A January 2004 trip
to Fort Lauderdale by tomcat3791
Quote: A week in Fort Lauderdale and Key West, sans husband!
The property was ok, but not exceptional by any stretch. The rooms were tired, but fairly clean -- some cockroaches and plumbing fixtures were inexcusably falling apart in the (obviously original) shower. We paid $100 per night on the weekend for a room with two queen beds, which is a good rate for Ft Lauderdale in January.
Breakfast was not served poolside, as described, but left in your room the day before so you could take it poolside if you desired. The heated pool was only minimally heated -- we had to have it turned up in order to swim after dark. There is NO hot tub (I saw various reports that mentioned one). The property is clothing-optional, but not as private or secure as other clothing-optional resorts in Ft Lauderdale (the gate was never locked and pool area was visible from the street to a determined peeper.)
Public areas were tidy, but the spotty lawn and leaky sprinkler system made sunning a bit muddy and the pool chairs were all broken. There is no internet access on site, except phone jacks on the room phones. Wireless access is being established for those who travel with laptop. We recommended an internet terminal for guest access.
Overall, it was cheap and ok, but I won't stay here again.
Member Rating 1 out of 5 on January 13, 2004
Palm Plaza Resort
2801 Rio Mar St
Ft Lauderdale 33304
The location is excellent -- about 4 blocks off Duval, but at the far end from Atlantic Shores (Tea Dance site). Island House (which offers day passes for the "health club" area) is just down the street.
The pool area is very nice (if small) and well tended -- the pool is kept very warm. The hot tub is large enough for four/five guys and is always available.
Breakfast (included) is substantial and good. Eating areas are provided under a roof near pool. There are approximately 10 pool chairs in the smallish pool area. The staff is VERY helpful and friendly!
One drawback: the small size of public areas makes socialization with other guests critical if you plan to use the Equator pool. We had some guests "click" to the exclusion of others, which made a tough scene in a space with no room to spread out.
On our last day, I was tired of the club/scene queens, so I took a day pass to Island House and used their pool, etc. Another wow!
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 13, 2004
818 Fleming Street
Fort Lauderdale, Florida