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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 January 21, 2013

Stayed at this hotel for the 3rd time prior to a winter cruise. As usual, found the staff helpful, the rooms clean and breakfast generous.

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Unlike previous stays - this time was traveling with elderly parents and 2 sons. We booked the handicap accessible room for my parents. They are not in wheelchairs, but do use walkers and have difficulty with balance and stairs. They were disappointed to see the shower is not a walk-in - but is a regular tub. Although it does have lots of grab bars - still is an issue to navigate the climb into the tub.

My adult sons stayed with us in a suite style room and slept on the sofa bed. I should have booked a room with 2 beds - they were quite uncomfortable on the sofa bed as it was hard and short - so their feet were hanging over the edge. I am not saying this was any fault of the hotel - just would not recommend this arrangement for adults.

As previous trips - we walked down to the german restaurant to eat dinner. The hotel does not provide shuttle service other than to and from the airport. There is a handy strip mall across the street - with liquor store, groceries for those last minute purchases. The shuttle service to the airport is an extra cost provided by a local company - but extremely efficient and less than a taxi. They will also allow you to prepay for the return trip to the airport - highly recommend this as - again - often cheaper than a taxi.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 16, 2013

We enjoyed the breakfast area and the lobby. It was great space to connect with the parties we were traveling with to coordinate our schedules and just kick back. We also appreciated its proximity to the port.

However, the rooms were small, not clean, and the beds were really saggy. We got a bad nights sleep before taking off for the Bahamas. We arrived very tired and frustrated because of our poor room experience at this facility was sub-par.

My recommendation, look for another hotel in the same area. You cannot walk to the port anyway so might as well at 5-10 minutes to your travel time and get a good night sleep before you leave or after you return.

Yes, our experience was so bad that we canceled our reservation for the return and scheduled elsewhere!

Room Tip: Good luck with that one. The rooms are so narrow that you cannot even wheel a bag from the door to...
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airport/Cruise, responded to this reviewResponded January 30, 2013

Dear Tamara F,

Thank you very much for taking the time to share your comments online. We are pleased you were satisfied with the breakfast, our lobby and the location of our hotel. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience you had with your room accommodation. We take all comments into consideration and welcome any opportunity to improve. If there is anything you need next time you stay with us, please do not hesitate to let us know.

Sincerely,

Karen C
Case Manager
IHGcare

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Reviewed January 7, 2013

This hotel had a great location and the staff was so nice. We would stay there again. They also provide an airport shuttle. The room was very lean & the beds comfortable. We liked the morning breakfast too.

Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
8  Thank L S
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

We were on a HAL cruise when my husband had a medical emergency so I stayed here while he was hospitalized at Broward, the staff were very supportive and helpful, always smiling. They also served a great complimentary breakfast and a complimentary shuttle to the airport

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled solo
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3  Thank Dorwin_10
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

Stayed here for 1 night prior to leaving on a cruise from Port Canaveral. It was only about a 10 minute shuttle to the ship. Hotel as clean and accommodating. Two queen beds was a big selling point since we were traveling with our kids. Nice breakfast in the morning. Helpful point...cabs can be called at 777-777-7777. This might be cheaper than using the shuttle from the hotel both to the cruise ships and if you want to go out at night. The Hard Rock Hotel is about 10 minutes away which was a good evening activity and was $10 cheaper by cap than hotel shuttle.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

Traveled to Florida for the 2013 ORANGE BOWL and needed to BUDGET to make the trip. Used Trip advisor for hotel reviews and location to and from airport, relatives, beach, and Sun Life Stadium. This hotel was everything and more ! CLEAN, good size breakfast buffet area and not only a hearty breakfast but a great place to gather overlooking the pool, clean and maintained pool and grounds, walking distance to fast food and forgotten travel items, clean rooms and common areas, helpful desk staff, grounds/building well maintained. Perfect for families and groups.

Room Tip: we stayed on the first floor and this room had tall ceilings (room seemed brighter and larger). Qui...
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

Booked this as a pre-cruise hotel and it fit the bill nicely. Found a great deal for this. Includes free shuttle from airport (10 mins wait), free breakfast (nice selection (including hot items) for a free breakfast) and a great pool area. Room was also nice with a refrigerator. Had a great night sleep, although HI Express should re-work their pillows. We had "soft" and "hard" pillows, but I frankly couldn't see the difference between the 2. I sleep on my stomach and all the pillows were too big (i.e.: puffy) for me.

Also to note that there are a few restaurants and a strip mall across the street which is nice to buy last minute items and for lunch/dinner.

I highly recommend.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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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
#29 Family Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
Price Range: $119 - $308 (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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