I was at this hotel as I was flying in the night before getting on my cruise ship in Ft. Lauderdale.
Got this hotel via Priceline for about $50 + fees/taxes. It is in the north Ft. Lauderdale Zone which is a bit of a trek from the hotel. Shared ride car took about 25 minutes with one other stop.
Hotel - A little old, but in good repair. Room was clean but had a bit of a musty smell I attribute to the air conditioner which is a unit below the window and despite running all the time and being pretty noisy could not keep the room at 68.
Pool - A very nice pool area with lots of chairs and morning shade. Several "veranda" style covered tables.
Free WiFi - Probably the best aspect of the hotel. It was available from the room and around the property including the pool.
Misc - The property is near a rail line and intersection so you will get the train horn all night. A short walk (less than a quarter mile) from a McDonalds.
Staff - Front desk staff were friendly on the check-in and I was issued the room keys with no hassles.
Would I stay again or recommend to a friend? Probably not but it wasn't bad and it was a decent 2.5 star hotel for the price.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- El Palacio Fort Lauderdale
- Hotel El Palacio