Ocean Sky Hotel is an older hotel located directly on the beach in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The beach has lovely white sand and clear water. It is a smaller property but was relatively quiet in January. It is the perfect hotel for a romantic couples vacation, a family vacation, or a place to stay before or after boarding a cruise. It is located just eight miles from Port Everglades – Fort Lauderdale’s cruise ship terminal.
Fort Lauderdale Beach is the perfect vacation place in January. The average January temperature is a high of 75 degrees and a low of 57 degrees. We spent a week there at the Ocean Sky Hotel celebrating my birthday. Everyday was sunny and warm. I didn’t even need a sweater for the evenings.
The Ocean Sky’s lobby has a gift shop, arcade, concierge, business center, and realty office. There is a minniature golf course on the second floor. Cedar’s Palace is a restaurant/bar located on the first floor with indoor and outdoor seating. The pool area is beachfront and has small tiki bar, a large Jacuzzi, a pool with lounging chairs, and rentable cabanas. A gorgeous beach is just steps away. Lounge chairs, jet skis, cabanas, and other necessary recreation toys can be rented in the pool area.
Valet parking is $18 a night. Self parking is also $18 a night and is located across the street.
Our room was a King Deluxe. We had a small bathroom, fully stocked kitchenette with table and two chairs, a very large king size bed, wardrobe/desk with hangers and drawers, HDTV, free wifi, two more chairs, and a lovely balcony with view of the ocean.
The bathroom had a small sink with 2 drawers for storage. There was a tub/shower combination with shower curtain and toilet. All were in excellent working condition. We had plenty of hot water, towels, soap, shampoo and conditioner, toilet paper and Kleenex. There was a hair dryer. The bathroom was relatively clean and bright but slightly worn. The water had a slight yellow tinge to it. The bathtub could use a better cleaning. There was a mirror over the sink and another outside the door but no full length mirror.
The kitchenette had a refrigerator with small freezer area. There was a two burner stovetop, a microwave oven, and a sink. We had a very nice two cup coffeemaker and a toaster. Coffee and condiments were provided every day and there was dish soap for washing dishes. There was an ample supply of cups, glasses, plates, silverware, and pans. Located near the kitchenette were a small table and two chairs.
The bed was huge and very, very comfortable. There were nightstands with drawers and lamps on each side of the bed. We had a clock radio and a phone. We had 5 assorted pillows in several different sizes and firmnesses. The linens were clean and smooth and we had a thick white comforter with bed scarf. An extra blanket was stored in the wardrobe.
The wardrobe/desk had drawers for storage and hangers for hanging clothes. There was a safe, a small ironing board, and iron. The HDTV was mounted on the wall above the desk. There were two chairs for sitting.
There was a locking door out to the balcony. The balcony held two rattan chairs and a table and had a lovely view of the beach.
We had difficulty with the air conditioning. It was either too cold or too hot in the room no matter how we set the thermostat. The walls are thin and we could hear our neighbors talking. WIFI is free and adequate but you must sign in everyday which is a little annoying.
There were adequate electric plug-in receptacles.
We had maid service everyday. The maids do a really good job cleaning up the sand we tracked in from the beach.
The pool area and tiki bar were very nice. The pool and Jacuzzi were clean. Towels and lounge chairs are provided. There is a special elevator in the hotel which is used for traffic to the pool and beach. The hotel does not want people walking through the lobby and restaurant areas in wet swim wear. However, the pool area bathrooms are under construction so you have to walk into the lobby to use the restrooms anyway. It all closes at 10 pm but it is a very short walk over to the Ocean Manor Hotel’s tiki bar which stays open until 4 am.
We had appetizers from the restaurant our first night there and breakfast the next day. The food was good and moderately priced. You can eat in the restaurant or have your food delivered to the tiki bar. The restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating.
The Ocean Sky is located in a very busy section of town. Next door to the south is the Ocean Manor Resort. The Ocean Manor can be accessed by Ocean Sky patrons and has a bigger tiki bar which stays open until 4am. There are numerous hotels and condominiums surrounding it. McDonald’s is less than a block away to the south. A Winn Dixie grocery store is about 2 blocks away on down the road There is a strip mall next to the Winn Dixie containing a CVS, restaurants, bars, a bank, and little shops. To the north, is a 20 minute walk to Lauderdale by the Sea which has many other restaurants, shops, bars. and Anglin’s Pier.
Food is very expensive in this area. A steak dinner is a minimum $29 and a hamburger and fries are around $12. Food and drinks are taxed and 15% gratuity is often added to the bill. We spent $38 for breakfast yesterday at Cedar’s Palace and $78 the night before for 6 drinks, small pizza, and onion rings. Beers are around $4.00 in most places.
The hotel charges a $30 per day deposit from which they take the $18 parking fee and return the rest unless you damage something.
I would recommend the following restaurants:
- Ocean’s Grill Restaurant
Ocean Marketplace, 3704 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Fl.
Good Seafood and a variety of other food choices at reasonable prices and nice outdoor seating.
2. Pa D’s Pizzeria and Grille
4331 N Ocean Drive, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Fl
Good Italian food and burgers at a reasonable price.
3. Lulu’s Bait Shack
4040 Galt Ocean Drive, Fort Lauderdale, Fl.
Oceanfront, good food, reasonable prices, Cajun-Creole food and drinks, live music.
4. Farmer’s Pick Buffet Restaurant at the Isle of Capri Casino
777 Isle of Capri Circle, Pompano Beach, FL
Saturday night dinner costs around $32 per person. Each person gets three complimentary alcoholic drinks and an all you can eat buffet including seafood. Everything was delicious.
- Bamboo Beach Tiki Bar
4040 Galt Ocean Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL
2. Royal Beach Palace Bar
3711 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL
3. Ocean Sky Tiki Bar
4060 Galt Drive, fort Lauderdale, FL
2 Commercial Blvd., Lauderdale by the Sea, FL
Things to do:
21940 Griffin Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Depending on where you buy your tickets, $32 will get you an amazing hour long airboat ride through the wetlands, an alligator show given by the Gator Guys, and a free souvenir picture.
Lauderdale By the Sea is a small town which is about a 20 minute walk north of the Ocean Sky Hotel. There are many restaurant, bars, and shops in this area. Anglin’s Pier is located here and there are public beaches. Often there is outdoor music on weekends. Other activities include diving, snorkeling, fishing, yoga on the beach, and many, many more
2 Commercial Blvd., Lauderdale By The Sea
Anglin’s Fishing Pier is an 876 foot pier featuring an eco-friendly restaurant at it’s base. The pier is open for 24 hours for fishing. The restaurant has natural, organic foods, scenic views of the ocean, and live music.
777 Isle of Capri Circle, Pompano Beach, FL
This casino complex has slot machines, harness racing, simulcast racing and jai alai, and several restaurants. There is a lively bar in the center of the casino name of Fling which usually has live entertainment Wednesdays through Sundays. Beers were $3.50 for a bottle and drafts were $4.50.
We booked our hotel through booking.com.
Ocean Sky Hotel and Resort
4060 Galt Ocean Drive
Fort Lauderdale is a beautiful town and a very entertaining place to visit. We were outdoors in the sunshine and fresh air nearly 18 hours a day. It was lovely to soak up so much sunshine. We returned home to central Illinois rested, relaxed, rejuvenated, and suntanned.