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Beach Gardens in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Beach Gardens in Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Company Info:

Rating: 2.50

Address: 533 Orton Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33304

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    Comments (4):

    1. Erin K.
    Found a used condom in the pull out couch and another "fresh" condom. Gross! They didn't have another room for us.

    08/03/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    2. Nad E.
    This resort is connected to The Reef resort next door to it. I'm staying at the Reef which is fabulous and looks like a studio apt with a kitchen and queen bed with flat screen tv and nice dining set.

    23/02/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    3. Melissa A.
    This hotel could easily be a four star hotel but in its current state its definitely not.  

    My primary concern was safety.  Beach Gardens uses old school metal keys that have the room number and hotel name on them.  So, let's say you misplace your key... Now, this might not be such a big deal if the room had a deadbolt type lock for when you're inside it.  But it does not.  And the door doesn't automatically lock when you shut it.  And the outside gate is left open all day and night. So anyone off the street could come right into the courtyard.  The bed is right next to the windows that face the pool.  Sure you can shut the blinds, but as a single female traveler, I still felt a little wary of the proximity of my window and bed to the totally open courtyard.  

    Also, there was no phone in the room.  So, no way to easily call 911 or management company. Sorry if I seem paranoid, I don't even watch horror movies about women traveling alone but, I also never stayed in a hotel that had such glaring nonchalance about basic safety precautions.

    Not only was safety a concern but comfort.  The rooms don't have central AC and the old school wall AC only was not able to get the room comfortable in April.  I can't imagine how uncomfortable this room would be in the middle of the summer.  The unit has a laughable note on it to not put the thermostat below 74.  Maybe this would be possible if the unit could actually get the room down to 74, but it seemed around 78 was as good as the unit could do.  There was a dehumidifier in the room, but it took me a few days and some internet research to figure out what it was and how to make it work.  Perhaps the hotel should ensure things in the room work and suggest guests to use the dehumidifier with the AC?  About 6 hours after getting the dehumidifier working with the AC together, the room was maybe down to 75 degrees.  

    The bed was really soft, but in a blown-out, probably needed to be replaced way; the pillows were cheap, overly lofty poly fill pillows.  I did, however, like the sheets and towels, though a rug or two inn the room would have been nice.  As it was, I had to put towels on the floor to use as rugs.  It is bright in the room even at night, so bring a sleep mask if you need total darkness to sleep.  Also, as mentioned in other reviews, you can hear everything through the walls and windows, especially other guests slapping their doors when coming and going.

    The complimentary soap provided was very drying and there was no complimentary moisturizer so be sure to not forget any toiletries. There's no stores within walking distance or a soda machine on site, so stop someplace to get drinks and snacks in your way in.

    There is laundry on site but I didn't use it.  There's an ice machine, though no ice bucket in my room, so I had to improvise with a pot.  They never restocked the disposable cups in my kitchen.  They have towels you can take to the beach, but were out one of the days I needed one.  The cleaning staff threw away a Ziploc bag that I had my face wipes in so I had to take my make-up off with the horrible complimentary soap on the last day.  And I didn't even really care that there were no towels or an iron in my room when I arrived but now looking at this litany of issues, I probably should have taken that initial lack of attention to detail as a sign.  Also, when you call the hotel's number, it routes you through a long recording of all the different properties and lines but I think I only ever got through top an actual person once.

    For those traveling on a budget, this place would work, but even at the price I paid, I would have expected a basic level of safety, comfort, and attention to detail.

    20/04/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    4. Teri H.
    Nice location, price and staff but YES the walls and ceiling have no sound barriers.   Easy walk to the beach. Nice small pool. Room clean and sufficiently equipped. Military discount a very nice plus!

    25/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0