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The Drift Hotel

2.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We stayed here one night and loved the hotel. The room was very clean and nice! Only one block to the beach and walking distance to all the resuarants. Our only complaint was that our mattress had no support and left us with a restless night and sore backs.

Price is right... Rooms were clean but need renovation... Great location next to the Ritz Carlton, Casa Blanca Cafe and 30 seconds walk to the beach...

The bathroom could have been cleaner, I didn't get clean towels the 2nd or 3rd day and the parking situation sucked BUT it was comfy, cute, a great location, and I'd stay again regardless of the downfalls.

Convenient location. Free parking and friendly staff. Good value

Don't believe the website.....it was not how it looked! The best thing about it was that it had a tv with lots of channels. It has 1 window airconditioner and that window was hanging on by half of the window so hot air was coming in anyways. The headboard looked like it was my grandmas and so did the bathroom. It was close to the beach and that was about it. Continental breakfast was great....if you like english muffins and coffee. And if you don't grab some mufins quick they will be gone! It was not worth what it was priced. I could have stayed in a Holiday Inn for a nicer place!

Over all it was a nice place to stay. My wife and I enjoyed the themes that they had for the different rooms. The location was great, literally 50 yards from Ft. Lauderdale beach. The prices were fair. We enjoyed our stay!

We mostly were at the beach, shopping malls, and dinning. The hotel was comfortable, affordable and the staff were very friendly and helpful.

When we arrived, there wasn't anyone there to check us in. After waiting 15 minutes, we called hotel phone number, which was a cell phone number and the person told us to go on up to our room. We never saw anyone at the front desk the whole time we were there. It was cold (around 50 degrees), with no heat in the rooms. We pulled a blanket out of the closet and sand fell out of it all over our bed. There also wasn't any hot water for showers, brrrr! In the morning, we found an electric heater in the closet that we could have used, but we didn't know was there. Again, there wasn't anyone at the front desk to help us. I guess I should have called that guy back on his cell phone, but that's not the service I expected for paying over $100 per night! One good thing. It's one block from the beach. I'm not usually a wet blanket, but this night was miserable! I definitely would not recommend this hotel to a friend.

Gigi's is a 1940-50 style Florida Hotel. The rooms were clean and recently new furniture (a little too big for the room) was installed. I was really pleased with the hard wood floors (hate carpet in commercial applications.) The room recently had a paint job. It was still a little heady from the paint fumes. I was a somewhat disappointed with the shower's water temperature. But I came down for a stay on the beach and Gigi's delivered on that! The beach is no more than a block away as is the main thoroughfare. We found great food and beverage spots. It was great to park and walk and not have to worry about parking fees.

A cute, local home-like place that's hidden from the road but a nice place to stay at a great price for being one block from Lauderdale beach. Room was older but clean. Traveling with my teenage daughter, she was very satisfied with the free wireless internet and cable tv. If you want the lap of luxury, pay the price for a chain hotel. If you want inexpenive, non-fussy and comfortable, stay here.

Gigi's is a very cute bed and breakfast. Each room is carefully decorated with a unique theme...mine was the 'Hong Kong' room...very exotic! The staff (was she also the owner?) was very friendly and accomodating. Breakfast is not fancy, but OK for a quick bite. Steps from the beach and they will lend you a chair and towels. Only thing that wasn't up to snuff was that the shower drained very slowly. Don't go to Gigi's if you want brand sparkling new fixtures in the bathroom. But if you're looking for a cute and reasonable place that's off the beaten path, this is for you!

Gigi's was an amazing value for the location! We were right across the street from the Beach. Our room had a unique theme to it, it was based upon the city Barcelona in Spain. The room was clean, spacious and had a large king sized bed. Gigis offered free wireless internet access (we were mainly at the beach, but it was good to be able to check our email), free parking and they had a free continental breakfast. Overall for the money, Gigis was much cheaper than the hotels next door with all the same location benefits. If you do not need all the amenities of the larger hotels, but want the same location, Gigis was it!

They still use an acutual key for the rooms. This is a very old hotel. The a/c broke 3 hours after our arrival and we were told that we had to wait until the next morning at 9 am for maintenance. We asked for the manager and were told that he would not be in until the next morning. When we contacted them for the room and asked how long it would be until it was ready the man began yelling at me. We ended up leaving. We also found out that he was actually the manager, and was lying to us the whole time.

3005 Alhambra St Fort Lauderdale FL

Hotel highlights

  • Close to Hugh Taylor Birch State Park and Bonnet House Museum and Gardens
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Laundry facilities

The Drift Hotel places you within a mile (2 km) of popular attractions like Hugh Taylor Birch State Park and Bonnet House Museum and Gardens. This 23-room bed & breakfast welcomes guests with a coffee shop/café and conveniences like free in-room WiFi and free self parking. It's also close to Stranahan House and Las Olas Riverfront.


Dining

Get a pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café, or mingle with other guests at the free daily manager's reception.


Rooms

All 23 air-conditioned rooms feature patios, refrigerators, and espresso makers. Guests can expect free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with cable channels. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries, and beds sport premium bedding. Free bottled water, ceiling fans, and ironing boards are also available.


Property features

The Drift Hotel features free WiFi in public areas, express check-out, and laundry facilities. Free parking is available if you drive. The front desk has multilingual staff that can help with tours or tickets, luggage storage, and securing valuables. This adults-only bed & breakfast also has a garden.

Room options

Deluxe Room, 2 Queen Beds, Non Smoking

Queen 2 | Sleeps 2

Suite, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Suite Apartment 1 King Bed

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Guest reviews for The Drift Hotel

Everyone (2) Couples (7) Business (1) Family (1) Friends (2) Other (1)
5

great staff and great location

Everyone

By , from Washington, DC on Nov 9, 2016

5

nice quiet oasis!

Everyone

We stayed here one night and loved the hotel. The room was very clean and nice! Only one block to the beach and walking distance to all the resuarants. Our only complaint was that our mattress had no support and left us with a restless night and sore backs.

By on Mar 26, 2016

2

basic stay

Singles

Price is right... Rooms were clean but need renovation... Great location next to the Ritz Carlton, Casa Blanca Cafe and 30 seconds walk to the beach...

By on Feb 27, 2013

3

not horrible but not great

Couples

The bathroom could have been cleaner, I didn't get clean towels the 2nd or 3rd day and the parking situation sucked BUT it was comfy, cute, a great location, and I'd stay again regardless of the downfalls.

By on Jan 5, 2013

3

one night

Couples

Convenient location. Free parking and friendly staff. Good value

By on Dec 30, 2012

1

gigi's beach resort

GetawayWithFriends

Don't believe the website.....it was not how it looked! The best thing about it was that it had a tv with lots of channels. It has 1 window airconditioner and that window was hanging on by half of the window so hot air was coming in anyways. The headboard looked like it was my grandmas and so did the bathroom. It was close to the beach and that was about it. Continental breakfast was great....if you like english muffins and coffee. And if you don't grab some mufins quick they will be gone! It was not worth what it was priced. I could have stayed in a Holiday Inn for a nicer place!

By on Aug 9, 2011

4

themed bed & breakfast

Couples

Over all it was a nice place to stay. My wife and I enjoyed the themes that they had for the different rooms. The location was great, literally 50 yards from Ft. Lauderdale beach. The prices were fair. We enjoyed our stay!

By on Jul 20, 2010

3

good trip

Couples

We mostly were at the beach, shopping malls, and dinning. The hotel was comfortable, affordable and the staff were very friendly and helpful.

By on Jun 27, 2009

1

no, no, don't go!

Couples

When we arrived, there wasn't anyone there to check us in. After waiting 15 minutes, we called hotel phone number, which was a cell phone number and the person told us to go on up to our room. We never saw anyone at the front desk the whole time we were there. It was cold (around 50 degrees), with no heat in the rooms. We pulled a blanket out of the closet and sand fell out of it all over our bed. There also wasn't any hot water for showers, brrrr! In the morning, we found an electric heater in the closet that we could have used, but we didn't know was there. Again, there wasn't anyone at the front desk to help us. I guess I should have called that guy back on his cell phone, but that's not the service I expected for paying over $100 per night! One good thing. It's one block from the beach. I'm not usually a wet blanket, but this night was miserable! I definitely would not recommend this hotel to a friend.

By on Mar 8, 2009

4

beach go-er's dream

GetawayWithFriends

Gigi's is a 1940-50 style Florida Hotel. The rooms were clean and recently new furniture (a little too big for the room) was installed. I was really pleased with the hard wood floors (hate carpet in commercial applications.) The room recently had a paint job. It was still a little heady from the paint fumes. I was a somewhat disappointed with the shower's water temperature. But I came down for a stay on the beach and Gigi's delivered on that! The beach is no more than a block away as is the main thoroughfare. We found great food and beverage spots. It was great to park and walk and not have to worry about parking fees.

By on Jun 8, 2008