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“Unfortunate Choice”
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Sea Club Resort
Ranked #89 of 131 Hotels in Fort Lauderdale
Reviewed 5 March 2014

I stayed at the Sea Club resort last June 2013.
I understand extensive renovations have been done since.
I hope to have the opportunity to check it out for myself.
While cosmetic improvements can be made to the building, it will take more effort to improve the customer service.
During my stay I found the desk staff to be inattentive and those in my group were made to feel like we were bothering them.
Unfortunately it appears the manager too has displayed this same unwelcoming and unprofessional characteristic as he seemed to be always unavailable to attend to any concerns and the staff did not make any noticeable effort to either try to contact the management nor attempt to provide a positive experience.

While I believe this hotel has a lot of potential, and perhaps the potential is realized to some degree at this point, I am still not certain I would stay here again. I have had the opportunity to stop by the hotel and asked to see a room to help me make a decision and the staff was very reluctant to even consider this request. If you do stop by make sure you ask to see the room you would be getting otherwise you will be shown one of the updated rooms and then told that those are no available and you will end up in one of the older rooms. These rooms were beyond unacceptable - something you would find in a bad movie. The carpets were so stained and the stale dirty smell emitting from them so strong that it was very uncomfortable to be anywhere in the building.
The only saving grace of this hotel is its location - perfect.
The atmosphere of this hotel is not family friendly.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 March 2014

This is the worst property at which I've ever stayed. I should have heeded the warnings of the other reviewers. PLEASE HEED MY WARNING: IF YOU HAVE ANY MINIMUM EXPECTATIONS OF A HOTEL, SERVICE, HOSPITALITY, ETC. DO NOT STAY HERE. I was scheduled to stay three nights, but checked out after the first.

First, there are no signs telling you how to enter the place or navigate around. It is an unmarked maze of interior and exterior corridors.
Second, they were working on the roof when I checked in, so an entire section of the hotel reeked heavily of tar and still did so the next day when I checked out. Who wants to spend a vacation inhaling strong tar fumes? Why would they try to give someone a room in the vicinity of that?
Third, the General Manager's comments about "updates" and "upgrades" are misleading: although my room was supposedly refurbished, there was not new air-conditioning in my room and the bathroom had not been redone. Although the bathroom had been painted-albeit sloppily-the fixtures, shelving, and sink were all very old. There was a pool of rusty water under my toilet, paint splatters everywhere, and THE WATER WAS BROWN. I brushed my teeth and washed my face using bottled water.
Fourth, I checked out the "renovated" section of the hotel and there wasn’t much difference between that and the old, run-down section. Walls were dirty, floors were dirty, and doors were dirty: everything I touched was dirty.
Fifth, if you still insist on staying, please bring earplugs. The guests in the adjoining rooms were not loud, but it was as if they were in the same room as me. The walls are paper-thin.
Sixth, if you read the General Manager’s comments below, you can see he takes no responsibility for the shape this place is in. His comments below are snarky and inaccurate. He has no concept of the basic service industry adage that, “The customer is always right.” This is the service and hospitality industry, and I saw neither. In fact, a staff member told me the General Manager’s motto is essentially, “If they don’t like it, they don’t have to come back.” I won’t go ever again, and I don’t want anyone reading this too, either.

I am not a hotel/motel snob. Give me a clean Super 8, Econolodge, or Holiday Inn, and I’m happy. This place did not even come close to meeting the expectations of basic hotel/motel stays. In fact, I’m surprised it has passed health and safety inspections. I do not care if they’re giving away rooms for free, please do not stay here. It is not worth it.

Stayed: March 2014, travelled solo
12  Thank Amelia T
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Reviewed 4 March 2014

I found this place on Kayak.com it did not have the highest ratings...but I wanted something close to the beach that would not cost an arm and a leg so I took a chance. I found the the prices were great...rooms were clean...with great beds very very comfortable. When I checked in I met the desk manager Ronen Parhi..a very nice guy explained all the hotel had to offer. Close to everything (walking distance) The Deck which is the restaurant and bar I really enjoyed the meals...and the friendly neighborhood people that were there...take it from me give it a try I think you will love this little bit of Fort Lauderdale history...I give it a big thumbs up.

Room Tip: Over the pool top floor...did not find Fitness center I ran on beach
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Stayed: January 2018, travelled with family
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  • Stayed: December 2017, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Sea Club Resort

Address: 619 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304-4127
Region: United States > Florida > Broward County > Fort Lauderdale
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#32 On the Beach Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
Price Range: £85 - £342 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Sea Club Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 99
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the SEA CLUB RESORT, a true Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel, directly across from the Atlantic Ocean. Relaxed and affordable, where our guests enjoy the oceanfront Deck Restaurant & Bar or a light meal and a drink poolside, as the ocean does its magic. ... more   less 
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