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Extended Stay America - Fort Lauderdale - Tamarac
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Tamarac
Barnesville, Ohio
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30 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Glad it was only for a night.”
Reviewed April 9, 2008

It started at check-in when we were required to PAY for our room. We had already PAID for our room through Travelocity as a special deal. When receiving the credit card bill, definitely paid twice. Never try to dispute through travelocity or this hotel. Went directly to Amex who politely refunded the charges.

The carpet in the room was dirty and we were afraid of the bedspread- of course these are usually fithly if not even visible so I would never recommend sitting on one in the Ritz Carlton not just this place.

The trash in the room had not been emptied and caused a smell to come from under the sink.
Manager, however, was very nice when changing a room for our friends who were given a room that hadn't been cleaned from the previous guest.
The overall atmosphere is a little scary and the neighborhood does not appear too good. Don't stay here, splurge for the extra couple bucks and stay somewhere else.

Stayed December 2007
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new jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed November 1, 2007

I have lived in NYC for most of my life..so it takes quite a bit to scare me...but this place did scare me...
We checked in to the Homestead Suites very late one nite...
The reception area smelled like the hotel management was smoking something other than cigarettes..
We would have left then..but it was very late at night and there was nowhere else to go to...
Our room was so disgusting..that we were unable to sleep on the sheets...We went out to get our own sheets the next day ...but the hotel bedspread..(there were no blankets in the room) smelled so bad..that it was still difficult to sleep.. We spent as little time in the room as possible...the kitchen was grimy...and the entire atmosphere was unpleasant..and the people walking around the parking lots ..were frightening....
As if this wasn't bad enough, one evening when we were driving back to the motel..while we were waiting at the intersection...a car flashed his lights at us ..as though to warn us ..or signal us..about something...When we drove into the parking lot..of the motel..we found it was as bright as day..from the two police cars ..who had just handcuffed a hotel guest ..I guess someone was trying to warn us to stay away....I wish that they had warned us long before we checked in...
There were so many more problems with this motel..but I don't have the time to detail them here....This was by far the most disgusting and the scariest motel that I have ever stayed in..

Stayed October 2007
4 Thank citygirl1
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Atlanta, GA
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed November 17, 2006

The hotel states you can purchase high speed internet for $4.99 for your entire stay. I do not recommend this, as the high speed is a joke, and you will be very lucky to even get reception in your room (the max is 2 bars, and that was in the hotel lobby). The mattress was maybe 2 inches thick and very lumpy, you could feel every spring on your back. We thought if we rotated the mattress, the bed would be more comfortable, only to find someone's underwear (which you could tell had been there for quite some time) and 4 AA batteries under the mattress. We decided to purchase our own sheets as the hotel sheets had a nasty yellow stain on them. We also bought our own towels, because of the nice stains on those as well. We were in a non-smoking room, which was right about the smoking rooms, and our room reaked of cigarettes. It seems as though there were a lot of people living at the hotel - which wouldn't be bad, except they seemed to party every night, and had no respect if you wanted to go to sleep early, or sleep in late. The water in the hotel was yellowish green, so don't drink it. After returning home, all of the clothes we had, along with clothes we had purchased , smelled like smoke and dirt. We definitely learned a lesson on this one - we plan on paying a little more to get a little r&r. We suggest you do the same.

  • Liked — It was 20 minutes from everything.
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  • Stayed November 2006, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank kellarela
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Milwaukee WI
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed January 31, 2006

We stayed at this hotel for one night and that was a mistake. Dirty room, bad mattress and a general rundown appearance. Weren't even sure we wanted to sleep in the bed. Thankful we had only booked it for one night. We have stayed at Studio Plus hotels and never had a problem, so I was hoping Homestead would be on the same level. WRONG! BAD CHOICE!

Stayed January 2006
3 Thank A-ZPals
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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed March 23, 2005

I stayed at the Homestead Suites Tamarac on Mar 18-21,05. I highly advise not to book a room in this dump. The room was in such a state of decline and disrepair that I was embarressed that I brought a guess. First they would not answer the phone to give directions from the airport. Second upon arrival we were told there would be no maid service for the entire stay. We were told to bring the towels to the front desk for exchange.The carpet was filthy and hadn't been vacuumed or shampooed in ages it seemed. There was laminate coming off the cabinets. The bathroom sink was broken. The refrigerator had a gasket hanging off the door and would not close. The room was dated and the decor was deplorable. I was there on a busy spring break weekend and didn't complain because I chose not to ruin my vacation with confrontation that would fall on deaf ears. When I asked for coffee and sugar the desk clerk said there was none. Later a kind maid got it for me. When I filed a complaint with Orbitz they called the hotel and the management stated the room had been renovated 2 weeks ago ( what a lie). I'll never stay there again and would never reccomend it to another.

  • Stayed March 2005
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2 Thank gerardb58
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Reviewed April 26, 2004

Flights were wonderful!Hotel was fair-clean, but with NO extras.No Housekeeping on weekdnes No Hair dryer, soap, shampoo, extra pillow, pool.

2 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Minneapolis, MN
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13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed January 5, 2004

This is a TERRIBLE place!

1. Extremely filthy. I needed to plug in the bed lamp that had been unplugged (don't ask me why it was unplugged!) and there was enough dirt, cobwebs, bugs, etc. behind the table to last me a lifetime.

2. There were no (absolutely none... nada) hangers in the room. We requested them and were told that the maid would leave them. After 3 days of waiting and asking, we finally went to the office and demanded some hangers so we could get our clothes off the chairs and dresser.

3. We were in a non-smoking room. The smoke detector had been removed and was in a drawer. There were ashtrays in the room. So much for a non-smoking room.

4. Our room was cleaned (if you could call it that) after 4 days. Then we were told it wouldn't be cleaned again until 7 days out. When we tried to substantiate that with the telephone reservation number, no one seemed to know exactly what the policy is and they were very evasive about this issue.

5. If you bring used towels to the office they will provide you with fresh towels. It usually took us 2, 3 or 4 trips there until towels were available.

6. There were those little roach hotel boxes in the kitchen cupboard.
What does this tell you?

7. The iron was missing. We asked for an iron and were told the maid would leave one. Never happened.

We were there for 11 nites. Would have moved but we were in Ft.
Lauderdale area at a busy time. Other rooms that were available were beyond our budget. We had a terrible experience and would never stay at any Homestead Suites hotel fearing the same bad experience.

9 Thank Arielle
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Property: Extended Stay America - Fort Lauderdale - Tamarac
Address: 3873 W Commercial Blvd, Tamarac, FL 33309-3315 (Formerly Homestead Studio Suites - Fort Lauderdale - Tamarac)
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Location: United States > Florida > Broward County > Tamarac
Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Tamarac
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Extended Stay America - Fort Lauderdale - Tamarac 2.5*
Number of rooms: 145
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Cash is accepted as a form of payment for those guests paying by a weekly or monthly rate. A valid credit card must be kept on file for incidentals. Cash is not accepted as a method of payment for guests paying the daily rate ... more   less 
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