The best thing about the Merriweather is that it is steps from the beach and the units have fully equipped kitchens. The staff is very friendly, and there are beach chairs, umbrellas, beach towels, beach toys, and sun lotions available for use. There are also books to borrow and free WI-FI. Now, having said that, I must say that this is in no way a "resort". It is an older motel / apartment building. Other than a small swimming pool, it doesn't have any of the typical resort amenities. It does NOT have: restaurant/bars, spa, exercise room, elevators, shampoo, etc. in the room, hair dryers, laundry facility, beautiful grounds, etc. The rooms are modest and in dire need of updating - the bathroom in particular. The bathroom light was rusty, the cabinet was chipped, the sink was worn, and the glass shower door was moldy. The unit was relatively clean except for a few stray hairs and a potato chip left over from a previous guest. Rooms have few windows, therefore they are dark. A large window looks unto the common walkway, so shades have to be closed or everybody walking by can look right into your unit. We missed having a personal balcony or area to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning in private. The bed was comfortable (foam top mattress), but our room was noisy with street sounds. The Merriweather is wedged between two busy streets, and cars and stereos could be heard very late into the night. There was also some loud hammering early one morning in one of the nearby units. Because the Merriweather is small, we found the office closed a couple of times when we needed to get beach towels, etc. The Merriweather is adequate if you know what to expect, just don't expect a Resort. Be aware also that the beach directly in front is a popular gay beach and it gets crowded.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the heart of beautiful Fort Lauderdale Beach where everything from a swim in the sea to an adventure in the Everglades are at your fingertips. The hotel is located just blocks north of the famed Las Olas Boulevard where exciting nightlife, eclectic shops and fantastic dining are plentiful. We pride ourselves in our cozy home away from home atmosphere. Whether you are a family with children, traveling for business, or just looking to relax, you will feel as though you are at your second home at the beach. We offer free Wi-Fi, daily housekeeping, and a full kitchen in every room. We are confident that you will enjoy our little piece of paradise for your next trip to Fort Lauderdale! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Merriweather Hotel Fort Lauderdale