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Cottages by the Ocean
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Sydney
1 review
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“Lovely stay!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2009

Firstly, the photos and website of Cottages By The Ocean really do not do it justice. It's the only place I've ever stayed where the place itself looked so much better than the photos!

Cottages By The Ocean is about a 3 minute walk to a gorgeous beach with lifeguards. It was always very quiet when we were there (although I've heard it can get a bit more crowded in summer). The cottage supplies things like beach chairs, beach towels and a eski (cooler), which was such a nice touch!

We stayed in a studio cottage which was actually pretty large and had a full kitchen and shower. It is not new, but incredibly clean with an incredible attention to design/detail which made me feel like I was staying at a friends treasured holiday home. The staff who came around every day to clean, garden etc, where very friendly and helpful too.

The highlight of the place for me had to be the courtyard. Every day we sat outside on the patio furniture (in a little porch behind mosquito screens) and looked out and it is BEAUTIFUL! The garden is stunning and at night there are fairy lights going up the palm trees that give it a lovely tropical feel.

This is the sort of place you go to for a super relaxed, mellow break and I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone!

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank SydneyClaire27
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Philla,Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2008

These are wonderful little places to stay. They are what they say, I found them very inexpensive and a treat to stay in. The cottages are very clean and neat. Everything is very close by and you can walk a block to the beach with chairs and towels provided for you. Even thought you are withing walking distance of the road you feel like you are in your own little piece of the world. I would recomend these little cottages to everyone that likes a quite place to stay.

  • Liked — Cleanliness
  • Disliked — small bathroom
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank zedywill
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Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2008

Cottages by the Ocean are just what the name says. These really are little, individual studio and one bedroom units complete with porches and rockers all assembled around a nicely landscaped courtyard. Best of all, they're only a couple of blocks from the beach. Everything is provided for your trip to the beach, too--portable beach chairs, coolers, even beach toys. Actually that's typical of these places overall--they've outfitted them with everything, from laundry applicances and WIFI to pots, pans, nice china, and even magazines, books and games to play. And the decor is very clean with a nice homey feel. After a day or two you start to feel like it's really your own little cottage in South Florida.

The Cottages are close to nice restaurants so you wouldn't even need a car if beach and water activities are what you're after. But if you want to take some time away from the beach and see a few sights you'll find that Pompano Beach is perfectly sited in the middle of all the action--Boca and Palm Beach to the North and Ft. Lauderdale and Miami to the South. Besides the more well known sights all those places have, you can also check out less well-known places like Butterfly World and Morikami Japanese Gardens. If you like shopping, besides Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, there's the more affordable gigantic Sawgrass Outlet Mall and the bargain hunters dream--Festival Flea Market.
There's a lot to do in Pompano Beach and the surrounding areas and Cottages by the Ocean make a wonderful place to stay while you're doing it. You'll find yourself thinking about next year's visit before you've even finished this year's. I know I did.

  • Liked — The homey feel of having a cottage rather than a hotel
  • Disliked — Can't think of anything
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with family
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3 Thank FloridaTravelmum
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Tennessee
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2008

Private, Secluded, Immaculate, Quaint, Adorable, Charming! Everything you need is provided, from beach gear & towels to kitchen utensils. 1 block from the beach. Several great restaurants within walking distance. 3 blocks from the intersection of Atlantic Ave & A1A. We didn't even get a rental car this trip. Customer service was top notch - the owner called several times to make sure everything was OK & to see if we needed anything. Maintainance man was there every morning to take care of anything that might come up. Note that this property does not have a pool, but to us it wasn't a big deal since the beach is so close.
Triple-thumbs-up!!!! Highly recommended!!!!!

  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank lctrcjim
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2007

I would go back in a heartbeat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank Wi_Popper
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Property: Cottages by the Ocean
Address: 3309 SE 3rd St, Pompano Beach, FL 33062-5505
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Location: United States > Florida > Broward County > Pompano Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 14 Specialty Lodging in Pompano Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Cottages by the Ocean 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This charming complex of six fully restored 1940s studio and one-bedroom cottages is nationally rated as a Superior Small Lodging. It's less than two blocks from our award-winning beach with lifeguards, lighthouse and fishing pier. Enjoy all the comforts of home with king beds, full kitchens, free Internet, BBQ and laundry facilities, screened porches overlooking tropical gardens. Cottages by the Ocean is a small, well-kept property of charming Key West-style studio and one-bedroom cottages. We are a White Glove award-winner and nationally rated as a Superior Small Lodging. Each restored 1940s cottage has a full kitchen, king or queen bed and sleeper sofa, lush, tropical garden views, large screened-in porches or open patio, private BBQ grills, with a central sundeck and coin laundry on site. The Cottages are centrally located on a quiet street in the safe, ocean side community of Pompano Beach, 15 minutes North of downtown Fort Lauderdale and 15 minutes South of Boca Raton. They are less than two blocks from one of South Florida's award-winning Blue Wave beaches (with life guards), and a short walk to dozens of restaurants, shops, nightspots, public fishing pier, snorkel/dive boats, charter fishing boats, jet ski and boat rentals, gym, day spa, drug store, gourmet fish market and more. It’s a five-minute drive to the new Pompano CitiCenter shopping mall, movie theaters, tennis and aquatics complex, dog park, air park for private planes and the Good Year Blimp base, 36-hole golf facility and driving range. The new ISLE Casino (smoke-free), next door to Pompano Harness Track, is a 15-minute drive. I-95 is a 10-minute drive for easy access to all South Florida business centers, shopping and attractions.Very clean, quiet and comfortable. ... more   less 
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