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“The good, the bad and the ugly...” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of La Casa Del Mar

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La Casa Del Mar
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Atlanta
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10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“The good, the bad and the ugly...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2012

My husband and I stayed here for three nights in mid-February. This place needs a lot of work, but has potential to be a great place.

The GOOD: location and price. It was truly just a block from A1A and the beach, and within walking distance to the main shopping and dining on the beach. Far enough away for peace and quiet. Price for our room with king bed during peak season was under $200 a night, which is less than half the price at major hotels in the area. The room was generally clean and the bed was reasonably comfortable. Oh, and the parking was very convenient.

The BAD: It is really a stretch to call this a B&B. We have stayed at many lovely B&B's, and this was much closer to a Days Inn. The breakfast was coffee, OJ and packaged bagels, muffins and instant oatmeal. This place could simply provide some fresh fruit, fresh-baked pastries, cheeses/yogurts. (Thank goodness for the Starbucks around the corner). A B&B usually has some beverages available any time--the two coin-operated vending machines on this property were ancient and not working. It really lacked the congenial, homey feeling of a B&B--really was much more a motel.

The UGLY: We must have been assigned one of the last rooms yet to be renovated. We stayed in room #2, which is in desperate need of updating. The bathroom is tiny, tiny and so sketchy that my husband and I wore our flip flops in the shower. Everything was rusty, and within 60 seconds of the shower running, the bottom of the shower was covered in 2 inches of water that did not drain until the water was off for 10 minutes. There was damage to the walls (see photo), which just demonstrates lack of upkeep. We did peek into room #3 and from what we could tell, it seemed much nicer and updated. Also, there is a light on during the evening outside of the room that is so bright, it illuminated our room all night. Closing the blinds did not help. We could not get Wi-fi access in our room and so we had to sit in the courtyard for any internet. Not once were we ever asked how our stay was, even upon check out. The staff said hello when they passed us, but nothing extra. B&B's are usually over the top in service, and this was not. No offers to assist us with dinner or activities suggestions, which is just unusual. No hairdryer, but no electrical outlet capable of handling a hairdryer either.

Room Tip: Don't pick #2! Pick #3, or call and ask which rooms have been updated.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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Madrid, Spain
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180 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2012

We stayed here only because we were staying in Fort Lauderdale during a huge cruise departure weekend and everywhere we asked requested 4/5 night stays.
This place was available, not outrageously expensive and it looked nice. And it was indeed a very nice place. We loved it there, relaxing by the pool, drinking teas from the free breakfast (ok, the breakfast was very basic with milk, coffe and tea and bagels end of story... but it was ok!) it was all very nice.
Our room was large enough to fit our suitcases and the closet was of decent size. The bathroom was basic but clean and easy to use.
The bed was comfy and I slept very well (apart from the jetlag issue).
A van hanging from the ceiling did the trick and the aircon could be adjusted to any temperature from nice to downright freezing cold so... aircon REALLY did function not like in other hotels where it takes forever to cool the room.
The location was awesome. Next to Sebastian St Beach, a starbucks, the malls and a 7 USD ride from Wilton Manors.
Check out was a breeze!
What can I say... I would definitely repeat! And I am actually booking my next stay there!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2012

I booked the hotel and turned out I was not be able to go there. I cancelled over a month ahead, though they charged me $50 cancellation fee. There was no cancellation policy explained to me what so ever when I booked the hotel over the phone. They promised to send me a booking confirmation via email, but never came. Their service is terrible i'd have to say and Never again!!!

  • Stayed March 2011
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank hrktdn
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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27 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2012

Greeted by the front desk as family.
Our room was quaint complete with kitchenette. The room was clean and comfortable. There is a continental breakfast available daily from 8 - 10.
aLa Casa del Mar is located 2 blocks from the beach and 1 block from A1A and have ample parking.

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Wizard113
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Brooklyn, New York
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19 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2012

I've had the pleasure of staying at La Casa for 9 days over the holiday season and cannot say enough.. From the wonderful staff, to the room, free wifi, parking and breakfast. The outdoor washer and dryer. La Casa had everything I ever wanted and the relaxed atmosphere of it all. My husband and I even BBQ'd at La Casa's sister hotel next door on the roof top. My husband Carmelo and I can't wait to come back.

The location is so perfect you think your in heaven, pool at your feet, walk out to the right is the intercoastal to the left is the magnificent beach in beautiful Ft. Lauderdale.

Cheryl and staff, THANK YOU.

CONCETTA & CARMELO

Room Tip: We had a lovely sunny room on both sides, love seat, kitchen and table and chairs, along with an out...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank carcon324
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2012

Came over from Tampa with another couple on New Year's Eve for 2 nights.

We stayed in room 13. The bathroom is tiny and the decorations are minimal. Just an average room.

Before our arrival, I called to ask about NYE suggestions within walking distance. The first guy mentioned Wilton Manors which was 6 miles away. I tried again the next day and a different person mentioned two restaurants but said he didn't know their pricing. So we pretty much were on our own with those plans.

This is not a B & B. The breakfast consisted of pre-packaged bagels and cream cheese. By 9:30, the orange juice was gone. It was placed in a hallway.

The location as everyone has stated is awesome. One block from the beach, and you can catch the water taxi over to Los Olas at the end of Seville St, a couple blocks away.

Upon arrival our toilet did not flush. We let the front desk know the following morning. The gentleman went up to the room and dropped the top of the toilet and broke part of the base of the sink. He said the problem was fixed but we could move rooms if we wanted. I asked if we could wait and decide and he said he would leave a note for the afternoon person. We got back from South Beach just after 5 and the afternoon person was gone. We went to our room and the toilet still didn't flush. We called the emergency number and they brought a key to another room and left it on the door while we had dinner. So late that night we switched to a room to with a working toilet.

The next morning upon checkout, we found our credit card had already been charged. There was no offer of a discount for having to move our rooms late at night on our own.

Overall, other than the location, it was barely average and certainly was not a B & B. The price is a good value, because of the location, just don't expect a lot of friendly and personal service.

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank dwhitman32
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Zurich, Switzerland
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2011

I am from Switzerland and discovered this "jewel" in Ft Lauderdale thanks to a friend of mine. It is a truly exceptional hotel: a unique atmosphere makes you feel as if you were a part of a family; the nicest and always ready to help personnel at the reception as well as cleaning services; clean; offering variety of facilities (e.g. rooms with or without kitchen); two swimming pools where you can enjoy cool music. The hotel is conveniently located just a couple of steps from the beach and near a smaller shopping centre. By car you can get within 10-15 mins to big shopping centers, fitness centre and and and... My favorite place in FL. Would recommend to those traveling solo or with families. I will definitely come back to this hotel!!!

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank AnnaZH
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Additional Information about La Casa Del Mar

Property: La Casa Del Mar
Address: 3003 Granada Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305
Region: United States > Florida > Broward County > Fort Lauderdale
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 23 B&Bs / Inns in Fort Lauderdale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — La Casa Del Mar 2.5*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to La Casa del Mar: a charming Spanish-Mediterranean style accommodation located on Fort Lauderdale Beach, the "Venice of America", where you can enjoy the sub-tropical climate, ocean, beach, sun and fun! La Casa Del Mar is situated in a charming, two-story Mediterranean villa, built early in this century by the famous architect William Vaughn for the Francis Colter family who resided there until it became a small hotel in the 1950s. ... more   less 
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