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“Signs, Signs, Everywhere Signs! Do This, Don't Do That!” 3 of 5 stars
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BEST WESTERN PLUS Oakland Park Inn
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   3001 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306   |  
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Ranked #71 of 133 Hotels in Fort Lauderdale
London, Canada
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
“Signs, Signs, Everywhere Signs! Do This, Don't Do That!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

So, this hotel is quite the operation. After arriving for a one week stay at this hotel, the hotel tried to charge more then what the reservation was for. This reservation was made months earlier. The front desk clerk was left to the duty of trying to get this extra cash while Frank the manager at the time hid in the back office. Gotta love that. They tried to blame Best Western for changing the rate. So...I called Best Western. Of course we didn't change the rate said customer care. We don't set the rates, the hotel does. Hmmmm. Well, after the good folks at Best Western told the hotel they had to honour the rate, (We did find out that someone from the Hotel office did a override to change the rate) we finally after one hour of arguing got to the room. Still hadn't seen the manager. The room was fine. Not sure if it was the room we booked, but we were in! The property is well taken care of and very clean. However, there is signs everywhere. Don't sit here. Don't do this. LOL Kinda funny. Oh well. Wish there would have been chairs to sit outside your room. But the signs say you can do that. Wish I could have brought a beer down to the pool. Guess what...the sign says no. They have a bar at the pool and that is where your drink should come from. Don't get out of the pool wet! Anyways. The front office needs to learn that they can't change prices because we had a deal. Border line of committing fraud, I think they call it. Frank the manager should deal with upset clients himself. And one last thing. The only staff member at this hotel with any type of great customer service is Marc the bartender. He should be running the whole show.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Chester, VA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

We stayed st the Oakland park inn 2 nights before a cruise with friends. At first we were not sure what we had gotten ourselves in to but after a short time we just loved where we were. They picked our group of 6 up at the airport and the driver to the hotel was continually giving us tips on the area which we were most appreciative of. We all enjoyed the tiki bar and with the cold snap during our visit they had the outside heaters going which we found nice. Staff was informative, courteous abd helpful. Shuttle to the port was arranged for $5.00 pp which was great. All in all the hotel was perfect for our situation. Breakfast was ample and really ample room, we all took advantage of it. There is a small mall near by, a cinema, and try the ale house, we did twice. Yes, I would definitely recommend the Oakland park inn.

Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Issaquah, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

Both hot and cold water were rusty colored. Desk clerk when told responded "... Southern Florida." No help at all. Hard to get out of parking lot because of traffic and visibility to curved street. Breakfast was typical . Location was good. but I would NOT stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 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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Seattle, Washington
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

We have stayed at a couple of places in Ft. Lauderdale before a cruise. This one is okay. $5 charge for the shuttle from the airport but they said it would take 25 - 30 minutes to pick us up and they were right. Some people at the shuttle pick up spot said they have been waiting 2 hours. Not sure why they didn't take a taxi. Google or Bing shows a restaurant in front of the motel. Closed. Pool bar was also closed by the time we got there. However the Ale House (another review) is up the street and there is an Irish pub around the corner. Hotel buffet breakfasts have never been too good so we went to the Original Pancake House, next door to the Ale House. Don't bother (another review). Check out time is 11:00 and we had to wait until 1:00 for the port shuttle. Pool bar didn't open until about 12:30 but that is where you will be waiting for the shuttle. They could have re-opened the breakfast area but didn't. Front desk staff was a little surly. I walked about a mile down the road and there is nothing furniture and mattress stores on this section of the Federal Hwy. Ale House is pretty good so just go there.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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St. Albert, Canada
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

This hotel was very clean and comfortable, and conveniently located to Highway #1. Staff were helpful and friendly. Great place to stay while we visited the Florida Keys. I would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 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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Falls Church, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

Needed a place for the night near the Mai Kai Dinner Show... This is our 2nd stay here. Room was large, clean, functional, and the room with the upgraded bedding was worth the extra 15$. Nicer than the beds at the expensive chains. We just crashed for the night, so didn't use the pool/bar area here, has a nice kept up vintage feel as this place looks to be from the 60's. Breakfast area was popular (full) so get their earlier. For those taking cruises, they have a shuttle to pick up guests from the airport and later drop off at the cruise terminal, which is nice. Don't miss the nearby Mai Kai for dinner!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Washougal, Washington
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

We stayed one night following a cruise and booked 6 rooms. The property itself was nice, clean etc. but the staff lacked in customer service. We had arranged for the shuttle to the airport upon check-out--however there was much confusion when it came time for us to be shuttled. The staff finally called a van/taxi, which upon arrival, couldn't accomodate our group. All in all it was a confusing, unorganized mess. Others waiting for shuttle to the cruiseport and airport also experienced the same situation. If you stay here, do NOT rely on their "free shuttle".

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: 3001 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306
Location: United States > Florida > Fort Lauderdale
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #71 of 133 Hotels in Fort Lauderdale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — BEST WESTERN PLUS Oakland Park Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The BEST WESTERN Oakland Park Inn, a hidden treasure in Ft. Lauderdale is located just one mile west of Fort Lauderdale Beach, with newly renovated guest rooms, pillow top mattresses, upgraded bedding, and attention to detail makes our hotel an excellent value and a great alternative to oceanfront properties.Best Western Oakland Park Inn welcomes the opportunity to accommodate your guests during their visit to South Florida. You will enjoy only the best in service and attention from our courteous hotel staff. ... more   less 
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