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Holiday Inn Express and Suites Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport
Ranked #21 of 128 Hotels in Fort Lauderdale
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Ventura, CA
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13 reviews
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“Great hotel - but not near anything of significance”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2013

This hotel was great - clean, friendly, good food, slept well. The only thing is that this isn't near anything really. Was not a problem for us as we just stayed there because we flew in late, then headed off the next morning on a road trip to the Keys. Met our needs. I wouldn't want to stay there if I was staying in FL for a while.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Thank dardan
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Jo Jean A, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express and Suites Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, responded to this review, April 24, 2013
Dear dardan from CA,

Thanks for the very nice review and thanks for staying with us on your way to the Keys. We are located in a 'business' area. It is nice and quiet here, so it does well for most of our guests. We are only 4 miles straight to the beach and near i-95 for travelers like yourself as a stopover. Glad you were able to sleep well. I will share your comments with our staff. Hope you enjoyed the Keys.
Please stop by again when in our area.
Safe Travels,
Jo Jean and entire Staff
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Brownsburg, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2013

My husband, dog, and I enjoyed a wonderful 5 night stay in this ultra clean and comfortable hotel. It is easily accessible to I95, Florida's Turnpike and best of all, it is a quick 4 mile trip east across Commercial Blvd to a very nice beach, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. Our favorite part, though, was noting how well-managed the hotel is by Jo Jean Allen. She is a consummate professional and clearly has an excellent grasp of what is happening at all times in the hotel. Her staff obviously follows her lead, and we were amazed at the breakfast experience with wonderful attention by Dorothy and Sharon. Inez, who cleaned our room, was a class act and was very helpful by providing us extra towels for our handicapped shower. The staff we encountered seemed happy to be there and that makes for a very satisfied set of travelers. Thank you, Jo Jean and staff for your wonderful hospitality!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Joie R
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Jo Jean A, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express and Suites Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, responded to this review, April 24, 2013
Dear Joie R from Indiana,

We really enjoyed having you with us. (all three of you!). Come back and see us again. We will share all your kind words with all the staff and especially Dorothy, Sharon and Inez. We are so glad you were able to enjoy your stay and will welcome you back any time !!

Take Care and safe travels,
Jo Jean and Staff

Sorry it took so long for me to answer...I took a few days vacation....Yeah
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Jacksonville, FL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2013

Traveling back home from Key West, we stayed here for one night.

PROS:
- Lobby, rooms, and common areas were all very nice and recently renovated.
- Front desk staff was welcoming enough
- Entire hotel was very clean and well maintained
- Slept GREAT - the bed and pillows were very comfortable - and again, very clean.

CONS:
It’s about ½ mile from I-95, somewhat difficult to access (we missed the entrance which is somewhat oddly placed)
- Don't be confused - this is at the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (NOT near the International Airport). The person who booked it for me said “at the airport” which lead me to believe it was at the international airport. It wasn't a problem for me, but could be for some.
- The only real gripe I had was that breakfast ended at 9:30. I travel often for work and pleasure and most hotels seem to end breakfast at 10, 10:30, or 11…I missed it completely…9:30 just seems quite early to end breakfast.

Besides the breakfast times, it was a pretty perfect stay and I would consider staying again. It’s a great place for one night on the road or layover at the executive airport.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Jo Jean A, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express and Suites Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, responded to this review, April 24, 2013
Dear KerryBoat from Jacksonville,

Thank You for staying with us. Hope you had a great time in the Keys. We apprecieate all your comments for us and for future guests. Hope to see you soon!
Sincerely,
Jo Jean and Entire Staff
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Orlando, FL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2013

I always stay here when I'm in the area and each time is as good as the first. This hotel is awesome and this stay was no exception to that. The suite was huge and had everything I needed. The rooms are updated and clean with a classy decor. I think the wall colors make this hotel feel so warm and inviting rather than just plain white. The staff is wonderful and make you feel right at home. I look forward to my next stay!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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Thank Scorpiofl
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Jo Jean A, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express and Suites Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, responded to this review, April 16, 2013
Dear Scorpiofl from Orlando,
We are so glad you stay with us!! Thanks for the great review. The information provided is very important to us as well as other guests that may stay here in the future. It is our pleasure having you here with us. Hope to see you soon. Take Care and Safe Travels !!
Jo Jean and Entire Staff
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Clarkston, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2013

Awesome staff. We drove from Michigan, got to the hotel at 1, was told check in wasn't till 3, she was able to find us 1 out of our 2 rooms to check in early.

We told her we were going on a cruise, they have week day parking for cruisers for $5/day, and you can arrange a taxi or shuttle to come get you.

Great little convenient store down stairs, great suggestions for local dinner (went to flanigans,so good, decent pricing). Morning breakfast was fresh and really clean.

Rooms were clean, flat screen TV, nice bathroom, comfy pillows! Room even had a microwave and mini fridge. Outdoor pool, it was raining but it looked like a nice area.

Definitely worth the pay! I would stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2013
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1 Thank k_bonni
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Jo Jean A, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express and Suites Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, responded to this review, April 15, 2013
Dear k_bonni from MI,
Thanks for the very nice review. We strive to make sure our guests are happy and comfortable. Glad you all liked Flannigans. It is a local place and has good food. Glad you were able to leave the car and take the Lauderdale Express Shuttle. He has great prices. Thanks for staying with us. Hope you all enjoyed the cruise. Hope to see you again.
Sincerely,
Jo Jean and entire staff
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charlotte
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2013 via mobile

Room is very spacious and clean. We arrived early and the front desk clerk checked us in early. We left at about 430 am and could not find anyone at the front desk to check us out so we just left. But the hotel is only minutes from the fll and from the casino. Would definitely stay again.

Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Thank followmylead
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Jo Jean A, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express and Suites Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, responded to this review, April 15, 2013
Hello 'followmylead from Charlotte,
Thank You for the great review. So glad we could get you in early.. Come back and see us. Sorry that the clerk stepped away when you were leaving. We like to thank our guest arriving and departing. He must have been in the back office doing a report. Again, THANK YOU and come back soon.
Best Regards,
Jo Jean and entire staff
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Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2013

Excellent short stay at this Holiday Inn Express on our way to Bahamas via the nearby Executive Airport. Hotel is immaculate and check in and service was like clockwork. Many thanks to the very attentive staff for making our stay such a pleasure. Jo Jean on the phone in advance, and Mike and Amanda at reception took care of every detail and made our overnight stop great. Thanks!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Fynder
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Jo Jean A, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express and Suites Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, responded to this review, April 14, 2013
Dear Fynder from Toronto,
We are all very happy that you stayed with us. Having the 'Executive' Airport accross the street is so convienent. So glad we were all here to help. We will share your kind words with the entire staff. Hope you enjoyed the Bahamas!! Come back soon !
Many Thanks to You !!
Jo Jean, Mike, Amanda and the entire staff
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Property: Holiday Inn Express and Suites Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport
Address: 1500 West Commercial Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309-3010
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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 Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Business Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#12 Romantic Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#20 Family Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express and Suites Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport 2.5*
Number of rooms: 100
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