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Rodeway Inn & Suites Fort Lauderdale Airport Cruise Port
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   2440 West State Road 84, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312   |  
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Iowa
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“OK for a Quick Stop”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

We went to this hotel during the BCS Championship game so we had no intentions in spending a lot of time in the hotel. First impression - the front desk. 4 people - 1 girl on the phone - 1 girl rushing me through check in without so much as a hello and 2 others just standing around. I understand it was a crazy weekend. The room was just OK and pretty clean. The floors were ceramic tiled - no carpet. The bed was made up nicely - clean sheets but the mattress was a bit tired and not too comfortable. The bathroom was clean but a little mold around the caulking in the tub. The biggest issue with the room was the air conditioner - it was so loud it sounded like a helicopter landing every time it booted back on which it went on and off all night. Have TV remote in hand if you are trying to watch because you will need to turn it up and down the entire time!
Now the pros - the location. We were less than 2 miles from the FLL airport and although we were not cruising it wasn't much further to the cruise port. The hotel offered a shuttle to and from the cruise port which seemed to be pretty organized in the morning (i do not know if it was a fee for this service) We rented a car so it was pretty close for driving to restaurants. Now all the cruise announcements were on loudspeaker starting pretty early. We are early risers so this didn't bother us but it might bother other non cruisers that aren't so early risers. The hotel was also offering a shuttle to Sun Life stadium for a $25 RT fee. There was a breakfast that was OK - the usual waffles, cereal, bagels. The wi-fi connection was decent - free and we used it the entire time. 2nd night stay we came back to the room and the room key didn't work - went to the front desk to get it straightened out. Asked me my room number - repunched the keys and tossed them back on the counter without so much of a "sorry about that"! The guy (Izzy?)directing all the cruisers in the morning was very helpful and gave us a suggestion on the best beach and how to get there so that stepped up my service score a bit.
So this wasn't a top of the line place but for a quick stop over for a game or cruise - it was OK.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

Izzy and his staff are great! They have this down pat. They have a free shuttle to pick you up at the airport and a free shuttle to get you to the cruise ship the next morning - door to door with minimal walking and you are on time, everytime. You never have to touch your bags again from the moment you get on the shuttle. Great, fast service. You have to get up early to catch the free breakfast but if you miss it - no big deal - you will be eating in no time on the ship. Very clean, quiet, comfortable rooms with food service call out with delivery right to your room. The most reasonable way and place to stay when leaving on a cruise. We spoke with one couple that had stayed here everytime they took a cruise - 35 times!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

Have to say contrary to other reviewers, we highly advise not to chose this motel under any circumstances as our stay in Dec 2012 was littered with numerous problems from (a) the point of check in, which took almost 1/2 hour due to under-staffing to (b) our room having to be changed due to multiple maintenance issues not immediately solvable by evening staff to (c) Izzy (the Mgr/GM) causing us to be very nearly late for our cruise due to poor shuttle scheduling on his part - we had even pre-arranged a specific shuttle departure time in advance and still ended up leaving over an hour late that time. We even experienced (d) a very poor experience at the onsite restaurant (see separate review).

Yes, we did speak to staff & management numerous times during our one night stay. The evening staff at the desk was very efficient in getting us a different room when the original was not satisfactory but all other contact with management did not resolve anything and at times was actually quite patronizing.

As Diamond Level Choice Privileges members we travel extensively and are more then satisfied with the many levels of Choice Hotel Properties, and it is because of that affiliation we chose this property, however once in a while we make a poor choice and this was ours for 2012.

Best advise, stay elsewhere.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

Me and my husband spent in this hotel only one night. We arrived around 8pm. on second day of Christmas so we realised that over Christmas people are not working normally. We booked our room 4 months in advance. Receptionist (not extremaly nice) told us that she does not have a pre-booked room for us because room service is not working that day. Instead of upgrading our room for free which is a normal procedure in such situation, she told us that for a better room with need to pay additionally, which we did not want. So she gave us worse room. Room was very basic, just to survive one night. Floor was horrible in the bathroom. However, parking and Internet is for free. Well, this hotel is good option if you are going to spend in it only one night.

  • Stayed December 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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Ancaster, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

We arrived at 3:00 am on December 27th due to weather delay. We just wanted to get to sleep before catching our boat the next day. As we were checking in we informed the front desk that the Emerald Princess would not begin boarding people until 2:00 pm at the earliest due to a Norovirus Outbreak. What did the hotel do about this you ask? They let us stay in our rooms until 1:00 pm with no added cost... UNHEARD OF and an extremely pleasant surprise after getting in at 3:00 am. We got a bit of sleep however were woken up the the manager organizing cruise patrons on other boats over the loud speaker .... might want to turn that down a bit in the courtyard... was still a bit sleepy but by no means was I complaining. After having our free "continental" breakfast which was NOT continental as they had a make your own waffle bar (with extremely helpful employees making sure I didn't burn the place down), fresh fruit, juices, cereal and the all important coffee we went back to our room put our bathing suits on a started our vacation on their pool deck. At 1:00pm we checked out and got on the FREE shuttle to the cruise port. It is not free after 10:30 am however they made an exception for the Emerald Princess Guests just another sign of this hotel bending over backyards for their customers.

I would just like to say the management, staff, facilities and the whole experience about staying at this hotel far exceeds their star rating on websites. I paid 70$ for 1 night here and it felt like I should have paid 130$.

Cudos to you Rodeway Inn Fort Lauderdale... I will be back.

Room Tip: Courtyard rooms are a bit loud in the mornings as I mentioned with co-ordination of shuttle service...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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The Villages, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

My wife and I stayed at this hotel in advance of our cruise and our car was parked in the lot for the duration of our trip. While at sea, my wife was taken very ill and we had to leave the ship in Aruba where she was hospitalized for 12 days. It was a very stressful time for us and I was, among everything else, very concerned about having to leave the car behind for the extended time. We were flown home to Orlando and the car was in Fort Lauderdale at the Rodeway Inn. Izzy, the Manager, was very understanding and allowed us to keep the car safely parked in his lot until I could get back to pick it up. In fact, he offered to drive my car to my home in The Villages, Florida (265 miles one way) because he was going to be in this area later in the month of January attending a travel expo. This definitely goes beyond what a person expects as great customer service. Truly a professional at his best!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Sydney, Australia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

Rodeway Inn is a great little stay for transfers the next day - this is their core business and they do it really really well. Issy the Manager is very down to earth and has been the business for many years - he pulls it all together seamlessly. Issy co-ordinates the free shuttles to the cruise port and air ports and definitely goes the extra mile. I couldn't believe it when the airport shuttle was running a little late and he pulled out his own wallet and gave us the cab fare to cover the trip so we would miss our flight!
- The free breakfast is better then average with fresh waffles, bagels, boiled eggs, cereals, juices etc.
- Our room was clean and spacious with the only drawback being that it was a little noisy with average soundproofing - we could hear every word of a lengthy verbal argument going on between the couple in the next room however reception dealt with this efficiently when requested.
- The free pick up from the cruise port was efficient and timely - we only waited for around 10 mins. We were quite early to check-in and although our room understandably wasn't ready at 10am, Issy gave us a complimentary breakfast pass and made sure we were comfortable.
Would definitely stay again and recommend to others as a value-added, clean, affordable and efficient transfer hotel. A big Aussie thumbs up!!!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Rodeway Inn & Suites Fort Lauderdale Airport Cruise Port

Address: 2440 West State Road 84, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
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Location: United States > Florida > Fort Lauderdale
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#29 Business Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Rodeway Inn & Suites Fort Lauderdale Airport Cruise Port 2.5*
Number of rooms: 158
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel near Port Everglades Cruise Port & Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport (FLL). Your Stay Includes Free Breakfast and High Speed Wi-Fi Internet with On-site Family Restaurant, Bar & Grill. We also Offer Park & Cruise Fly and Day Stay Packages with Free Shuttle. We offer tours and transportation to the world-famous Sawgrass Mills mall, Fort Lauderdale beaches, Hollywood beaches, Everglades Tours, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Sun Life Stadium; home of the Miami Dolphins; and Las Olas Riverfront featuring a variety of restaurants, boutiques, bars and entertainment. The hotel features renovated rooms and beautiful gardens and landscaping. This Fort Lauderdale, FL hotel offers shuttle service to and from the following locations: Free shuttle to and from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). Free shuttle to and from Port Everglades Cruise Port, early pre-board availableo We also can arrange for private shuttles for family and early boarding at the cruise port. Free shuttle to and from Broward Convention Center. Shuttle service to and from Miami Cruise Ports (charge). Shuttle service to and from Miami International Airport (MIA) (charge) ... more   less 
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