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A Sea Garden Resort
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
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11 reviews
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“Rooms need a lot of love!”
Reviewed February 6, 2014

The grounds are very nice! Parking is a bit tight though and I was worried my car would get dinged by another car. Location is outstanding! Close to town and the beach. On to the room. The door lock was loose, scuffs on the walls, beat-up floor, lumpy pillow/mattress, stains on sheets and towels, power cords running everywhere, and I don't think the fridge worked. most of the stuff did smell clean but after using the same things for probably 20 years, they are going to become weathered. I would not stay here again in season, nor would I recommend it to anyone but a budget traveler. I am not sure if other rooms have seen more love, but the one I stayed in had not. If the owners renovate these rooms, this place would be great! Do not think they have seen a make-over since the 80s.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Washington, DC
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506 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
Reviewed December 28, 2013

I stayed a night at this place when my motel across the street had a problem with the room. I had a nice little room with its own kitchenette, complete with full sized fridge, stove and coffee maker. Slept well. It was quiet despite being on the first floor (though in the back of the pool.) The pool is heated and pleasant. Beach is not far away (this is on A1A.) Shopping center with groceries, etc. only a block away. Cable TV in the room. Overall, very well situated and no complaints whatsoever. I'd stay here again.

Room Tip: This is on the main north-south road along the coast so best to get a room at the back.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed November 14, 2013 via mobile

Good location, clean, comfortable beds at a good price. Stayed one in route to Bahamas. Nice staff.
This is an older style motel, with exterior doors. Would have liked a better lock on the door, but did not experience any problems.

Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Detroit, MI
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11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed April 27, 2013

Our family of seven enjoyed this hotel immensely, we rented the one bedroom apartment and two hotel rooms. Perfect location for groceries, shopping, restaurants and beach. The pier is also nearby for early morning fishing. The hotel had everything we needed.

Room Tip: If you need a kitchen, the apartments are perfect. Everything you could need.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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FLORIDA
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8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed January 1, 2013

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 .

Room Tip: Call and talk to the owners, they are personable. If they have a room available, you may be able to...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

This was our first visit the owners ms margarite and Gino were extremely nice I was initially a little nervous because I had never seen the place and I initially got it confused with the Wyndham Sea gardens. I was looking for a place to stay the day after Christmas through New Years on a strict budget and I have a three old so I was very picky about cleanliness. I was very pleasantly surprised our room was extremely clean smelled great. The rooms are tiled which I love instead of carpet room had wifi and great channel selection. We stayed in room 118 also the location was great the beach was across the street very safe .

  • Stayed December 2012
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Franklin, Tennessee
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

Our family stayed at the Sea Garden Resort in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea in July 2012 and we had an awesome time. The rooms were clean, and all requests were met in a timely manner by a very pleasant owner, Margueritte.
Everthing is within walking distance. Publix supemarket, CVS pharmacy, the beach, the Town Square with a wonderfl selection of restaurants and entertainment.
The resort is very cozy and makes one feel extremly comfortable. Pool was a good size and very clean.
We walked everywhere day or night and felt very safe. The rate we paid for what we received was phenomenal. Thank you again Margueritte for making our reunion a memorable one.

Room Tip: Rooms by poolside would be my choice.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Property: A Sea Garden Resort
Address: 4625 N Ocean Dr (A1A), Lauderdale by the Sea, FL 33308-3619
Location: United States > Florida > Broward County > Lauderdale by the Sea
Amenities:
Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#10 Romantic Hotel in Lauderdale by the Sea
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — A Sea Garden Resort 2*
Number of rooms: 17
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