After a one-week stay at the Sea Lord in October 2006, I have (almost entirely) nothing but good things to say about this hotel, and would certainly recommend it. Sea Lord offers a great beachfront location, nice spacious rooms, relaxed and pleasant atmosphere, friendly staff, and reasonable rates.
Our oceanfront junior suite was bright and clean, roomy, and nicely furnished. The room was like a small studio, with a sleeping area with firm queen bed, small sleeper sofa and TV, a corner dining area with table and four chairs, kitchenette, big walk-through closet, and small bathroom with tub and shower. The kitchen had a full-sized fridge, 4-burner stove with oven, small microwave, small coffee maker, and toaster; dishes, silver, coffee cups, a few utensils, a few pots and pans, and kitchen towels (…and almost zero counter space!). The ocean was about 100 feet from our balcony. (All oceanfront rooms have private balconies with a glass door, but no screen door, in a wall of windows facing the water. Management has a note posted asking guests to keep the balcony door closed at all times, and I hope they meant “while you have the air on,” because we spent most of the week with the air off and the door open, day and night, to listen to the waves on the beach. Late in the week as it got warmer and more humid, we used the air.) Everything was in good repair, the room was pretty much spotless, and housekeeping did a good and timely job making up the room, though we had to leave notes asking for tissues, toilet paper, and coffee packets.
Note, the hotel property is not large (building and pool-patio area only), and the parking lot is tiny and tight, but parking is free. The property was clean and well-maintained, but not brand new, and the elevator could be quirky at times. Accommodations are CP, but breakfast is mostly sugars and white starches. Off the breakfast/day room are a neat and pleasant small pool and patio, separated from the well-maintained beach by a cutwork masonry wall. The hotel provides baskets of towels, and beach chairs are available. There is a grill for guest use. Guests were mostly older couples (Sinatra music at breakfast); we saw some thirty- and forty-somethings too, but no children. The efficient and genial staff is not on the premises at night, although emergency numbers are posted at the office, and I think room phones ring through to a duty staff person after hours.
A couple of kinks:
Central air conditioning in the room was fairly noisy, and we noticed on the day we left (the room next door had been empty until then) that either the a/c or the bathroom vent fans carry smells (cigarettes, shower, etc.) between rooms. This is a pet peeve. Sorry, but when we’re neighbors at a hotel, I don’t mind seeing you, but I don’t want to hear you, OR smell you!
Due to either a mix-up between reservation systems or a staff error, I got a cell phone call while away from the hotel the day before departure asking if we had extended our stay by a day. Staff was under the impression that we had checked out, and wanted the room for a large incoming party that wanted to stay together. I made it clear that I had an email confirmation from the hotel with details of our reservation, but still felt some pressure to help them solve their problem by switching rooms (the day before departure, remember). After I firmly expressed that we had no desire to “check out twice,” staff apparently found a way to work around the problem, and apologized for the mistake at checkout the following morning. (Moral of the story: take your email confirmation with you!)
El Mar Drive is a quiet street of 2- and 3-story small hotels and seasonal rental apartments one block east of Route A1A. The next block over from here is the ocean. (The great thing about Lauderdale By The Sea is the availability of nice, mid-grade small hotels where you can stay right on the sand (no highways, streets, sidewalks, boardwalks, or anything else between the hotel and the water—beachfront really means beachfront—without spending $300 a night.) About a three-city-block walk north of the hotel are a 24-hour fishing pier, restaurants for BL&D (some with bars), takeout places, and beach shops. Closer to Sea Lord are a 7-11 and a Walgreens pharmacy store with snacks and a few grocery items. A shopping plaza with grocery store (and more restaurants) is about a two-mile drive north. Can’t offer any info on taxi fare from FLL, as we rented a car at 17th St SE in Ft. Lauderdale (Budget, near the cruise port causeway), and drove to LBTS from there.
Sea Lord's location is great, the room was very nice, and the stay (aside from the minor annoyances mentioned above) enjoyable. Once again, I'd recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Sea Lord is located on South Florida's exclusive Gold Coast and provides spectacular views in a relaxing atmosphere. At the Sea Lord we pride ourselves on our friendly hospitality. Our dedicated management and staff are eager to make your holiday the most memorable ever. The good life is here. Visit us once and we are sure that you will be like our many guests who return again and again. Allow us to make Sea Lord your home away from home. We have 47 rooms including 27 suites and 8 different types of rooms to choose from. Continental Breakfast is included as well as parking, Wi-fi and beach towels.You'll enjoy dining and shopping just 10 minutes walking distance. The area is perfect for family vacation, romantic getaway or just your annual visit to Florida. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sea Lord Hotel And Suites
- Sea Lord Hotel Lauderdale By The Sea
- Hotel Sea Lord
- Sea Lord Hotel & Suites Lauderdale By The Sea, Florida