2nd stay at Sands Harbor Hotel. In the area to scuba dive. This hotel is short walk to several scuba boats (scubatyme, and 2boats from Pompano dive center). Also walking distance to Houston's restaurant, and a few other smaller food choices,as well as having its own Patio Bar/ Grill (food was pretty good, and decently priced).
Parking is a nightmare. The bar is popular with locals who park in the hotel lot. There is a public pay lot across the street but its expensive. I hate the parking situation.
We had room #801: great view, kitchenette, large room. I forgot to specify a non-smoking room... It had ash trays but did not smell smokey at all. The room was very dated; wall paper separating at seams, wooden doors splintering at bottom. However it seemed clean. Nice sized balcony with 2 chairs.
Maid staff were very friendly; front desk staff has improved since my last visit. One staff member was in the parking lot all day, every day. I don't know if he was security or just loafing, but he was friendly! I didn't feel the need for security in the area. One day, the maid was cleaning next door and she made it a point to make us aware of a weather alert that she had gotten on her phone. I thought that was very thoughtful of her.
I will stay at the Sands Harbor again only because of its location. I don't think I could recommend it to my friends, though, unless I explained how no-frills it is. No hair-dryer, no iron/ironing board. Thin, small bath towels. No pool towels. If I could find another hotel as conveniently located as this, I'd switch.
Please, Sands Harbor...consider updating your hotel rooms a little, and your female guests will be happier.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sands Harbor is the complete Florida resort that includes 3 popular restaurants and a full service marina with fishing charters, snorkel & scuba diving trips, small boat and jet ski rentals plus monthly boat trips to tour the historic Hillsboro lighthouse. A million dollar renovation was just completed in 2014 that includes many improvements to our Superior rooms, a beautiful new public lobby and more. Come enjoy the best waterfront views and the friendliest staff in beautiful Pompano Beach! ... more less
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