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Residence Inn Ft. Lauderdale Plantation
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   130 N University Drive, Plantation, FL 33324   |  
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“Would stay just because of the service :-)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2012

Residence Inn Plantation was very comfortable during our stay! Breakfast was awesome, we had a schedule of events on our fridge, dinner INCLUDED 3 days a week, free parking and very spacious rooms. The staff is awesome and the General Manager is not stuck in her office. She is right out front and accessible. Had a great stay and felt safe and comfortable.

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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julieaston, General Manager at Residence Inn Ft. Lauderdale Plantation, responded to this review, March 25, 2012
Dear justgirls

It was a pleasure having you stay with us and I truely hope you will be back to see us again soon. Thank you for your kind words and acknowledgement of all our staff and amenities. I love my job because I can spend time with my guests, and in this industry I feel that is what it is all about.

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    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights while attending a local event. There were 2 of us traveling for work, so the room setup was ideal - 2 separate bedrooms, each with its own bathroom/shower/sink, and a central living room/kitchen. The beds were comfortable, the room was clean, and the free breakfast in the morning was very good (I just wish it started earlier, as we had to be out the door at 7am and it started at 730)

Since it's Florida, the hotel is close to lots of things (I-595, several strip malls and restaurants) and there is even a Macaroni Grill in the parking lot if you don't want to look far for lunch/dinner.

The hotel also had a small tennis/basketball court and a pool/hot tub outside for those traveling on vacation. All seemed clean and well-maintained. We even ate our breakfast by the pool on Sunday.

Be warned - there were a LOT of people down there for the free breakfast at 930am on a Sunday, but that's to be expected.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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julieaston, General Manager at Residence Inn Ft. Lauderdale Plantation, responded to this review, April 4, 2012
Dear jfranco77
Thank you for choosing the Residence Inn for your business accommodation needs. I am very pleased the two bedroom suite worked so well for you during your trip. Although used frequently by families, many people have not discovered how economical the room can be for business travelers alike. Breakfast is definitely the hot spot on weekend mornings, but I am glad you found a place to sit, and in Florida, what better place than by the pool. Thank you again for your great review.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2012

We stayed here for one night following our Thanksgiving week cruise. We had stayed at a different Residence Inn prior to the cruise that felt a bit more modern as this location seemed in need of a sprucing up. The only room available was a disabled room, which meant no tub only a removable shower. Spacious enough and close to the pool. The breakfast was superior to our post-cruise location (farther away from Ft. Lauderdale) and we took at walk to the restaurant for dinner that was pretty good. Did use both the business center and fitness room and all-in-all, good for a short stay but I wouldn't want to spend a week there.

Room Tip: Upper floors and away from the pool were quieter.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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julieaston, General Manager at Residence Inn Ft. Lauderdale Plantation, responded to this review, April 3, 2012
Dear wanderlust_jules
Thank you for your review of your recent stay at the Residence Inn, I am glad that you enjoyed our amenities and our breakfast buffet. We host many guests who are here on pre and post cruise alike as our location to the port makes shuttle services very affordable. Having a restaurant right next door also gives guests that do not have a car an easy dining option. We will be updating the hotel at the end of the year, we hope you will get the opportunity to come and see it.
Julie Aston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2012

We had a day to spend in the Ft. Lauderdale area before a cruise, so we chose this hotel because we liked the Plantation area, which is clean and safe. We drove down to Hollywood "broadwalk" to spend the afternoon with my daughter. In the evening we walked to Romano's Macaroni and Grill next door to the hotel for a surprisingly good dinner.
Our room was clean, parking was free and available, and the breakfast was easy and just what we needed. It was a very comfortable stay.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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julieaston, General Manager at Residence Inn Ft. Lauderdale Plantation, responded to this review, April 4, 2012
Dear birdspotter13
I am so glad you had the chance to spend an evening with us prior to your cruise, it sounds like it set your vacation off to a good start. Thank you for your review of our hotel and amenities, we really appreciate your comments and feel a sense of accomplishment when we see them and know your received the service we are proud of.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2012

We had enough Reward points for a free night at the Residence Inn, Plantation. We rented a car so the trip to this hotel was okay. Somewhat removed from the usual pre-cruise Fort Lauderdale action, but with the car we were able to do our wine, etc., shopping. We checked into the Residence Inn and then traveled by car a short distance to J. Alexander's for a nice dinner.

The biggest problem with the Residence Inn was that the two TV remote controls needed new batteries. One worked sporadically and with heavy button pushing; the other did not work at all. But we were there for a very short visit and we really weren't interested in watching TV, so we didn't bother to report the remote problem.

Overall, Residence Inn served our purpose well and we were able to return the rental car at the airport the next morning and get a cab to the cruise terminal. We were able to board the Eurodam after a short wait and had our Mariner's lunch in the main dining room. All was well!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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julieaston, General Manager at Residence Inn Ft. Lauderdale Plantation, responded to this review, April 3, 2012
Dear seadr1fter
Thank you for your review of our hotel and for choosing us for your pre cruise accommodations. Although not in the heart of town, we are lucky to be in such a great location that we have many great restaurants so close to us and, I am glad you got to enjoy one of the best. I am sorry your in room services were not up to your expectations. Our staff are very willing to help with any issue or request, but I am glad this issue did not detract from your stay. We look forward to seeing you again on another pre cruise trip or if you are in the area.
Julie Aston
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2012

Stayed here for an evening last week for corporate training. I really liked the quiet suite and overall it was a comfortable place to stay in Plantation. I've stayed at the Staybridge before and found the Residence Innto be quieter and more comfortable. The only problem I had with the place was that a doorknob was loose in the room - something that could be easily corrected with some maintenence. As other reviewers have noted it has a Macaroni Grill adjacent to it (though I found it to be pricey).
The double queen suite was spacious - in fact I could've brought my family with me and everyone would've had room.

Had a great workout in their small gym on the morning of departure. Machines all looked fairly new and in working order.

Breakfast was fine here too - basic scrambled eggs, hash browns, cereal and fruit.

Overall this was a good hotel. It's not a full service Marriott, but for a Residence Inn it gets two thumbs up.

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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julieaston, General Manager at Residence Inn Ft. Lauderdale Plantation, responded to this review, April 3, 2012
Dear windsurfer5230
Thank you for your feedback about your stay. It is always nice to hear great comments about the hotel especially specific ones that stand us apart from others. The double rooms are our largest and typically guests reserve them when they are bringing their families. Hopefully you will have a chance to bring yours and stay for leisure next time.
Thank you
Julie Aston
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2012

Although I have stayed at worse hotels, this is not up to the Residence Inn/Marriot standards. We stayed in a 2 bedroom/bath room which was nice and spacious and itself a good set up. The beds were comfortable and bathrooms and closets spacious.

However, the carpets were very dirty, they needed either a huge shampoo or new ones, after 10 mins our socks were black! Also, there were small bugs crawling in the kitchen (although that is the only place we saw them). The hallway smelled old and perhaps of being fumigated. I understand that being in a warm climate there are going to be more bug issues but after staying in other hotels in the area they didn't have a problem. In general the hotel needs a major update/renovation.

The staff however was great, although upon check out when I mentioned the issues they did not offer any sort of compensation. I indicated to them that I didn't believe that the room was worth $200 per night, maybe $130 considering everything.

I would definitely look elsewhere when I am next in the area. I would not recommend this hotel for the price you pay and what you receive.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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julieaston, General Manager at Residence Inn Ft. Lauderdale Plantation, responded to this review, March 26, 2012
Dear Sn0w_sucks
Thank you for taking the time to write this review, we appreciate your feedback and take it seriously when putting into place processes and plans for continuous improvement. I am glad you enjoyed our staff and the amenities but regret that you experienced these problems during your stay. I am happy to tell you that since your stay we have replaced the hallway air conditioning units, which was the main cause of the musty hallway smell. We have also been scheduled for a renovation this September which we are all very excited about. I hope you will give us another try if you come to the area again and tell us what you think of the new updated version.
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Address: 130 N University Drive, Plantation, FL 33324
Location: United States > Florida > Plantation
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Plantation
#2 Business Hotel in Plantation
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Residence Inn Ft. Lauderdale Plantation 3*
Number of rooms: 138
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Residence Inn Fort Lauderdale Plantation was recently renovated and features the ideal amenities to make it the perfect extended stay Fort Lauderdale hotel. Conveniently located off I-595, this Plantation hotel is just 15 minutes from the Fort Lauderdale International Airport and the Fort Lauderdale Cruise Ports. Guests staying at this hotel also appreciate the close proximity to travel destinations such as the BB&T Center, Sun Life Stadium, and downtown Miami. The renovated lobby offers comfy seating, a flat-screen TV, and a complimentary breakfast buffet offering a variety of fruits, cereals, and entrees including Belgian waffles. The spacious guest rooms offer all the amenities to make you feel at home including, free WiFi, Flat-Screen HD TVs, and a fully-equipped kitchen with stainless steel appliances. Guests love to maintain their active lifestyle by playing tennis or basketball on the sports court, getting their work out in on the road in the fitness center, and soaking in the Florida sun at the outdoor pool. Local travel is easy with the free shuttle service, making this the perfect Fort Lauderdale/Plantation Hotel. ... more   less 
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