Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. Another of dozens in a long list of tourist 'attractions' in Florida.
The town is small, quaint and has a great feel. But as the USSR was once described by a Soviet leader:
It's all painted rust. It looks pretty until you look closely
Sea Garden Resort is maybe a step up from other motels in the area just because the owners are also the managers - so they are not robots. If you ask, you can negotiate a decent deal whereas the other motels in the area are run by random employees.
The hotel/motels in this town were built in the 50s/60s/70s and have not been renovated. Some on the Ocean have been updated, but only because hurricanes tore the buildings down.
The point is, this town is 'quaint' because its buildings are old. Dingy. Dirty.
There is *no* incentive for any of these business owners to update their properties, because every other one in the area isn't updated either.
Also, Canadians come down from November through March/April. They pay Manhattan prices ($3000.00+ per month) for these studio or 1 bed rooms. This is an additional incentive for these businesses to not upgrade...they know that no matter how bad the rooms are, the Canadians will head down in droves...willing to pay premium prices for what would be a ghetto in other parts of America.
Conclusion: The Sea Garden Motel is perhaps a step up from the other 3 or 4 dozen motels in the area, only because it's run by the owners. With that being said, decide if LBTS (abbreviation for this town) is where you want to be.
ALSO**** - BE CAREFUL in this area...just like every other sea-side town in Florida, there are felons hiding out in cheap motels...You'll see a well dressed group of people and their set of nice cars on one side of the street, and the other side will include questionable people with tattoos across their faces. Looking for ways to loosen the wallets of anyone.
You've been warned .
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