I booked this property on Hotwire. I checked the chain's website as a means of comparison and, considering it was high season in South Florida and spring break as well, think I got a great bargain here. Let me quickly point out that this is NOT a property you want if you're a beach lover. It lies miles west of the coast between the Florida Turnpike and the Sawgrass Expressway. I was half-way expecting to see crocs in the (very small) swimming pool. It's convenient to the huge Sawgrass Mills Outlet Mall and, if you're a nature lover, the Everglades. You'll want/need a car if you want to get anywhere of note - drugstores, grocery store, restaurants, and what-not.
This is a four-story property that seems quite popular. It adjoins a MainStay Suites property and both share the front desk. My "suite" featured a sofa bed and Queen Ann coffee table opposite a modest area with a small sink, granite counter, microwave, coffee maker, and 3' fridge in the sitting area. Lighting in this section is quite dim. The bedroom area had a king-size bed, a flatscreen TV, a table/desk with the afore-mentioned Queen Ann legs and a desk chair whose cloth seating showed quite a bit of use (nice way of saying stains and dirt). The carpet throughout was a dark blue with an overlaid pattern of green squares. The wall-mounted lamps flanking the comfortable bed had plugs (great for my C-Pap machine and cellphone battery charger) and there was plenty of drawer space. In the entryway was a low, flat-topped chest about the size of a steamer trunk with a couple drawers. The "closet" was an indentation in the wall with a floor-mounted safe and no door. The bathroom was more-than-adequately supplied with towels and linens and generous counter and mirror surfaces. Hot water often required a long wait (hence wasting water in the process). Overall, however, the rooms are handsome and better than one might expect. Three people who came to the room (OK, one was a pizza delivery guy) each made the unsolicited comment to the effect that "Gee, this is a nice room!" upon first entering.
Doors and walls are not thick or well-insulated. One can hear a lot of inter-room and hall noise. Similarly, windows are not sound-proofed and the front parking lot and traffic noise on busy Commercial Blvd. is always noticeable. Breakfast is included in the room rate. This features a wide variety of breads and pastries, 3 cereals, 4 juice options (bring a larger cup from another site; the juice cups are like thimbles). Hot items always featured scrambled egg discs like one finds on a fast food breakfast sandwich and one other alternating item (I saw sausage patties one day, biscuits and gravy another) and there's a waffle iron. All the service ware is plastic, paper, or styrofoam. The carpeting in the breakfast room and the room corridors is a wave pattern in several shades of blue which exhibit a shocking number of ugly stains throughout the property.
There is a business center with two computers and printers off the lobby. Each floor had ice and vending machines. Best of all, EVERYTHING WORKED - which is not always the case.
The front desk staff range from minimally helpful to semi-friendly. None were particularly warm, welcoming, or out-going. It was strictly business. However, I more than got my money's worth but would return here only if I had a car at my disposal or was visiting friends in the immediate neighborhood. Avail yourself of the delivery options offered by Canoli Kitchen.
Pizzas, strombolis, subs, salads, and the chocolate-dipped canolis are all very good. Their menu is printed on the list of TV channels.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Newly RENOVATED as of October 2011, COMFORT SUITES SAWGRASS our All SUITE Hotel conveniently located on West Commercial blvd just between University drive and Pine Island road. Comfort Suites Sawgrass is located minutes to Sawgrass Expressway, I95 and Florida Turnpike, location is at its BEST. The REFRESH DECOR of our SUITES brings Comfort, with the finest accommodation at the most competitive and relaxing atmosphere. OUR SUITES are with King or Queen Beds, mini-refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron/ironing boards. Our FREE DELUXE HOT BREAKFAST AND FREE Newspaper makes a "Great START for the morning. Our Free Internet Access, Business center, fitness room, out door heated pool and hot tub are part of our amenities in making your STAY A Relaxing and Comfort Stay! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Comfort Suites Sawgrass Hotel Tamarac
- Comfort Suites Tamarac
- Tamarac Comfort Suites