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Company Info: Rating: 3.83
Address: 2831 Vistamar St., Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33304 Hotels in Fort Lauderdale, FL
1. Arielle M.
I stayed at the Cocobelle with a friend for three nights in January and it was a wonderful experience. We were looking for a cheap yet safe place close to the beach, and since we were on a budget we didn't mind fewer bells and whistles. The office is open until 7:00 or so, but we arrived 15 minutes before closing (due to a delayed flight) and were still received warmly. The owner/manager is friendly and has quite a dry sense of humor. After checking us in he suggested we come back to the office in the morning to get his recommendations on attractions and any information on water taxis, etc. that we could ask for. The free parking and complimentary beach/pool towels were very appreciated.
Our room, #12, was accommodating and clean, with two beds, a mini-fridge, microwave, and coffee maker. There was even a DVD player on the TV so we could rent a movie from Redbox on our first night. I was surprised to find a full set of dishes and cutlery in the room, which was very helpful for breakfast (just remember to buy dishwashing soap and sponges). The bathroom is immaculate, and although there is only a shower in the room, it's very spacious (I wouldn't have taken a bath anyway!) One of the only complaints I had about the room was that one of the windows looks out onto the open hallway of the hotel. We had to keep the blinds closed the entire time in case fellow guests were peeking in. This also meant that we could hear anyone talking outside in the community pool area. It was cool enough during our stay that we only needed the windows open and the ceiling fan on, so I can't speak to the noise/efficiency of the unit air conditioners.
Additional advantages to the room:
1) There is a washer and dryer on-premises if you're staying long-term and need to wash clothes.
2) Free Wifi. Instructions for login are right inside each room and it was a strong signal when I visited. In this day and age this is a must for boutique hotels.
3) The pool is gorgeous and heated. Since we visited in January the ocean was a little too cold, so after a walk along the beach we came back to the hotel and took a dip. The large palms and other plants lining the pool area block the view completely from the street, so you won't get any outside gawkers. As other photos can show, the area is also nicely lit up at night.
4) Only a block and a half away from the beach. The downside to this is the path to the beach leads you past empty lots and abandoned hotels that didn't fare as well as the Cocobelle. During the day we had no problems taking the walk to A1A, but it was a little scarier at night. The location of the Cocobelle at the north end of this string of resorts is also a disadvantage, because it's a mile until the restaurants and shops farther south. There are other cheap hotels closer to the action on the beach, but I don't know if they would be as welcoming as Cocobelle.
And a word to the wise: if you buy food and bring it to your room, don't leave it out!! We made that mistake, and the muffins we planned to eat for breakfast were being feasted upon by ants the next morning. This was our own fault and not a negative on the part of the hotel; just remember that you aren't in a sealed-off hotel like the Westin, and mistakes like this can bring little bugs to the room. We kept the windows open the entire time, however, and never had an insect fly into the room or any bug larger than the little ants.
I would definitely suggest this hotel to anyone looking for a hotel close to the beach but not looking to shell out the money for the huge, impersonal chains. The homeyness of this place, and the friendly staff, are definite advantages. If I came to Fort Lauderdale I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.
18/09/12 | Link
| Rating: 5.0
2. Peter Z.
Excellent. This is a small hotel tucked away about a block and a half away from Route A1A and Fort Lauderdale Beach. The beach is less than a 5 minute walk away from the hotel.
The hotel is well priced and is very well kept. It is a small establishment, but you can tell the owners take pride in it. The grounds are well groomed and clean. The rooms are spotless. We had a room with a King sized bed. Included in the room is a mini fridge, microwave, coffee maker (with coffee packets), plates and utensils, hair dryer, and TV. We were in room 15. It offers a nice view over the pool and of the grounds of the Bonnet House.
The owners were kind enough to offer use some advice on where to go and where to eat and there advice was indeed solid. They offer free beach towels and chairs and umbrellas as well. (You have to put down a deposit for the chair/umbrellas.) The on-site pool is small, but just big enough.
I had read in previous reviews that the location was rather shady. I disagree to a point. It is about a 1/2 mile walk to the beach (if not, shorter.) and there is only one old abandoned motel along the way. There is a rehabilitation center for youth on the same street, but it appears to be a very well maintained place and we did not encounter any trouble or shady folks on our walks to the beach or in the area. The area is safe. With that said, at 10PM the owners also lock the main gate to the hotel for additional safety. Guests are given a key to the gate so they may come and go as they please.
This is an excellent, tucked away gem in Fort Lauderdale. Definitely worth checking out.
Free Wi-Fi is included as well.
20/03/12 | Link
| Rating: 5.0
3. Alexandra P.
This hotel is an awesome little place to stay if you're looking for a decent price and a decent room... It's a short walk from the beach and it would all be goldod and dandy, if the owner or live in manager wasn't literally insane. There's false advertisement on the website so BEWARE. She will NOT accommodate for an extra person in any room for 13$ a day and she will not even let a guest come over during the day near the room in fear that the person might stay... She's nuts! She monitors the gate which is nice for security but when my female cousin came to pick us up to go to the airport on the last night of our stay (mind you we brought her good business being that we were one of two couples staying here and we stayed 6 nights for $139 per night and were only at the hotel to sleep at night) she accused my cousin of having stayed with us claiming she had seen her come and never leave when we arrived: which would have been nice and was the original plan had the lady not denied our request to pay the extra person fee for her and had not refused to acknowledge what her website offered. Unfortunately my cousin had to stay 40 minutes away at an aunts house during our visit because our plan fell through thanks to this ill minded woman. The 40 minute drive cost us time, a rental car and has money. For all the hassle, accusations, ant infestation, and inconveniences I would have MUCH rather paid the extra $60 a night and stayed at one of the nice booming hotels around the corner. I'm sure it would have been a much more relaxing stay.
****To the woman at Cocobelle resort: you should really be fired for your lack of professionalism or if you own the resort, for gods sake hire someone with good customer service that will be HONEST and not a shady crazy individual like yourself, maybe your facility would actually get business that way. Edit your website because some people actually plan accordingly...
13/03/13 | Link
| Rating: 1.0
4. MommyWarbucks and TheLeftoverKid o.
Clean and quiet, but more like staying at Grandma's house than a resort.
All the furniture is mismatched and some is slightly stained from years of use. The sheets and comforters are faded and well worn.
However, I give 4 stars for what this place is...a nice, clean quiet place to sleep with a kitchen(ette) and fridge.
Don't expect a high-class resort or activity filled destination (that's nearer to the beach 3 blocks away)...this is a quiet place to read your book by the pool after making a quick and simple meal in a very "utilitarian" kitchen(ette).
05/02/13 | Link
| Rating: 4.0
5. Corey G.
Needed a place to crash while en route to Puerto Rico. Arrived super late (& there was a key waiting for me in a security box). The place is near water, although I didn't really see the water other than from taxi.
The site looks nice. It seems like there are many hotels down here which have this same sorta vibe. They look like your basic motel/motor inns which sprouted up in the 50s-70s. There is an old school classy feel to the place.
The room was huge! The all-tiled floor room was fairly clean (I did see lines of coke....sorry, I joke---Lines of ants in the kitchen, but I"m sure a crumb must have been missed by housekeeping. Everything else was spotless.) There is a big living room area, full kitchen, and a big bed room. The AC was a unit on a window.
Left in the morning super early to catch a flight.
Overall, I'd probably stay here if I was in want of lodging in FL, FL.
26/01/13 | Link
| Rating: 4.0
6. J F.
Stayed 3 nights here when we arrived in Fort Lauderdale. Upon checking in the staff was amazing and very friendly. It is very quiet here right now which means we had the pool to ourselves. The beach is a very short walk away which is amazing. Everything you could need is within walking distance. The only reason my review was not a 5 star is that since we've been here we have had our room cleaned but they never cleaned out the coffee maker. It was rinsed by us but you can see there is still coffee in it. Only downfall. I would definitely come back
21/05/15 | Link
| Rating: 4.0