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“Convenient & priced right” 3 of 5 stars
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Ramada Fort Lauderdale Airport/Cruise Port
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   2275 SR 84 Marina Mile Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312   |  
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28 hotel reviews
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Convenient & priced right”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2012

We stayed overnight before our cruise and a couple of weeks later before flying home. We were satisfied because of the free shuttle service both to the cruise port and to the airport. Yes the motel is dated and it sits beside a busy freeway, but if you are budget minded, this is the place.

It is not that convenient to shopping or restaurants but they have a shuttle operating during a short timeframe that will take you to a few places. I would not recommend walking, the closest restaurant is about 1/2 mile away. The Ramada has a restaurant. The free breakfast buffet was adequate for our needs with the typical fanfare. We ate dinner there before our cruise. It was a little pricey but not out of line. The bar was busy and we had good conversation with others since many of the guests were also there the day before their cruise.

They have a little kiosk set up so you can book tours and also pre-pay for a shuttle from the cruiseline to the airport and not have to grab a taxi. We did this. It was cheaper than the taxi and very organized and again convenient.

The Ramada has a computer room for personal use and you can print your boarding pass. The printer was broken but they kindly let us use their office printer.

We did not take advantage of the pool but many people sat around it. The motel was full so we were glad we booked a couple of months in advance. Both rooms we stayed in smelled good not musty given the age of the motel and was spacious for all of our luggage...2 weeks worth of clothes.

There is a small store on site with a little of everything including beer & wine.

Room Tip: Rooms away from the highway are quieter and face the pool.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Carpinteria, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

Very cheesy, outside "decor" and pool area are seedy and wierd. Chains and padlocks on the vending machines don't make one feel very safe and secure. We stayed here because it was cheap and we were flying into Ft Lauderdale after midnight and needed someplace close by to stay. They have an airport shuttle which was a plus for us.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Lee's Summit, Missouri
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2012

Yes this is a convinent place to stay the night before a cruise. Yes they have a free shuttle to the cruise port, but that is where the good. When we were checking in the lady helping us would answer the phone and take care of teh person on the phone then come back to us, instead of putting the phone caller on hold. When my wife had to go to the front desk to get help she was ignored for 20 mins. When we got to the room there were no towels and not room was very run down. The vending machines did not work and the free contenintial breakfast was a joke. Your money would be well spent some where else.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Berkeley, California
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17 hotel reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012 via mobile

Beds not bad. Wish Ramada had better quality control...

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Mattawan, Michigan
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2012

Although this hotel was the best price near the port, it wasn't worth it. They offer a free shuttle from the airport, and tell you it will be 20 minutes, but it was an hour. The hotel staff was very nice and the rooms were okay. It wasn't the cleanest. We got in late and had no car, so after the hour wait for the shuttle, we decided to try the restaurant in the hotel. We waited 10 minutes and nobody came to wait on us, even though there were at least 3 employees of the restaurant walking around. The next morning, the hotel called a taxi for us to take us to the port. They said it would be 15 minutes. After 30 minutes, I went back to the front desk to ask if they knew when it was coming. They called again, and then basically told me the taxi place was busy because it was a Saturday. After another 20 minutes, I went in again and they called again. The taxi finally came after an hour. I realize that the hotel has no control over the taxi company, however they may want to align themselves with a more reliable taxi service. The front desk staff was very friendly and helpful, which was the only plus about this hotel.

  • Stayed March 2012, 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
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver
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16 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

Due to some problems with our flights we ended up in Fort Lauderdale after midnight with no hotel reservations. All the hotel shuttles had stopped running so we had to find someplace close to the airport for the night.

We contacted the Ramada using the courtesy phones and took a cab - about $17 including a $2 airport surcharge. We had stayed there a few years ago and found it ok.

The rate we were quoted ($115 including all taxes) was higher than the rates we had seen for similar hotels when we checked earlier in the day, but we were in no position to negotiate.

The room was a basic two star hotel room. The carpets are old and we wore shoes at all times, as we would in most two star establishments. There was no obvious dirt or bugs of any kind. The room was well soundproofed against outside noise, but the air conditioner was very noisy. The room safe had not been reset so we had to have someone come to deal with that in the morning. The bathtub plug did not work, and needed a new part, so we had to use the shower.

A continental breakfast buffet was included in the room rate. For $5 you could upgrade to include a hot cooked breakfast in addition to the continental breakfast. We chose that option and it was good value for the additional food (although it used to be included in the room rate). The continental breakfast was typical motel fare - coffee, toast and bagels, some sort of cake, grits, watery juice, packets of grape jelly, and fresh orange slices.

We ended up having to stay an additional night and got a much better rate for the second night ($84 including taxes). As we were staying longer, we would really have appreciated a fridge.

We asked at the front desk about things to do in the immediate area and were told that the only thing nearby was a nature park, but it was closed for the two days we were there. We went out to wander around just for something to do, and found the Secret Woods Nature Centre, which was open. It is a lovely little park in a wasteland of freeways and industrial parks. It has a butterfly garden, nature trails, interpretive houses and access to the water.

We used the free hotel shuttle to go to the shopping mall with a Win Dixie where we bought food for our evening meal (get their loyalty card and qualify for some good discounts on food and wine). The shuttle was late coming back for us and we had to find a pay phone to call the hotel.

The hotel has two PCs for guest use (complimentary), but one was not working. The printer was also out of order.

There is a reasonable pool in an attractive courtyard, well screened from the view of outsiders and fairly quiet. It was warm enough that we enjoyed a late evening swim.

This hotel is ok for a quick stopover on the way to a cruise, but I would not recommend it for a longer stay, especially if you don't have a car. There is a complimentary airport shuttle but it stops running at 11:30pm.

There is nothing terrible about the hotel and I would stay there again in a pinch, but a number of small things added up to make it an annoying experience. I found it below average, but not bad enough to be rated poor overall. Look elsewhere first.

Room Tip: The rooms facing the courtyard are well screened from the traffic.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Novi, Michigan
2 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2012

Don't believe the pictures on-line for this hotel, they don't reflect the true appearance of this hotel. This is one of the worst hotels that we ever stayed in, it was more like a motel than a hotel. The service was terrible, the room was old and dirty. The food service was slow, there was only one waiter for the entire room. When the food did come it was bad. When asked at the front counter for places that delivered they stated we aren't supposed to give that information, we are supposed to refer to our restaurants. We did not have transportation because we took the shuttle, because we were going on a cruise the next day. There was nothing around that you could walk to. The place was overpriced and everyone that got off the shuttle looked very disappointed and when you went inside your disappointment grew. You were given a coupon for the breakfast buffet, when you went there was only for the a continental breakfast which consisted of barely anything and if you wanted the full breakfast was an additional $5 per person. The food was terrible and everything was done so cheaply. The rooms were old and dirty we couldn't wait to leave. If you can avoid it stay away from this hotel.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2275 SR 84 Marina Mile Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
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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 Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #87 of 133 Hotels in Fort Lauderdale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Ramada Fort Lauderdale Airport/Cruise Port 2.5*
Number of rooms: 144
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located 1.5 miles from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport and 2 miles from Port Everglades Cruise Port. This hotel also provides free shuttle service to and from The Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, Port Everglades Cruise Port, and the Broward County Convention center. Pre and Post Port of Miami Cruise Packages, with ground transportation, are also available.This Full Service Ramada provides amenities such as a Free Continental Breakfast Buffet, High Speed Wireless Internet Access, Meeting/Banquet Facilities and Two Full Service restaurants with room service, a Pub and Poolside Tiki Bar. No pets allowed. ... more   less 
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