Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida


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  • Avatar for glennm196
    By glennm196 Aug 8, 2017

    We recently returned from our first week as owners. We purchased a 1 bedroom, one and a half bath unit on the 15th floor. We bought it sight unseen, relying on photos seen on the internet. We were pleasantly surprised at how spacious the unit is and how very clean it was. The bed was very comfortable. The furniture was comfortable and it had a more home like feel to it. The kitchen and bathrooms appear to have been updated recently. Views from the balcony of the intracoastal waterway and downtown Fort Lauderdale were beautiful. The kitchen was fully equipped, everything we needed was there. The televisions both worked well. The resort is perfectly located. A beautiful beach is just a few minutes walk with plenty of shops, restaurants and pubs along the way. A grocery store, mall and Starbucks is only a 5 minute car ride away. The resort is an older building, but it is well maintained. There is free parking, but you do want a smaller car as the spaces are small. There was always spaces available. There are 2 elevators and they are smaller in size, but there was never much of a wait to use them. The staff we spoke with were polite. There is a small pool and bar area, but we only visited it one time briefly because we prefer the beach. We enjoyed our week and look forward to returning next year.

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    By martinc4 Updated Jan 11, 2017

    I own two units in this resort and its hard to beat! The anual fees are heavy but with all the new construction Exterior and interior its easy to understand why. The entire Staff here is wonderful... extremly accomidateing and The staff from the recreation director Chris loves his job as does Rosa at the front and even the house keepers are so Friendly. all the units and furniture are all new! and they have exceeded expitations remodeling of course there are some owners that could never be pleased. as everywere! But this Resort has it all ... plus if your intent is to Buy or Rent ! get ready for the best time of your life ! This resort is a block into the ocean or a short walk over bridge intracoastal to the galleria Mall .There are two New resturaunts Blue Martini and P.F. Changs both Fabulous. also a food court in the Mall great shopping! And several resturaunts within the block of resort The bluefish is a fun sports bar and the pizza place on corner Primanti Brothers Pizza is to die for out of this world and great sandwiches with coleslaw and fri's on them. The Famous Parrot Lounge Great sandwiches and Beer the resort has a Great new Pool and sun deck with whirlpool and just gets better If you like Gambleing the sun cruz and the seminole casino and Hardrock casino are minutes away! Para sailing on the Ocean ECT ECT ECT What a Place. Everglades Boats and rides avalible 15 min away and Fishing Boats everywere. The world Greatest Flea market and world famous Las Olas Blvd for shopping top of the world. Bill White Peabody Ma.

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    By lindam426 Updated Nov 29, 2015

    UPDATED: 11/29/15:

    New color scheme ... gone is the teal blue replaced with a sand color beige. New sofas and LR chairs in units. New owners' lounge with the BIGGER SCREEN TV plus seating for a small group. Moved the 2 public computers to a room with a glass door.

    Met the new resort manager ... he is planning on a weekly coffee "Met & Greet" to met the owners!

    Great time ... new Star's Deli is on the street towards the beach; Subway is in the strip facing the beach as is St Bart's, a Vegan dining place and the Irish Pub. Our favorite sports bar, The Parrot and the Corner ice cream shop .... has treats for the too young and us older guests. Just remember, 24/7 Pizza & Breakfast still on the corner.... munchies!

    Resort has never looked better with the updated units. These are larger units than many other timeshares as it is not a converted motel/hotel. Free parking is available for one car.

  • Avatar for nickc112
    By nickc112 Updated Apr 21, 2015

    I can honestly say that this resort has done a lot to improve since I bought the unit in 2007. I am very happy with my week 12 two BR timeshare.The owners association is realistic about the maintenance budget and planned up keep. The hotel provides a better experience every year. This isn't a Marriott but a financially manageable property a few hundred feet from the beach and access to a fancy shopping mall, restaurants and groceries.

    I used again in 2015 and the facility just gets better-very pleased

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    By frankb86 Feb 21, 2015

    We had a great time staying in the Penthouse - 18th floor, end unit. Great location, we watched yachts going up and down the intercoastal waterway. Beautiful views daytime and nighttime. Easy walk to the beach. Large unit with everything you could possibly need. Very comfortable furniture and kitchen stocked with everything you need except food. We had plenty of linens, etc in the unit and ANITA was so kind to offer help with anything we needed. Thank you Edward Colameta for renting your unit to us and making the transaction so easy.

  • Avatar for pattyj22
    By pattyj22 Updated Aug 15, 2012

    We just visited FLBR for the first time after purchasing a time share week last year sight unseen, other than the internet photos. We normally stay at 4 or 5 star resorts and we were pleasantly surprised with our purchase - the two bedroom unit was very clean, spacious and nicely decorated. Everything was new and the unit was well equipped. They have done an excellent job upgrading the resort and the service was great.

    The location is fabulous if you like being close to Fort Lauderdale Beach - we were inspired by the many joggers and walkers who walk along the boardwalk each morning so we joined in. Great little new coffee shop on A1A called "St Barts" for coffee, breakfast, lunch. Good food and friendly service. An easy and enjoyable walk along A1A to many great restaurants, shops and bars and of course the never ending beach area. You could easily stay at this resort and not need a rental car unless you plan to do some day trips. The Galleria Mall is right next door too - great restaurants and lots of fancy shops.

    On cooler days we did some short day trips to South Beach, Boca Raton, and West Palm Beach -- all are about a 45 min drive away. Shopping at Sawgrass Mills outlet mall is great too - straight up Sunrise Drive about 40 minutes away.

    We took the advice of many travellers before us and took the water taxi along the intercoastal waterway to downtown. Very enjoyable and highly recommended but plan ahead so you can get good value for the all day $ 15 per adult pass. The water taxi operators are friendly and give a great overview of the rich and famous houses along the waterway and other sites.

    Overall, we are very pleased with our week at FLBR and will definitely be going back next year with family or friends in tow. Enjoy!

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    By stephenl186 Sep 25, 2011

    Have stayed here 3 times and loved it each time. Lovely place - easy walk to the beach. Restaurant on the property is actually very good. Nice views from both sides of the building. Very convenient to everything we want to do in Fort Lauderdale. Plenty of room in the one and two bedroom units. Highly recommend. We want to buy here after such good experiences.

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    By leonardb36 Jul 20, 2011

    Our family of 4 (2 adults, 2 kids aged 12 and 14) stayed at this resort for a week in July. We had fantastic weather the entire week. While the odd shower blew through the area, it never rained on us. Most of the time it was sunny. While hot and humid this time of year, it was not as bad as we expected.

    The ocean was warm (estimated mid 80s) and very calm all week -- almost dead calm in the mornings. This was a big change from around the same time last year, when we had a week of roaring surf just up the road in Pompano Beach. I guess it all depends on the winds and weather at the time of your visit.

    Wear your sunscreen if you are a pale white northerner like I am. I did, but still got burnt in the late afternoon after reading on the beach for an hour following an ocean swim.

    The ocean itself was nice for swimming but otherwise uninteresting. Close to shore it is all sand. To see anything with a mask and snorkel, you have to go farther out than the lifeguards (9AM - 5PM) will allow. There are other beaches in the area with snorkeling closer to shore. Showers are available at the beach entrances for washing off salt and sand.

    The resort is located at the very northern end of the Fort Lauderdale beach wall, which is lit with a colorful neon rope light at night. The resort is a short walk from the beach, with shops and restaurants lining the route. There was some covered parking, but most of the time the covered spots were taken and we ended up parking in the sun. The resort has a restaurant and bar which we didn't use (we only tried on Wednesday, the one day they are closed). There were no BBQs for guest use.

    The pool was a very plain rectangle with a maximum depth of 6 feet. The water was warm and clean and our kids enjoyed playing there. There was also a hot tub on the sun deck above the restaurant.

    We stayed in a 2 bedroom ocean view lock off unit on the 6th floor. The larger side of the lock off had a full kitchen, living room, dining room, bathroom, king bedroom, sofa bed, Murphy (wall) bed, and balcony overlooking the pool area and the ocean in the distance. The smaller side of the lock off was more of a studio, with a partial kitchen, king bedroom with dining table by the window, and bathroom. The air conditioning kept the unit quite comfortable. The internet speed was adequate, but just. The unit had a fairly roomy safe for locking up valuables (mandatory weekly fee applies). We were happy with the furnishings and appliances in the unit and everything seemed to be in working order. There seemed to be far too few dishes for our party of 4, however. I can't imagine how 8 would have fared.

    These units had no laundry facilities. Laundry could be done downstairs or in a laundry just up the street towards the beach. We used the on-site laundry at $1.50 per load for the washer and $1.50 per load for the dryer (total $3 per load of laundry).

    There seems to be quite a bit of renovation going on. Weekdays we heard quite a bit of construction noise: hammering, hammer drills in concrete, etc. That's fine during the day, but one morning, the noise started before 8 AM, much to our annoyance.

    We attended a sales presentation for Vacation Villages Voyages, an RCI-like timeshare exchange program that promises better availability than the standard RCI membership. We had doubts the post sale availability of units would be as good as they suggested so we didn't buy. Plus we hate the "buy now or never return" high pressure sales (the sales lady actually wrote "no return" on our interview form to underscore the opportunity we were blowing). From what we understood, this wasn't a timeshare ownership, but more of a very costly club that would give you the right to book vacations through them. The cost to join was about $12K, dropping to about $8K if you have a current or former military or government employee somewhere in your family tree. They gave us $55 and breakfast for our time. The staff person who signed us up for the presentation assured me it would only take an hour. In actual fact, it took over two before they took our "no" for an answer. The sales lady said "we ate breakfast" and that didn't count towards the hour. I should have went with my gut. Two hours of our time on vacation was not worth the $55 remuneration.

    The elevators were very slow. On Friday, it seemed the whole building was checking out between 9 and 10 AM and every elevator that passed us in a 20 minute interval was chock-a-block full. In desperation, some people just took multiple trips on the stairs or got onto "up" elevators on lower floors, which no doubt stopped at every one of the 17 floors to the top before stopping at every one of the 17 floors again on the way back down. At the suggestion of a staffer who sympathized with our plight, we used the service elevator at the end of the hallway. My suggestion: fully pack on the eve of your departure and move most of your stuff down to your car very early on departure day.

    We thought this was a nice resort in a nice area. We felt it deserved its RCI Silver Crown rating and we would be happen to return.

  • Avatar for randyr53
    By randyr53 Mar 6, 2011

    Since our last visit in 2008, when we were not an owner, we noticed additional renovations to the resort including the sauna and restrooms, a newly opened spa and free WiFi in every unit. Our stay was most enjoyable and we went to the beach often as it is only a block away, used the pool, hot tub and sauna. In addition, we had drinks and burgers poolside, served by the bartender working the poolside bar. We took advantage of the discounted spa package for manicures, pedicures and massages but we did not use the fitness center (LOL) or the two computers located in the lobby as we had our own computers.

    We stayed in our 2BR/2B lockout, unit #1205 from Jan. 8th - Jan. 15th which is located on the 12th floor at the southeast corner of the building with great views of the Atlantic Ocean. The furnishings were of higher quality then some other resorts. They used real sofa and chairs instead of the typical uncomfortable wicker furniture. There was a dinning room table that seats six, a murphy bed and pull out sofa. The king size bed in the lock off unit was a bit worn as it was high in the center, but sagged on the sides. I heard that they are currently replacing mattresses so hopefully next year this will not be of a concern. The living room had a TV with working remote and a DVD and VHS player. The two bedrooms both had working remotes and reception was good. The one issue was that there wasn't a TV guide available, either on the TV or a printout.

    The kitchen had a full size refrigerator, full size stove, dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker and blender. A double sink with garbage disposal, spray hose and granite counter tops. The one thing that I noticed but was not a big issue was that it did not have an ice maker in the freezer. If you need lots of ice, there is an ice machine, which always had plenty of ice in it. There were able kitchen supplies and cleaning supplies to clean up.

    No problems with check-in. Since we were leaving a different resort the morning of our check-in, we called the FLBR and asked if our room might be available early or at least a place to store our belongings until check-in. Rosa at the front desk advised me that our room was ready and we could check-in immediately. This was awesome as we moved from one resort to the next without any inconvenience, a huge plus. There was a sign posted for a safe fee of $2.00 per day or $10.00 per week. We were not charged this fee on this visit and I am assuming it was because we are owners now because in 2008 we were charged the $10.00 for the week. I believe this is just a fee that they get from RCI exchangers.

    There was a 'First Date' event planned for Sunday morning by the concierge and activities director to discuss different events at the resort (mostly for adults, as I did not hear about kid activities), excursions to other destinations like Key West and the Bahamas. There were representatives from different companies like the Everglades Tours and the Duck Tour to sell their events which was nice. We took advantage of the 50% off coupon to visit the Bonnett museum and got information on the Water Taxi to see homes of the rich and famous and to sight see along the intracoastal waterways.

    A vehicle is helpful to fully take advantage of the area but there are many restaurants and bars within walking distance. So if you want to walk to places, there are plenty but we enjoyed having a vehicle to travel to many more areas for the full exposure to Fort Lauderdale.

    As this was our second visit to the FLBR and being an owner recently, we are throughly pleased with the resort and look forward to traveling to our unit next January 2012.

  • Avatar for denisg11
    By denisg11 Updated Feb 13, 2010

    we stayed week 14,2007 on the 15 th floor,back in 2008,2009 and looking forward to 2010 great place, quiet, we were there for the beach,it's nice . Denis & Madeleine from Canada.

  • Avatar for larry1339
    By larry1339 Updated Feb 12, 2010

    I purchased 2 units with ocean view in 2003. This Resort has come along way in the7 years since I have been an owner including new roof,windows,doors and elevators and now all the units have been totally renovated with new kitchens with granite countertops, baths, furniture, carpeting and drapes with very high end finish. The staff has always been extremely helpful and if you have children, they have wonderful daily activities poolside. The location is fabulous only minutes to some of the best restaurants, sites and Intercoastal Waterway. Walk across the street and your on the beach and there are several restaurants and shops on the way. I really enjoy staying here with my family as it has all the above and feels like home instead of a hotel room with 2 beds and a TV. It seems to only get better year after Year. Larry Cherry - St. Louis, MO I do rent my units occassionally for Spring Break Weeks 12 &13.. If interested call 314-220-7786

  • Avatar for jamess220
    By jamess220 Feb 7, 2010

    Just got back from a great stay. Great Rooms and great location. We have stayed here many times and always enjoy ourselves. Walking or joging on Ft Lauderdale beach is really the best.

  • Avatar for david797
    By david797 Jan 2, 2010

    We just got back having rented from Frank Davis and really enjoyed our stay. Frank is easy to make arrangements with and very trustworthy.

    The resort offers many activities and the beach is close by. As Frank advised, we highly recommend taking the water taxi for a "poor man's cruise". They are building up the area even more a block away but you never hear anything. There are stores and good food very nearby. The patio is very nice and there is a small view of the intracoastal waterway and some yachts. The beach is beautiful. The room comfortablly held five people with 2 bathrooms and one shower, full kitchen and nice dining area.

    It is in a good location to use to see other areas nearby such as Lauderdale by the Sea and of course South Beach. We love Fort Lauderdale and are discussing our future plans which may include a cruise from Fort Lauderdale. Thanks Frank!

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    By frankd64 Updated Apr 9, 2009


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    By albertop5 Updated Apr 9, 2009

    I stayed at # 1701.I bought the shares fron Frank and Angela.I couldnt have been any happier.The condo beatiful,the view was breath taking,the location better impossible.The whole experience was meant to be repeated.Thanks a lot Frank,sincerely,Alberto and his family.

  • Avatar for peters213
    By peters213 Updated Mar 27, 2009

    I've owned here since 1992 when they had gutted the place and started turning it into resort condos. Since then I had exchanged through RCI with no real intention of coming down. My kids are teenagers now and we decided to check it out for the first time - 17 years later. The outside looks the same, other than a paint job here or there - I was not sure what to expect. Once we got inside - WOW. Awesome job on facilities, amenities, decor - everything! Our unit faces the beach (1403) and even with being right beside the elevator, there is no noise coming in to the unit. If you like to walk, everything is walkable (within 30 minutes) - its all there - restaurants, shopping, shows, tours - just ask Manny the Concierge for details or Chris and Jillian can help you out. Front desk staff is efficient and the maintenance and cleaning staff are extremely friendly. I'd like to see wireless internet in the rooms, but it is free in the lobby. Hot Dog lunches, Pizza parties, Ice Cream social, Happy Hour - all great times and great prices at the poolside bar.

    If I don't go down myself, I will rent in future years.

  • Avatar for vincentr31
    By vincentr31 Feb 10, 2009

    Just got back from staying 2 weeks late Jan. and early Feb. 2009. Units are clean and nicely decorated. Location 1 block from beach and a state park is just across Sunrise Blvd. I rented from Frank Davis who was excellent to do business with. Only suggestion I made to facility is they should have some gas grills for guests.

  • Avatar for js98
    By js98 Jan 31, 2009

    Excellent VIEWS and Great Location on Ft. Lauderdale Beach and Intercoastal waterway and Large Park area!! Close to everything!! Mall one block away!

    All units newly remodeled with granite countertops and tiles. The whole resort just refurbished!

    Great amenities!

  • Avatar for kristin47
    By kristin47 Dec 30, 2008

    My husband and I and our two adult sons stayed here in a 1BR unit, 1508, which we rented from Frank Davis. The unit itself was clean, modern and very comfortable, spacious enough for four people. We were there over Christmas, and the kitchen had everything needed to cook a nice Christmas dinner. The views off the balcony are of the waterways, great sunsets. It is right near the state park, and a very short walk to the beach. There is a fun Irish pub just around the corner, and a small market with all of the necessities just across from the entrance to the resort. It is kind of a hike to the main part of the strip with all of the bars and restaurants, but we walked there several tines with no problems. The rental process went very smoothly and we had no problems. All of the staff at the resort were very friendly and helpful. I was told that all of the units have now been refurbished, but they still have not updated the lobby or activities room, although that is in the works.

  • Avatar for sunseeker1
    By sunseeker1 May 10, 2008

    Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort exceeded our expectations.

    My family of 4 spent a week back in March in a recently renovated 2 bedroom unit. We requested an unit facing the ocean but were told all were taken and got one on the tenth floor facing inland which turned out to also have nice views of the inter-coastal channels with nice boats. The lobby and common areas are not impressive but the unit is great: roomy, well equipped and nicely decorated.

    There were activities every day that my two daughters enjoyed a lot. The pool is not big but adequate.

    Within walking distance there are good spots such as a nice mall, the water-taxi, good restaurants and the beach.

    A car is recommended so you can explore the surroundings: Miami, the Everglades, malls and other tourist attractions.

    We enjoyed our vacation and highly recommend this resort.

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    By janeh3 Updated Apr 17, 2008

    We stayed at the Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort in Feb. 2008 in a 2-bedroom unit. We were travelling with another couple so the lockout unit was perfect. We both felt we had our own room and privacy (the second bedroom was a small studio). Both couples enjoyed the benefits of a large condo. The unit was nicely decorated and very spacious. We enjoyed sitting on the balcony watching the cruise ships sail out to sea.

    We rented our unit from Frank & Angela Davis. They were very honest to deal with and they had everything arranged for us at time of check-in. We would definately put our trust in them for future rentals. Thanks for everything.

    Jane & Rein --Windsor, Ontario

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    By johnp428 Updated Feb 5, 2008

    We rented from Frank Davis Jan 2008. All I can say is that Frank is the BEST!!! Everything went smooth as planed. The timeshare was on the 10th floor with a great ocean view as promised. The condo was fantastic with everything new and spotless. The staff was also great. Anything you needed they were there to get it for you. We had a great week! Will stay there again. Thanks Frank!!! John Porada Saugatuck, Michigan

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    By beverleyl7 Updated Jan 3, 2008

    Our trip started out on the wrong foot when guest services got a hold of us. For a $20 deposit they guaranteed us a gurmet breakfast and we wouldn't be sold anything. Liar, liar. Breakfast consisted of onion bagels, donuts and coffee whitener. When we got up to leave the staff of Vacation Village was quite annoyed with us because we didn't give them a chance to sell us anything. Recommedation to all new comers-stay away from guest services. If you happen to stay on floors 3-7 you will really be disappointed and the rating will drop to a 2 star. Those rooms are really dumpy. The bathtub has permanent stains in it, the silicone around the sink is peeling, the paint on the mirror is peeling, the toilet makes noise, the pull out couch won't close properly, the chair has too many stains to mention and you don't get a cut in the rate.

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    By maryc337 Sep 3, 2007

    We stayed in unit 1810 during week 33. We had a wonderful time. This unit was beautiful and owners Tom and Greer Ellis are extremely helpful. We had children with us that ranged in age from 7 years to 22 years and we were never at a loss of things to do. This resort is very nice and located close to everything you could need. We did have a rental car but would not have had to have it, as there are many things to do within walking distance.

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    By jeffreyp35 Apr 25, 2007

    My Sister and I stayed at Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort in March 2007. We loved everything about this resort. The staff were very friendly and helpful! The units we stayed in were a 1 bedroom with an attached studio. Both units were very clean and we felt right at home. The view from our balcony was breath taking, morning, noon and night. The planned activities for the guests were all so much fun. Both of us are planning to stay here again next year and I am hoping that my husband and I can go together sometime soon. Location was great!

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    By davids655 Updated Apr 22, 2007

    Stayed here Jan 2007. Good resort being fully updated original apartments were very good the refurb makes them excellent'.In a superb position fro the beach ,water taxi ,state park and Gallerea Mall the higher you are the better the views The rooftop panorama is superb I travel 4,200 miles to stay here and will be booking for next year very soon.

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    By rick806 Updated Feb 15, 2007


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    By johnw293 Updated Feb 13, 2007

    After the renovations, this resort is looking like a brand new place! It is a wonderful resort in a wonderful location! It is simply beautiful! I stayed there two weeks ago and found it to be an exceptional value! I paid $100 per night and split it with 4 other people. The five of us were extremely comfortable and the views from the resort are breath taking. The staff is extremely friendly and there is plenty to do! The weather was awesome! This place is great! While prior to 2006 it may have seemed older, it is redone now as if it is brand new! I would be surprised if anyone that stays in this resort since 2007 would be less than extremely satisfied! It is great! And, one block to the beautiful beach! Look for a rental on and you may find an exceptional value! I am sure that once you stay here, you will come back every year!! I plan on going at least twice a year if possible!!

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    By donna1502 Jan 23, 2007

    As an owner at FLBR, I take exception to the previous posting as it has nothing to do with the quality of this property and everything to do with this owner's dissatisfaction with the termination of the Exchange Program. Additionally, the comment that the current renovation project will "make an old building look a little better" is negated when one takes the time to look at to see exactly what is happening to the property.

    During some thirteen years of ownership we have seen numerous management companies do not a whole lot with FLBR -- some painting, new bedspreads, etc. The 100% makeover that is currently underway is long overdue. Yes, the assessment was high, especially when you own multiple weeks, but this is not the forum to discuss fees and exchange programs that have been terminated.

    FLBR remains a good value for the weekly rental of an apartment as compared to the cost of a hotel room Ft. Lauderdale.

  • Avatar for 411business
    By 411business Updated Jan 22, 2007

    We purchased several units at FLBR (Ft Lauderdale Beach Resort) after receiving printed info in their newsletters and other FLBR documentation promoting a great Internal Owner Exchange Program that allowed owners to trade usage weeks using their In-House (Home Resort) Program.

    FLBR’s In-House Exchange has worked well for us in past years but the resort recently (2006) stopped the in-house exchange leaving us owners holding low value units with an empty promise that we made our purchasing decisions on.

    Regardless of what some sellers have advertised/listed, the tax/maint. bill is approx $800 per year and significantly increasing each year.

    FLBR is not too bad to rent if you can't get reservations in one of the nice resorts, but it is far from a 4 or 5 star resort. FLBR started a renovation project that will make the old building look a little better in a year or 2. As listed on website , FLBR owners are being over-charged for renovations in additional billings over and above the regular yearly tax/maint bills.

    The location is good for getting to the beach (1 block away). The posted weekly rental prices are good if you can’t find anything at Marriott Beach Place Ft Lauderdale or the other resorts in the Miami / Ft Laud area. We will now use Interval International and Redweek to trade our FLBR units for better resorts when we see them listed on these and other exchange services.

    If we were informed that FLBR would stop the In- House exchanges, that the yearly fees would increase so much and owners would be over-charge for renovations, we would not have purchased units at FLBR. We did not expect to get less in services when the tax/maint charges are increasing so much each year. As you can tell we are very disappointed with the resort. Your advance and thorough due diligence is much required if you are considering buying a FLBR unit. Look at sale prices and ratings of FLBR units on Internet web sites such as Timeshare Users Group ( eBay, BidShares, Google, etc.

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    By charles1182 Updated Jan 18, 2007

    I stayed in a 1 Bdrm 1.5 bath newly renovated unit on the 17th floor with Intercoastal/City view during the week of Dec 23rd, 2006. My rating is based on my experience in that unit. My unrenovated other unit would get a lower but still acceptable rating. The top 3 floors are now redone with the remainder of the building planned to be finished by early 2008. The refinished floors look like a totally different resort inside. The hallways are done in neutral shades with nice new carpeting. The unit I stayed in has a King bed in the bedroom, a comfortable Queen Murphy bed and Queen sleeper sofa in the living room. The floors are light stone and all the counter surfaces are Granite. The balcony has an incredible view of the city. All furniture and appliances are new. Covered parking is free and I never had a problem finding a space. The master bathroom is on the small side, but workable. The half bath off the living room is perfect for the privacy of overnight guests. I own 2 winter weeks at this resort. Granted, the maintenance fees are on the high side, but I checked the price of the Holiday Inn next door to the resort for the dates I was staying. It was $213/day for a standard room, plus 8% tax plus parking charges. For about $100/day in Maintenance fees I had a 900sq ft One Bedroom Apartment with balcony, a large safe, and free covered parking. Quite a bargain when you compare prices this time of year in Ft Lauderdale. Your opinion of the resort will probably differ depending on whether you are in a newly redone unit. This will never be the Marriott, but the redecorated unit rivals some other Gold Crown properties I've stayed at. It will probably earn RCI Silver when the construction is complete. I'm glad I own here, especially with the renewal, I use my units every year rather than exchange them.

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    By art101 Updated Aug 2, 2006

    I came here for my first visit and in spite of the recent hurricane, I have to give the resort an "A" all around. 1. It was just steps to a gorgeous beach. 2. They had lots of free/ inexpensive and fun activities for the residents. 3. The rooms were big and mine had a terriifc intracoastal view! 4. Everyone at the resort was friendly and frankly, some went beyond the call of duty to answer our questions. 5. You are 2 miles from Las Olas Blvd, which is not to be missed, and there is plenty of shopping and restaurants within a short drive or a ten minute walk. Have breakfast at Shula's (if you get the chance) 6. My only gripes (minor) is that the pool could be a little bigger and there is no coffee shop on the premises.

    If you like the beach way of life, this is a great place to visit. I'll be back often!

    I will add to my review to state my displeasure with the amount of the new assessment they are charging us. Its too much to charge at one time. Like some of the other owners, I know we need some updating but an entire overhaul is too costly and I do not think the Board of Directors were particularly careful with our money. Obvioulsy, if someone now buys a week, they can get a good deal because of this assessment. Thumbs down to our Board of Directors. I own several timeshares and this is the biggest ripoff I've encountered!

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    By leian1 Jul 27, 2006

    Stayed here with hubby and toddler daughter the week before Memorial Day. We had deposited our week at the Westin St John 2 years ago and were running out of time to make the exchange. We wanted to be in the Miami area and this was all that was available. When I think of the value of my home resort vs this, I cringe.

    It was clean but rather downtrodden and shabby. The carpeting in the hallways was worn, the lighting and trim outdated. One of the tables in the elevator vestibule had a large hunk chipped off and the fact that no one has removed or replaced this speaks volumes about the level of caretaking at this so called "resort". And that is another thing - when I think of a resort I think of a large place that has many laid out amenities. This place, which was more like a condo-hotel, would not qualify. The location, a short block away from the beach, was good. There is no restaurant on the premises although you may purchase continental breakfast items from a cart in the lobby in the morning. We had a powder room in our unit that was larger than the fully functional bathroom, where the door hit the toilet. The walk-in closet was a nice size and I, like another reviewer, utilized and appreciated the large safe which held both my and my husband's laptops.

    All in all our stay was pleasant but for the value of our exchange and the type of accommodation we are accustomed to (Ritz, Four Seasons, boutique upscale properties, etc.) this was quite disappointing. We will not be back.

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    By im50bill Updated Jun 24, 2006

    I do own two weeks in this Resort it is always great . well within walking distance to the Beach a short 2 blocks The staff here is always very friendly and happy to accommadate any needs, such as heaters blankets ect. I have stayed in a lot of these timeshare resorts But this one is perfect size large enough and small enough. Nice people friendly attitude great pool and sundeck with live Monkeys to feed that come to pool area. Walk over bridge to wild oats for lunch at their by the pound salad bar . or just grab a sandwich and a cold beer at the world famous Parrot lounge just out the front door and don't miss the pizza place on corner by the slice or hamburger with coleslaw and fri's on it You can take a cab from airport or bus and don't really need a car here at all everything is in walking distance or short cab ride water taxi close and bus . Don't Miss the Thunderbird Flea market while here right on sunrise abot 5 miles also two casino's in Hollywood Great Steak at Shulla's right on the beach about ten blocks up so much to do wow

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    By amanda401 Updated Mar 17, 2006

    I own week #1 in room #303, and have since 1997. I have always enjoyed myself on every visit to Florida. The staff at the resort are all great, especially Felipe. I bought this unit when I was still single, and had tons of fun with my friends over the years. Since then I have married, my wife and I have enjoyed a few vacations alone until we had a child and he came right along with us. I've been there long enough to see my maintanance fees raise, new patio doors installed (which were well needed), the room has been redone once since I've owned my room(I don't think the room looks 70's, but more tropical).Granted it needs some updates(my unit could use a new dishwasher), but all in all everything works and it's a lot better room than your going to get at the Super 8 and don't forget, you get your free paper evey morning. I would recomend anyone to stay here.

    But after today I don't think I would recomend anyone to become a Owner. I received a payment book in the mail today for room Renovation Assesment. At a cost of $1081.83 payable in one lump sum, or you can make 11 payments of $88.66 with a 25% down payment of $270.46. It's great that there charging us Owners $159.49 intrest for improvements on our own property. This current board is trying to get eveyone to give them a proxy vote to allow them to make all decicions without regard to Owner views. I stated previosly, my room has been redone once since I've owned it. And this was done with an increase in maintenance fees. I'm not against improvements, but I am against unresonable increases with out any say in the matter. If any other Owners would like to respond with their views, I would love to hear from them.

    P.S. I would tend to beleive that some of these responses are plants, and these reviews are an insult to the members who pay our membership to this site for accurate and honest reviews.

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    By ed869 Jan 28, 2006

    Exchanged in 1/21/06-1/28/06 and had a wonderful time. Great staff and many activities (much more than most resorts). I'll recomend to others and will plan to go back as often as possible! And they do furnish free laundry and supplies AND they have mid-week linen and bed change. We only needed the car three times the whole week. I will even say it is nice to have the newspaper delivered to your room each morning.

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    By rmatarrese Jan 24, 2006

    This is a wonderful resort with excellent service and friendly staff. The oceanviews and intercoastal views from floors 5 and above are stunning. The pool area is charming and quaint and very well kept. Best of all, is the convenience this location offers in an uncongested area, just a short stroll to the beach, with resturants and shops along the way. Since it is sandwiched between a state park to the north and The Bonnet Grounds (naturally maintained historical estate) to the south, you are surrounded by natural beauty and are not in the middle of a busy cluster of high rises. My room was clean and well maintained. While the room decor is ready to be updated, I understand the plans are a full interor renovation in 2006. I plan to go back and am looking foreward to my next visit.

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    By smith2601 Updated Jan 14, 2006

    We were there Dec. 23-30, 2005. We were disappointed with the units and had to move twice. They are old, rusty, and worn. If you like being close to the beach and don't mind a 1970's place then stay there. The staff is friendly and washing is free. I hope to never stay there again!

    I resent the rater above saying my review is bogus. He probably works for the resort or is trying to sell his resort and does NOT want the truth to be known!

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    By jeff304 Jan 11, 2006

    Not sure where the last 2 reviews stayed, but it sounds like they may have been camping out in their car in the parking lot instead of staying in the resort. This resort is not a 5 star like the Marriott, but it is still a very nice resort and is in the process of getting better with the renovations that have been done so far and those planned. You can't beat it's location and the management and staff are excellent. I would hate to see someone pass-up this resort because of a couple bogus reviews, so try it, you will like it!

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    By skitimber Dec 27, 2005

    Extra charges, gone downhill, not worth it unless you're desperate.

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    By chriskre Updated Aug 5, 2005

    Just purchased my unit this year and was pleasantly surprised by how nice this resort is. Our unit is updated with designer furnishinings and a tropical ambiance. The kitchen was huge with all the amenities. We have an awesome view from the balcony on the 14th floor of the intracoastal waterway as well as the city of Fort Lauderdale. The staff is very friendly here. There is lots to do in the area and the beach nearby is great. On this stretch of beach there are no oceanfront hotels or timeshares because Fort Lauderdale keeps it public and no building allowed so the location was fine. Lots of restaurants and shops on the next block. Feels a little like Key west in this area. Galeria mall is just over the bridge with upscale shopping if you desire. Also the water taxi is just over the bridge and takes you all over Fort Lauderdale. I had a great time in this unit. Considering it is an older resort, they keep it pretty nice. No musty smells but everything is clean, clean, clean and updated. I live in Miami, FL

    8/5/05 Didn't have much luck exchanging on this site so decided to use my week. Glad I did as I had a great time. The resort is redoing a part of the parking lot so parking was sort of in short supply but the rooms are still in great shape. They had a nice bartender this year out by the pool serving $1.00 pina coladas and wine/beer. Also had pizza for a buck or 2. Was nice and there were lots of people taking advantage of this down by the pool. Everyone is still very nice on the staff. No complaints except the parking. Visited Bonnet House next door which was a nice diversion to the sand and beach. Worth a visit. The beach had lots of red flag days while we were there due to dangerous sea life so we didn't go in much. Also the water was rough due to the hurricanes out there stirring. Good thing you don't need the beach to have a great time at this place.

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    By ellen519 Jul 24, 2005

    Just got back from a weeks vacation with our family. Had a great time at the resort. Lots of activities and staff is wonderful. Look forward to going back next year.


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    By lori1323 Jul 2, 2005

    We enjoyed our stay at the resort. Great location and fun activities. I highly recommend it.

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    By n9fam Updated Feb 8, 2005

    First, a declaration of conflict of interest...we own four weeks at this resort. We visit at least 2 weeks every year, and thoroughly enjoy the location, near the beach, yet very quiet and relaxing, and convenient to most everything. Saw some other reviews, a little dated, so want to give some updates. The Homeowners Association had a meeting while we were there last week. The restaurant has now been leased out, but the City is slow in giving them a new liquor license, but that was expected soon. The homeowners assn is soon to announce a modernization of the rooms to all new designs, carpeting, appliances, furniture. This will probably mean a moderate increase in fees, but their is a temporary tax increase fee that will be going away probably about the same time (2006). The resort is very well maintained, the staff very responsive, and the VRI management group is doing a good job, especially compared to the earlier Sunterra management. The elevators were just replaced, and the exterior of the building is being repainted now (Feb, 2005). We are presently looking to buy another week, as we expect to continue to visit this location every year for the foreseeable future.

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    By ardolino1 Updated Apr 7, 2004

    We stayed in the 2 Bedroom in March 2004 and the new management is doing an excellent job in renovating the premises. We had a fabulous view of the ocean and there are plenty of restaurants in the area. Bonnet house is next door and you are surrounded with lots of activities to see and do. We bought a 2 Bedroom as we feel this timeshare under the new management will do wonders. Combined with the view of the ocean and the upswing of Las Olas, we feel this timeshare has something for everyone!

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    By martincwhite Updated Feb 25, 2004

    I own two units in this facility but only purchased after staying here on several prior vacations.

    The facility is very well kept for its age and the new management seems to be spending money upgradeing units.

    the resturaunt/ bar is always closed , or out of business ,

    But nice lobby ,sundeck pool, whirlpool , Gym and sauna .

    e-z walk to everything like 6 resturaunts with in two blocks. Very friendly staff and consierge valet parking laundry . Can't beat this resort for lauderdale Beach.

    Wash in fold laundy service at foot of parking lot. Beach 1 block into ocean

    Sun cruz casino Boats will pick you up a door for free. two casino's within 10 minutes each direction two flea markets also

    Multimillion dollar views from balcony

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    By smsgt111 Jun 17, 2003

    Friendly staff, beautiful view, either from the Ocean or Canal Side. Location, Location, Location. Nice Ocean, Nice People, Nice Place.

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    By fs4444 May 19, 2003

    I used to own a unit there. The rooms were all nice size. I loved the balconies. I spent a lot of time just sitting and watching. Great views. The location is very convenient with grocery, liquor store, shops, and restaurants within a block.

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    By kpsunshine Updated May 16, 2003

    Great place to stay. The location could not be more perfect. Just tucked back in from Sunrise Blvd. and A1A between Birch State Park and the Bonnet House. Walk to the beach, or shopping, or dining. Everything is right there including the water taxi just over the bridge. Units are very large and nicely maintained for being an older property. Private balconies are a real plus. Loved the squirrel monkeys who come sit on the wall when they play music at the pool. Great place for homemade Italian ice just around the corner. And, of course, the beach. It is so close and so clean and beautiful. Another big plus is the very nice laundry facility that is provided free of charge. Actually, I can't wait to go back!

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    By jimshamptonnh Updated Jan 27, 2003

    good location to all atractions and the water taxi is a good way to get around pol/huttub was good,service was good the veiws of the beach is above the 6th floor i would stay there again for the location is great. on the corner of the condo is a great pizza/diner /and bikini bob's good rest-/bar

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    By eguler Jan 13, 2003

    Overall I think we got a good value for our money staying here.

    Too bad it was a hurricane week in November 2001 so we could only swim 2 days out of the 7 days. But given there was so much to do in the area, it was a fun stay anyway.

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