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“Amazing!”
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The Aqua Hotel
Ranked #11 of 128 Hotels in Fort Lauderdale
Certificate of Excellence
1 review
“Amazing!”
Reviewed 7 April 2013 via mobile

We chose the Aqua because it was in a location we were familiar with. Six years ago we stayed at this hotel (then called Angela's Beach Resort) while visiting for a family wedding. At the time we were just an engaged couple about to be married and loved the place so much my husband and I chose to return to Angela's for our honeymoon! We vowed to come back! Now 6 years later we were planning our first vacation. It was an easy decision for us to stay at Aqua!
When we arrived at the hotel we were greeted by Maggie! She is absolutely amazing and made us feel welcomed right off the bat. My 5 year old son fell in love with her.
The rooms had been updated since our last visit and done very nicely with fun beachy decor.
I have nothing bad to say about our stay at Aqua. It was truly an amazing stay. We will be back!

  • Stayed April 2013
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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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Reviewed 7 April 2013

My wife and I just got back from our spring break stay at The Aqua Hotel. We've never been to Fort Lauderdale and never to Florida during spring break. Had our trepidations. We're old - relatively speaking - but had to get into the sun after a long, dark winter in North Idaho. Took a redeye - awful - landed and rented a car, drove to The Aqua. Very easily found using our phone's GPS, met Stephanie in the office. She arranged to get our room ready ASAP while we went to breakfast. (Our reservation did not begin until 3:00 p.m. and we were there at about 10:00 a.m.). We drove around and got the lay of the land, came back and found our room wasn't ready... so she gave us an upgrade! I've never dealt with a management so willing to accommodate and impress! This set the tone for the week.
Loved the pool and watching the sweet children at play. The room was quiet and clean and we were on the first floor, pool side. Here's some tips: rent a car - the best shops and restaurants, grocery stores, etc. are generally too far to walk. Visit Los Olas Drive - nice place. Bring beach towels - hotel towels are for poolside only. Use your flip-flops inside and out. The tile floors can get a bit gritty. We walked along the A1A beachside sidewalk every morning, early, and it was refreshing!
We couldn't be happier with our time at The Aqua - great people, great atmosphere, great, relaxing time.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Clifton, New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2013

A veteran NJ shore guy needs the beach on the non summer months. Aqua fits the bill. Reasonably priced. Location is the quiet north beach area. Steps from the beach and a nice walked to the restaurants in the center of the action. Plenty of parking, nice staff, clean stylish ikea rooms yet strangely limited cable stations???.

Room Tip: Corner rooms are good. The room on the southwest corner has a one room neighbor that can be your &qu...
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Sevenoaks District, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2013

We needed to book a room for only 1 night following a cruise arriving in Fort Lauderdale before flying home and found The Aqua Hotel through TripAdvisor. We were expecting it to be one of the high rise hotels along the beach highway, but it is in fact tucked away just around the corner in a quiet street. But - please don't be put off as the suite we had was beautiful - very clean and bright white with a very comfortable bed. The Manager was so helpful as were everyone we spoke to there. Regrettably, we could only stay 1 night but will definitely return if we are in the area again.

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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NorthBeachVillage, Owner at The Aqua Hotel, responded to this review, 5 April 2013
coxyboys,
Thanks so much for your review. You're right, Aqua offers all of the amenities that the larger, chain hotels just at a more affordable rate...and a much more personal feel! We are looking forward to your next visit and hope that you can stay for more than just one night next time. Thanks again, NBV
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Canmore, Canada
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Reviewed 2 April 2013 via mobile

Spent two nights here following our cruise. Had a spacious, clean room with kitchenette, on the ground floor right by the pool. Perfect location a block from the beach, our son loved playing in the pool, and everything we needed was close by. We were very impressed and will be back!

  • Stayed April 2013
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NorthBeachVillage, Owner at The Aqua Hotel, responded to this review, 5 April 2013
revykiwis,
It's nice top be impressed rather than disappointed right? We're so happy that you enjoyed your stay at Aqua. We are going to hold you to it and will expect to see you back soon! Thanks again, NBV
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Reviewed 1 April 2013 via mobile

We were family of 4 looking for a beach hotel at an affordable price. Not having visited Miami and surrounding area before, Aqua seemed to fit the bill. We were not disappointed. Nice clean little hotel with swimming pool 300m from a fine stretch of beach. A little walk away from the most cafes and restaurants, but i think this a plus. We had a car and this was a good base to travel from. Staff very helpful. Rooms cleaned well. Would have liked a bit more room outside for evening snacks and drinks if i was to find anything lacking. Would return.

  • Stayed March 2013
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NorthBeachVillage, Owner at The Aqua Hotel, responded to this review, 5 April 2013
Elston57,
We're so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Aqua. Thanks so much for your review. Next time you visit you can pick up some snacks at the Village Cafe. It's our newest addition to our cafe collection and has all types of snack items, from a chocolate bar to wine and cheese pairing. Just let us know what you're craving for and we'll make it happen! Thanks so much for your review.
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Stafford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 March 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed at the Aqua Hotel for 4 Nights after a Cruise. Before arriving at The Aqua Hotel we learnt that our holiday spending money had "miraculously" disappeared: having received incredibly little cooperation from Royal Caribbean; we arrived at The Aqua Hotel simply devastated. We were greeted by a lovely lady called Maggie (the manager). Maggie was amazing. She took our problem upon herself making phone calls to the police and the port to try and resolve our issue. We were shown to our room shortly after; the room was clean, fresh and decorated to a very high, tasteful standard. Throughout our stay at the Aqua the staff were brilliant, they really looked after us, the reception staff provided an excellent personalised service. They knew us by name and openly offered suggestions of things to do places to see.
Maggie recommended a restaurant 2 blocks away called the Plaza Bistro where guests at The Aqua receive 10% off the bill. This was by far the best restaurant we ate at during our stay, a real hidden gem. The apple pie and chocolate cake are to die for!!
The hotel and staff offered everything we’d hoped for and more.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone looking to visit Fort Lauderdale.
No words could do this hotel justice.
Exceptional.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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NorthBeachVillage, Owner at The Aqua Hotel, responded to this review, 1 April 2013
LoisJack,
Wow, what a nice review. To say that no words could do this hotel justice is such a kind thing to say....it left us speechless! We're so sorry to hear about your disappearing spending money but are happy to hear that we could leave you with good memories of Ft. Lauderdale. Hey, why not just skip the cruise next time and hang out with us at Aqua? We'd love to have you! Take care, NBV
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Property: The Aqua Hotel
Address: 3016 Windamar St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304-4019 (Formerly Angela's Beach Resort)
Region: United States > Florida > Broward County > Fort Lauderdale
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#5 Romantic Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#33 Business Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — The Aqua Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 39
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Why are AQUA’s reviews so excellent? Is it that North Beach Village’s boutique hotels are located in an extraordinary area of Fort Lauderdale beach that’s perfect for kids and fun-loving adults? Or is it that AQUA’s concierge-like services ensure happiness? Could it be our sandy beaches a few minutes’ walk away or how our heated pools induce laughter? Maybe it’s our incredibly reasonable rates for modernized suites with flat-screens, kitchens and Wi-Fi included? Yes – families revisit us for these details and many more! From golden beaches and turquoise waters to the winding Intracoastal Waterways – AQUA’s at the heart of a lush barrier island. Our tropical ambiance and 322 days of Caribbean sunshine also adds to AQUA’s success – plus we’re minutes from Fort Lauderdale’s world-class airport, cruises, shops, nightlife, entertainment and restaurants. Imagine – rejuvenating family beach picnics, water taxi rides to chic Las Olas or thrilling watersport adventures!AQUA’s 39 spacious rooms – studios, suites and penthouses – have a refreshing, beachy décor. We never charge resort fees, or for coffee or beach views. Recharge your inner holiday and book AQUA. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Angela`s Beach Hotel Fort Lauderdale
Angelas Beach Hotel
Hotel Angelas Beach

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