The Renaissance Hotel in Plantation is fairly new and very nice...we had a company function there two months ago and everyone was pleased with the rooms, service, etc. It is approximately 20 minutes to Port Everglades from Plantation. There is a shopping mall about two minutes away from the hotel and lots of restaurants in the area. It is also within close proximity to the Sawgrass Mills Mall (you can spend an entire day there). There are also good restaurants at the Sawgrass Mall, i.e., Cheesecake Factory, Wolfgang Puck, Legal SeaFood, Bahama Breeze. The Westin Resort is also nice but a little further away.