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“Great Stay Pre-Cruise” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft Lauderdale - Plantation

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2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1701 North University Drive, Plantation, FL 33322   |  
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Ranked #8 of 14 Hotels in Plantation
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“Great Stay Pre-Cruise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

A group of us stayed pre-cruise, and all enjoyed the hotel. Outdoor pool was fine for the kids, breakfast was plentiful, stores and amenities close by. Staff were very helpful. We left our cars there for the week, no problem. About 20 minute drive to the Everglades Cruise terminal. Would stay again!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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FLLPL33322, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft Lauderdale - Plantation, responded to this review, April 30, 2013
Dear Guest;

Thank you for staying with us. Hope you had a
great cruise.

Armando Valdes, CHA
General Manager
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Ottawa, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express, Plantation in Fort Lauderdale March 08-10 2013.

The standard room was your regular standard size and enough for 2 nights. I was there with my husband and my 16 year old in advance of our cruise. We had picked the Plantation area because of its proximity to great shopping. Broward Mall is only a few minutes away and The Colonnade/Sawgrass Mall about 15 minutes by car. You will need a car or a taxi to get out for dinner however. There was nothing decent close by.

My favourite feature in the room was the beds. The firm matreses were obviously new enough and the sheets were crisp. Very comfortable! The rooms are also very quiet. On our first morning, I was disappointed to find out that breakfast is only served until 10:00. On my first morning on vacation, I can tell you I wasn’t ready for breakfast before 10:00! When we got there, the nice breakfast lady was putting everything away but went out of her way to help me find something to carry back to our room where my son was still asleep. I was very impressed by her attention and how much she wanted to make sure we would have enough food! That helped make my stay there more pleasant.

I did attempt to continue my usual exercise routine. A gym is a prerequisite when we select a hotel. This one was pathetic. One treadmill, one un-plugged elliptical and one un-plugged exercise bike. “Luckily” the treadmill wasn’t being used so I was able to do something. The gym room has one small TV but no remote…and none of the machine had docking for IPods either. In our day and age, it seemed odd for a Holiday Inn Express to be so poorly equipped. Note that the hotel has a pool with long chaises but we didn't take advantage of it.

So all and all, the facility is clean and welcoming, the standard room was fine, the staff helpful but the gym was a no-go. The outlet shopping proximity is awesome if you have a car!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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FLLPL33322, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft Lauderdale - Plantation, responded to this review, April 30, 2013
Dear Guest;

Thank you for your kind words and for your remarks concerning the gym.
We are in the process of upgrading our equipment to better serve our
customers.

Sincerely,

Armando Valdes, CHA
General Manager
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

We stayed here for one night before our cruise, because the price was good. We booked through Hotwire. Great room, got to do some shopping nearby. We had to rent a car since there was no shuttle from the airport or to the cruise port, but it was cheaper to rent a car than to arrange a shuttle and gave us convenience. The room was great, executive looking and the breakfast was good. Would stay again.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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FLLPL33322, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft Lauderdale - Plantation, responded to this review, April 30, 2013
Dear Guest;

Thanks for the kind words. I think you have found the winning
combination for a pre cruise stay. staying with us saves you
plenty for you to go shopping with.

Thanks,

Armando Valdes, CHA
General Manager
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Sydney, Australia
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65 reviews 65 reviews
29 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

Not much to say here, and that's not a bad thing! Stayed here twice on a recent trip, staff were great, good location, quiet hotel, large rooms, plenty of parking, what more can you say? We won't stay anywhere else in FLL!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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FLLPL33322, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft Lauderdale - Plantation, responded to this review, April 30, 2013
Dear Guest;

Thanks for the kind words.

Armando Valdes,
General Manager
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

Stayed for one night before getting on Oasis of the Seas. Great value... clean room, comfortable bed, clean bathroom (shower water pressure wasn't great) free wifi, free parking, free breakfast in the morning (not super delicious but good enough to get little something until getting on the cruise ship). Didn't have time to try the pool or fitness centre. Location is about 12 miles from airport. Close to Sawgrass Mills (10-15 min drive). Would definitely stay again before or after our next cruise.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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FLLPL33322, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft Lauderdale - Plantation, responded to this review, April 30, 2013
Dear Guest;

Thanks for staying with us.

Armando Valdes, CHA
General Manager
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Ontario, Canada
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

I enjoy staying at the Holiday Inn Express. Check-in staff process our reservation quickly. Expectation of the rooms are always the same: clean and inviting. Breakfast is always a hit with the family and the staff were very pleasant. Cost is comparable with other similar type hotels. Fitness centre was equiped with what I needed. Wi-fi is a must and it was reliable.

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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FLLPL33322, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft Lauderdale - Plantation, responded to this review, April 30, 2013
Dear Guest;

Thank you for your comments.

Armando Valdes, CHA
General Manager
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OCALA
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

Called 2 times earlier in day to make sure oversized vehicle could fit. Both times, told, yes. Absolutely, not the truth. Low height, couldnt go around lobby drive, not well lit drive to back up. Lots of low tree limbs. I wasn't a happy camper. Staff should know their property. Nope, never here. Denny's two buildings down was horrible. Just not a good night.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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FLLPL33322, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft Lauderdale - Plantation, responded to this review, March 12, 2013
Hello;

I'm sorry to hear of your dificulties with parking in our lot. This parking lot was not designed for large vehicles. I'm assuming that our clerks told you that it was possible only because we do have tractor-trailers staying here on occasion. I'll admit it's a bit of a challange but we do have some truckers with high profile vehicles stay here regularly.

Never the less my regrets for your inconvenince.

The Manager.
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Address: 1701 North University Drive, Plantation, FL 33322
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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 Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 14 Hotels in Plantation
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft Lauderdale - Plantation 2.5*
Number of rooms: 156
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Plantation is set in a beautiful tropical environment, just minutes from Sawgrass Mills shopping mall, Sawgrass Corporate Park, the Bank Atlantic Center and only minutes from Ft. Lauderdale airport. The hotel is adjacent to the regional headquarters of Motorola, and within minutes of major offices for the following corporations: Nortel, American Express, Bell South, Nova SE University and the Sawgrass Corporate Park. We're just six miles west of Ft. Lauderdale in the flourishing Plantation area, less than 4 miles from Sawgrass Mills Mall and within twenty five minutes of the beach, Ft. Lauderdale Airport, Museum of Discovery and Science, Dolphin Stadium, Sawgrass Mills Outlet Mall (3 miles), Broward Mall (2 miles), Bank Atlantic Center (4 miles) and Broward Performing Arts Center. Visit Plantation, FL and stay smart at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites. ... more   less 
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