We chose to stay at Tranquilo for seven days before starting a cruise. Other hotels suggested by our travel agent were rejected when I found this hotel on Trip Advisor and it had much better ratings.
Hardly a five minute walk from the "north beach" and part of the North Beach Village Resort it turned out to be a good choice. A car is a must as there are very few restaurants / grocery stores close by. There is a local restaurant and a place that serves breakfast a few blocks away. The busy shopping / eating area on the beach is about a 30 minute walk and chain restaurants (Olive Garden) about half an hour drive.
Our room (101) was across the road from the main office section. As there were just two of us and we planned to eat our suppers out we chose the "Studio with queen" considering the price, the lovely internet pictures, and the fact it had a fridge and microwave. Our only real mistake at Tranquilo as the microwave and fridge are stuck in a "closet" with the safe and your clothes. We ended up preparing food in the bathroom. There was no real eating area and no plates or cutlery provided? The long table along the one wall was the only place to put our travel bags. On having a quick peak at some of the other lovely rooms with full kitchens, couches, etc., we asked to upgrade but were told they were fully booked. On checking out I was advised that we should have asked for a room in the main section as they were newer and all larger.
Our room (and I assume all rooms in the older complex across the road) had a mouldy smell and a dehumidifier was in the room. When started the humidity was 90+ % but after running a few hours the smell subsided and a reading of 60% was achieved. This process was required each day. These are old buildings that have been renovated quite recently and construction was still in progress in adjoining rooms which was annoying at times.
Tranquilo has three pools with the better two (less wind and more private) by the office. The one across the road does not get sun and is very noisy due to road traffic.
The staff was very efficient and friendly. They went out of their way to help with minor issues and make a computer available when required. Free WiFi worked great. There was not a phone in the room which was a disadvantage.
Laundry facilities were a benefit as there was nothing local and really helped us get on the ship with clean clothes.
They have recently started a "shuttle" service that should make it a little easier for those not having a car to get to the hotel and some local areas.
Traffic on the beach and in Fort Lauderdale is very hectic. A GPS is a must to locate your destination and stay in the right lane. When renting a car please consider the option to insure against "uninsured drivers". My investigation found that one in four or five do not have adequate insurance in Florida??
Some minor annoyances were lack of hot water and pressure, could not find clean pool towels, large paper cups only.
Do not pick a room close to the main street or dumpster (ask for a middle room if needed),
Fort Lauderdale by the beach is quite expensive. We found Tranquilo to be quite reasonably priced and now know what to choose for a room if we return. If it was not for our "cramped" room I would have given it a five star rating.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Most everyone dreams of escaping to the tropics. Is it that we wish to let go of stress, feel warm and renewed? Do we desire to strengthen family bonds with laughter and eye-opening discoveries? Sunny Fort Lauderdale is legendary for fulfilling these universal instincts and known for inspirational beaches, chic shops, nightlife, kid-centric entertainment and cherished family locales like North Beach Village's highly rated boutique hotel - Tranquilo. Highly rated and low rates helps us create a remarkable value. Our nearness to sandy beaches you can walk to in 3-minutes and lush tranquil ambiance with soaring palms and heated turquoise pools is what helps us stand out. It's our concierge-like hospitality that's the essence of Tranquilo's mystique and success. Guests love picnicking on sun-kissed beaches, taking water taxis to watersport thrills, cool shops and hot nightlife, but appreciate coming back to Tranquilo - where our outstanding hospitality adds up to an affordable and memorable getaway!Tranquilo's 64-rooms are "modern with a sleek décor," stylishly refurbished with flat screens, refrigerators, microwaves. Wi-Fi and smiles are complimentary. Resort fees are forbidden. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sea Gate Beach Hotel Fort Lauderdale
- Sea Gate Beach Motel