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“First Rate!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Grand Resort and Spa

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The Grand Resort and Spa
Certificate of Excellence
New Hope, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“First Rate!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2013

The Grand is a good example of how far gay resorts have come since the days of second-class accommodations. Staying at the Grand is a first-rate experience, thanks in large part to the friendly and attentive staff. The resort is very well located if you choose to be at the beach (and why wouldn't you?), and is clean, comfortable and a good value. We send special thanks to Herb, who took care of a potential glitch in a very classy way. Well done. We will stay here again....

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Manchester, UK
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101 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2013

My first visit to Fort Lauderdale, and I split my stay between The Grand Resort, and the Royal Palms.
Arrived late and checked in with Jim, who escorted me to the room, followed by an extensive tour of all the facilities. I had booked a courtyard room- but Herb had upgraded me to a poolside room, and very nice it was too.
Stylish, comfortable,spotlessly clean, mini kitchen, coffee maker, iron, microwave, safe, TV air con, CD / DVD, ceiling fan, everything you could possibly need.
The rooms either side were occupied, but I never heard a thing. Pool towels laid out every morning on all chairs and ample supplies all around.
The rooms have a reasonably priced mini bar, as sadly there is no bar in the complex, so the place does not have a focal point, and at times can appear souless. Maybe a daily happy hour would help?
All he staff were great, but seem to only speak when spoken to.
Used the Spa facilities too, which was very nice and professional.

Two distinct areas, poolside and courtyard, the latter being clothing optional - although when I was there that facility didn't seem to be popular.

Pretty good complimentary breakfast too - juices, tea / coffee, pastries, cerials, fruit and yoghurts.

Got the impression the resort is more "comfortable" with older couples rather than young singles.
Fort Lauderdale is pricey this time of year, but Grand Resort was competitive and much cheaper than Royal Palms, which I found a bit "scruffy" in comparison to Grand Resort.
Would I stay here again ? Most definetly.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Narrabeam
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New Jersey
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95 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2013

Always a wonderful time at The Grand Resort. Been going for years and each visit is special. Herb, who manages the resort, is always updating, improving, changing, adding something to enhance your stay. And JD, manager of the Spa, has a facility and staff that are over the top wonderful. With Herb and JD, you are guaranteed to have a great time at The Grand.

Room Tip: All rooms are wonderful. We have staying in single rooms, large single, one bedroom suites and even...
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank zack477
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2013

We had a Grand stay for 5 nights mid Feb including spa treatments which made the vacation even more relaxing than normal and will return.

The Stay - Arrival - very clean and well presented resort behind the wall you can feel your tension melt. Check in was easy then we were whisked off to our pool view room on the 2nd floor. Note - no tour was offered or given of the resort as mentioned in previous postings. We had booked the 5 night spa package and there was some sparkling wine ready chilled in the room waiting.

The room was clean - very modern lines with everything you need in a good hotel room - walk in shower - good soaps - small fridge - stereo system - large walk in closet - bed comfort was ok - with good linen - plenty of pillows. One small issue we had was the size of our TV although flat screen it could have been larger < it may have been a 23 in >. We checked out some of the other rooms and they had larger TVs - so maybe that is being worked on but was mentioned to the staff.

Resort - split into two defined areas - front is by the main pool with rooms on two levels with pool views. The main office, breakfast room, gym and sun deck are located in this part of the property. This area has an open feel which we loved. Behind that is another building with three levels - these are the courtyard rooms - by the hot tub - fountain and this is also where the Spa is located. It feels more private and enclosed than up front but not our style. Two resorts in one :-)

Breakfast - is a fairly good - coffee is great - juices available also - food has to be of the pre packed variety as I dont think FL law allows it not to be unless a food license if in place. The selections of food - cereals - yogurt - bagels - cream cheese - muffins - danish - boiled eggs and some fresh fruit. It was relaxing eating out by the pool in the morning.

Happy hour on Thu - Fri and Sat evenings include wine and some light snacks.

The Spa - fantastic and professional. I had a body scrub and massage which was out of this world by Richard who has very talented hands and is a handsome bear. A facial done by Trent who is a part time entertainer oand took the facial to a higher more relaxing level. Ultimate professional team lead by JD.

The Staff - something is obviously working as things seem to moving like clockwork. The resort is immaculately clean and the rooms are serviced daily and very well. The staff is lead by Herb who is a consummate leader and a pro at customer service. Some of his charm would not go lost on a few of the staff however who seem to wonder around efficiently and sterile like robots more than human eye contacting customer service people. Almost aloof but I don't think it is meant that way. I am sure Herb has his finger on the pulse and those people will come in line under his guide.

The Guests - a good mix of early 30's - 60's - couples and singles. Was not a bathhouse feel - with some light sexual tension.

The resort is two short blocks from the Atlantic and is surrounded by many other of the gay guest houses. It is a clothing optional resort but clothing is "suggested" at the main pool. There are no such signs by the hot tub :-). The naked gay beach is about a 30 min drive away - so if that is where you want to be you will need a car.

We ate at numerous places during the visit - one of mention within walking distance is the Casablanca Cafe - no reservations allowed - get there early and its worth it.

Will we stay here again? YES. A questionnaire of follow up was sent by the resort which I sent back and they genuinely are looking for ideas to improve anything for future guests.

Thank you Grand :-)

Room Tip: We will again choose a poolview room for our next stay as we liked the open air feeling it gave.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank pitouareg
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Cornwall, Canada
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66 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2013

Great stay at the Grand Resort. Lush continental breakfast and treats throughout the week. Comfortable accommodation. Lap pool. Hot tub. very private. Attentive staff. Five minute walk to Fort Lauderdale Beach and another 5 minute walk to Sebastien Beach.

Room Tip: For privacy. A room around the Spa/hot tub. For non privacy, a room around the main pool.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank rejeanandbob
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Pensacola, Florida
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1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2013

After an extremely hectic 2012, I decided to choose a Gay Spa Resort in Fort Lauderdale, to get away and relax. Being a former resident of Ft. Lauderdale, I'd never taken advantage of the resorts in the area. I Definately made the right choice with "The Grand". I purchased a 5 day spa package, and was amazed at the value. An incredibly spacious/studio type room overlooking the pool, everything very up to date, well mantained and most of all super clean! 4 Spa treatments accompanied the package I selected. The spa rivaled all of the specialty hotel chain spa's i've been lucky enough to visit, just maybe EVEN better. Mostly due to the talent of the staff, very professional. This may have been my best Christmas Present EVER!!! Thanks Santa!! And thank you to everyone at "The Grand"! I will be back.
Eddie Newkirk
Pensacola, Florida

Room Tip: Pool view is my favorite and at this location it proved to be VERY convenient for sunbathing and par...
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank JEdward1977
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Boston
Level Contributor
109 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2013

Stayed at the Grand a third time in 2012 for New Year's. Another excellent stay; very attentive staff; grounds and facilities clean and in very good shape; a gay resort with class! Only negative - similar to comments of others, it's time to replace and up-scale the mattresses and bed linens. Not a big thing, but it will keep the Grand at the top of the scale of Ft. Lauderdale gay guest houses.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank rhale53
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Property: The Grand Resort and Spa
Address: 539 N Birch Rd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Region: United States > Florida > Broward County > Fort Lauderdale > Central Beach
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 34 Speciality Lodging in Fort Lauderdale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — The Grand Resort and Spa 3*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Grand Resort and Spa is Fort Lauderdale Beach's largest gay owned men's spa-resort. 33 updated stylish rooms and suites all with flat panel TVs and Blu Ray DVD players. Just steps to the Atlantic Ocean, we take great strides to ensure that your stay is enjoyable and carefree. You will sense an exceptional friendliness and warmth each time you visit. "The Spa at the Grand Resort" is also open to the public. ... more   less 
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The Grand Hotel Fort Lauderdale

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