Embassy Suites and Amerisuites is on 17th Street are popular pre-cruise hotels. I personally don't like Amerisuites but it is a clean hotel. Both of these will pick you up at the airport and take you to the ship.
Renaissance by Marriott is also on 17th Street and is brand new. The Hyatt 66 and Marriott Marina are also popular.
We got Embassy Suites for $60 on Priceline. If you look at www.biddingfortravel.com - you can see what hotels Priceline uses. I will use them everytime I go to FLL. Biddingfortravel gives you great info on Priceline - definitely worth reading before you bid.
Theresa, We also got the Embassy Suites for $60 on priceline for 2 suites/2 days. First I inquired directly, being a little skeptical of priceline, and the hotel wanted 199 + 12% tax for our particular days. For 2 couples for 2 days, that's almost $900.00!! I am having so much fun telling everyone we SAVED $620.!!! It's almost unbelievable. And with free (cooked to order) breakfast and free cocktail hour, its like getting a day free. Obviously, I also will be using priceline for all of my hotel needs in Fll. Cookie
Thanks Teresa. I was wonndering how much the taxi would be. I know we will have many, many bags . We usually travel very light but with all the "formal" and "smart casual" dining,,,we are having to carry the whole closet .
Tony, I read all the tips on biddingfortravel.com, they give you tips on how to bid successfully on priceline for the type of hotel you want. The message boards also give you alot of info on how others were successful. It also depends on what date you pick. I called the hotel directly and asked if there was any conventions, boat show, ect.. in town and also how many rooms they had available for my date. There was not much doing at that time, so I felt comfortable bidding low. I put in 3* in Ft Lauderdale, and got it on my second bid. Good luck.