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Any info on the Avalon Waterfront Inns?

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Any info on the Avalon Waterfront Inns?

I've never been to Fort Lauderdale and I'm trying to plan a girls weekend at a reasonable price near the beach. Avalon Waterfront Inns appears to be decent, however the reviews vary a lot. Does anyone have any additional feedback?

Also, does anyone know if there is still a lot of hurricane damage to this hotel or the beach across the street?

Thanks!!

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1. Re: Any info on the Avalon Waterfront Inns?

I stayed at the Avalon Waterfront Inn April of 2004. After the initial shock of rooms dated in style, we really liked the hotel. The room was clean, staff friendly, pool was nice. I have booked a room for April 2006.

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Thanks, hickorytraveler. It's good to hear the rooms were clean -- others have complained about gross bathrooms, and I was hoping they were just being overly picky.

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We just returned from this place,if I were you I would cancel my reservations asap

Did not get our room till 4:30 PM

no hot water

The list could go on & on

The beach is right across the street.

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4. Re: Any info on the Avalon Waterfront Inns?

Monty62, let's just hope Roz reads this before he/she leaves.

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As a local, I would guess the recent negative review is much more accurate than what the gentleman remembers from some time ago. It certainly doesn't appeal to me from the street.

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Is it really that bad??? We don't want anything fancy....we're women in our late 20s, so something horribly gross would be bad, but we are on a budget. If this place really is that bad, do you by any chance have any suggestions for a better place to stay in a similar price range?

Thanks!! Roz

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7. Re: Any info on the Avalon Waterfront Inns?

Roz, I hate to criticize a place and not offer alternatives so I'll be as up front as I can. You didn't say when you are planning to come, so I arbitrarily put in three days in late March ( about 2 weeks from today) and it seems a room at the Avalon would be "under $200 dollars." Frankly, under $200 and right on the beach is usually a sign of a less than nice spot. Some of the other hotels on the beach offering a similar rate are the Days Inn Bahia Cabana, the Tropic Cay, and the Sea Club. If you check the reviews for those you will basically find them described as "dumps" that cater to Spring Break partiers- who frequently trash the rooms- and then the establishment doesn't fix them up , continuing to rent them to college types, who sneak extra kids up the fire escape etc. I fear the Avalon is pretty much like that, possibly only slightly better.

The problem is that most even semi decent hotels right on the beach are going to usually run at least $250 or so, at least until the tourist season and the cruise ship occupiers leave in the later spring.

I could only find two beach front places that might be "ok"- the Best Western Oceanside and the Holiday Inn on the Beach at Sunrise and A1A. Neither gets glowing reviews but they are a little better than the others. One reviewer mentions that there are tattoo parlors and "porn shops" near the Holiday Inn- there are some tattoo parlors and I think a store that sells "adult toys" but the area is not really unsavory. I'm sure some of the rooms are shabbier than others. The Best Western is tucked right on the beach next to the Sheraton Yankee Clipper, which keeps them from having the best beach access. I'm sure some of their rooms are shabby as well, but I suspect they are better than the Avalon. Both of these are listed as "under $200" on one website- they may be closer to that $200 than some others. Off the beach about a block or two is a little local place called the Tropi- Rock that is rated on the top 10 by TA users. Most folks love it and the posted rates there are well under $200- you would have to walk about 2 blocks to the beach. It may also be impossible to get a room there, because folks have discovered that the rooms are old but very clean and the folks who run it are lovely. If it were me I would prefer the Best Western Oceanside , Holiday Inn or Tropi-Rock to the Avalon. No one has a crystal ball to know which room you would get in any hotel and how nice it would be- I'm just a bit leary of the Avalon based on reviews here and driving by- it looks shabbier than the website and some of the folks hanging around the porch area made me wonder.

Good luck whatever you decide. Ft. Lauderdale Beach is no longer a bargain vacation spot- the Mayor was recently "quoted" as telling someone that folks who can't afford expensive hotels should stay off the beach and take a bus to it- I'd like to think he didn't really say that but if he did he's being pretty honest.

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8. Re: Any info on the Avalon Waterfront Inns?

You might find this recent local news story interesting and informative:

Rising cost of hotels, food a buzz kill for Spring Breakers

By Jamie Malernee

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Posted March 5 2006

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Those few college students in town the first week of March -- and there weren't many -- were impressed by the snazzy buildings, but they've had to get creative to afford the area's high prices.

A group from Furman University in South Carolina said they had lived off $2 pizza all week -- even a local Mexican restaurant was too pricey -- and flocked to the few businesses that still openly vie for their business and offer free drinks, like Crazy Louie's, located on top of Beach Place.

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Another tactic: Lying to hotel management about the number of people in their $216-a-night hotel rooms at the Sea Club Resort and using the fire escape to go in an out without being seen.

"If all our options are [hotels like] Trump Tower, we won't be able to afford it," shrugged Furman University student Paige Callahan, 19.

The irony, says Paul Flanigan, owner of the casual beach restaurant Quarterdeck, is that despite higher hotel prices and higher ambitions for the area, the beach area doesn't look snazzy yet. With all the steel, dust and piles of demolition detritus, it's like an awkward teenager with braces. The air is filled with the sound of pounding waves -- and jackhammers. Other stores sit empty and scruffy-looking, waiting silently for the wrecking ball.

"The [older] tourists are saying it looks like crap," he said. "You have from the Elbo Room to Spazios, that whole block is basically boarded up -- and that's the heart of the beach! The sense I get from the people is, `What happened?'''

Flanigan isn't too worried, however, saying appearances will have to change soon because of economic forces.

"If the land is worth $3 million, you can't sell $5 hamburgers," he said, seeing the change as a good one. "When you have friends coming into town, you don't take them to the beach, you take them to Las Olas, and it really should be the opposite."

Dean Goodwin, national director of sales for Student Travel Services, a travel company specializing in Spring Break trips, said that if Spring Breakers want to spend a lot of money, they'll bypass Fort Lauderdale for the glamour of South Beach. In most cases, however, he said today's generation of college students prefer places like Cancun or Jamaica, where they can get cheap package deals that include hotel, meals and parties -- and where they don't have to worry about drinking laws.

"Fort Lauderdale," he said, "is where their parents went."