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Universal Palms Hotel
Ranked #90 of 128 Hotels in Fort Lauderdale
Fredericia, Denmark
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“Very nice!!”
Reviewed February 20, 2012

We stayed for 5 nights. The hotel has been renovated so everything was nice and clean. Staff was super nice. Thank you Jaques and Eddy for everything. Breakfast was basic but really good. The train is the only downside, but after 1 night you hardly hear it anymore.

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Caracas, Venezuela
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Reviewed February 16, 2012

I had an amazing stay at the Universal Palms Hotel from my first step in. My husband surprised me for our anniversary and everything was so romantic. The staff, very friendly and helpful especially Eddie. The restaurant food was very good although overpriced. The pool had a great vibe both during the day and night time.
Would definitely be back soon. Ask for Eddie he is the BEST!!!

Room Tip: Ask for the executive suite YOU will love it.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed February 13, 2012

We were very pleasantly surprised!! We travel a lot, and needed something quick and in
short notice, and have never found a hotel this inexpensive before. This hotel was only $79 per night and is very close to the Ft. Lauderdale airport and beaches! The entire place has been renovated, the rooms, the pool area (heated pool), the restaurant (which had really good Italian food), the bathrooms, lobby, etc. You'll never find a hotel this cheap that is at all acceptable, let alone as nice and clean like this one! We really want to thank Joel, the nice man at the checkout counter, as there were some booking issues that he was more than happy to take care of for us. He upgraded our room at no charge, as well as immediately got us a microwave and fridge combo for only $5 per night for the kids. And Freddy the bellman/service guy was so sweet and helpful - Freddy you're awesome, thanks for everything! Even Eddy who checked us out was great, as well as the cleaning staff. Thank you Joel and the Universal team for understanding that a hotel is a temporary home away from home, and for making our stay a fond memory! FYI: They definitely need to expand what they offer for their continental breakfast - more like continental snack. And as long as you get a room facing the pool, you'll avoid the sound of the train. Thank you all, again!

Room Tip: Make sure you get a room facing the pool! The view is amazing and the noise is significantly less.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed February 13, 2012

I was a little worried after reading the reviews about the trains but I only heard one or two and never late at night or early in the morning. Maybe this is because of where the room was located (facing the pool). I got there before check in so the front desk guy arranged for me to have a free drink at the very comfortable bar/restaurant while I waited. I was still able to check in a little early though. There's not much nearby that can be accessed without driving, except the Waffle House that's right next door. no fridge in room, not mine at least. It's comfortable, clean. The "fitness center" is realyl four machines and a television with only two channels. Overall, I enjoyed my stay.

Room Tip: Try to face the pool
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed February 12, 2012

When I say train whistles I mean it. A freight trains comes by from late at night until early morning, then the commuter trains, all blowing whistles that can be heard as if they were in your room regardless of where the room is located. Some rooms are basically right on the rail tracks: with 40 forty yards. You won't sleep!!!! Mix this with the constantly slamming doors as you have to slam them once or twice and hopefully they engage, so all day and into the night all you hear is doors slamming. The grounds are attractive with plenty of seating by the poor and the for the most part the staff is fine. Cable tv is very limited, bathroom very small, the suites are two rooms but that won't save you from the trains regardless of what they tell you. Also, this is not in the best part of town. Good luck is you stay here, I will never again.

Room Tip: All rooms have very loud and clear tain noise
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed February 7, 2012

I stayed here for a few vacation days with my partners following a Miami business trip. Upon arrival the concierge was incredible. Eddie Vega was super accomodating (we were early), and even upgraded our room. I believe the first face you see sets the tone for your entire stay and so I am happy to report that Mr. Vega was both knowledgeable and friendly. The hotel was beautiful, the rooms very clean and comfortable. The pool area was lovely and we were able to enjoy it at any hour. We also liked that the tables were covered by thatched roofs to give it an overall island feel. The weather wasn't the best so they also provided good shelter :) there were a couple conveniences within walking distance, but the bus was right around the corner to take downtown or to the beach. The ONLY downside to this hotel is that it is located right next to the tri-rail and it is so loud! It did wake us up a few times each night. Overall though the stay was quite enjoyable and great value for the cost. If you have the chance to be taken care of by Mr. Vega- all the better.

  • Stayed February 2012
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed February 6, 2012

My Family and I stayed for one night because we were venturing off on a cruise the next day...however the continental breakfast is NOT the BEST stop at McDonald or Waffle House.

I thought this place was awesome staff was friendly and efficient specially Eddie V his service is impeccable.

"Highly Recommended"

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Property: Universal Palms Hotel
Address: 4900 Powerline Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309-3113
Location: United States > Florida > Broward County > Fort Lauderdale
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#38 Business Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Universal Palms Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 191
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Universal Palms Hotel is one block from Lockhart Stadium in the Cypress Creek business district, 11 miles from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, and 4 miles from the beach. Adjacent to Interstate 95, the hotel is four miles east of Florida's Turnpike and Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, nine miles from downtown Fort Lauderdale (Las Olas Boulevard), 10 miles from Port Everglades and Coconut Creek Casino, 13 miles from Sawgrass Mills, and 24 miles from Sawgrass Recreation Park (Everglades). Hotel amenities include the sundeck and pool, garden courtyard and exercise room. The hotel also offers free parking, Wi-Fi access in lobby and pool areas, and one of the largest pools in Ft. Lauderdale. ... more   less 
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El Palacio Fort Lauderdale
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