My wife and I stayed at this La Quinta for three nights before our Panama Canal cruise. We found it to be a very nice place to stay before a cruise out of Port Everglades. The hotel offers a free airport shuttle. We called when we arrived, and the shuttle was there 10 minutes later. We also took a shuttle to the ship. The hotel uses a private company for this. You don't ride in their hotel shuttle. You need to make a reservation for a specific time when you check into the hotel. We made reservations on the 9:45am shuttle. It arrived at 9:30am, and we were at the cruise terminal a little after 10am. The Port Everglades shuttle is free as well, but we did tip the driver.
The hotel itself is quite nice. The room we had was on the fourth floor, and had a nice view of the pool area, and the lake that's right behind the property. The room looked like it was recently re-modeled. It had an oversize work desk, comfortable bed and chair. There is a sort of a foyer area that has a closet and a cupboard with a microwave and fridge. The bathroom and shower were nice as well.
The hotel offers a good, but basic breakfast. There were two waffle machines, along with the usual cereal, fruit and bread items you'll find in most hotel breakfasts. The breakfast area is right in the lobby, and has plenty of tables. This is probably because of the cruise ship crowd. Out behind the hotel is a very nicely landscaped outdoor seating area, along with a good sized pool.
We had two full days before the cruise, and found the hotel to be very convenient to the Broward County Bus line. One day we took it over to Hollywood Beach. The other day, we took the bus over to the Tri-Rail commuter train which took us down to Miami. Very easy to explore by bus from this hotel. There are also a number of restaurants a short walk from the hotel. We ate at Sweet Tomatoes, Sal's Italian Restaurante and TGIFridays. We were a bit disappointed in Sal's. But we had a 2 for 1 coupon, so it wasn't all bad. There's also a Red Lobster in the same shopping center.
Overall, we were very happy with our stay at this La Quinta. And we thought the price was good for the area as well. I priced a lot of hotels, before choosing this La Quinta. It was much cheaper then the hotels that were closer to the cruise terminal. But with the free shuttles from the airport and to the ship, it didn't matter that it was a bit out of the way.
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