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The Bridge at Cordova Boutique Hotel
Whitby
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3 reviews
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“Terrible start to our vacation.”
Reviewed 15 August 2014

Some people say "you get what you pay for", but even for $100 per night I expect to get a room which is clean, comfortable and safe. Instead, we got a room with no deadbolt, and even the basic door lock did not work. Instead, we got a room with broken tiles in the shower, rust in the tub and a toilet that did not flush. Instead, we got a bed that was on a slant, and sheers over the large windows that did absolutely nothing to keep out the glare of 350 watt red spotlights pointing into the room from outside. Instead we got table lamps that did not work, broken wall receptacles and cobwebs on the ceiling. All this after waiting over an hour at the airport for our "courtesy shuttle". Managements answer to our complaints: "we are a small family run operation,,,blah blah blah". I would be ashamed and embarrassed if this were my motel to put anybody in these rooms and charge money for it. We didn't even stay the night, opting to spend another $149 and stay at the luxury of the Hyatt Place just down the street. You have been warned...stay here at your peril. Yes this place is as bad as the bad reviews suggest.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 May 2014

This is not your typical hotel but we were comfortable and well cared for. We stayed pre and post cruise. The shuttle service to the airport was good. The shuttle driver was very friendly and helpful. The rooms do need some updating but overall were pretty clean. This hotel does not offer the usual bathroom amenities like shampoo/conditioner but for the price we felt it was a good value. We enjoyed visiting with other guests out by the pool and at breakfast. People would actually stop and visit like we all knew each other. I thought the location was safe. Many shopping and eating opportunities within easy walking distance. Please be aware this is not your typical hotel so I understand why some may give poor reviews. However we felt this was worth our money and would stay here again.

Room Tip: Rooms in the back are probably better then the ones in the front.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Fort Myers, Florida
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

I have stayed here several times in the last 10 years. It used to be only seafaring mariner's, primarily crew housing and yatch captains and engineers. The back (private) rooms are still nice and private, They feature a fenced mini courtyard and a lot of tropical plants. Most of the kitchenettes are gone. The shared rooms are the best prices in Fort Lauderdale. And a great location. There is a Winn Dixie 2 blocks away and Publix 6 blocks away. They have grills and usually is a fun place to be. The Quarterdeck and South Port Raw Bar are 2 blocks away. The pool is the main focus and everyone shows up for morning coffee and evening grilling and pool activity when warm. My last stay was most of January and begging February 2014. They were booked solid on Fridays and Saturdays, however still gave me the weekly rate adding days to the next week. This was very good of them:) I did find housing on those days so it all worked out. I look forward to staying again. P.S. This is a very International hotel, nice people and the younger guest go out of their way to show respect and manners to the seniors, Nice to see.

Room Tip: The Captains Quarters are very private in the back. Cost about $90 a night $390 weekly ball park...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
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Macomb, Michigan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 May 2014

absolutely horrible. VERY unsafe area, not clean. management is not willing to help with refund. We did not even stay the night and we were told there were no refunds. Door to room had been previously kicked in and was not secure. filthy filthy filthy!!!!!! do NOT even waste your time or money.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 May 2014

I wish I could rate this hotel with less than 1 star. The pictures in the web are not even close to reality. For a $100 you can get something much better. The place id dirty. The water heater was inside the closet and had lots of spiral webs. On top of the air conditioning there were spiral webs. The place was a trash can, I didn't open the suitcases afraid of catching anything. The baseboard was separated from the floor. Breakfast was toast or cereal, and some bananas. Stay away.

Room Tip: There is no way you can choose a good room They have a banner that says " We don't have sta...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Weaverville, California
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Reviewed 25 April 2014

We spent nights at Bridge at Cordova while we were cruising from Ft. Lauderdale in Jan/Feb 2014. The owner and hotel staff were very pleasant. We had to send a letter and the staff took it to a post office! And on once cruise we walked off with the hotel keys. We call the hotel and they said keep them til we returned in a week. Now that's special. Our room was adequate and comfortable. Our only suggestion is that all hotel room doors get a deadlock installed that can be locked from the outside. We will stay at this hotel again.

Room Tip: We stayed in a room in the rear of the hotel that was quiet and had no street noise.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Newport Beach, California
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2014

This hotel was really run down. I can see how it used to be funky, but this was not funny anymore. The one good thing in our room was the bathroom: it was clean and shiny and newish. But the door to the room was crooked and had gaps. The windows were old fashioned glass shutters and could not keep the noise or the heat out. The fridge was dirty. There was only 1/2 roll of toilet paper. There was not 1 paper cup provided. When my husband tried to open the curtains the rod came down, and the curtains. With the curtains down you could see how dirty the window sill was. The bed felt good, and didn't seem dirty. But the sheets were worn. Breakfast was decent enough, but it would have been nice had they cleaned out the ashtrays, now soaked in the rain from last night: gross.

Room Tip: there are some rooms in the back, off of the main building: those might be better, or at least cozie...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Property: The Bridge at Cordova Boutique Hotel
Address: 1441 Cordova Rd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Region: United States > Florida > Broward County > Fort Lauderdale
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 34 Speciality Lodging in Fort Lauderdale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Bridge at Cordova Boutique Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Key West experience in Ft Lauderdale.We weekly cater dozens of people coming to the convention center only 8 minutes walking away and people using Port Everglades on their way to cruises who use our property as a bridge; The rooms are spacious with their own bathroom, kitchenette, patio, plasma TV and on top of that breakfast and transportation included. Were are a family small budget hotel with 22 suites with jacuzzi surrounded by 40 restaurants, convenience stores, water taxi, shopping center, all walking distance. The beach is only 8 minutes away by bus, plenty of transportation. Port Everglades is only 4 minutes away and there is a fee of $6.00 per person. It will be a pleasure to prove my word as owner of this property. ... more   less 
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