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“Soulful little hotel on the beach”

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WalkAbout Beach Resort
Ranked #15 of 69 Hotels in Hollywood
Certificate of Excellence
Detroit
1 review
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“Soulful little hotel on the beach”
Reviewed 5 June 2008

The Walkabout is a great little hotel, and a great value. The building has a lot of soul (classic 1950's Florida architecture) and some interesting history (Jimmy Hoffa invested to build it, according to the owner). The rooms are clean and well-functioning, the service is very friendly and competent, and the place is in an ideal beachfront location on Hollywood's Broadwalk. Finally, the Walkabout has its own little Tiki Bar, which is a great place to kick back after a day at the beach.

Our room was large and very clean, with a fully-equipped kitchen, and very powerful air conditioners. The bed was just OK -- nothing like the W, but sufficiently comfortable. The sheets and comforter were very nice and I suspect quite new. Some of the furniture is old and amusingly tacky (e.g., cheetah sofas) but the cleanliness of the place made it giggle-inducing, not icky. The owner, who is new, told us he plans to renovate the place into a modish boutique hotel over the next year, so it will be interesting to go back and see how that turns out (I hope I can still afford it!).

The staff was very friendly, and quick to meet our requests. For example, our request for a mid-day change of towels was met almost immediately, which was very different from my experiences at other little Florida hotels. They were also very knowledgeable of the bars, restaurants, and shops up and down the Broadwalk, and gave good advice whenever we asked for it. We actually got to know the owner, Rob, fairly well by sitting at the Tiki Bar, and we learned that he and his mother are both ex-Nordstrom employees. I think it definitely shows in the way they are training the staff.

The Walkabout has an ideal location on Hollywood's Broadwalk, an easy walk to a tropical park and a bar with the best fried fish I have ever had (north), and great pizza to the south. When you are in the mood for something a little more upscale, the Marriott right next door has a great bar and restaurant. But we found ourselves spending most of our time at the Walkabout's own Tiki Bar, which is a great place to catch some shade, have a beer, and chat with the very colorful locals who frequent the place, as well as with a wide variety of fellow vacationers. The bar has some pretty unusual beer selections, which are a welcome variation from the standard Bud/Bud Lite/Miller Lite which are often hard to escape on the beach.

I am giving the Walkabout a rating of "excellent" based on its many attributes and the excellent value. If cost were not an issue, I would downgrade it to "above average" based on the room decor, but when you think about what you are getting relative to what you are paying for, the Walkabout is nothing but excellent.

  • Stayed May 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 May 2008

the room was ok and the locations is great but the owners were a pain. completed ruin our long weekend. I will never stay there again

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — owners
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 May 2008

We only booked one night, but when we arrived we wished we had reserved the fantastic ocean view room for the weekend. The room was very clean (although not yet renovated), the bed was comfortable with nice sheets and pillows, the air conditioning was cold, the kitchen was clean and fully stocked, the bathroom was clean, and the location is impossible to beat. Our room upstairs overlooked the boardwalk and had awesome views of the ocean which were magnified by well-placed mirrors. The completely renovated Tiki Bar is right on the boardwalk with televisions and music. The bartenders were friendly and the draft beer was cold, fresh and surprisingly inexpensive for the location. The owners greeted us pleasantly and provided great service at check-in and check-out. We liked it so much we booked another stay for Memorial Day weekend even though the rates were a bit higher!

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Living Room Furniture
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled with family
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Florida
1 review
Reviewed 4 May 2008

We arrived at the Walk About to find a beautiful view from our room! It was just what we came to the beach for! The owners were very available and willing to help make our stay enjoyable. The hotel is reminiscent of the "art deco"era, right on Hollywood beach board walk and the beautiful beach! The room was very clean and you can tell the new owners take great pride in the hotel. We especially enjoyed the Tiki bar just outside our door in the courtyard.
Would recommend a stay here whether it's a "laid back" weekend or a week or more as the units have all you need to prepare meals. Again, the kitchen area is spotlessly clean!
We are currently planning another visit!

Stayed April 2008
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Boston
2 reviews
Reviewed 26 April 2008

We arrived in FL for the long holiday weekend and were greeted with open arms once we checked into the resort. The check-in process was quick and simple. We were impressed with the overall feel of the resort even before we reached our room. The property is right on the ocean with the Broadwalk ( a walk way stretching 2 1/2 miles, featuring shops, eateries and a state park) running right in front of the resort. The exterior of the property is well maintained with greenery and beautiful flowers. It's obvious someone there has quite a green thumb. The room was very clean and spacious. There was a good size living area with sofa and love seat, a dining area, full size kitchen (dishes, glasses, coffee maker, toaster) and king size bed. All of the linens were immaculately clean (towels changed daily).

Our room had a gorgeous ocean view. Each morning we got up early and sat outside to watch the sunrise. We were provided beach chairs, beach towels and an umbrella upon request. I had also forgotten my hairdryer and one was provided upon request.
The Tiki Bar was a happening spot each day. Festive music played while we enjoyed our beverages. The bar serves beer, wine, soda, water and juice.

Finally, the service was outstanding!! I can't say enough about the manner in which the owners extended themselves to ensure that we enjoyed our vacation to the fullest. Friendly, courteous, and so helpful that they made us feel like part of the family. They offer wi-fi which we took advantage of while booking another trip.

  • Liked — Friendly staff
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled as a couple
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Toledo, Ohio
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2008

We booked our stay in November, When we arrived in February there were new owners, we never informed of this. We were to have a nice King size bed with ocean views, and a nice honeymoon suite. We were offered the cheapest run down room with a queen size bed, with an ocean view. We were told we could upgrade for a couple hundred dollars more for the week, for the room we had original purchased. It was soo disappointing, they knew it was our Honeymoon, and we overheard during our stay (from the room) the owners pricing the rooms to potential customers cheaper then what we paid originally. They had a TiKi bar at the Walk About, which is one of the things that we chose because of the atmosphere it brings, meeting locals and other vacationers, but that was never opened because the new owners had not gotten a liqour licence. (another thing we were not told of until we arrived) There were hundreds of small bugs everywhere in the room (counter tops, walls, shower,) We know its Florida and we are aware we see bugs , but the overwhelming smell of bug spray in our room when we arrived stated there was a problem. The room was NOTHING like pictured in the website, we didnt even have a couch as pictured just to wicker chairs, no area to relax except to lay on the bed. The only nice thing is that we always had fresh towels, though we asked for no service while we were there, being our honeymoon and all, but the maid always came in at inconvient times, there are no chain locks, the door was opened when ever. We looked and looked for our Honeymoon spot in Hollywood, our disappointment was a understatement.

  • Liked — The convience to the beach
  • Disliked — Given the worst room for our Honeymoon stay
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: WalkAbout Beach Resort
Address: 2500 N Surf Rd, Hollywood, FL 33019-3605
Region: United States > Florida > Broward County > Hollywood
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Hollywood
#7 Romantic Hotel in Hollywood
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Hollywood
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — WalkAbout Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The WalkAbout Beach Resort is a cozy family-owned and operated hotel located ON THE BROADWALK in Hollywood Beach, Florida. Our boutique, 8-room hotel was built in 1950, and it is one of the last remaining beachfront hotels designed in the Art Deco style.Our guests enjoy a wide array of amenities that include: ocean front rooms, a large tiki bar in our courtyard, seating alongside the Hollywood broadwalk, scenic views of the beach, nearby shops and restaurants, free wifi, free cable, on-site washer/dryer, live music, and fresh linens daily. Our staff is extremely friendly and professional, and we are always nearby to assist with any special requests. Hollywood Beach is one of the premier beach destinations in the world. The city provides twenty-one lifeguard towers and eight first-aid stations. An icon of Art Moderne architecture on Hollywood Beach’s famed Broadwalk, The Walkabout Beach Resort, is a classic 1940’s boutique hotel. Those who have visited claim it has the perfect blend of characteristics: chic, warm and inviting, glamorous, and tastefully modernized.To experience The Walkabout Beach Resort, is to experience Hollywood Beach at its best. In keeping with its classic style, eight oceanfront guest rooms are immaculately styled with the elegance of another era – wooden and terrazzo floors, interiors with rich textures, soft pink monochromatic colors, and decorations with a nod to its illustrious past mark the furnishings. Each room is adorned with vintage black and white photographs cataloguing Hollywood’s social history dating back to the 1920’s. When you stay at The Walkabout, discover its delightful Art Moderne ambiance and see how its past has been preserved to its original beauty. The Walkabout is known for its remarkable beachfront setting and legendary Hollywood Beach, Florida hotel location - on the Broadwalk. Named one of America's best beach Broadwalks by Travel + Leisure, the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk is more than 2 miles long, sizzling with energy that embodies the diversity Hollywood Beach stands for - bustling sidewalk cafes, unique shops, multi-hued streamline Art Moderne buildings, and unforgettable ocean views. Step out from the Broadwalk and spend the day settled on white sands, by a glistening ocean on one of South Florida’s most beautiful beaches. Still, the most popular pastime on the beach is simply savoring the charming character of this truly unique setting, so reserve a day for relaxing to the sound of soothing waves. ... more   less 
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Walkabout Beach Hotel Hollywood
Walk About Beach Hollywood
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