Anyone who has tried to book a hotel on the beach in Ft. Lauderdale knows that the prices can be pretty steep to stay in the best location. B Ocean is ideally situated on the corner of Sunrise and AIA and has convenient access to all the activities on that prime stretch of beach.
The hotel lacks some of the major amenities that some of the larger resorts have: the pool area is really small and quickly gets crowded, midweek. There are no dedicated beach chair umbrella rentals, it's just public beach in front of the hotel. There is no outdoor patio dining.
We did not eat at the Saia restaurant, but it looked very upscale. However, they have a great bistro where we did have breakfast and lunch a couple of times and it was great. Service was a little spotty and they could have cleared the tables more quickly, but the food was good and reasonably priced.
Our room was very nice, with floor to ceiling windows with a view of the beach and eye-catching artwork. The bathroom was modern and functional. The decor, from the walls to the linens is white, which has a very clean look. Even in the hallway, the walls are a matte white. This is very tough to keep clean and could look shabby quickly from scuffs if they do not touch it up frequently, but it looks like the B Ocean is immaculately kept up.
We had a large, flat screen TV and the free Wi-Fi is an excellent bonus. The maid service was a little slow, but this was not a major inconvenience. My friend got stung by a bee at the beach and the front desk was quick to provide some first aid items.
Another advantage of the B Ocean is that you can walk down the AIA to peruse those restaurants and hotels, or you can go up Sunrise to go to the Galleria. This would be quite a hike from the Ritz-Carlton, which is at the other end. But the B Ocean is between the two. So you have several options for shopping and dining.
As far as noise goes, our room was very quiet, but I think if there were noisy people on our floor, you would be able to hear them. So I can't vouch for the soundproofness, but I'd be willing to take a chance.
I would stay at the B Ocean again.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- b Ocean Fort Lauderdale Hotel Fort Lauderdale