site, which in effect part of it was as they were having some work done, and the office was only accessible by walking through and over the grassy grounds.
The room we had was quite small and run-down, but had everything we needed, even the ant spray to kill the never-ending sugar ants that paraded a trail from the ceiling in the living area, down the wall to the sofa bed and on any kitchen tops. Toaster was broken, bathroom sink did not hold the water and the airing cupboard door fell of when we tried to open it, the second time falling on my 11 yr old daughters head. We also had resident cockroaches, although in fairness only one very large one made his present known during the day when it wondered into the bathroom while my husband was on the toilet.
The offered continental breakfast and daily newspaper never appeared and when we asked why, we was told that they had stopped this due to people wondering in off the street and helping themselves to the food. No reduction in costs was offered for the lack of this, a small reduction was given for the renovation work in progress.
On a plus note and this is a very big plus, the pool and grounds were lovely and the view was immaculate, also I have never had such soft and fluffy towels and face towels/flannels for the British people, as I had here. Usually the towels are hard and scrathcy in motels and hotels due to the amount of washing they have had, but here they were so soft and in plentiful supply and changed daily.
Cannot fault the cleanliness at all, room was very clean and the cleaner came daily.
Finally although the management were friendly enough, when my husband asked where was the best place to go to eat, visit etc, he was told to look at the brochures/leaflets in the lobby!

  • Liked — soft fluffy towels and view
  • Disliked — no wireless internet access
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
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Tropic_Seas_Resort, Owner at Tropic Seas Resort, responded to this review, October 6, 2009
Thank you for your review. As a result of your review we have repainted the entire hotel, replaced the furniture, purchased new flat screen televisions and installed an new roof. We apologize for your inconvenience and hope that you will reconsider the Tropic Seas Resort in the future.
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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St. Louis, MO
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2007

Fantastic location right on the beach. Grounds are very neat and clean and the pool was small but nice. Great landscaping - lots of palm trees, chairs, loungers, etc...Room was very clean and neat. I don't know why this property isn't rated higher.
I will definitely go back. Property managers are very visible and keep an eye on things. There are a few very minor drawbacks - no maid service on Sunday, 1 big pot of coffee in the morning (no decaf) and sometimes no cups.
Good value for the price.

Stayed May 2007
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Stoughton
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2007

We booked a week stay at the Tropic Seas in one of their efficiency apartments. We stayed here because the High Noon Resort was completely booked.

The building is in need of some repairs and major cosmetics. It was clean but definitely not elegant and for over $200 per night, I would have expected better. Our bathroom had water damage and the wall needed to be repaired. We learned that was due to a leaky roof. The windows had to be propped open with sticks. One morning, there was no hot water in the entire facility. The good features are lovely landscaping and grounds that lead directly to the beach and of course, the location. They do provide coffee and pastries along with the morning newspaper.

Stayed February 2007
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Tropic_Seas_Resort, Owner at Tropic Seas Resort, responded to this review, February 28, 2009
Stoughton Gail,

Thank you for your review. As a result of your comments we have purchased all new furniture for the hotel, repaired or replaced all of our windows, installed a new roof and painted both the exterior and interior of the hotel. We hope you will visit Tropic Seas Resort again in the future and let us know how we doing!

Sincerely,

Tropic Seas Resort
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Saginaw, Michigan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2006

My wife and I spent four nights at Tropic Seas Resort in May 2006 and really enjoyed our visit. Lauderdale By The Sea is a quiet little corner of hectic south Florida where you feel like you have a little more peace and quiet. The beach was beautiful and cleaned every day. The grounds of Tropic Seas were very nice, and although the rooms could use some updating, our room was spacious and very comfortable. The housekeeping staff was very friendly and did a great job and the hotel's management was very friendly and helpful. We would not hesitate to stay there again.

  • Liked — Being on the ocean
  • Disliked — The property is due for an overhaul
  • Tips/Secrets — Book a second floor unit with a full kitchen.
  • Stayed May 2006, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2005

My family and I have been staying at Tropic Seas for 10 years. the management has always been very friendly and professional. We enjoy the resort,pool and beach very much. It is great place for children. keep up the good work ***

  • Stayed March 2004
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2003

Can't beat the price. Beatiful courtyard with view of the ocean. Heated pool. The rooms are tiled floor so the feeling of plush resort is not happening, but its fine. Especially when your walking in sand and water for most of your vacation. The rooms are clean and the area is nice.
You can walk about 1 mile to get to the little town with all the restaurants and shops. Would stay again if looking to save money.

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South Carolina
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2003

We really enjoyed our stay here. Rooms were bright and clean, courtyard and pool area were lovely. Very quiet but convenient location. We hope to come back

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Additional Information about Tropic Seas Resort

Property: Tropic Seas Resort
Address: 4616 El Mar Dr, Lauderdale by the Sea, FL 33308-3618
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Location: United States > Florida > Broward County > Lauderdale by the Sea
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Lauderdale by the Sea
#5 Romantic Hotel in Lauderdale by the Sea
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Lauderdale by the Sea
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pamper yourself in an intimate ocean-front villa. Tropic Seas Resort offers brightly decorated efficiency and one-bedroom apartments, complete with kitchenettes with breath taking ocean views. All of our rooms feature 32" Flat Screen Televisions, Free WiFi and Free in Room Safes! Tropic Seas is situated directly on the beach in the charming seaside village of Lauderdale By The Sea where you can experience the delectable tastes of sidewalk cafes, groove into the evening's nightlife, shop at the various boutiques and souvenirs stores. Free WiFi available!!! ... more   less 
Also Known As:
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Tropic Seas Motel
Tropic Seas Resort Lauderdale By The Sea, Florida

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