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“Short stay before cruise” 4 of 5 stars
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Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1617 SE 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316   |  
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Ranked #54 of 133 Hotels in Fort Lauderdale
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“Short stay before cruise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2011

We stayed one night using miles at this hotel. Check-in was slow, in that the rooms were not ready when we arrived in the early afternoon. The front desk provided meal coupons to my parents because of the delay, however. The rooms were pleasant with nice views of the City. The end of each hallway had a public balcony looking toward the cruise ship area, which was a nice feature (our room faced toward downtown Fort Lauderdale). Outback Steakhouse was a short walk away. If I took another cruise out of Fort Lauderdale, I'd definitely stay at this hotel again.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Norwalk, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2011

We arrived at the Renaissance mid morning on Sunday after getting off of a 7-day cruise out of Miami. We only had a one night stay as we would be flying out of Ft. Lauderdale late in the day/early evening on Monday. We had originally wanted to stay right on the beach to give us something to do Sunday and Monday but due to pricing that was not an option. Instead we came across the Renaissance and could not have been more happy.
Like I said, we arrived mid morning and were greeted politely by the valet service. We had 3 rooms reserved so I went in to check-in for everyone and was helped by Joe (I believe the front desk manager). Joe could not have been more helpful or efficient. Check-in was a breeze and while none of our rooms were ready, he took down my cell phone # and called as soon as they were. Due to the fact we had a late flight the following day we asked if it would be possible to get a late check out which Joe made happen for us. We were very appreciative!
The room was nicely appointed and the beds were super comfortable. The hotel had a business center that allowed us to check email and checkin for our flights the following day and print boarding passes.
Our original plan was to go to Ft. Lauderdale beach Sunday afternoon but the weather was so great and the pool area at the hotel was so inviting we stayed right there. The pool area consists of a pool and hot tub and cushioned lounge chairs, clamshell shaded bed loungers and cabanas. What a way to spend out day. It was so comfortable that we just stayed there all day Monday too!
There are plenty of restaurants near by - many even within walking distance and a grocery store and walgreens across the street. My only complaints were the charge for parking - I thought $20 to park in the garage was a bit on the steep side, especially since we had 2 vehicles and I had also read online and followed up over the phone that while breakfast was not included there was coffee offered in the lobby. I have 2 huge coffee drinkers in my party so this was a little disappointing to find this was not the case but there was a Starbucks a very short walk away.
I would definitely stay at the Renaissance again and recommend it to others.

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Detroit, MI
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2011

Lovely place to stay with friends, family. The rooms are nice, clean and comfortable. The staff is welcoming and I would highly recommend this propery when traveling to Ft. Lauderdale.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Orlando, FL
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2011

I stayed two nights for a business conference at the Convertion Center just across the street. The airport's only minutes away but didn't hear a sound! The room was great but would have liked a mini-fridge. Bed was plush and very comfortable. Room decor seemed very new. Perfect place for woman traveler alone. Staff was very helpful and friendly. Wireless was fast and reliable, which was very important to me. Overall it's a great hotel is the perfect location for Convention Center, Port or airport travelers. Also has ample parking in adjacent parking garage. This willl be my hotel of choice for business in Ft. Lauderdale.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Western Michigan, USA
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16 hotel reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2011

We were very impressed with the front desk staff, the valet staff and the housekeeping staff. All were very friendly and accommodating. We checked in early and we were impressed that our room was ready, clean and our requests of extra pillows and extra towels were waiting. The fitness center was very clean and the pool was well maintained. The hotel is in a nice area were there were many people walking and jogging in the evening. There are several restaurants within walking distance as well as a restaurant at the hotel. We used the hotel as a break after a long drive followed by a plane trip before another trek across the state, but I could see how this would be a perfect stop prior to or after a cruise since the port is very close by. The fresh citrus water at the elevators is a nice touch.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Colorado
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92 hotel reviews
Reviews in 66 cities Reviews in 66 cities
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2011

The hotel is close to the airport, however does NOT offer a free shuttle. The wireless internet did not work. The price to park is steep - twenty dollars a night! The hotel itself is clean, and service is very friendly. The hotel is close to shops, drugstores, and numerous restaurants. The hotel is obviously close to the cruise ports as well.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Anchorage, Alaska
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16 hotel reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2011

Our stay here was nice enough. The bed was good. The hotel seemed a bit tired in places, but overall it was alright. We stayed here for 2 nights pre-cruise.

Check-in was easy. The staff was very nice and accommodating. The bar and restaurant are a nightmare though. Avoid these two places if at all possible. Impossible to get waited on. We gave up at both locations - eventually just walking out because we couldn't get service. Both at the restaurant and bar we waited about 20-30 minutes each time.

We walked over to the restaurant next door called Bimini's. Great food. Wonderful service. HIGHLY recommend!!

The hotel is located near a Ross, so if you forget something for your trip, that's convenient. The Walgreens and Starbucks are across the street which was fantastic.

Other than that, the hotel is just okay. Nice enough, but I think for what we spent, we'll pick another hotel on our next trip.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1617 SE 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Location: United States > Florida > Fort Lauderdale
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#13 Luxury Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#17 On the Beach Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#36 Business Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#38 Romantic Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#40 Family Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 236
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