I stayed here for two nights for a business trip. Let me bore you with some details and let you make your own decision about this hotel when comparing locations and prices on your own . . .
Check in is 4 p.m. but I was able to check in when I arrived at 11 a.m. However, I was told I did not choose a room preference, so I handed them my print out from Travelocity asking for a king-size non-smoking room. They were able to accommodate this request. The front desk personnel was very pleasant and patient.
The room was set to 75 degrees when I checked it, while it was 80 degrees outside. If you are someone who likes your room to be very cold - I tried setting the temperature to 63 one day and I don’t feel when I returned that night it ever felt “cold.”
The room had a stain on it’s rug about the size of a dinner plate. The curtain to darken the room for the large window was torn off two hooks, so it wasn’t possible to block out the parking lot lights or morning sun.
The room was very quiet. I was three rooms down the hall from the exercise room, which had two TVs. I never heard it.
The first night I ran the tub to take a bath, and several hairs floated up from the drain.
Also, the bathroom door does not stay open. It cannot stay open – it will automatically close. The hair dryer was on its last legs, and vibrated in your hand and made the whirling sound on a hair dryer about to die out.
I also used the two glasses in the bathroom, and the two glass provided in the room, all in one night. I left them all together on the desk for housekeeping the following morning, so it would be noticed they needed to be replaced. They were not. All 4 glasses, two with the residue stain soda makes at the bottoms still there.
I checked out the coffee pot, and it was not glass – it was older silver (stainless steel?). I would not have risked using it.
This hotel is conveniently located from the Ft. Lauderdale airport. The directions are simple, so if you are unfamiliar with the area it would still be a breeze. However, look for the hotel off Pine Island Rd. and take what looks like the most logical turn to you. There’s no sign for an entrance, it was blown down in the last hurricane a couple years ago. The new hurricane codes in FL have made those signs too expensive for Marriott to have replaced it yet.
I got room service both nights in the hotel. The staff was excellent, very friendly, very pleasant and professional. However, one night my drink came up 1/2 after my dinner.
I hope this helps you when choosing a hotel in the area. If I was on a personal vacation, rather than business, I would have looked to leave this hotel and try to find something else.
I would never stay at this hotel again. It is highly over-rated, and I’ve staying in a local Courtyard by Marriott which is much nicer. The photos are their website are quiet deceiving, as the lake it overlooks is really a lake at the center of the business park the Renaissance shares with other buildings.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The newly-renovated Renaissance Fort Lauderdale-Plantation Hotel boasts style and sophistication, making it a top choice among Fort Lauderdale, FL hotels. Located adjacent to the Jacaranda Golf Club, our luxury property features unique amenities including an outdoor resort-style pool, an onsite restaurant (Bin595), and more than 10,000 square feet of beautifully-appointed event space. Modern guest rooms feature Renaissance PLUSH luxury bedding, microwaves and mini refrigerators, and Wi-FI. Our Fort Lauderdale boutique hotel is located just minutes from all South Florida has to offer including Sun Life Stadium, Sawgrass Mills Mall, and the BB&T Center. As a member of the Florida Green Lodging program, Renaissance Fort Lauderdale-Plantation Hotel has been awarded the prestigious Energy Star label for efforts in protecting our environment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Renaissance Plantation Fort Lauderdale Hotel Plantation
- Plantation Renaissance