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“Fine for pre/post cruise, but pricey” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airport/Cruise

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Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airport/Cruise
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1150 W State Rd 84, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316   |  
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Ranked #26 of 135 Hotels in Fort Lauderdale
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Ottawa, Canada
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39 reviews 39 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
“Fine for pre/post cruise, but pricey”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

We stayed one day and night before a cruise. Good things: shuttle from airport, good, clean quiet room, adequate buffet breakfast, reasonably priced shuttle to cruise. Front desk was friendly. There was a pool if weather permitted. There were perfectly fine restaurants (pub, Thai, takeout) in plaza across the road and a more upscale-looking German restaurant a block down the street, but nothing but breakfast in the hotel. Less good: slight odor of spray/disinfectant in the room, a bit isolated - far from more attractive malls. Highly priced for what you get.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Prices in that area are high, this was the cheapest that was close to the pier. The hotel was clean, beds were comfy and I forgot toothpaste so they gave me some... Breakfast was not super but had enough to get you going. The little pancake machine was cool..... Great place to stay the night before your cruise - close to the pier and close to restaurants.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kannapolis, North Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We stayed here overnight before going on a cruise. The hospitality staff were very nice. The room we were in the air was not working properly. After calling the front desk about it they were able to get us in another room. The continental breakfast was great. Would definetly stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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61 reviews 61 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Stayed for five nights, using it as a base for exploring the Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and Everglades. Booked a Jr suite with lots of room, which made it very nice. Breakfast was HIEx standard - always good. Pricey by HIEx standards, at least in my experience.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
31 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

Stayed at this hotel for the 3rd time prior to a winter cruise. As usual, found the staff helpful, the rooms clean and breakfast generous.

Room recommendations:
Unlike previous stays - this time was traveling with elderly parents and 2 sons. We booked the handicap accessible room for my parents. They are not in wheelchairs, but do use walkers and have difficulty with balance and stairs. They were disappointed to see the shower is not a walk-in - but is a regular tub. Although it does have lots of grab bars - still is an issue to navigate the climb into the tub.

My adult sons stayed with us in a suite style room and slept on the sofa bed. I should have booked a room with 2 beds - they were quite uncomfortable on the sofa bed as it was hard and short - so their feet were hanging over the edge. I am not saying this was any fault of the hotel - just would not recommend this arrangement for adults.

As previous trips - we walked down to the german restaurant to eat dinner. The hotel does not provide shuttle service other than to and from the airport. There is a handy strip mall across the street - with liquor store, groceries for those last minute purchases. The shuttle service to the airport is an extra cost provided by a local company - but extremely efficient and less than a taxi. They will also allow you to prepay for the return trip to the airport - highly recommend this as - again - often cheaper than a taxi.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Columbus, Indiana
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102 reviews 102 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
250 helpful votes 250 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

We enjoyed the breakfast area and the lobby. It was great space to connect with the parties we were traveling with to coordinate our schedules and just kick back. We also appreciated its proximity to the port.

However, the rooms were small, not clean, and the beds were really saggy. We got a bad nights sleep before taking off for the Bahamas. We arrived very tired and frustrated because of our poor room experience at this facility was sub-par.

My recommendation, look for another hotel in the same area. You cannot walk to the port anyway so might as well at 5-10 minutes to your travel time and get a good night sleep before you leave or after you return.

Yes, our experience was so bad that we canceled our reservation for the return and scheduled elsewhere!

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airport/Cruise, responded to this review, January 31, 2013
Dear Tamara F,

Thank you very much for taking the time to share your comments online. We are pleased you were satisfied with the breakfast, our lobby and the location of our hotel. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience you had with your room accommodation. We take all comments into consideration and welcome any opportunity to improve. If there is anything you need next time you stay with us, please do not hesitate to let us know.

Sincerely,

Karen C
Case Manager
IHGcare
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013 via mobile

This hotel had a great location and the staff was so nice. We would stay there again. They also provide an airport shuttle. The room was very lean & the beds comfortable. We liked the morning breakfast too.

Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airport/Cruise

Address: 1150 W State Rd 84, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
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Location: United States > Florida > Fort Lauderdale
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Business Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#22 Romantic Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#33 Family Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airport/Cruise 2.5*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Take a Virtual Tour of the hotel.The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airport/Cruise Port is located near the Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood Int'l Airport, Port Everglades Cruise Port & Broward County Convention Center - the perfect choice for a business or leisure stay. The beaches, Shops of Las Olas, Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment district, downtown, Museums, Theaters, Malls and a variety of restaurants & local attractions are all within a short drive.The hotel pampers guests daily by serving a complimentary 'Express Start breakfast bar' along with USA Today news. Free high-speed Internet access is available in all guest rooms & suites plus free local calls, microwave/fridge, & coffee maker. The Marina Mile Meeting Room, Express Board Room & business center features high-speed Internet access. Adding to the many guest amenities & services to assure your stay is comfortable & pleasant an exercise room with state-of-the-art equipment, Coin laundry room, and outdoor heated pool in a tropical garden setting are on-site.A complimentary shuttle is available from 5:30 AM to midnight to and from the Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood Int'l Airport. Drop-off transportation to Port Everglades cruise port is available on a complimentary basis. 'A completely non-smoking hotel.' ... more   less 
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