Trip that is where my group stayed in 2008 before our Costa Cruise. It was not a 4 star but we found it to be clean and the staff was very nice. I would stay there again when in Ft. Laud. You are right about it being in an area with not much to do but since we were only there 1 night it was fine. Food in the resturant was great and the breakfast on cruise morning (which was included in our price) was one of the best we'd had at a hotel. I know that there was one section of the hotel that was still being remolded from the hurricane so it should be done by now. This is just my 2cents worth.