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The Merriweather Resort
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
26 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Weird little place”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2010

The first impression you get from this hotel is that it is incredibly worn-out, and as we know, first impressions are usually right. Situated right between huge, beautiful and classy hotels Merryweather looks like a thorn in the eye. The pool was small and incredible boring, the staff was no where to be found and our air condition was broken and no one came to fix it. There were cockroaches in our room and the sofa-bed was not particularly easy to pull out.

However, not everything is bad about this hotel. The location is amazing! It is right next to an amazing beach and if you're lucky you get to see sea turtles laying their eggs. Furthermore the rooms were usually cleaned every day and the bed in the actual bedroom was really comfortable.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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mid-west
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2009

This is a great spot on the fading Ft. Lauderdale Beach, as it gives way to multi-millionares, and fewer middle class folks. Unusual to find a spot friendly to pets, and children which makes an interesting combination. However, beware of the fickle nature of the manager. Do not trust what she promises, or how nice she initially presents herself. She cannot be trusted for a second.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled on business
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2 Thank merriowner
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Spartanburg, SC
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2009

We have stayed here since 1970, but now we find that there is no guidence as to availability of rooms. (------------)

  • Stayed January 2006, travelled as a couple
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Thank Spartanburg_SCSwifty
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Buenos Aires
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2009

I asked the hotel if they could receive some mail prior to my parents' stay in Sep-2008. Being frequent customers they agreed to do so. After my parents had to cancel their visit due to a serious (and luckily solved) health issue, I notified the hotel and asked them to keep the package until further instructions. Once again, they agreed to do so.
My parents finally traveled to Ft. Lauderdale in Jan-2009 and were unpleasantly surprised to hear from the hotel manager (a character named Mary Joe who they used to like) that she had given away our packages to a maid who no longer worked there. Being 75 years-old and not very fluent in English my parents had no choice but to put up with Mary Joe's sarcasm,
When they got back to Argentina and let me know the news I immediately called the hotel. Mary Joe complained that we had taken advantage of her by making her hold the pacakges for over 5 months (she had told my parents that she had disposed them after 30 days !!!!) and that she had given them to someone in need (I do charity on a regular basis WITH MY OWN MONEY).
She would not answer why she neither contacted us before getting rid of our things nor returned them to the sender. She would also refuse to compensate me for the cost of the goods, and was nasty enough to accuse me of not taking adequate care of our handicapped daughter (who she knows well after several stays).
It is a real pity because the place is great. Hope they get rid of the thief so we can once again enjoy it.

  • Disliked — Mary Joe, the manager
  • Stayed January 2009
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3 Thank MaEugenia
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Darmstadt
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20 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2008

We have stayed twice at the Merriweather Resort. The first time we found this nice small resort just by accident and loved it so much that we came for a second stay a year later.

If you like small resorts with a personal touch more than the stereotypic chains then this is your cup of tea.

The apartments are really huge and very clean. It is not new but it is very clean (I think they clean the resort twice a day or so) and the atmosphere is so nice and personal. The staff is always very helpful and the location is unbeatable. Its on the tiny stretch in Ft.Lauderdale where you have restaurants and bars directly on the beach without the need to drive by car to get somewhere.

Next time we're in Ft-Lauderdale we will stay there again.

  • Stayed November 2007, travelled with family
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4 Thank Darmstadt98
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Maryland
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19 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2008

I gotta agree w/ the one star rating from NJ. RCI should really be ashamed having this listed as a timeshare resort. This place reminds me of a Super 8 or Motel 6 w/ a kitchen combo. The back alley sign is really hard to find this place. The pool is so small reminds me of something someone would have in their yard circa early 90s/ late 80s. And the parking lot reminds me of sardines in a can.

The kicker was when my fiance and his father went to try and check in and saw 3 Rotts in the lobby area w/ food and dishes around them it just looked very unsanitary. And I'm a pet owner and lover but this place is a dump, I wouldn't even bring my own 2 dogs here.

Fiance's father wasn't having it. We NEVER checked it, and he called RCI let them know he wasn't pleased and we were bumped up/ into Palm Beach Shores and had a really nice stay .

Only plus about this place is the beach across the street (and good luck crossing b/c it is a very busy street!

  • Liked — Nothing
  • Disliked — Everything
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with family
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philadelphia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2008

My name is swede from Philadelphia Pa. this is about the six time I've stayed here; I found my stay to be a total joy! The view and location is perfect. Everything that I needed was tended too. Kept very clean and they were mindful around my activities. The women running the Merriweather Mary-Jo I think, was fantastic to deal with reservations, stay and knowledge of the area-everything.

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  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with family
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2 Thank PhiladelphiaSwedenuk
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Property: The Merriweather Resort
Address: 115 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304-4310
Region: United States > Florida > Broward County > Fort Lauderdale > Central Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 33 Speciality Lodging in Fort Lauderdale
Hotel Class:3 star — The Merriweather Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 24
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 
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