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Sands Harbor Hotel and Marina Pompano Beach
Ranked #1 of 38 Hotels in Pompano Beach
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Reviewed March 13, 2006

We expected more when we checked in. However, what we, and perhaps other recent reviewers had forgotten, is that this area was hit by a major hurricane in 2005. The area is still recovering. The effects of the hurricane were easily seen from our balcony, where we saw what was left of the Holiday Inn, apparently devasted by the storm. Under the circumstances, we were satisfied with our stay.
On the plus side: Hotel staff were courteous and efficient. Location is superb. View from window, directly overlooking intracoastal waterway, was excellent.
The negative: Parking is very tight! Slight odor of dampness was detected, probably due to the hurricane.
Normally, I would rate a hotel in this condition just 1 or 2. In this case, I can see the potential once they completely recover from the hurricane.

  • Stayed: February 2006
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Reviewed February 27, 2006

In all honesty this hotel reveiw is based on the quickest visit I have ever made to any Hotel. We picked it online when looking for somewhere close to where my husband and his brother would be fishing for three days. The web-site looked attractive and promised plenty of places for me to pass the day walking, reading or eating. We arrived very late at night and were somewhat disheartened with our immediate impressions of the hotel (very shabby). The boutique beside reception displayed girly pictures cut from magazines to advertise it's wares. The noise from the bar off reception was really raucous and noisy, and the smell was rank. We did accept the keys, and we did go up to the rooms. The lamp switch (the only thing I touched) was sticky and there was rubble in the bath. The room smelt disgusting. I know all about the hurricane but either clean up or do not open. These rooms were awful, shabby and dirty. This place could not be called an Hotel in any circumstances. Do not go.

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Reviewed February 22, 2006

Stayed here for 10 nights in February. Had booked and paid for the hotel before the 2 negative reviews were posted so arrived with some trepidation.
Yes the hotel and room we occupied is in need of a makeover but if you approach your vacation with a half full attitude rather than a half empty one you will enjoy this place. We found the front desk helpful and friendly, our one experience with maintenance received a prompt response, our efficency was clean when we arrived and was well cleaned each day, the car park was full but we never failed to get a spot, the location is fabulous, and our balcony had the sun from dawn to dusk with a distant (2 blocks) view of the sea and close view of the activity on the intra coastal highway.
Did we get value for money? Yes without a doubt.
Would we stay here again? Yes if the hotel remains-the evidence on this stretch of coast is that affordable accommodation near the sea is disappearing to be replaced by luxury condos so whether we will be able to afford to return to Greater Fort Lauderdale is debatable unless hotels like the Sands remain.

  • Stayed: February 2006
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Ft Lauderdale Fl
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Reviewed December 11, 2005

I stayed at the Sands for 2 nights Dec 10.

The hotel is in need of MAJOR renovations.

The room smelled moldy. The curtains were filthy and covered with dust.
I turned on the shower and NO WATER came out..so I
called Maintenance to come up and check it out....his response was well your neighbor is showering...once he is done it will be fine!
Good thing I was not in a rush.
The bathroom floor grout was filthy....I would not walk barefoot!!
Everytime you or your neighbor flused the toilet it ran for about 10 minutes!!

The TV reception was horrible...no channels came in clear at all...

The hotel is in a good location, walking distance to the beach, shops, restaurants....also good for boaters....has a nice marnia.

  • Stayed: December 2005
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SandsHarbor, General Manager at Sands Harbor Hotel and Marina Pompano Beach, responded to this reviewResponded February 17, 2011

South Florida was hit with 4 hurricanes in 2005 including Hurricane WIlma that hit Pompano Beach and our Sands Harbor Hotel directly in October 2005. Unfortunately it took several years to get all our facilities back to good condition. We regret any disappointment our guests experienced during this time and we are confident they would be pleased with our resort today.

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Lake Hiawatha, NJ
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Reviewed June 22, 2005

We were very disappointed in the service and condition of this hotel. It has a great location but does not live up to its potential. The lobby and rooms were not very clean. The pool was small and dirty - my kids didn't use it. Parking was inadequate and there were times that we had to pay for public parking across the street. With limited parking, the hotel parking lot should be reserved for hotel guests, not restaurant and bar guests. It's too bad that management doesn't take better care of this hotel. The location on the Intracoastal and the views from the upper floors would make this hotel a great place. Unfortunately, it's not and we won't stay there again. We visit Pompano Beach often.

  • Stayed: May 2005
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Miami, FL
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Reviewed February 15, 2003

This hotel is a great weekend getaway. It has a raw bar and a great restaurant that serves the best lobster I have ever had. Outside near the dock you can sit and let the ocean breeze cool you as you sip your favorite drink. The pool is just a few feet from the bar so you if have kids, you can watch them enjoy themselves in the pool while you relax. Ask for their special weekend packages usually cost around $149 (US Dollars) or even less!

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Reviewed October 22, 2017
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  • Stayed: October 2017, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Sands Harbor Hotel and Marina Pompano Beach

Address: 125 N Riverside Dr, Pompano Beach, FL 33062-5026
Location: United States > Florida > Broward County > Pompano Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 38 Hotels in Pompano Beach
Price Range: $148 - $220 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Sands Harbor Hotel and Marina Pompano Beach 2.5*
Number of rooms: 56
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. In 2017, renovations push on to increase our number of Superior rooms. Call our front desk and book directly to ensure placement in a Superior room. Come enjoy the best waterfront views and the friendliest staff in beautiful Pompano Beach! ... more   less 
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