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“Nice for an overnight stay, or business traveler.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel

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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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Orlando, Florida
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“Nice for an overnight stay, or business traveler.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013 via mobile

For the price compared to other hotels in the area it was above average.
I've seen a few reviews complaining about cleanliness, I did not see that, the hotel was extremely clean, our room well furnished and the bed linens very nice.

I do think hotels should start to openly disclose that they will gouge you for parking.
If you bring your car they will charge you $30 per day extra for valet, and $25 for self park. I expect that in New York City, and other extremely dense urban hotels Where mass transit is the norm, but not in an area where you need to drive and normally there is ample parking around at restaurants and shopping centers directly adjacent to this hotel..

So as an overview, the hotel was pleasant enough, but beware you will pay significantly extra for parking your car.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

For us as Australians, this hotel was close to the cruise port and we stayed for 4 nights prior to and 1 night post our cruise to the Amazon. We had heard how busy the breakfast area can be and chose to purchase the Club Level package as it included Club lounge access
Complimentary food:
- Continental breakfast - including scrambled eggs, sausages, bacon etc
- hors d'oeuvres
- dessert
Cocktails, for a fee
Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages
Honor bar
Our room was fantastic, overlooking the main street. My husband went across the road and purchased some bottles of wine only to find there wasn't a fridge in the room, no problem a bar fridge was delivered before I got back up from requesting at reception.
It was an easy walk to the end of the street for the water taxis which we took daily. Excellent pre and post cruise accommodation. Cost was AU$190 per night inclusive of Club Level.

Room Tip: Taxis to and from this hotel to the port are a flat rate of US$10 + tip
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Great location for airport, stayed over one night on route overseas. Room was clean, comfortable and staff was very helpful. The evening concierge was the best...helpful, got our airline passes, gave us great suggestions for dinner and had a fabulous attitude. Only downfall was the taxi ride from the airport, both coming and going...could not wait to get out of those taxis...and this certainly had nothing to do with the hotel, other than they do not have a shuttle service.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

I have stayed here many times over the years - especially when my industry trade shows are across the street at the Convention Center. This use to be a buinesss-oriented property that was a good choice for not overly price conscious business folks. Well, it been a few years for me, and I suppose the name change to Renaissance Fort Lauderdale "Cruise Port Hotel" should have been a tip-off. This hotel has total thrown itself at the cruise crowd that results in a very unsatisfactory experience for others. Loud, partying groups of cruisers roaming my floor and adjunct rooms kept me up till nearly 2am. There was a long wait to get into the breakfast restaurant. I understand these folks are vacation, but this 100% focus on them has ruined this. I will NEVER EVER stay here again and suggest unless you are cruise-bound you stay away also,

Room Tip: Bring ear-plugs
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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FTLRenaissanceGM, General Manager at Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences on Trip Advisor. My team and I take each response seriously as they truly reflect our ability to serve.

Although you feel that our hotel may not be ideal for business travellers, please know that last year, the Marriott Business Traveller rated us at 86% satisfaction. In fact, the majority of our revenue is generated from both large and small corporations

As to your comment about the use of the "Cruise Port" in our name, please know that we use this as a locater designation for our guests. This helps prevent confusion with similar hotels, such as the Renaissance Plantation or the Renaissance Eden Roc.

Again, thank you for your feedback and if you would like to discuss further, please contact me in my office.
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Seattle, Washington
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187 helpful votes 187 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

The Renaissance Ft. Lauderdale is a great choice for a pre or post cruise overnight. The front desk was extremely helpful (thanks Kelly). The rooms are spacious and the air conditioning is excellent. The beds are hard (not firm), and feel cheap. Pillows are rubber and uncomfortable. The bathrooms, furnishings, and TV are excellent. The hotel does not provide shuttle service to the airports or the cruise port. Parking is very expensive. Internet service is available in the lobby without charge, but wi-fi in your room is spendy. the location is great.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

2nd time staying here, prior to catching a cruise ship. Very good location only blocks from Port Everglades, with lots of dining options and conveniences close by. Room was clean and comfortable with a view of the ships coming into port. Morning transfer to the ship is well organized at the back patio, and there's comfortable seating at the front of the hotel that even has ashtrays!! We did have a few cocktails in the lounge, friendly staff and lots of tvs to follow sports & news. All in all a good value and we would definitely stay there again prior to a cruise.

Room Tip: Try to book 7th floor or higher.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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New Hampshire
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

I stay here on frequent business trips to Fort Lauderdale. The service is always good, the location is very convenient to the airport, restaurants, even the beach. The Concierge lounge attendant in the evening is super friendly and helpful and makes you feel welcome. The fitness center equipment is a bit dated and could use an upgrade, but the rest of the hotel is very well kept. Little touches like the ice water available by the elevators and cookies at the front desk in the evening add a nice touch.

Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Also Known As:
Renaissance Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale Renaissance
Address: 1617 SE 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
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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:
#4 Green Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#12 Luxury Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#14 On the Beach Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#35 Business Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#42 Family Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
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Hotel Class:4 star — Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel 4*
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