This hotel has nice big rooms with a kitchen and a washer and dryer, which came in really handy. I do say "room," because it's not really a suite if it's all in ONE room. They called it a "studio suite," but anyway... we had a nice view of the water and the beach access was great. It's not a real exciting hotel or area, and calling it a "resort" is a stretch. It's truely a Residence Inn (for those of you who are familiar) that's lucky to be on the beach. That translates to paying more money than you have ever paid at a Residence Inn (which aren't cheap to begin with) plus a valet parking charge! There is really nothing to do, see or eat in walking distance, so you must have a car.
They do have tiny restaurant which is unusual for a Residence Inn but it seemed to be completely dead most times and had no atmosphere at all. One night there were actually some customers and the one guy they had working was completely overwhelmed. Not sure why they are not staffed more especially since it was peak season. We didn't bother to wait, and went elsewhere which we really wanted to do anyway.
Same goes for the front desk and housekeeping. Most days we didnt see housekeeping until after 3pm. You would think the rooms would be cleaned much earlier in the day. The desk was also understaffed and although they were pleasant, not the level of service you'd expect when you are paying near $300. a night.
The only problems we had with the room was the cable TV only gets a fraction of the stations on the directory and there are no scheduled exercise classes like the brochure says. I do not like the fact they take dogs, of which I saw many during my stay.
Overall if you want to pay the $, and like a relaxing vacation, it's not bad. If you want more excitement and activities/ restaurants/bars nearby, stick with Fort Lauderdale beach hotels, they wont cost you anymore!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Your Florida beach vacation awaits you at Residence Inn by Marriott Ft. Lauderdale Pompano Beach/Oceanfront hotel located directly on the Atlantic Ocean! Experience majestic sunsets from your private balcony in a spacious suite with fully equipped kitchen. Relax by our two sparkling swimming pools. Our Florida beach hotel blends together the best of any Stay-cation by offering stylish accommodations, delectable beachfront dining- - all tied together with genuine hospitality. Our friendly staff is ready to help you experience the best of what you want from your oceanfront stay, whether it's rejuvenating, relaxing or experiencing exciting activities! We're ideally located just minutes to Deerfield Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Delray Beach and Boca Raton! Among Florida beach hotels, Residence Inn by Marriott Ft. Lauderdale Pompano Beach/Oceanfront hotel stands above the rest! ... more less
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