pro: staff was unusually friendly, helpful, polite, and attentive to any questions. The best part of our stay was that after numerous delays, etc. from flights, we arrrived at hotel at 10pm when the hotel restaurant had already closed. A wonderful woman named Denise at the bar, offered to make us a late burger, and it was cooked to perfection. She was not obligated to do so, but simply was meeting the needs of two tired, hungry, travelers. (who were not served any food all day on 2 United Flights from 11am till 9 pm. Our hats off to you Denise, thank you! It was above and beyond. The room was clean, neat, but the secondary lock was broken, the deadbolt was intact.
Courtyard, and pool is beautiful, very peaceful.
Cons: train close by, not secure from some shady people wandering in and out off the street, would watch kids closely, esp at night.
Overall, we had a pleasant experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Universal Palms Hotel is one block from Lockhart Stadium in the Cypress Creek business district, 11 miles from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, and 4 miles from the beach. Adjacent to Interstate 95, the hotel is four miles east of Florida's Turnpike and Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, nine miles from downtown Fort Lauderdale (Las Olas Boulevard), 10 miles from Port Everglades and Coconut Creek Casino, 13 miles from Sawgrass Mills, and 24 miles from Sawgrass Recreation Park (Everglades). Hotel amenities include the sundeck and pool, garden courtyard and exercise room. The hotel also offers free parking, Wi-Fi access in lobby and pool areas, and one of the largest pools in Ft. Lauderdale. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Palacio Fort Lauderdale
- Hotel El Palacio