This was my first stay at The Worthington, after having stayed at 5 other gay guesthouses in Fort Lauderdale over the past 10 years. The main courtyard is quite lush with a large, bath-water warm kidney shaped pool and a 5-person hot tub. The hot tub was often over crowded after dark since it was so small in comparison to the number of rooms on the property. Quite a few tables, chairs & chaise lounges are spread throughout. We booked a deluxe king-bed, one bedroom.
Upon arrival, the day manager was very gracious and gave us a tour of both the Worthington & its sister property, next-door. He also gave us a few free drink tickets to the local gay bars, which was a nice touch. Unfortunately, we were quite underwhelmed with our room. We were on the 3rd floor, which was fine, but the room was very dark & sterile feeling, with just 1 window. The window had only a blackout curtain so it was either total closure to outside light or no privacy - revealing all to any people outside on the deck just outside our room. A sheer curtain or plantation shutters are an easy fix and would provide some welcome privacy while allowing in some light. The walls of the room could have used some touch up paint; lots of scuff marks and some peeling paint on the windowsills. The room also was decorated with wicker furniture; this is not what I would expect in a gay guesthouse in this day and age, even if it is in Florida.
Oh, and about that deck…not one person was seen on it during our entire 4 day stay. It was just not inviting space. The furniture was really worn and quite dirty and moldy; also the deck itself was quite decayed with buckled planks & peeling paint.
Breakfast was also less than impressive. It only had fresh regular coffee with the decaf. in instant form only. Instant coffee, really??? Two cereals and some really yucky pre-packaged bagels, muffins, & danishes rounded out the spread. No yogurt and no fresh fruit were available. I have stayed at least 9 or 10 times at the gay guesthouses in Fort Lauderdale and this was one of the least impressive breakfasts I have seen. Though to be totally honest, it is becoming pretty indicative of the breakfasts at most of the other guesthouses these days.
One other annoyance is that the Worthington allows smoking anywhere on the property, including in the courtyard by the pools. In a small confined space like the pool area smoking should not be allowed as it does intrude on the non-smokers sharing the same space. During our stay about 2/3 of the other guests were smokers so second-hand smoke was unavoidable. Towels for the pool area where not to be found easily, one has to ask for them from the front desk which is annoying for a late night swim since the office is closed after about 8pm.
I will acknowledge that the condition of many of the gay guesthouses in Fort Lauderdale is slowly deteriorating as the majority of them were gut-rehabbed about 10 years ago and are beginning to show the need for a refresh. I also think some of the management at these establishments are becoming a bit lax in their attention to detail.
My past experience with several guesthouses is that they often have a pitcher of iced tea or lemonade and a light snack (pretzels, popcorn, sometimes even fresh baked cookies) available throughout the day, this was not the case at The Worthington, just coffee, that’s it.
I probably will not return to The Worthington, it was not terrible, just not terribly good. This is a shame because most of the issues are small and could be addressed with little expense to the owner. While the location is great, there are about 8 or so other gay guesthouses within a few blocks to choose from. I have already selected another for my next visit.
I would suggest a room around the pool.
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23 January 2012
Thank you for your review, we always appreciate the good reviews as well as reviews such as yours where we did not live up to your expectations. I have looked up your reservation and the room you stayed in was a standard guestroom and was the last room available as your reservation was made less than 3 weeks prior to your arrival. I just wanted to clarify that you where not in a deluxe Guestroom or a One bedroom Suite. Many guests request that room for its privacy and how quiet it is, can't please everyone but we try. Some of your concerns are valid and I will take action to correct, that room is already on the list of rooms that will be closed out for updates and blinds will now be installed. We tend to like the wicker furniture, it is very Florida and most guests appreciate the laid back Key west style of our rooms.
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We restrict smoking in all our rooms but feel there is ample space to be in a smoke free area. We do not want to become overbearing with rules. Our 10 man Hot Tub is quite popular and the two heated pools generally make everyone happy.
The upper deck is not a popular hang out as it is not clothing optional and is on the third floor, usually just the guests on that floor sometimes use it. We have A beautiful deck between the building that is brand new as well as ample seating area in sun or shade. Our resort has probably the most outdoor courtyard areas to enjoy than most of the other resorts in the area. The upper deck will be re planked soon and we will use the new composite decking material that we used on the other deck I mentioned.
Our complimentary breakfast consists of: Great freshly ground coffee, plain & raisin cinnamon Otis Spunkmeyer pre-packaged bagels, mixed danish, muffins, 3 types of Oatmeal, Bananas, apples, whole grain bread, raisin brand, cheerios, fat free milk, 2% milk and Orange juice. We are required by Broward County Health department to have pre-packaged goods as we are not a restaurant, so we do purchase the best pre-packaged goods available. Most of the resorts on the beach use the same products. There are restaurants within a block of the resort should someone want a buffet of eggs. Unfortunately we don't get many requests for decaffeinated coffee, we are now looking into getting a Kreurig coffee maker with the new K cup for single brewed cups. That would fulfill the need quite well.
Thank you once again for your comments and suggestions, Have a great Day.
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