Hostel Review: Hotel Deauville in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

I stayed at Hotel Deauville in May 2013 after wrapping up a conference for work. After a lot of 12+ hour days, I just wanted to relax on the beach, read and wander around. After a quick Google search, I found out this place was right on the beach and not too far away.

Hotel Deauville
Hotel Deauville

The location is pretty nice. If you have a car, it can be a little tough to see getting in and out, but it wasn’t a huge deal. The beach is right behind the hotel and there’s a convenience store you can walk to right across the street. There’s also free Wi-Fi, which came in handy while I finished up a few things for work.

The beach area behind the hostel was pretty dead while I was there, so I spent more time a few miles away near the shops and restaurants. More people watching. It was nice to have what felt like a private beach just a few steps away though.

Hotel Deauville Beach

I checked into my room, which only had one other woman in it. She was just staying one night before heading to Colombia. I’m always so inspired by other women who are traveling solo around the world. I’ve yet to leave the US, but I’m not sure how much longer I’ll be able to say that. Antsy pants over here!

Hotel Deauville Bunk
Hotel Deauville Bed

I was lucky. My new roommate and I clicked immediately. After I got settled in, we headed to a nearby Whole Foods. Dennis, the hostel manager, let us know there was going to be a little get-together that night so we picked up some food and wine.

Speaking of food, there was a nice little kitchen and dining table right outside of our room, as well as a living area with a TV. The bathroom was in our room, which was nice.

Hotel Deauville Dining

Hotel Deauville Living

I made a couple of other friends hanging out in the living area. I think that’s where I meet most of my hostel friends, so there’s a tip if it’s your first time in a hostel- Hang out in the living area. It doesn’t matter if your shy. Someone will eventually start talking to you.

Since Hotel Deauville was actually a hotel before a hostel, it’s got a few things you won’t find in most hostels- a pool and a workout area.

Hotel Deauville Pool

Hotel Deauville Workout Area

We had our little get-together by the pool my last night there and it was a blast. The hostel was pretty empty, probably because it still wasn’t quite summer. It ended up being just a few of us and Dennis hanging out by the pool.

Hotel Deauville

Obviously the small number of people didn’t stop us from goofing around and having a good time.

I won’t say Hotel Deauville was the best hostel I’ve ever stayed in, but it’s cheap, convenient, clean and I felt safe. I’d stay again if I just needed a day to sit on the beach.

What makes a hostel great/memorable/super duper awesome to you? 

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