We were booked to stay at the Fort Lauderdale Airport/Cruiseport Holiday Inn Express for one night in advance of a cruise. At the airport, we told our taxi driver that, but he took us to the wrong location -- something we did not realize until we went to check in.
Fortunately, the location he had dropped us at had a vacancy, and they were even willing to match the price of the other location. The only problem was we were after the cancellation deadline for the other location. After a little begging and pleading via telephone, the other motel agreed to cancel without penalty.
The front desk staff was outstanding. Because my wife was nursing a broken toe, we were planning to order in takeout. The front desk had a vast array of takeout menus from nearby restaurants. When we later changed our minds and decided to go out to eat, the hotel shuttle van took us to the nearby restaurant. The driver made sure we had the telephone number for the hotel and told us to call after dinner and he would pick us up. That is exactly what happened.
The hotel itself appears to be older, but recently renovated. The room and furnishings were clean and in good shape. We heard very little noise from outside the room, despite what appeared to be a fairly booked hotel. There was free internet access (not wireless) in the room that worked great. I think there is wireless in the lobby, but did not try it.
We did not partake of the continental breakfast, other than to have a cup of coffee. There appeared to be a large number of guests having breakfast, so it must not have been too bad.
One warning/word of advice for cruisers: The hotel touts its shuttle to the cruise port. (I think it's $6.50 per person). We don't like crowds, and so had the front desk call us a taxi. The taxi was there within a minute or two. It turns out the hotel is just around the corner from the cruiseport. The taxi fare was only about $5, such that even with a generous tip, it was cheaper to take a cab.
All in all, a nice Holiday Inn Express location. I'd stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover the Holiday Inn Express Fort Lauderdale hotel, an unsurpassed option among hotels near the Broward County Convention Center, Port Everglades and the Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport. We are located in the heart of it all and offer a 24 hour complimentary airport shuttle. We are located one block from the north entrance of Port Everglades. Dozens of great restaurants are within walking distance. Our premiere location is also just 2 blks. From the Broward County Convention Center and adjacent to two large shopping centers. For only $1.75 Per person, any guest may catch the bus to Fort Lauderdale Beach or to the Galleria Mall right from the front of our hotel! Enjoy a tour of the Venice of America on the Water Taxi. We are a 3 minute walk to the nearest stop. We are the closest Holiday Inn to the Las Olas Riverfront & Shops at Las Olas. Our beautifully appointed guest rooms are designed with your comfort in mind. Each room is equipped with the comforts of home-- in-room coffeemaker, hairdryer, refrigerator, microwave, iron/ironing board, 32'' remote controlled cable TV (70 channels with HBO), and complimentary WiFi. Enjoy a unique hot buffet breakfast experience at our new Express Start breakfast bar served every morning in our lobby from 6:30am-9:30am weekday and 6:30am-10:00am weekends. We feature a great selection of fruit, juices, cereals, bagels, muffins, omelets or scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, yogurt, fluffy biscuits and hot pancakes. Relax in comfort in our 100% non-smoking facility. ... more less
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