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Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa
Ranked #18 of 128 Hotels in Fort Lauderdale
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“throw-back to the 70's and not renovated since”
Reviewed 24 November 2005

Having read the previous posts on here and seen the pictures online we were very much looking forward to staying at this property.
Firstly I would like to comment on the pictures and say that the rooms depicted are NOT "real life". The rooms at the property do NOT even resemble those rooms. The lobby/reception could do with a serious overhaul. The area and the hotel in particular did suffer from the recent hurricane but renovation is in progress to fix that which we did take into account.
The checkin was less than impressive when it comes to service levels.
We had a smoking room booked and when we stepped out of the elevator on the relevant floor it was stepping into an ashtray, not to mention the room.
We were supposed to stay here for 1 week but left almost imediately for another hotel.
It completely depends what you are looking for but it is worth taking into consideration the area and thus the average age of hotel guests (and sometimes staff) when deciding. It is a retirement area and property style. I never got the opportunity to try the spa services so will not comment on those.
We expected elegance and got 70's geriatric and multiple child families. I will point out however that this hotel provides well for families and the older guest.

  • Stayed November 2005
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Reviewed 1 November 2005

Considering the pictures in the brochures we were disillusion to say the least.
Expected the same curtious treatment as when staying at other Marriott Hotels in America, but this was not the case.
Try to avoid being given a room on the 7th floor overlooking the city.
It is only 1 floor above a flat room with all their air conditioning units on.
They were happy to upgrade us to an ocean view for an extra 30$ per night, but we declined this. The reason being that there was workmen painting the exterior of the building. Also, from 7 in the morning until 5 in the evening (with a 30 minute lunch break) there was workmen hammer drilling right under the rooms which had an ocean view, and trying to laise by the pool was a no starter.

Not sure that if asked I would recommend this hotel as a 4*+.

  • Stayed September 2005
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Reviewed 23 October 2005

Over the past few years, I have had the chance to stay at the Marriott Harbor Beach repeatedly. Every time, it is just perfect.
This time, since it was an unexpected getaway, I stayed in a non-smoking guestroom that was very well maintained and clean. In the past (when I have saved up the money), I have stayed in a junior suite and the VP suite and all of the rooms were perfect. (If you want to treat yourself, save up for one of the upper level suites -- the views form all of the windows are breathtaking!)
Now, let's face facts, this hotel is not inexpensive, but, if you are looking for a resort vacation in Fort Lauderdale, it is THE ONLY PLACE TO STAY.
There is a very nice gym and spa, and the pool is first rate. (In fact, the pool was so nice that I didn't spend much time at all on the beach.)
There are lots of great places to eat along Los Olas Blvd.,but try to take a night of your stay to eat at 3030 in the Hotel. The food in really good and served in a laid-back atmosphere.
Overall, I have nothing but great things to stay about the Harbor Beach. I am already scheduled to go back again in March, 2006!

  • Stayed October 2005
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Reviewed 21 October 2005

We spent the first 4 nights of our Honeymoon at the Harbor Beach Marriot and couldn’t have been more pleased with all aspects of our stay. We arrived on a Monday afternoon, which was perfect because the hotel was virtually empty, as the weekend approached more guests arrived but our level of service did not change. I cannot say enough about how great the staff and service was throughout our entire stay. We were treated like we were guests in someone’s home. The staff were always smiling and we particularly liked the bellman Chris, he was extremely helpful with many things throughout our stay.
Our room was extremely clean and our bed was one of the most comfortable we have ever slept in while staying in a hotel, complete with feather pillows, down comforters and turndown service with chocolate on the pillows. We had a king, ocean front room on the 8th floor and enjoyed watching the ships going in and out of the channel
The pool area was wonderful, we particularly liked the free water with lemons or oranges in it. It was nice not to have to pay to stay hydrated. The locker rooms were definitely A+. We really enjoyed sitting near the waterfalls and reading the day away.
Every dining experience we had was top notch, it was a bit pricy but you definitely get your moneys worth.
We decided to spend a day at the spa……no words can describe how wonderful the facilities are, when you pay for a 50 minute treatment you can use the spa facilities for the day(private pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzis and restaurant. The only thing we would have enjoyed more is if there were co-ed saunas and steam rooms, we had to separate to do these things and we would have enjoyed them more together.
Overall, the hotel was amazing and clean and we are already planning when we can return, we did venture out one night for dinner and really enjoyed Trina, it was a bit pricy but fabulous!( downstairs from the Atlantic Hotel) (we also stayed there one night and all we can say is WOW!!!!! You cannot go wrong staying at the Harbor Beach.
We did have to pay $19 a day to park, we knew this ahead of time so we didn’t care.

  • Stayed October 2005
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Reviewed 20 October 2005

my husband and I have just returned from a wonderful 10 night holiday at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort . This has been one of the best hotels we have stayed at in the USA (this being our 12th holiday to the states including 2 coach trips). The hotel was first class, staff were very friendly and helpful, the ameneties were superb. Yes, the cost of meals etc were on the high side, but then you usually get what you pay for. The good start buffet breakfast was excellent, the choice of fresh fruit etc was overwhelming. We only ate in the resturant one evening and the cost was no more than the hotel next door for a similar meal. We only encountered one problem. We asked our tour operator to request a no smoking room but were placed in a smoking room, when we queried this we were offerred another room(non smoking) but this was smaller than our first room and as the smell wasn't overpowering we decided to stay where we were. The view from our standard room was great, overlooking the pool on the 9th floor, which also had a side view of the beach and ocean. We were able to sit on the balcony(which faced south so you had the sun all day) watching the cruise ships depart for the carribean and aircraft take off from Fort Lauderdale airport.
There were a few bars and resturants within walking distance(we had no car), but you could get on the bus to take you into the strip for $1 or the water bus to St. Olas Boulavard.
We were warned before we went that there was construction work going on the building plot at the side of the hotel, but this didnot effect us at all.
All in all a great hotel.

  • Stayed October 2005
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Reviewed 2 October 2005

What can I say....we loved the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort and Spa.
When I was sitting at the pool, it actually reminded me of a 5-star resort where I stayed in Mexico, an abundance of palm trees and a beautiful pool. We requested a fridge in our room and it was provided free of charge, that was a surprise. We took a taxi to Publix and saved a lot of money on food. The restaurants are very expensive at the Resort. It was really nice to see a Starbucks in the hotel. Don't hesitate to book your vacation here. My advice, if you are thinking about booking elsewhere due to cost, pay the extra and come here, you won't be disappointed. We moved here from another hotel that we didn't like at all.

Stayed September 2005
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Reviewed 20 September 2005

I just got back from Ft Lauderdale and my wife and I had a great time.

Airport - Very close, I'd say a 15 minute cab ride. Little traffic.

Staff - Went out of their way to say hello, very nice people. On our way home, one of the employees even offered us each a bottle of water while we waited for a cab.

Beach - A+, wide and expansive sandy beach, 88 degree clear water, very clean (beats rocky and 40 degree water in New England for sure).

Pool (the one everyone can use) - big with plenty of chairs, shade.

Room - Nice, clean room; nothing spectacular though. Request a fridge, as they don't come standard.

The Strip - At most, a ten minute walk. I'm not a big walker and I was fine with it. Many restaurants/bars.....

Gym (again, the one everyone can use) - Pretty good for a hotel, freeweights up to 40lbs, about 8 weight machines, and approx 10 treadmills/bikes, etc. Above average locker room facilities with showers and a sauna.

Spa - Didn't use, but I heard good things about it.

General - Hotel was not busy/noisy (kids just back to school/hurricane season maybe?). Very few kids, beach/pool/restaurants not crowded. Starbucks in the lobby always a plus. Only negative was that it was pricey. I would compare it to a typical hotel in Boston/major city. $18 for brunch, $10 for poolside drinks, $25 entrees for dinner. But again the strip is close, so cheaper restaurants/drinks are a short walk away.

Would definitely recommend trying it out.

  • Stayed September 2005, travelled on business
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Property: Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa
Address: 3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316-2414
Region: United States > Florida > Broward County > Fort Lauderdale
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#6 Spa Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#8 Luxury Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#10 Family Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#10 Business Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#13 Romantic Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 650
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