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“Good value for Ft. Lauderdale”
Review of Cocobelle Resort

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Cocobelle Resort
Ranked #72 of 128 Hotels in Fort Lauderdale
Reviewed 21 February 2009

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.

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 February 2009

We stayed here for 1 week prior to our cruise.Dorothy and her father and their staff do a great job with this quaint resort. It's clean, fresh and in a great location, less than a 5 minute walk to the ocean and in a quiet neighbourhood. The studio we had was fully equipped. They are also very helpful if you ask for any information on where to go.
It was also fun feeding the spider monkeys that come around from time to time.
There were many families coming and going with kids but the parents kept them entertained and reasonably quiet which was good to see, seeing that we don't have any kids.
We highly recommend Cocobelle and would stay there again.

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 February 2009

My best friend and I wanted to get away for a girl's weekend and this place fit the bill! It is very charming and the details made the place (decorative wall hangings above the doors, and hallways, etc.). The room was perfect--exactly as photographed and as pictured on their website. The pool is beautiful especially at night with the lights on the palm trees and the lovely music wafting throughout. The innkeepers are very helpful and welcoming and we found the whole experience great. The proximity to the beach was great--an easy walk and the inn keepers had chairs that we could bring down there--a bonus! We will most certainly be back and highly recommend it to others.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 February 2009

When we first arrived at the resort, Dorothy gave us recommendations on everything from Breakfast to Nightlife. We took her recommendations and we had a great time. The hotel itself was extremely clean, and was basically like our own apartment. I can;t express enough the value you get with this resort. For $180/night during High Season, we got a Living Room, Kitchen, bedroom with a King bed, and a nice big bathroom. Its very big and open in the apartment style rooms, which was nice to come home too. The pool area is nice, and the beach is only 2 or 3 blocks down the road, with public access right at the end of the road there. Also, right along the beach each way, there are a lot of little restaurants and shops within walking distance, so the location of the hotel is nice.

I would absolutely recommend this location to friends and we will most likely be back here at some point in the future.

Be sure to book in advance, as they only have 16 rooms and they seem to fill up quick, as it is such a great place!

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank Tony711
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Reviewed 10 February 2009

The wife and I stayed at this hotel for 4 days, we selected it on the basis of the reviews on TripAdvisor. We were not dissapointed as the reviews are quite fair, considering the price we paid it was a good choice.

Good Points

- About 15 mins walk from the nearest bars and restaurants
- Only 5 mins from the beach
- Exceptionally clean rooms
- Nice pool with enclosed garden
- Owners are very helpful
- All rooms are well equiped

Not so good points

- It's a long way to the main areas of Las Olas, take the water taxi
- The area immeditaly around the hotel is a little run down in places, but not too bad
- Nowhere I found I could walk to for a quick breakfast (about 15 mins down the road at least)

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank jdwoodbury
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Reviewed 4 February 2009

Stayed at the Cocobelle for a quick weekend trip to Fort Lauderdale and was happy to find that the hotel, Dorothee and the whole experience was just as good as many other reviews have said.

The room was huge, clean and nicely appointed with a kitchen, full size fridge, patio and everything we needed. Ten feet from the pool made it even better! Dorothee took great pains to help us get oriented to Fort Lauderdale, and gave us excellent recommendations on how to get around, where to eat, etc. She even let us borrow sun tan lotion for our stay. The hotel supplies beach towels and even chairs you can take to the beach, just a couple blocks away.

Overall, a great stay! The Cocobelle would definitely be at the top of my list to stay for another Lauderdale visit.

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 January 2009

After a week long cruise it was a pleasure to check into this charming hotel and have some space! We had the one bedroom on the main floor (#8) that also included a patio out the kitchen door in the back where we enjoyed quiet breakfasts and even feeding the Bonnet House monkeys tiny pieces of banana one day. (The property backs on to the Bonnet House Museum and Gardens.) The resort was lovely and quiet, clean and well kept. The bed was comfy and the shower was super. It was also great to have our own kitchen and be able to make a meal when we wanted.

We didn't mind the 10 minute walk to the main beachfront road and spent some nice time walking the beach and enjoying the restaurants and coffee. Dorothee can give you great advice about where to go as well.

We hope to visit Fort Lauderdale in the future and would not hesitate to stay here again.

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Cocobelle Resort

Address: 2831 Vistamar St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304-4015
Region: United States > Florida > Broward County > Fort Lauderdale > Central Beach
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#25 Family Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#38 Romantic Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
Price Range: £50 - £107 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Cocobelle Resort 2*
Number of rooms: 16
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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