If you are looking for the very worst Marriott Hotel in the United States, I think I found it. Parking is a nightmare, finding the lobby is an adventure of being lost in perpetuity, the rooms are gross, the A/C is non-existent, and THERE IS NO ROOM SERVICE. The front desk had me call a Chinese Restaurant and they are supposed to deliver to the lobby; it is an hour so far and I am sure they can not find the lobby either. What a disaster!
Beachplace Towers is one of about 50 Marriott Vacation Club properties. From a parking perspective, I agree that navigating the garage is a challenge. There's one other property like it, Grand Chateau in Las Vegas, but that property offers complimentary valet parking whereas you have to pay at Beachplace to self-park.
Like the Residence Inn, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites and Towneplace Suites, the Vacation Club brand does not offer room service. It is not intended to be a full-service hotel that is a reasonable expectation given the high-rise tower configuration of the property.
Vacation Clubs are timeshare condominiums intended for ownership primarily and weekly rental. That's why there is a fully equipped kitchen and in-unit washer/dryer. If you are staying in a lock-off unit, you may not have a full kitchen or washer/dryer. So, it is very understandable why room service is an expectation.
Regrets, I hope your experience in Fort Lauderdale improves and that the Front Desk does a better job of providing options for enjoying the wonderful dining that the area does offer.
I'm determined to have a good time, afterall it's a terrific 40% off rate of a one bedroom villa, and I'm fully aware of the potential pitfalls, parking, elevators, no plat recognition etc, but here's the welcome I received;
Hi Mr. ,
We look forward to welcoming you to Marriott’s BeachPlace Towers in Fort Lauderdale!
Thank you for submitting your room location preference. We have noted your preferences as follows:
1st Preference: Highest Floor Available
At this time, we are unable to guarantee the request; however, if our availability changes we will do our best to accommodate.
It is virtually impossible to not guarantee my request - whoo boy, I'm putting on my happy face for this one.
I stayed there before and the views are terrific. You can go out the door and catch a water taxi that takes you to resturants, shopping, etc. You can pay each time, by the day, 3 days, week, etc. The price goes down as the days increase. What bothered me was the horribly loud music in your room till 4am.
Yes, I too love Ft. Lauderdale and had heard the music in the courtyard from the bars was quite loud and quite late - thus the request for the highest floor available at check in (which was my actual request) knowing that a view of the ocean or the intracoastal is terrific. A response from the customer service specialist who "wants to assure my stay is a perfect 10" that indicates my request wasn't actually read, concerns me that a similar oversight will occur upon blocking (and the 40% off is still being offered as late as this date, making it five months it's been available, so they are not overflowing in occupancy). I didn't even bother to request early check in and I have a room at the Courtyard Plantation for my departing day for the six hours before my flight because I know the odds of a late check out might be slim, but you can't beat the beach, water taxi, Las Olas Blvd., and the dining at these rates - so here I go.
We stayed at Marriott Harbor Beach about a 1/2 mile away (south) on it's own beach. Barutiful hotel, terrific pool area, great workout facility, right on beach and it's a beach not so easily accessed by others. Highly recommend. Stopped by the BeachPlace Towers just to check it out. Rooms were nice but you really are in the middle of the hustle,bustle and noise of Ft Laud Beach. Also checked out the Courtyard nearby. Not nearly as nice as Harbor Beach.
I have stayed at the MHB too and it was really nice as you said. At a later time, I was at M Beach Place and walked down the the Marriott and was going to eat there by the pool. They would not serve me since I was not staying there. They do keep people not staying there out.
Yes, the Harbor Beach resort is fabulous, but alas, June rates for a 338 sq. ft. interior room exceed $300 whereas the Beach Towers (40% discount rate) one bedroom villa 875 sq. ft. is only $125, so like I said, as long as I'm not directly over the Hooters, it's a winner. We'll see.