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dit you booked your hotel

by jurjenmetal » Sun Jul 05, 2015 12:43 am

i was just wondering wich hotel you are staying at
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by biertroll » Sun Jul 05, 2015 6:55 am

Riptide & Ocean Manor (one at each) due to the preparty possibly moving to the Land-by-the-Sea area.

My cabin's not even booked :lol:
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by jurjenmetal » Sun Jul 05, 2015 7:54 am

we booked at the quality inn & suite a couple off miles from the riptide
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by SaraMarie » Sun Jul 05, 2015 10:42 am

I booked at The Caribbean months ago, I'm able to cancel it, it's just to hold a spot on Hollywood Beach. Last year I was at The Historic, anyone reading this, do yourself a favor and don't book there man, it was kinda okay but fucked in some ways, sticky floor and the breakfast waitress was having a breakdown.

I kind of hope we stay in Hollywood but understand if the party moves elsewhere.
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by acidbasement » Sun Jul 05, 2015 11:43 am

Do not stay at the Chocolate Hostel.

Their cancellation policy is very restrictive, and they don't answer their phone 99% of the time, meaning that if you were able to reserve with them by some miracle, you will almost definitely not be able to contact them in time to cancel for a refund.
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by Pellaz » Mon Jul 06, 2015 12:40 am

jurjenmetal wrote:we booked at the quality inn & suite a couple off miles from the riptide


That's where we stayed last year, and we'll probably do it again. Really can't argue with the location, especially if you're driving in like we will be. (Free parking and free shuttle to the pier doesn't hurt, either.)

It was pretty close to the Riptide last year, but won't be too close to North FLL if the beach party ends up there.
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by jurjenmetal » Mon Jul 06, 2015 7:04 am

Pellaz wrote:
jurjenmetal wrote:we booked at the quality inn & suite a couple off miles from the riptide


That's where we stayed last year, and we'll probably do it again. Really can't argue with the location, especially if you're driving in like we will be. (Free parking and free shuttle to the pier doesn't hurt, either.)

It was pretty close to the Riptide last year, but won't be too close to North FLL if the beach party ends up there.




maybe if there are more metalheads at the quality inn we can arrange some taxi or a bus
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by Phoenix » Mon Jul 06, 2015 7:23 am

y'all might want to hold off on booking your hotel if you're trying to get close to the beach party - it's looking like it's going to be somewhere different this year. Dorothy is still working everything out but her talks with Riptide have basically concluded that it'll be better to have the beach party on what essentially amounts to a private beach, not on the broadwalk. I forget where though.
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We just booked an apartment near Hollywood Beach using AirBnb. There are a lot a places to stay in and some much cheaper than a hotel. If someone is interested and do not have an account I can send you an invite and they'll take off $25 of your first trip. :cheers:
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Cancelled our room at Riptide. Three nights at Ocean Manor is $666 :bmhorns:
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Our group just booked at the Hollywood Beach Suites Hostel and Hotel. Did anyone stay there last year? If so, I'd appreciate a quick review. Cheers :cheers:
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Castroh wrote:Our group just booked at the Hollywood Beach Suites Hostel and Hotel. Did anyone stay there last year? If so, I'd appreciate a quick review. Cheers :cheers:


I stayed there last year and really liked it. We're staying there again after the cruise. Simple room but it was cheap and clean and staff were helpful. The WiFi never worked though. The location is good and it's next door to the best taco place ever.
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Castroh wrote:Our group just booked at the Hollywood Beach Suites Hostel and Hotel. Did anyone stay there last year? If so, I'd appreciate a quick review. Cheers :cheers:


I stayed there last year and really liked it. We're staying there again after the cruise. Simple room but it was cheap and clean and staff were helpful. The WiFi never worked though. The location is good and it's next door to the best taco place ever.

Perfect, glad to hear it isn't a dump.
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Castroh wrote:Our group just booked at the Hollywood Beach Suites Hostel and Hotel. Did anyone stay there last year? If so, I'd appreciate a quick review. Cheers :cheers:


I was there last year after the Historic Hollywood Beach Resort screwed our reservation. It was a good and cheap place. I had no problem at all with the WiFi.
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I can definitely pass out there! :shots:
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Historic Hollywood Beach was pretty good, I booked there again for 2016 before I knew the preparty was moved. It would be nice to share a ride one way.
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I'm probably going to end up at the Ocean Manor assuming they don't sell out by then. :lol:
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We had already booked the Royal Beach Palace Hotel which looks like it is about a 10 minute walk from the Ocean Manor.

Does anyone know if everyone will be granted access to the beach.....or is it only for guests of the Ocean Manor? Will there be an entrance fee?

May cancel the room at Royal Beach and spend the extra $s to book at the Ocean Manor if it's going to be too much of a hassle.....

We also booked the Hollywood Hostel for a couple of days after the cruise. Looks like the perfect place to relax and recharge for a couple of days before catching a flight back home. And it's CHEAP!!! :D
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Hoppy McGee wrote:We had already booked the Royal Beach Palace Hotel which looks like it is about a 10 minute walk from the Ocean Manor.

Does anyone know if everyone will be granted access to the beach.....or is it only for guests of the Ocean Manor? Will there be an entrance fee?

May cancel the room at Royal Beach and spend the extra $s to book at the Ocean Manor if it's going to be too much of a hassle.....

We also booked the Hollywood Hostel for a couple of days after the cruise. Looks like the perfect place to relax and recharge for a couple of days before catching a flight back home. And it's CHEAP!!! :D


Hey from what I read, and this makes the most sense, anybody can come to the beach party whether they are booked at that hotel or not. Dorothy wouldn't have planned it there otherwise.

I'm booked at the same hotel as you, Monday thru cruise day. I like to be able to hide from the partying a little if I want, and it's a bit cheaper and seems to have decent rooms. Mine even has a little balcony although from what I hear the view will be of the CVS.
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Castroh wrote:Our group just booked at the Hollywood Beach Suites Hostel and Hotel. Did anyone stay there last year? If so, I'd appreciate a quick review. Cheers :cheers:


I stayed there last year and really liked it. We're staying there again after the cruise. Simple room but it was cheap and clean and staff were helpful. The WiFi never worked though. The location is good and it's next door to the best taco place ever.

Perfect, glad to hear it isn't a dump.

It's clean and tidy, the WiFi worked well from the reception area, but from my personal experience the staff aren't helpful at all. They have a no cash policy, so charge a $50 "deposit" to your card, which they may not give back, as it is in my case. And they ignore e-mails. Still, even with the deposit it's probably cheaper than most other places, but I wouldn't recommend it based on my experience.
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Hollywood Beach Hostel fit my needs just fine, but they double charged my credit card and I had to go through quite a few hoops to get it reversed. They did reverse it eventually, but I didn't quite get all the money back because of the American/Canadian exchange rate. You can book there, but keep an eye on your bank statement.

But DO go to the attached Taco Beach Shack regardless. Can't give that place a high enough rating.
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SaraMarie wrote:Hey from what I read, and this makes the most sense, anybody can come to the beach party whether they are booked at that hotel or not. Dorothy wouldn't have planned it there otherwise.

I'm booked at the same hotel as you, Monday thru cruise day. I like to be able to hide from the partying a little if I want, and it's a bit cheaper and seems to have decent rooms. Mine even has a little balcony although from what I hear the view will be of the CVS.


Glad to hear this, Thanks!

And yeah I agree that being able to escape the partying a little will be much needed. I want to go out to the party and meet some people pre-cruise but I definitely want to be able to step away and get some quiet time to catch some good sleep before the real party begins on the boat. :belly:
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SaraMarie wrote:Hey from what I read, and this makes the most sense, anybody can come to the beach party whether they are booked at that hotel or not. Dorothy wouldn't have planned it there otherwise.

I'm booked at the same hotel as you, Monday thru cruise day. I like to be able to hide from the partying a little if I want, and it's a bit cheaper and seems to have decent rooms. Mine even has a little balcony although from what I hear the view will be of the CVS.


Glad to hear this, Thanks!

And yeah I agree that being able to escape the partying a little will be much needed. I want to go out to the party and meet some people pre-cruise but I definitely want to be able to step away and get some quiet time to catch some good sleep before the real party begins on the boat. :belly:


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by biertroll » Mon Jul 13, 2015 6:06 pm

I'm excited for the new location. Have a feeling I will care less for the rooms but the fact it will be real easy to get to Funky Buddah Brewing and Lazer Wolf well, moar beers moar good :party:
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Re: dit you booked your hotel

by Mononc » Tue Jul 14, 2015 8:20 am

Any hotel or motel that allows you to walk to the cruise?
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Re: dit you booked your hotel

by biertroll » Tue Jul 14, 2015 8:31 am

Mononc wrote:Any hotel or motel that allows you to walk to the cruise?

Not suggested. (See last post)
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthre ... everglades

I would try and find a hotel with a Port Shuttle included.

Last year I booked a Super shuttle for about 7-8 people on my own from Riptide to Port Everglades, it ended up being like $7 a person? If you stay in a hotel with other cruisers it's fairly easy to get something set up.
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Re: dit you booked your hotel

by Phoenix » Tue Jul 14, 2015 9:07 am

biertroll wrote:
Mononc wrote:Any hotel or motel that allows you to walk to the cruise?

Not suggested. (See last post)
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthre ... everglades

I would try and find a hotel with a Port Shuttle included.

Last year I booked a Super shuttle for about 7-8 people on my own from Riptide to Port Everglades, it ended up being like $7 a person? If you stay in a hotel with other cruisers it's fairly easy to get something set up.


The Hollywood Beach Hostel had that set up too. Five people was about 10 bucks each (before tip because our driver was awesome), and it was a great way for five first timers to make some boat friends.
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Re: dit you booked your hotel

by SaraMarie » Tue Jul 14, 2015 3:01 pm

biertroll wrote:
Mononc wrote:Any hotel or motel that allows you to walk to the cruise?

Not suggested. (See last post)
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthre ... everglades

I would try and find a hotel with a Port Shuttle included.

Last year I booked a Super shuttle for about 7-8 people on my own from Riptide to Port Everglades, it ended up being like $7 a person? If you stay in a hotel with other cruisers it's fairly easy to get something set up.


At the Historic Hollywood we all just kind of lined up in front of the building and kept telling management to call more shuttles. People just got into them however. I jumped into one where I didn't know anyone in the van. Cost us $10 a head. I think it's best to walk to the nearest hotel with the most cruisers staying and just ask what's the shuttle situation. Definitely don't get your own cab.
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Re: dit you booked your hotel

by General Zod » Thu Jul 23, 2015 10:01 am

biertroll wrote:Cancelled our room at Riptide. Three nights at Ocean Manor is $666 :bmhorns:

Newb question... do most people arrive in FL three days prior to the cruise?
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Re: dit you booked your hotel

by biertroll » Thu Jul 23, 2015 10:15 am

General Zod wrote:
biertroll wrote:Cancelled our room at Riptide. Three nights at Ocean Manor is $666 :bmhorns:

Newb question... do most people arrive in FL three days prior to the cruise?

I'm getting in on the first and I know a few who are as well. I would say yes.

You want to be in Florida on the 3rd at the latest. Lots of flights will get delayed due to Winter weather. Make sure you are in Florida anywhere because at most it's like a 9 hour drive across the state worst case scenario if your flight gets cancelled and you have to rent a car to make it to the boat.
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Re: dit you booked your hotel

by General Zod » Thu Jul 23, 2015 10:18 am

biertroll wrote:I'm getting in on the first and I know a few who are as well. I would say yes.

You want to be in Florida on the 3rd at the latest. Lots of flights will get delayed due to Winter weather. Make sure you are in Florida anywhere because at most it's like a 9 hour drive across the state worst case scenario if your flight gets cancelled and you have to rent a car to make it to the boat.

Awesome. I imagine we'll get in on the 1st as well. Thanks for the quick response.
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Re: dit you booked your hotel

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General Zod wrote:
biertroll wrote:I'm getting in on the first and I know a few who are as well. I would say yes.

You want to be in Florida on the 3rd at the latest. Lots of flights will get delayed due to Winter weather. Make sure you are in Florida anywhere because at most it's like a 9 hour drive across the state worst case scenario if your flight gets cancelled and you have to rent a car to make it to the boat.

Awesome. I imagine we'll get in on the 1st as well. Thanks for the quick response.

No trouble. I'm just at work. Not like there's anything else important to do :lol:
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Re: dit you booked your hotel

by General Zod » Thu Jul 23, 2015 10:24 am

biertroll wrote:No trouble. I'm just at work. Not like there's anything else important to do :lol:


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Re: dit you booked your hotel

by Azazel101 » Thu Jul 23, 2015 10:38 am

biertroll wrote:
General Zod wrote:
biertroll wrote:Cancelled our room at Riptide. Three nights at Ocean Manor is $666 :bmhorns:

Newb question... do most people arrive in FL three days prior to the cruise?

I'm getting in on the first and I know a few who are as well. I would say yes.

You want to be in Florida on the 3rd at the latest. Lots of flights will get delayed due to Winter weather. Make sure you are in Florida anywhere because at most it's like a 9 hour drive across the state worst case scenario if your flight gets cancelled and you have to rent a car to make it to the boat.

I, myself, like to spend two nights in Florida just too make sure I am their in time in case of flight delays
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Re: dit you booked your hotel

by biertroll » Thu Jul 23, 2015 10:44 am

Agreed, two or three days is good. Nice relaxing, beers, and food before the cruise where you will not get any sleep :lol:
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Re: dit you booked your hotel

by jurjenmetal » Thu Jul 23, 2015 10:49 am

General Zod wrote:
biertroll wrote:Cancelled our room at Riptide. Three nights at Ocean Manor is $666 :bmhorns:

Newb question... do most people arrive in FL three days prior to the cruise?





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Re: dit you booked your hotel

by Mr. HCI » Thu Jul 23, 2015 11:34 am

So, stupid question: Where exactly is the pre-cruise show, and is this venue the same for the beach party? Last year was my first year onbroad and I missed the party because I couldn't take the extra day off work. Not going to make the same mistake again!
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Re: dit you booked your hotel

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A friend and I will be staying at the Gateway Inn in Hollywood from the 1st.
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