Groupon Getaway: The Hotel

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After our two-hour spa retreat and our delicious lunch, we drive to the hotel.

We already had our Groupon to stay for one night.*

We arrive at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort and the valet, Kathy, let’s us know that parking is available as valet only and costs $39 plus tax per night, but that we can go in and out as we please(The cost of parking was mentioned in the e-mail when we booked the hotel, but who reads emails anymore?). We give Kathy our car, and head for the lobby.

We didn’t get a chance to check out the “‘smoking oasis,’” but it did pique our interest.

It’s not a huge lobby, but it looks clean and smells fancy. We wait for our turn to check in. The pleasant woman checking us in at the front desk explains that our room isn’t ready yet, but that she’s upgrading us two tiers — to a suite. My husband and I smile at one another.

We’re even more pleased when she hands us a voucher for two free drinks at the bar inside the restaurant of the hotel.

Yay!! An upgrade and free booze?

My husband and I begin giggling like excited schoolchildren.

She walks us through the rest of the benefits we get with our stay and hands us a card that explains everything:

20% off at the spa
10% off at the shop
2 free bottles of water per day
at the cafe
2 Beach chairs and towels per day
2 hrs of bike riding per day (they provide the helmets)

We stow our bags for free in the lobby until our room is ready.

It’s raining out, so we decide to get our free drinks while we wait for our room to become available.

At the beautiful pool with a view to the beach. I brightened the pic up a bit before posting it, but the sky was gray and overcast. See how the floor is wet? It was raining a little.
Hubby at the pool.
With our delicious drinks.
Yum!

Shout out to our bartender (who moonlights as a DJ) for being fun and making us some delicious drinks!

We’re almost done with our drinks when my husband gets a call that our room is ready.

We are very pleasantly surprised by our room.

Here’s the balcony.
Here’s the view from the balcony.
We looked to the right and had an ocean view.
The kitchenette.
The living room .
The other side of the living room.
The bed.
The desk.
Closet doors and full length mirror. Hi!
Bathroom: Tub (left), shower (middle), and sink with lots of counter space (right). Hi, again!

We get to the room and decide to watch a movie.

We order Kong, and pause the movie a few times to reminisce about the King Kong ride in Universal Studios when we were kids.

Remember this guy? *le sigh* Photo taken from: https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3120/2597924080_665561bc11_b.jpg

Then we get hungry for dinner, so we order room service. I order the four cheese Mac n cheese (from the adult menu) and my husband gets the chicken strips and fries from the kids’ menu, and two giant chocolate chip cookies with milk. Everything tastes delicious!

Four cheese mac n cheese.
Chicken tenders with fries, honey mustard, and ketchup.

It was such a pleasant and relaxing stay.

We didn’t take advantage of some of the benefits because it was raining. We did get the free water bottles the day we arrived, and the day we left. And we bought some things at the shop, so we did get that 10% discount.

I bought these pretty, and extremely comfortable, sandals at the shop.

Thank you, Hilton Ft Lauderdale Beach Resort, for a thoroughly wonderful experience!

Before heading home, we make a pit stop…


You just read Part Three of our Groupon Getaway.

If you’re interested in reading Part One, “Groupon Getaway: The Spa,” you can click here.

If you’re interested in reading Part Two, “Groupon Getaway: The Restaurant,” you can click here.

And to end the series: click here to read Part Four, “Groupon Getway: The Pit Stop.”


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