Though I am sure this has been gone over ad nauseum, I am looking for recommendations for a hotel beachfront in Ft. Lauderdale for a post-cruise 2-3 night stay. I would say budget is $150 a night. Would love a free breakfast, but if hotel is near eateries, that would suffice. Don't want to pay for an overpriced hotel buffet. I don't necessarily require free shuttle service to airport or from cruise terminal -- though, that would be a MAJOR plus. I have been searching for days on the internet using all the sites and it's mind-boggling. I don't want to stay in some worn out, dirty hotel after spending a week on a beautiful ship. By the same token, I can't afford 5 star prices, either. We will not have a rental car, hence the request for beachfront. I have NO experience in Ft Lauderdale as we never cruised out of this port before. If the water taxi is reliable and safe and fun to get to a beach, a hotel within safe walking distance to that would be considered too.
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