Small innkeepers in Broward County are pulling out the stops to ensure their properties are standout destinations for discerning travelers seeking a more intimate and personalized, yet high-quality, vacation.
For many that means maintaining their property's Superior Small Lodging status, which is awarded to qualifying properties with 50 rooms or less that pass an inspection and meet criteria established by the Florida Superior Small Lodging Association, a Hollywood-based nonprofit.
It's also about going the extra mile to achieve the association's top honor for best housekeeping practices — a Donal A. Dermody White Glove Award.
Fifty SSL properties in the county recently earned a White Glove after achieving a score of 100 percent during housekeeping inspections this year, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau announced Tuesday.
White Glove awardees included: The Pillars Hotel and Pineapple Point Guest House in Fort Lauderdale; The Desoto Oceanview Inn and The Desoto Ocean Spray in Hollywood and Pelican Place Apartments and Pineapple Place Apartments in Pompano Beach.
"It keeps us on our toes, and ensures that we go beyond the standards most hotels meet," Steve Welsch, general manager of the Desoto Hollywood properties, said of the rigorous inspection process. "The fact that we meet and surpass such stringent criteria means our guests are assured the ultimate in cleanliness and a great vacation experience."
Located along Desoto Street in the North Beach section of Hollywood, the Desoto Oceanview has nine units, while sister property, Desoto Ocean Spray, has six, one-bedroom units. It's the second White Glove honor for the inns.
Overall, the 62 properties that recently achieved SSL status for the 2013-14 marketing year averaged a score of 97.42 percent during the housekeeping inspections, the CVB noted. For a e directory of SSL properties, visit sunny.org/ssl.
The unannounced inspections began in May and are part of an independent property review program inns and motels must undergo to requalify or qualify for SSL status.
Properties are inspected and selected based on cleanliness, personalized service and charm. They must score at least 82 percent on the inspection to qualify.
"One size never fits all, and while today's travelers are seeking experiences that come in different shapes and sizes, they don't expect to compromise on quality," CVB President Nicki E. Grossman said in a statement. "Our Superior Small Lodgings and White Glove Award winners help visitors find the perfect intimate accommodations."
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