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La Casa Hotel
Reviewed 12 July 2006

Summer is the slow season for the hotel and so this review may be a bit skewed. The positives are the location (very close to the beach), the pool, the friendliness of the staff and the room amenities (Avena). Some of the negatives however, rate this as an average boutique gay hotel: the constant visuals/noise of staff running between cleaning rooms, retentive tidying, landscape maintenance, mosquitos prevalent mid-morning and at dusk (need controlled), and breakfast/coffee between 8 and 9am -- definitely not what one would consider amenable to sleeping in.

  • Stayed: July 2006
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Reviewed 10 April 2006

My partner and I weren't specifically looking for a "gay" hotel, but settled on Flamingo based on the Trip Advisor reviews and process of elimination. We're more than happy we did!....

Inn Amongst The Flowers is amongst a rather dreary looking crop of dwellings on Terramar Blvd, many of which had rainbow flags prominently displayed, so we didn't feel too uncomfortable after our 20-minute/ $17 cab ride from the airport. Flamingo is about 4 blocks from A1A which runs parallel to the ocean, and the "Boy Beach" is actually another 10 minute walk or so, a little further than another review claimed. At the corner of Terramar is the Atlantic Hotel, whose restaurant, Trina, is lovely, but ridiculously overpriced, even for Manhattanites like us who are used to steep prices. $32 for unadorned sea bass? Please! However, one block away is The Deck, a perfectly adequate spot for lunch or a casual dinner featuring burgers, sandwiches, pastas, etc. Other than that, it's about a 15 minute walk in either direction for other dining choices. Renting a car seems to be the way to go at Flamingo with apparently adequate parking available. Taxi prices to more bustling nightlife, i.e. the gay-centric Wilton Manors, can run $16 each way. Same price for seaside restaurants Charley's Krab and Blue Moon Fish Co.--the latter especially recommended!

Back to Flamingo...we were greeted warmly by Dennis; our bags were in our room by the time we finished checking in with James, one of the friendliest concierges we have ever encountered. Walking to our room, we were struck by the abundant, colorful foliage of all kinds secluding the pool area from the outside world--a good thing since the resort is clothing optional. However, during our 5 day stay, most of the nudity was confined to inside the pool itself, with the occasional naked sun-bather in all his glory (or lack of it). Either way was fine. The pool water was unusually warm, very clean, with two yellow floating devices that matched the plentiful yellow lounge chairs adorning the property. It almost seemed like there were too many chairs at times, giving an unecessarily cramped feel to the area, but better too many than too little. And there was never, ever a lack of clean towels to use. During our stay in early April, full sun was available from 11:30am on. But sojourns to the beach were all the more pleasant thanks to the complimentary beach bag stuffed with 2 towels--more yellow.

The room itself--#210-- was quite nice. Certainly clean enough, except for the stained toilet bowl. ouch. Our room was the mirror image of the posted photo in the Trip Advisor website (#209), ample light from the windows, with blinds that allowed for pitch darkness at night. CD player, DVD/VHS unit, iron, alarm clock, refrigerator, safe, reading material, ceiling fan--all there. So was the turndown service with chocolates!

Noise level--excellent! Apparently there were some midnight pool "parites"--never heard a peep! During the day, the new age or Sirius Satellite "Chill" channel was set at just the right volume, providing atomosphere but not distraction for those wishing a quiet read and able to be totally blocked out with an Ipod if so desired. Overall, a very relaxing environment.

The music switched to more danceable tracks during the 5:30-6:30 cocktail hour. A great time to meet and schmooze with the other guests, a mix of singles and couples, age range average 40-60 while we were there. A pretty full bar, drinks happily served by the aforementioned James or equally delightful Jared with frequent visits by friendly co-owners Chip and Ray. Munchies were peanuts and pretzels.

Speaking of food, the breakfast available from 8:30-11am featured an assortment of cereals & fruit, bagels, muffins, toast, juices, teas and coffee. No need to go out. Newspapers from NY and Florida were available as well. Afternoons, a pitcher of iced tea and cookies were set out.

There were spa services available. Massage therapist Maurecio, a totally professional cutie, gave me the most spectacular reflexology treatment I have ever had! My only complaint was that the location was behind the hotel office and the noise from the airconditioner unit was a bit offputting, as was the ceiling of the canopy which was a bit stained.

If you're looking for Fort Lauderdale's answer to Fire Island, try elsewhere, like the establishment up the block that featured a thumping disco beat nearly every time I trekked to the beach. But if you're looking for a clean, quieter, sedate vibe, Flamingo Inn Amongst The Flowers is the place for you. We'll be back.

  • Stayed: April 2006
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Reviewed 5 February 2006

Had a great stay at the Flamingo. Staff were helpful and welcoming; Offered excellent suggestions for restaurants and nightlife/clubs. Guests mostly established couples 30 plus years old. Quiet and relaxing retreat. Nightly complimentary cocktail hour was a great way to meet and greet. Daily continental breakfast. Location is a mere 3 blocks to the beach and 7-10 minute walk to the gay beach (Sebastian Street) and they provide beach bags with towels and lotion. Heated pool with good sun exposure. Lush landscaping with fountains. Relaxing lounge chairs and soothing background music. Library with various books and videos (contemporary and adult) are complimentary to use. The room had soothing British Colonial decor with dressing area, wet bar and lounge chair, sofa and desk. Complimentary wireless service for your laptop. The only minor complaint may be somewhat worn carpet in the room and basic bathroom. There are several other gay guest houses in 1-2 block vicinity to the Flamingo. The Flamingo was the nicest for luxury and sedate atmosphere.

  • Stayed: January 2006
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Reviewed 26 October 2005

Stayed here for three nights in October - wonderful place! Immaculate, intimate and fun. Nice owners and clientele. Met many interesting and friendly people. Enjoyed the breakfast and cocktail hour.

The rooms were amazing - beautifully decorated and filled with photos, art and "designer" furniture, way above standard B & B furnishings. My room opened to a central courtyard with pool, fountain and chaise longues.

The location is convenient too, short walk to the beach and restaurants and shops. This is now my home base in Ft. Lauderdale!

  • Stayed: October 2005
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Reviewed 23 October 2005

This hotel is just as beautiful as the pictures on their website. Service was great! Rooms were amazing, and I really liked the daily happy hour. They had a full bar which is a nice touch compared to beer and wine at other places I've stayed.

This truly is a 5 star hotel. I have never been to a gay resort with such attention to detail. I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Fort Lauderdale.

  • Stayed: October 2005
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Reviewed 16 August 2005

My partner and I enjoyed a nice long weekend in Fort Lauderdale during the heat of August, and one of the highlights was the Flamingo Inn Amongst the Flowers.
The Inn is in a great location. We were close to the beach---but with no traffic noise. We were close to shopping, restaurants, and other events we had planned for the weekend.
We found the Inn to be elegant, tasteful, clean, and a refuge from the world. We found the owners and staff to be friendly, helpful, welcoming and genuine.
While I would love to keep The Flamingo Inn Amongst the Flowers a secret---so that there is always room for me when I visit again---it is just too special of a place for that (even though I CAN be selfish).
I sincerely recommend this place for men who are looking to relax, be pampered, and to enjoy an elegant escape from the world.

  • Stayed: August 2005
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Reviewed 6 July 2005

This gay resort is an outstanding establishment. The rooms are extremely clean and furnished beautifully. The grounds are well kept and very attractive. The staff is ready to help yet never "under foot". Has to be one of the best gay resorts anywhere!

  • Stayed: July 2004
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Address: 2727 Terramar St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304-3906 (Formerly The Flamingo Inn Amongst the Flowers)
Region: United States > Florida > Broward County > Fort Lauderdale > Central Beach
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 35 Speciality Lodging in Fort Lauderdale
Price Range: £79 - £176 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — La Casa Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to La Casa, a charming boutique hotel located in the heart of North Beach Village. Surrounded by lush tropical landscapes, this 15 unit hotel is the ideal place for a quiet and relaxing holiday. With a variety of room types, including one bedroom apartments, we can easily accommodate both long and short term stays. Relax by the pools or enjoy a dip in the ocean, just five minutes away. Guests staying in any North Beach Village hotel are able to take advantage of all of the amenities in the village. Dine in casual elegance at the Village Cafe, spoil yourself at the Village Spa or keep fit and healthy with our health and fitness options, including Village Yoga. Imagine enjoying all of this without ever having to get out of your beach attire! Warmth and hospitality await you at La Casa. Give us a call today and let us help book your perfect visit. ... more   less 
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