My husband, sister and I stayed at the Cocobelle in January. It is always difficult to find a good place for three people to stay that still provides a little privacy. The Cocobelle is located on the waterway side of this part of Fort Lauderdale without being on the waterway. The last time we visited Ft. Lauderdale we stayed at the Atlantic which is right on busy A1A across the street from the beach, and at The Pillars which is right on the Intercoastal Waterway. The Cocobelle is just a couple of blocks from the beach and away from A1A. Many hotels in this area are located right on A1A which I don’t find desirable. I prefer the Intercoastal Waterway side which is much more peaceful. We paid $204/night + tax which is good in this area. To be clear, the Cocobelle is in a different league to the Atlantic and The Pillars which are much more expensive, and more luxurious.
We were greeted warmly by the German lady (sorry, I’m bad with names) who was very informative about places to eat etc. in the area. Our room was on the ground floor at the end of the building farthest from reception, and very close to the pool which all rooms are. We had a bedroom with a king size bed, an additional twin bed was located in the living room. The bathroom was located conveniently so my sister could access it in the night without going through our room. We had a decent kitchen, small dining table, and living room. It wasn’t fancy, but more than adequate, and everything was very clean. We arrived during a cold snap in Florida so there were electric radiators waiting for us in our room which worked great. We enjoyed the pool which was surrounded by palm trees. We walked to a grocery store located on 9th street to pick up some provisions (10 minutes max). We ate at the Casablanca Café which is about a 15 minute walk from the Cocobelle. I have been to the Casablanca three times and will definitely return, it provides excellent reasonably priced American/Mediterranean meals. The Deck is only about 10 minutes from the hotel, and provides adequate breakfast and lunch.
For transportation, we took the boat taxi into town. A stop was located close by to the hotel. We were provided a great tour last time by the crew who happily pointed out the famous houses we passed along the way. This time around, the crew did nothing of the sort, and appeared to be more watching the clock than enjoying their jobs. It’s still a nice boat ride providing great views of 20+ million dollar houses and 50+ million dollar yachts parked outside. You take the boat taxi for the views as it isn’t fast (it can take an hour or more), and is pricey (compared to the bus). After spending time shopping in town we took the #11 bus back which runs along Los Olas Blvd straight to A1A, and stops within blocks of the hotel. It is much faster (20 minutes at the most), very convenient, and much cheaper than the boat taxi ($1.25 vs $13).
The only complaint I have about the Cocobelle was the lack of noise isolation between our room and the occupants next door. There was a door right next to our bed (which had a gap underneath it) that could be opened I presume if you wanted adjoining rooms. Unfortunately our neighbor appeared to be mostly deaf given the volume of the TV which played until 3 am or longer. We resorted to ear plugs which allowed us to sleep, but it was definitely a downside if you are unfortunate enough to have a noisy neighbor. It reminded me that we really were in a budget place as nice as it was. Upon checkout we couldn’t find one of the keys. We informed the proprietor as we saw the $25 fee warning if we didn’t return it. She was great and said, don’t worry about it. We eventually did find it before we departed and returned it. However, it was a really nice gesture on the part of the owner. The service was really friendly here, and the value is very good. I would definitely return to the Cocobelle.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Guests love how Cocobelle inspires playfulness and tropical dreams! Is it that our majestic palms make an oasis with a heated turquoise pool that some say could be the fountain of youth? Or is it that we offer concierge-like hospitality that ensures your stay’s a breeze? Is it the colorful décor in our updated rooms that’s so phenomenal or the way that our reasonable rates are relaxing? Call it serendipity, but Cocobelle is a unique boutique hotel that attracts playful families who search for sunny times, laughter and a great value. Located just a few minutes’ stroll to North Beach Village’s celebrated sandy beaches, Cocobelle is a perfect beach resort for enjoying Fort Lauderdale’s enticing restaurants, shopping and watersports. Cocobelle’s 16 distinctive rooms offer flat screens, refrigerators, microwaves and safes. Wi-Fi is complimentary and we never charge resort fees. Your family will love soaking up sunsets and sea breezes on your balcony after a day of sunbathing, siestas, snorkeling or sightseeing!More than a hotel – Cocobelle offers an experience to warm your family long after returning home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cocobelle Resort Fort Lauderdale
- Cocobelle Hotel Fort Lauderdale