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Red Carpet Inn Fort Lauderdale Airport
Ranked #106 of 128 Hotels in Fort Lauderdale
Reviewed February 22, 2013

Last minute reservations and we were aware this was a 2 star hotel, so we had no expectations. We requested a queen or king bed,only 2 double beds were available as arrived near 9PM and none were available. The clerk at the front desk assured us we could change rooms the next day (we were staying 2 nights). The room was fine so we decided not to change. The staff was very friendly and helpful, the room was clean, free wifi. There was a restaurant attached to the hotel, bergers, breakfast etc. Only big negative was there was no coffee pot in the room and there was nothing around this hotel. One needed transportation to get anywhere. Pro: they picked us up at the airport and also took us to the cruise terminal, no charge!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

We had booked the Ramada Cruise Port Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale as an overnight stay before our cruise in January. When we arrived at the Ramada, we were told that they were overbooked, and asked if we would consider shuttling over to the Red Carpet Inn to stay in a room that would be totally paid for by Ramada. We quickly agreed to this $150 savings, and the Ramada bought us a drink at the bar while we waited a few minutes for the shuttle. The Red Carpet turned out to be a very nice, and clean place for a 1-night stay. Unfortunately, the night we were there, the restaurant at the motel was having a problem with their credit card machine and could only accept cash, but it was a two minute walk to a neighboring motel with a decent restaurant and store. The only complaint I have about the Red Carpet was that we waited in line for an hour for the free shuttle to the cruise port. P.S. No coffee maker in the room.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

We just needed a room for one night and knew the only thing we would be doing was sleeping and showering. After reading other reviews I was expecting the worst, but was pleasantly surprised. The room has tile floor, so no dirty carpeting to deal with. The sink area looked newly remodeled, but the shower/toilet area was definitely not newer. That being said, it was very clean, even if it was old. The bed was comfortable; firm, but that's our preference. My only complaint would the the noisy wall AC unit, which didn't really work all that well to keep the room cool. We had it set as low as the temp as it would go and on high and the room wasn't by cool. Fortunately we were there on a cooler Lauderdale night, I wouldn't want to experience that on a summer's night.

Room Tip: We were in the building closest to State Route 84, but on the back side of it. I'm guessing the...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

The $20 difference between this hotel and our other option was NOT worth it. We took a shuttle from the Miami Port to the airport and then as instructed, called the hotel for pickup. After an hour of waiting (5 persons), numerous shone calls during which the Front Desk person kept answering with "Front Desk, hold on", we finally decided to get a cab. A very helpful valet got a van for us so we wouldn't have to pay for two cabs. When we got to the hotel, there was only one staff member on duty - no wonder he had to ask us to 'hold on'. After all that, the room had an air/heat system that sounded like a jet taking off with a few extra rattles as well, and we had to listen to the transport trucks just outside. Dirt from the pet ducks all over the walkway tool. All in all a very unpleasant experience. Do NOT stay here.

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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

We booked this Hotel thru Expedia, recommended by Delta Travel Dept. Outside was NOT clean, entrance was NOT as pictured on the internet, NOR were the rooms.! My Husband had to "hip push" the door open. Old, old motel. Room was clean, with no coffee pot or microwave. Was NOT as pictured on the internet. We didnot stay here. Would NOT recommend it. Linda H. - Montana

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

We booked this through hotwire as a hotel in the airport (hotwire tricked us and gave us impression that hotel is within airport but it was 5-6 miles away outside the airport). When we landed in the hotel (quick night stay & early morning flight), we were little worried by outside looks of the hotel. It was kind of dark and not properly lighted and thought we ended up in a cheap motel. However, room was super clean with new furniture & flat screen tv). Bed was comfortable & bathroom clean (at lease the room I stayed in was, 3rd floor). So, I would rate it as 3.5 stars for the room and 2 stars for outside looks. so, I would recommend only for short stays.

Room Tip: Don't know if all rooms are renovated but make sure you check and get one.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

We booked this hotel through a third party booking and so I contacted this hotel personally to ensure they would indeed shuttle us from FLL to Miami to meet our ship the next day.

i was instructed to call the hotel upon arrival for pick up at the airport. After a few hours they finally took us to the hotel. The shuttle driver informed us that we would NOT be getting shuttled to Miami and that we were the 10th person that day to be told. Since we had a late arriving flight I was stuck searching for cars to transport the group of us to Miami the next morning. It was a long night.

I found the hotel staff was rude on the phone when we arrived as well as at check in. When I approached the desk to resolve the shuttle issue they refused to assist me in any way.

We had 2 rooms and had to be moved because the air conditioner was broken in one of the rooms. In the morning we tried to sit outside on the picnic tables but were accosted by a flock of ducks that are pets there i and run free.

I would never stay at this hotel again and I recommend you dont either! It is called the hospitality industry for a reason. They know nothing about it. These were the unhappiest group of people i have ever met. NOT the way I want to start a vacation ever again.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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RedCarpet2008, Manager at Red Carpet Inn Fort Lauderdale Airport, responded to this reviewResponded January 24, 2013

We are sorry for your experience. As we advertise, we only shuttle guests to and from Fort Lauderdale Airport and Port Everglades cruise port between 6 AM and 10 PM.

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Address: 2460 W State Road 84, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312-4834
Location: United States > Florida > Broward County > Fort Lauderdale
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #106 of 128 Hotels in Fort Lauderdale
Price Range: $85 - $206 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Red Carpet Inn Fort Lauderdale Airport 2*
Number of rooms: 200
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Red Carpet Inn Fort Lauderdale Airport is conveniently located within minutes of the Airport, Port Everglades, Broward County Convention Center, the Las Olas Riverfront, Fort Lauderdale Beaches and Downtown. We are dedicated to providing you with excellent lodging value in Fort Lauderdale. We feature a tropical landscaped courtyard pool, limited shuttle service to the Airport and Port Everglades, restaurant, and bar adjacent to the hotel. You have the convenience of shopping at dozens of national outlet stores, world-famous beaches, excellent casual and sophisticated dining, night clubs, scenic boat rides, golfing, casinos, theaters, antique shops and so much more, minutes from your room. ... more   less 
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