Saturday 21st July, 2018

Sheraton Yankee Trader Hotel, Fort Lauderdale Beach

I had mixed feelings coming back to this old hotel. I had been staying there on-and-off for 20 years, and it was a decade or more since my last visit. I expected the hotel to be quite tired but I wanted to renew my acquaintences with it as with hotels you have stayed at in the past you form some sort of emotional attachment. After parking the rental car in the very spacious, but on this occasion over-crowded carpark. I found my way to the Registration Desk which was exactly as I remembered it. I checked-in and was allocated Room 1134 on the 11th floor which was for Starwood Preferred Guests. The lifts were as I remembered them and I made my way to the room. It was a pleasant surprise to find a generously spaced and modern room with excellent amentities. In fact the entire hotel, which is quite old now, has been maintained to an excellent, and continually freshened up standard, which is a credit to its ownership and management. The room featured a king bed with two bedside tables and lamps, three arm chairs, one with a foot stool, and one with a swivel base. A small dining table, a large chest of drawers, a large screen TV, plenty of dresser bench space, a large mirror, two telephones, with computer modems, clock radio, ice bucket, glasses, coffee-maker with cups, a choice of coffees, sugar and creme and a very large wardrobe which contained a safe, ironing board and iron. An added feature was that the wardrobe had doors which comprised completely of mirrors. The bathoom was spacious and had eight very large globes running across the top of the mirror, which provided excellent lighting. There was a hairdyer and all the usual amenities, and a combined bath and shower. The accommodation generally was of a good standard and above expectations.

I toured the hotel, the tennis courts were still there, the conference and functions areas had been redcorated. The pool area, fitness room and games rooms were in similar places as I recalled. The main restaurant and bar were also in gthe same place, and as I remembered them, although the dining area now opens on to an open-air pavilion which overlooks the beach. The location of the hotel is one of the best along the Fort Lauderdale Beach and is directly opposite the Ocean. I didn't get a chance to dine in the Retaurant, Shilos, which has an excellent reputation. I did take a look at the menu which was wide and varied and reasonably priced. In the morning I did a tour of the breakfast buffet and it was within expectations. Cereals, juices, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausagaes, fried potatos, mixed fruits, toast, pancaks and fried toast. In all I found the hotel a fresh and inviting accommodation house, well kept and maintained and quite good value at the Metrostar.com rate of $159 per night in what was the busy season.

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