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“Good cheap place in the Fort Lauderdale area”
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Reviewed 28 January 2011

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This building was an old medical center that was converted into a conference center/retreat. They have hotel rooms that they rent out to anyone.

Pros: The hotel room itself is nice. Nice carpeting, comfortable beds and a Fridge, coffeemaker and microwave in each room. Very nice! The whole building is non-smoking (awesome) and no-alcohol allowed on the premises. The location is great. Just a short drive East to the beaches. Lots of restaurants (fast food and casual sit-down kind) just West on Powerline (near the casino). Plenty of bars near there if you want to have a drink or two. Also a CVS, Walgreens and Walmart there too. The building and rooms are SUPER quiet! No traffic noise of any kind and I never heard any noise from other guests.

Cons: The hallways to your room DO look like those of an old medical center. But, It didn't bother me at all. Also, there is NO swimming pool or sundeck.

I found this place online and the price per night was 1/2 of any other hotels in the area. I would stay here again. If you want a QUIET relaxing hotel with no frills. This is your place.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 15 January 2011

I know that you have been reading the reviews and been reading mixed ones that are all over the map. Predominantly it is polarized by two main negative things and two main positive things.

Positive:

1) It is quiet
2) It is good value since it's cheap

Negative

1) It is a converted hospital
2) It is a Christian retreat/conference centre

I will say that I fully agree with the two main positive points about this place. However in my own experience, the negatives far outweigh the positives. I DO mind that it is a creepy looking old converted hospital. I DO mind that it is right next door to a kidney dialysis clinic. I don't mind so much about it being Chrisitian and I didn't even notice the no alcohol or smoking policy. Big deal. Drink at the bar!

What killed it for me is that the hotel is not accessible unless you have a car. When we called for a taxi, they came 40min later. It's just too far away from anything.

I would not recommend it. Spend $20 more a night. Location, location, location!!!!

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 December 2010

The Forum has elicited the most polar-opposite reviews that I've ever seen on Trip Advisor. Bottom line: it's NOT a hotel, but a retreat center - so don't expect a hotel. Think of it as a stay at an ultra-modern monatery. There's no character like those monasteries of Europe that offer great prices, spartan accomodations and peace and quiet. This time, it looks like a hospital, complete with a dialysis center attached to the next building. But as the super-friendly and efficient receptionist told me, "we're not a hotel, we just happen to rent vacant rooms that aren't being used for retreats and conferences"... so people who come to Fort Lauderdale expecting to "whoop it up" will be disappointed. Since I don't drink or smoke and prefer to have my wild fun away from where I'm staying, it was perfect. The room had a flat-screen tv and dvd player, and yes, the bathrooms DO look just like they must've when it was a hospital, but the bed was comfortable and the free breakfast was adequate - comparable to a budget motel, complete with bagles, waffles, fruit, juice and cereal. The common area outside the room (where the nurse's station must've been) has some couches and a desk with a free internet terminal - it'd be great for a family traveling together. The fitness center had several nice lifefitness treadmills and elipticals and a few weights. And parking is free. It's UNFAIR for people to write about it being near a strip club - it's also near a very nice gated community - the strip club is several blocks' walk away... Yes, it's isolated to some extent, but it's near I-95 and the hotel offers all kinds of snacks and sundries for great prices. The great receptionist even offered me one of her own bandaids out of her purse when I asked for one! I'd definitely go back... If you're the kind of person who's stayed at a joint that has a bathroom down the hall, you'll think you're in the Taj Mahal. Compared to all the horrible places in London and Paris that are "budget" accomodations, this is great! However, given the bad Florida economy, you could get a 4-star hotel down the street for about $30 dollars more on Hotwire... But I'd rather spend that $30 on my rental car or a nice meal...

Stayed: December 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 25 November 2010

OK. First, it's a HOSPITAL, not a hotel. Don't let the moderate "renovations" fool you. It's a hospital. It FEELS like a hospital.

Next, it's extremely fundamentalist Christian. Signs about God everywhere, creepy pictures of kids, and notices about the "Prayer power breakfast", etc. OH-- and you need to sign and swear that you won't smoke or DRINK ALCOHOL in the hotel. (So don't look for the hotel bar)...

No room service-- I really felt like I was in The Shining Part II.

I left after 1 night and checked into The Westin.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 October 2010

The ads for this place are completely deceiving and down right lies! They claim its walking distance to the beach.. its really about a 10 minute drive. There is absolutely nothing to do around this place. The area is beyond ghetto and rundown... luckily there is a ratty strip club right around the corner (great for the kids).

Anyways this place was cheap we got our room for 49 dollars, but to be honest i would have rather paid an extra 20 for a motel 8. The lobby is decent and maybe even nice. When we checked in they made us sign a waiver saying we arent gonna drink or smoke, which is completely nuts.


The place is a reformed hospital and its still obvious. I felt like i was at the clinic. We entered our room and immediately i saw dried semen all over our comforter.. perfect. After removing our disgusting comforter the sheets looked OK. the rooms were somewhat nice with new flatscreen tvs... until we turned them on and they didnt f*king work.

Stay away from this place at all costs. Its too far away from everything and not worth the savings!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 October 2010

I found this hotel on hotels.com. We LIKED the idea of NO alcohol and NO smoking. After years of traveling, my husband was thrilled with that, as he had to listen to drunks, arguments, and loud music at hotels in the past. We were not disappointed!

Our room was clean and quiet, the staff very helpful, and we plan to return next time we need a hotel in that area. The breakfast isn't much, but all we really wanted was coffee. (We had a rental car and went out for a hot breakfast anyway) As we rode the elevator up to our room after coffee, I realized I had left my purse at the table. By the time I went back down, it was already safely being held at the front desk. Obviously this is a great hotel for seniors looking for a quiet, clean hotel. We do not recommend it for young people for the reasons the complaints are mentioned by others: NO alcohol and NO smoking!

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 October 2010

To start.... Upon check in they give you a form that says no alcohol or smoking permitted...WTF?...I know that most hotels don't allow smoking anymore but alcohol?
The Hotel does not tell you that they are a Christian Hotel. Not that there is anything wrong with that if you are not a smoker & like to have a drink.

When you take the elevator up you see all the different services on each floor that they offer. I got off @ the 3rd floor. I headed to my room the pics on the wall were creepy..It had a aura about the place like you would see in a horror movie with crazy patients running around .. You then had to use a key card to go through a set of double doors that lock...Scary...... I got into my room & it had a strange odor & pictures of children on the wall. I settled in but didn't unpack. I had this weird feeling...& I was right..had a very restless night sleep..the next day I went down & checked out...I was charged a day for early check out..but it was well worth it.!

Please trust me..
This hotel is not for the average traveler...If you want a a getaway to Ft Lauderdale..
This is not for you...This is an industrial area with warehouses, buildings etc..
Very creepy, no stores,no beach,no nothing!!!!!!

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled on business
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2  Thank MikeD63
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Address: 600 SW 3rd St, Pompano Beach, FL 33060-6932
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Region: United States > Florida > Broward County > Pompano Beach
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 19 Speciality Lodging in Pompano Beach
Price Range: £63 - £94 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Forum 3*
Number of rooms: 47
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Forum is a full-service lodging and conference facility that welcomes families and business personnel for daily, weekly and even monthly stays. With 47 guest rooms and suites, relaxing community lounges, a long list of amenities, and our non-alcohol policy creates a safe and peaceful environment right in the heart of South Florida. Whether you are traveling to South Florida for business or pleasure, our Pompano Beach address positions you in a prime location of Broward County, near shopping, dining, sightseeing, golfing, and our pristine beaches. All of our rooms and community lounges come with the conveniences of home - Free Wi-Fi, coffee maker, cable television, microwave oven, refrigerator, laundry facilities, vending machines and more. *Please note are a no-smoking, no-vaping and no-alcohol facility. At check-in, we require a $50 deposit. This hold can take up to 10 days to be returned after check-out. We do no accept pre-paid cards such as Momentum. ... more   less 
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