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Great Escape Inn
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Reviewed 1 February 2014

We were disappointed with our stay for a number of reasons, this establishment is very basic, no tea making facilities(only coffee), no shelf or extractor in the bathroom, but main complaint is that it is situated on the main A1A road therefore very noisy from traffic as windows not double glazed.
On the plus side, towels were changed daily.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank hector1-77
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Mark H, General Manager at Great Escape Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 4 February 2014

Thank you for your review. We are disappointed to here your stay wasn't as good as we hoped it would be. Are standard rooms are well equip t with coffee makers and mini fridges for our guests convenience. Unfortunately we do not have tea makers in the rooms. We do apologize if you thought the traffic from A1A was a disturbance. You should of requested another room further from the street if you had that issue. If we had rooms available we would of happily switched rooms for you. Traffic can vary depending on the day and we are working on ways to eliminate traffic noise.

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Reviewed 27 January 2014

We originally booked for 2 nights but once we saw the newly renovated, spacious, and squeaky clean accommodations we rescheduled our trip to stay 6 nights. This is one of the best places we've ever stayed. The location is great--a block or so to the grocery store, CVS, etc., a block or so to the beach, a few blocks to the main restaurant commercial center of Ft. Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. The family owned hotel is run with pride of ownership. We stayed in the hardwood-floored 2 bdrm penthouse apartment which immediately felt like home. The kitchen is nicely equipped with the basics. Housekeeping was prompt and efficient. We enjoyed sunsets on a private deck. There is even a washer and dryer with complementary laundry detergent on site. Heaven. So. FL is a great place to vacation and this intimate family run hotel is a home away from home.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank Barbara G
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Mark H, General Manager at Great Escape Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 28 January 2014

We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us! Please come back and visit us again soon!

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Reviewed 26 January 2014

We were looking for a place to stay in Ft. Lauderdale for a few days before our scheduled cruise. Friends of ours were going on the same cruise had somehow found this place and encouraged us to check it out. I'm one of those people who has to be extremely careful where I stay because of severe allergies to dust mites (carpeting over two years -forget it). I managed to confirm all the rooms and suites were completely renovated this year, and the flooring was tile.The person we spoke with could not have been more helpful.
What we didn't expect was how charming the rooms are: The decor is lovely, tasteful, and more comfortable than many of the "high end" hotels we've stayed in the past. Parking couldn't be easier, and there's a lovely heated pool in the courtyard.
We had rented a car, but it's really not necessary - practically anything you'd wan't to do, buy, eat or drink, is in walking distance. Oh, and I didn't mention the price- one of the best values one can find.

Room Tip: Recommend studio or one bedroom suite if you want a LOT of space
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Mark H, General Manager at Great Escape Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 28 January 2014

We are so excited to hear about your wonderful stay! Please come back and see us again soon! :)

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Reviewed 18 January 2014

The stay at this hotel was the best one that I stayed in, it is very clean and bug free, the personnel that works here is very very friendly and helpful with everything, the atmosphere is very family welcoming, the hotel is near to a lot of great tasting restaurants and only a minute away from the beach by foot. It was an awesome experience and stay here, and I would recommend this place for anyone looking for a great night stay, the owner too is a great friendly guy who is always willing to give a helping hand or advice on where to eat and visit. Great place :)

Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Mark H, General Manager at Great Escape Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 28 January 2014

Thank you for staying with us and it was a pleasure having you as a guest! Please come back and see us again soon! :)

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Reviewed 11 January 2014

In 35 years of travelling to Florida this has been one of our favourite places to stay. We have discovered a Gem-the Great Escape Inn. The Great Escape Inn management and staff should be considered an example for other hotels of how to make a vacation experience truly enjoyable for patrons. You can't beat the location-restaurants, beach, pier, shopping plazas, etc. were all within walking distance. We spent many enjoyable hours just sitting in the Lauderdale by the Sea main square which has now been completely redeveloped. In the square we enjoyed a U.S. Thanksgiving dinner on a beautiful day in an open-air restaurant.

Room Tip: This was our first stay there and we stayed in an excellent room by the pool with a king size bed an...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank PatPenny2014
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Mark H, General Manager at Great Escape Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 28 January 2014

We appreciate all the great things you had to say about us! Please come back and see us again soon! :)

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Reviewed 11 January 2014

Basic older facility with no frills but,kept clean & priced accordingly. Good neighborhood but, security measures could be better i.e., leaving room unlocked for late arrivals w/ keys on table, no peepholes & traditional keys.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 December 2013

I cannot say enough good things about The Great Escape! It is a smaller property, very meticulously maintained, newly updated, and great pool area! Everything is clean, bright and gorgeous. All of their little touches around the property impressed us to no end, including complementary beach chairs, sun screens and large beach towels to use during our stay. The staff goes out of their way to make your stay enjoyable and the other guest staying there are equally as friendly. I could not have asked for a better place to have stayed. The beach is just a short walk away, including a newly renovated pier with delicious restaurants and great atmosphere!

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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Great Escape Inn

Address: 4620 N Ocean Dr, Lauderdale by the Sea, FL 33308-3620 (Formerly Great Escape Hotel)
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Region: United States > Florida > Broward County > Lauderdale by the Sea
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#7 Romantic Hotel in Lauderdale by the Sea
#8 Family Hotel in Lauderdale by the Sea
#13 On the Beach Hotel in Lauderdale by the Sea
Price Range: £80 - £133 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Great Escape Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Only a block away from the beach, the Great Escape Inn is conveniently located in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, a picturesque seaside village nestled between Ft. Lauderdale and Pompano Beach. Guests at the Inn enjoy a heated pool, complimentary high speed wireless Internet access, and TVs with cable. ... more   less 
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