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Villa Venice in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Villa Venice in Fort Lauderdale, FL


A Gay Boutique Hotel


Company Info:

Rating: 3.33

Address: 2900 Terramar St, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33304
  • Mon: 8:00 am - 5:30 am
  • Tue: 8:00 am - 5:30 am
  • Wed: 8:00 am - 5:30 am
  • Thu: 8:00 am - 5:30 am
  • Fri: 8:00 am - 5:30 am
  • Sat: 8:00 am - 5:30 am
  • Sun: 8:00 am - 5:30 am

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Comments (3):

1. Kevin S.
Clean rooms and super staff--a special shout-out to Rick.  But the continental breakfast is a significant downgrade with the new owners--very sparse.  And the merger of the three properties has made it less quaint...at times, a cadre of 8-12 men making the rounds, invading "our" pools, disturbing the relaxing atmosphere.  After 8 years, uncertain I will come back again.

06/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
2. Raymond S.
This is the kind of business that has high prices in the hopes of luring in an upscale clientele without offering much in the way of value or class.

I can understand why this resort is popular.  It's two blocks away from the Fort Lauderdale beach; about a 5-minute walk.  It caters to a gay clientele, which for some unknown reason, seems drawn to this overcrowded, cliquish community.  It has a decent sized interior courtyard with a swimming pool, hot tub, and many tropical plants on display.  It's also clothing-optional, which appeals to a certain demographic.

There were some positives I liked about the hotel:

-- The guest rooms are like big studio apartments.  They are some of the biggest hotel rooms I've ever stayed in.  

-- The rooms are immaculately clean and well-furnished.  There was no dust or dirt anywhere, and everything in the rooms was updated and in perfect condition.

-- The staff is very polite and on-point.

However, there are several things I did not enjoy about my stay here.

First of all, I think the hotel is GROSSLY overpriced for what it offers.  I paid about $1500 for 5 days in this hotel, but all that was included in the way of food was a very basic breakfast with cereal, bagels, coffee, and fruit.  No lunch or dinner included, and there is no restaurant or bar at the resort.

There was also nothing in the way of entertainment here.  No live music, no movies, no comedy shows, no drag shows, no karaoke, no dancing, no gambling, nothing.  I expected the resort to have some sort of communal entertainment for its guests.  Even many ski resorts in North America which are less upscale than this resort have some communal entertainment.

There were no jacuzzis in the guest rooms.  I've been in chain motels in the US for half the price which have private jacuzzis.

Two of my friends just got married and went on their honeymoon in the Caribbean.  For about 75% of the price of my stay at La Villa Venice, they stayed at a resort with bars and restaurants in which all food, all alcohol, and all entertainment was included in the price and right there at the resort.  When they told me this, I felt like I had been ripped off here.

The resort is clothing-optional, which I think is fine, but I think they should restrict the nudity to certain areas if people want to avoid it.  I don't mind public nudity if people want to do it, but I don't enjoy looking at elderly, naked men and I believe guests should be given the choice to see it. It is unavoidable as they are often in full view in the main courtyard.

All in all, I won't be back and I cannot recommend staying here.  I felt like I had been taken to the cleaners.

01/12/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
3. Josh T.
Great place to stay.  Friendly staff, clean room, inviting atmosphere. Pool was nice.  Would have given five stars if not for the frozen breakfast bagels.

23/04/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0