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realphoebes Nov 13th, 2003 08:15 PM

STILL looking for "THE" right hotel in Miami or Ft Lauderdale
I was sure I posted I can't find it. I am still researching hotels in these 2 destinations. I am looking for an upscale beach property over the Christmas holidays. I look forward to your great suggestions.

Patrick Nov 13th, 2003 08:23 PM

To find your previous post, just click on your name above here. It will bring up all the threads you have posted or even responded to.

realphoebes Nov 13th, 2003 08:32 PM

Thanks.....I checked....perhaps I deleted the message instead of sending it......when all else fails read the directions ..... right.

Robinsen Nov 13th, 2003 08:41 PM

When I was in Fort Lauderdale I stayed at the Lago Mar, which is right on the beach. Great hotel.

realphoebes Nov 14th, 2003 04:09 AM

Sure hope to get some ideas from you Florida experts.

realphoebes Nov 14th, 2003 04:53 AM

Yes........I have researched Lago Mar. It looks amazing.....very pricey over the Christmas holidays, though.

syd1 Nov 14th, 2003 05:14 AM

What about Turnberry or Pier 66? Kind of in between the two areas and both are very nice resort types.

realphoebes Nov 14th, 2003 05:44 AM

I will look into these 2 properties....I am looking for upscale beach......hopefully these qualify.

mclaurie Nov 14th, 2003 05:56 AM

Use the search box above!!

Found by typing "best Ft Lauderdale hotel"

Hidden gem in Ft Lauderdale but not right on the beach;tid=34446667

Ft Lauderdale oceanfront hotels that don't break the bank;tid=34426484

Found by typing "best miami hotel"

south beach $150-225 with pool;tid=34454721

There are lots more threads & lots more search options (ie south beach) You might also consider Delray Beach. There are 2 Marriott properties there on the beach & it's within a short walk to lots of restaurants on Atlantic Ave.

Xmas is the most expensive & busiest time. Unlikely to be bargains at upscale properties.

The other option is to stay in north Miami/Bal Harbor.

GoTravel Nov 14th, 2003 06:24 AM

Firstly, please decide whether you want to stay in Miami or Ft. Lauderdale. They are so different. South Beach and the rest of Miami are very different.

Concentrate on picking a location and then we can better help you with a hotel.

What are your top 3 priorities?

Debden Nov 14th, 2003 06:39 AM

Marriott Harbor Beach Resort is a fabulous place to stay.Great service,rooms,pool,beach,and restaurants. Try for a $69.00 per night bid.You won't be sorry.

GoTravel Nov 14th, 2003 06:59 AM

Deb, I doubt the Marriott is going for $69 on priceline over the Christmas holidays.

realphoebes Nov 14th, 2003 07:10 AM

I agree! I seem to be all over the map about where to stay. I guess that is because I am so open to options and suggestions. Maybe I need to strike some kind of balance as I will be In Key West for 4 days at the Hyatt. I guess I want beach front with balcony, location and atmosphere.....even though it is Christmas a deal would be nice.

wow Nov 14th, 2003 07:16 AM

Any "upscale beach property over the Christmas holidays" is going to be "very pricey". In any event, you are probably too late to book for Christmas 2003. In FLL try Lago Mar or Marriott Harbor Beach. Marriott also has a timeshare ppty in FLL called Marriott Beach Place Towers but it is not "on" the beach. It is across the road. And, the Marriotts in Delray are not on the beach either!

Patrick Nov 14th, 2003 11:05 AM

"even though it is Christmas a deal would be nice".

And you're looking for beachfront with balcony, location, and atmosphere? You don't need a deal for that, you need a miracle!!!!

rjw_lgb_ca Nov 14th, 2003 11:34 AM

Yeah, I have to agree-- looking for a bargain in High Season in southern Florida qualifies as lunacy. Either compromise on beachfront/beachview, or just face the fact that you'll be spending a lot for the pleasure. But until you pick the city, no one can even start to offer sugggestions on how to get a "deal". Please make that first crucial decision, then you'll start getting concrete advice.

Debden Nov 14th, 2003 11:35 AM

HI,Your right Go Travel.It went for $105.00 on the 21st of December.As close to Christmas that I could find.
The rates on the Marriott website go for
$240-260 for that period of time...Whew!
I'd still give Priceline a try.You never know!

realphoebes Nov 14th, 2003 01:43 PM

LUNACY.......power of positive thinking.........putting it out to the UNIVERSE.......asking the experts for it what you may.

GoTravel Nov 14th, 2003 02:22 PM

I am going to make a suggestion here that is outside the box.

Since you are already staying at a very nice big resort in Key West, how about something smaller for the second half of your trip?

My suggestion is Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. All low rise mom and pop motels on a very pretty stretch of beach. There is pretty little quaint shopping dining district.

I think the beaches in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea (not the same city as Ft. Lauderdale) are much prettier than those south. Not as much traffic or people.

We like the Seaward Appartments and when they are full, The Captain's Quarters. Both are on El Mar Drive which is where you want to be located.

Just another suggestion since you aren't getting what you want with your first two posts.

Check out

missjanna Nov 14th, 2003 02:43 PM

I'll second the nomination for Lauderdale By the Sea. Some great rates can be had there for oceanfront hotels or a block away with a view. I stayed there last year and was right on A1A a block from the ocean and a lot of stores were close by. Of course the holidays are going to be higher in cost, but the balcony in Ft Lauderdale or Miami will seem silly compared to the sunsets you will get in Key West!

PS And this applies to all that seem to be booking holiday travel this late...why is everyone looking for reasonable rates when they should know by now it's next to impossible last minute during the holidays?

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