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“Sea Lord: Nice Location, Nice Place, Nice Price”

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Sea Lord Hotel & Suites
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Reviewed October 30, 2006

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!)

The area:
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.

  • Stayed: October 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 11, 2006

I stayed here back in March and I'm just now writing a review because upon my return I had to write about the hotel I checked out of that was a nightmare. The Sealord was wonderful we extended our stay an extra night. It is a very quite, clean hotel with friendly staff.

  • Stayed: March 2006, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank lgoodie
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Reviewed August 7, 2006

We have stayed in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea for the past 10 years. We go every year for 2 weeks, so it is important for us to have a homey feeling while away. The place we used to stay could figure out if it would be open this July or not, they thought they were going to tear it down. So after reading reviews on Trip Advisor, we decided to stay here after looking at it last year. Not a mistake. The Staff was wonderful, courteous, and friendly. The accomodations were very nice--clean rooms, great view, great service. We will continue to stay here from now on...we are glad the other place made us look for a new location.
The breakfast is a nice touch in the morning, enjoy breakfast by the pool--read the paper, watch TV, or just sit in peace and quiet. The only thing that we did not really like was the fact that there are 2 full size beds in our apt. We would prefer a king, but after speaking with the Manager, he suggested that we push the bed together--that worked perfectly. The TV in the bedroom is nice for winding down at night.
If you want to socialize, you can hang out by the pool or beach. If you want quiet, you can hang out on your balcony. The best of both worlds.
So for us, it is a new place to stay in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. We will be back next year. Thank you for a wonderful vacation!

  • Stayed: July 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 22, 2006

Folks....if your going to stay in this local Florida area this is the spot and hotel.
Its a small place and the pool is not so big....but its clean and its at the beach.

Rooms are clean and very very great views....well worth the extra cash
for a ocean view room or suite.

Compared to the other chain hotels in the beach area its a steal....
Book early as its sold out fast....trust me its worth it...

Its a family run place and in walking distance to bars and places to eat.
Parking is a bit tight...but provided...Wireless access for the folks that need it.

Best part of this hotel is the direct beach location and its unreal ocean views.

We liked it so much I´m flying back for my 50th birthday and bringing
about 20 guests for small relaxing party and beach break from work...

I would recomend this place for a stay and a great place to relax
Lifes a beach....take time to enjoy it...<S>

  • Stayed: April 2006
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Reviewed April 26, 2006

This place is clean and located a nice short 4 block walk north to the "happening" 4-corner bar & restaurant hot-spot. The hotel has most rooms with beach view but we saved some cash by taking a street view room. It was clean, quiet, and had a nice fridge, safe, and sink. We left a couple bucks each day for the housekeepers who did a nice job. My wife is VERY picky and she never complained. We did agree that if u can spare the extra $100 a nite or so, the ocean front rooms are moocho better - the sound of the waves and the sunrise, etc. Staff was very nice. They brought extra t.p. up to us straight away. Also, I left my cell chord and they mailed it to me promptly. The pool is on small side but never crowded. The ebach is VERY nice and clean. Some small trees for shade too. Free cont brkfst. Check it out!!!!

  • Stayed: April 2006
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Reviewed April 1, 2006

Our family stayed in a few locations on our holiday. We saved the best for last!

The pictures on the brochures are very accurate. Many little features make your stay very enjoyable. We were welcomed by very friendly staff. They made you feel comfortable and aswered any questions you had about the area and gave suggestions about the surrounding area.

The area is very family and senior oriented area. You never felt rushed. For a family, Lauderdale By The Sea is the perfect atmosphere few people and very little traffic. A safe environment. For parents this is very important. We could stroll anywhere around the area and actually feel comfortable and relax ourselves (which is what you want on a vacation right?). Restaraunts and stores are all within walking distance. Everyone is very friendly and smiling. We felt like we were at home.

The room was very clean, roomy, and the balcony overlooking the ocean was perfect.

I think the only small suggestion we would have is to have dish soap readily available, even for purchase. As after our late in-room dinner, we had some dishes to do and no dish soap. (If you leave dirty dishes, they will charge you $20.) So off to find a store with dish soap, a small inconvenience.

I think the only thing that disappointed us was the fact that the pool closed as soon as the sun sets. which is before 9pm. For a family on vacation, a swim before bed would have been enjoyable. But oh well, we went back to enjoy the balcony and listen to the ocean instead:)

Office hours 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Be sure any questions or help you might need are answered during office hours. If you do have urgent needs after hours, they do leave anumber where you can reach someone. Again, this just makes you feel like you are staying at a family members home. You feel trusted.
Please note: If you have an early morning flight, keep the office hours in mind and let the front desk know the day before.


We would definately stay there again!!

  • Stayed: March 2006
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5  Thank NM2428
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Reviewed March 17, 2006

The Sea Lord Oceanfront hotel was an excellent choice for a stay in March. No noisy crowds but within walking distance of some great restaurants and bars. Our junior suite was spacious and attractive and we appreciated the full kitchen. The balcony overlooking the beach was spectacular. The pool area was clean and well kept with comfortable loungers and the beach couldn't have been more perfect. Staff was friendly and available. We thought the continental breakfast was a nice touch but there is great potential for a more substantial breakfast with the large kitchen area in the breakfast building. While relaxing by the azure waves, we conjured up a happy hour every evening at the spacious mosaic bar area which isn't used at all.....maybe just set out some cheese and crackers and fruit and let the guests BYOB of wine to share. My only wish would be for upgraded mattress pads and linens that don't pop off at the corners every night. Other than that, I would highly recommend the Sea Lord.

  • Stayed: March 2006
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5  Thank Lizinindy
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Address: 4140 El Mar Dr, Lauderdale by the Sea, FL 33308-5419
Location: United States > Florida > Broward County > Lauderdale by the Sea
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Romantic Hotel in Lauderdale by the Sea
Price Range: $121 - $317 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Sea Lord Hotel & Suites 3*
Number of rooms: 47
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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