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“B Ocean - Excellent accomodations but pricey Valet.”

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Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach
Ranked #14 of 128 Hotels in Fort Lauderdale
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Bloomington, Illinois
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“B Ocean - Excellent accomodations but pricey Valet.”
Reviewed 28 March 2012

We stayed for 3 nights at the B Ocean in Fort Lauderdale in December 2011. The hotel has very nice rooms, all windows attempt to face the ocean. The negative was the mandatory valet fee of $50.00 per night. Luckily we pricelined this hotel and got it for $120.00 which was not bad for weekend nights. However, the parking was outrageous. The location is north of the "strip" action, but there is a neighborhood behind the hotel with enough bars and sidewalk restaurants to make up for it. Most of the time we would have a view of the ocean no matter where we ate. THe pool is too small to even mention and there was no jacquzzi. The rooms were nice - modern and very white and the beds were very comfortable. The other hotels are approximately a mile south of this hotel, but it is a nice walk to get back to the action. The hotel is right across from the beach!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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eduardo f, General Manager at Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach, responded to this review, 4 April 2012
Thanks irisinbloom for your great comments. Glad you enjoyed all the great things our resort has to offer. Please note that the price to park a car overnight is $25, not $50 (unless you had 2 cars). This price is very much in line with what other hotels charge up and down the beach (parking is very limited on the beach). I appreciate your praise of our Blissful Bed. It is an incredible sleeping experience!
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Reviewed 28 March 2012

Just stayed here post cruise for one night and thought the room was lovely, nicely appointed King bed with stunning view across from beach-very modern, clean feel. Everything looks recently renovated. Bathroom nicely appointed with Aveda toiletries. I wish we could have checked in earlier-we were told to check back at 1pm and when we did, a different front desk person told me that I really shouldn't try to inquire again until check in at 4pm. She said it nicely but really did contradict the first person. After getting off a cruise ship with nothing but smiles and a "how can I help you attitude," I was a little put off BUT the person that ultimately checked us in(@3:30pm) was fantastic. When I asked about a place to print our boarding passes for the following day, she proceeded to check us in for our flights, print our boarding passes and book us for a shuttle the next morning. The location was nice-10 minute walk to the Galleria mall which we did because it was not really a beach day. It was a short stay but overall a very good experience.

Room Tip: Stunning king is worth the money for the views of the beach-floor to ceiling windows.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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eduardo f, General Manager at Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach, responded to this review, 4 April 2012
Thanks lisac1962 for your great comments. Apologies for the delay in getting into your room on day of arrival, but its hard to accomodate all early arrivals when guests are trying to stay as late as they can in the rooms because they love them! Glad to hear that our team member at check in did go out of her way to accomodate your needs. I appreciate the away you sum up your visit: " Overall a VERY GOOD experience". I hope you will B back soon!
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Saint John, Indiana
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Reviewed 28 March 2012

We had confirmed reservations at this hotel. When we arrived they told us no rooms were available and there were no other rooms available in Fort Lauderdale. It seemed clear to us they had overbooked. Please be careful in booking this hotel so that you are not left without a room!!

Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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eduardo f, General Manager at Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach, responded to this review, 4 April 2012
A big apology for not being able to accomodate your reservation. That weekend, we had several guests that extended their stay without letting us know prior to their confirmed departure day. We had no choice and certainly dont make it a habit of doing so.
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 28 March 2012

We had booked for a cruise leaving in Miami on March 10th and had booked at the Hampton by the Miami port on March 9th. But since we arrived one day earlier, we decided to book at B Ocean after finding a good price online ($169 per night). This hotel was a great surprise to us. Was this the best hotel we could stay at by the Fort Lauderdale beach? Probably not... BUT I think that this was the best hotel considering it's VALUE. Comparable hotels were way more expensive and I don't think that the difference in pricing can justify it.
I really like the fact that every rooms have an ocean view. This hotel is trendy and the rooms are modern and well appointed. Also the staff was very friendly. I would say that the staff that went above and beyond to us were the parking attendant and the restaurant waiter.
We will definitely come back to B Ocean on our next trip to Fort Lauderdale.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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eduardo f, General Manager at Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach, responded to this review, 4 April 2012
Thanks alexP81 for your comments. Glad to see that you really saw the great value for what we offer at B Ocean. All our rooms have ocean views which is something that many other hotels can't provide. Thanks for the kudos to our valet and restaurant team members. They care!
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 27 March 2012

This is not a 4 star hotel. The rooms are small, parking is valet only at $25 a night, no coffee in rooms, drinks at the bar are $10. The pool is very small with no view except a cement wall. I felt taken at $250 a night and will never book through a discount hotel internet service again. No area on the beach across a very busy street for hotel guests, you have to rent a chair from an outside vendor.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled solo
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eduardo f, General Manager at Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach, responded to this review, 4 April 2012
Thanks beachloverLB for your comments. Its unfortunate that you didn't appreciate any of the great benefits we provide at our resort. The incredible views are offered in every room, so most people prefer this benefit vs. views at the pool. With 4 exceptions on FLL beach, all hotels are located accross from the beach, and people enjoy the short 2-minute walk from our main entrance. Drink and valet parking prices are competitive with all of the other upscale hotels on the beach. Let's remember that room pricing varies per season and you visited us during the busiest season of the year!
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Property: Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach
Address: 999 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304-3310
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Region: United States > Florida > Broward County > Fort Lauderdale > Central Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#6 Luxury Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#18 Romantic Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#18 Business Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#33 Family Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
Price range (per night): ₹ 9,311 - ₹ 20,484
Hotel Class:4 star — Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach 4*
Number of rooms: 240
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just steps away from the ocean and the beautiful Fort Lauderdale beach, Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach offers you a sensational experience among Fort Lauderdale hotels: oceanfront hotel accommodations, unique restaurants and lounging areas, and a variety of excursions for those guests looking to explore Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Our ballroom and meeting rooms on the penthouse floor overlook the Atlantic Ocean, presenting a special setting for business meetings and social gatherings held at this Fort Lauderdale Beach hotel. ... more   less 
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