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Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airport/Cruise
Ranked #12 of 128 Hotels in Fort Lauderdale
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Reviewed April 14, 2012

My wife and I chose this hotel for a one night pre-cruise stay. It was a nice hotel and had all the standard HI Express ammenities. You have to call the hotel to get a airport shuttle pick-up, but it was there in less than 10 minutes. The shuttle is free and the driver we had was knowledgable and friendly. Hotel staff was also helpful and friendly. The continental breakfast was standard for a HI Express hotel, but still very good (we had eggs and sausage the morning we were there). The hotel does not have a free shuttle to area attractions or the cruise terminal, but the staff will arrange it for you if you ask. It was $8/person to the cruise terminal and $15/person RT to Las Olas Boulevard. Overall a great stay.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 12, 2012

We flew out of Canada (Toronto) into Ft. Lauderdale because it was a more convenient flight even though we were leaving on a cruise out of the Port of Miami. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express because we knew it had a shuttle from the airport to the hotel after midnight. We were booked to arrive at 11:59pm and every other hotel only had free shuttle until midnight. We ended up arriving at 1:30am and called for a shuttle which arrived within 15 minutes! Check-in was quick and we were in bed by 2:00am! The room was clean but this hotel is really dated. Good for a quick stop over before the cruise! The next morning we enjoyed the included continental breakfast. We got there around 9:00am and got the last table. In no time, there was a huge line-up and no tables so people were eating in the lobby or outside. Another reason we booked this hotel is we knew we could bring 2 bottles of wine, and limited pop and water onto the ship. Across the street from this hotel is a liquor and grocery store! Its a busy street so be careful! We brought a bag on wheels that folded right up but then was perfect for transporting all the beverages! We were able to pull this right onto the ship as well! I checked out a lot of other hotels to see if a store was within walking distance and had a hard time finding another one! I wanted to make sure I didn't need to take a cab just to get our beverages! A lot of other hotels around the airport are on highways with no store within easy walking distance. At least it appeared that way on Google Maps!

We could not find a hotel in Ft. Lauderdale that shuttled to the port of Miami (they shuttle to the Ft. Lauderdale port) so we booked SAS Transportation to shuttle us to the port of Miami. It was only $13.00 per person which I thought was a good price! There were 4 of us travelling. He was late getting us but did call to say he was delayed! He got us to our ship in about 35 minutes! As we waited for our shuttle, we watched all the guests loading for the shuttle to the Ft. Lauderdale port and it seemed to go quick. The van fits about 10 people and they pull a closed trailer for luggage. I would definitely recommend this hotel for the proximity to the airport, the fact that it has 24 hour shuttle from the airport as well as free shuttle to the Ft. Lauderdale port and that I could easily buy beverages across the street.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 12, 2012

We stayed here in March 2012 prior to our cruise. The shuttle arrived quickly at the airport (after I called the hotel) and even with all our luggage and a wheelchair for my 85-yr-old mom we were able to quickly board the bus for the short ride to the hotel. I agree that the hotel is nothing fancy but it definitely fit the bill for a pre-cruise stay. The pool area was fun to sit at in the evening. The strip mall across the street was very convenient for last minute purchases and evening snacks. We took at $12 taxi to Bimini Boat Yard for dinner and had one of the best meals of our trip. The room had a fridge and microwave. The next day I ordered a handicapped van, which quickly took the 4 of us, plus luggage and wheelchair to the cruise port for $12 plus tip. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank PaulaC
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Reviewed April 4, 2012

Great hotel with good people. Leo at the front desk was great, friendly and very helpful. He even suggested to visit ft.lauderdale beach which was 10 minutes away. We enjoyed our stay and breakfast was always ready in the morning. Leo even extended our check out time when our flight out was pushed back later in the evening. All of the staff was very friendly. The hotel is at a good location. We'll definitely stay again when traveling to Fort lauderdale.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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4  Thank rene v
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Reviewed March 23, 2012

If you don't have high expectations then this will be fine for one or two nights. This is not a high class hotel, but for the price works great for pre-cruisers and post-cruisers what is so impressive was his transport service, welcome tour is a limousine company to the price of a regular taxi. The tour was unforgetable!. we did carnival miracle, stayed in balcony and flew first class and I have no complaints about this hotel, but I didn't want anything with high enemities for only a few hours of sleep as our flight arrived at 9:00 p.m. and we went and slept till morning and shuttled to ship.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 22, 2012

We walked in with no reservation and told Ozzie what we needed and our price range. He said he'd check with the manager and we got 2 nights at $104, breakfast, pool and free parking. The manager even went and baked fresh cookies for an evening snack for guests. It's a nice location about 10 minutes from the beach and a minute from the Interstate. Hotel was clean and the breakfast was standard fare but hey, it was included. Great stopping place for families.

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Reviewed March 21, 2012

Upon checkin I was greeted by two of the friendliest desk people, Leo and Ozzie were both helpful through the process and even suggested a place to eat. They seemed genuinely concerned that all my needs were being met. The hotel was very convienent to the airport, with less than a 5 minute drive and the breakfast was hot and ready to go each morning. This hotel will definitely be my first choice on my next trip to Fort Lauderdale.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled on business
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Address: 1150 W State Rd 84, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315-2436
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Location: United States > Florida > Broward County > Fort Lauderdale
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Business Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#19 Romantic Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#24 Family Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
Price Range: $149 - $383 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airport/Cruise 2.5*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Take a Virtual Tour of the hotel.The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airport/Cruise Port is located near the Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood Int'l Airport, Port Everglades Cruise Port & Broward County Convention Center - the perfect choice for a business or leisure stay. The beaches, Shops of Las Olas, Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment district, downtown, Museums, Theaters, Malls and a variety of restaurants & local attractions are all within a short drive.The hotel pampers guests daily by serving a complimentary 'Express Start breakfast bar' along with USA Today news. Free high-speed Internet access is available in all guest rooms & suites plus free local calls, microwave/fridge, & coffee maker. The Marina Mile Meeting Room, Express Board Room & business center features high-speed Internet access. Adding to the many guest amenities & services to assure your stay is comfortable & pleasant an exercise room with state-of-the-art equipment, Coin laundry room, and outdoor heated pool in a tropical garden setting are on-site.A complimentary shuttle is available from 5:30 AM to midnight to and from the Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood Int'l Airport. Drop-off transportation to Port Everglades cruise port is available on a complimentary basis. 'A completely non-smoking hotel.' ... more   less 
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