Looking for some suggestions on where to find a reasonably priced hotel or other accomodations in Ft. Lauderdale. Sailing on the Radiance of the Seas on January 30th from Miami but 2 of our party are flying in on the Friday before to Ft. Lauderdale.
My choice would be the Ameri-Suites on 18th St In Ft. Lauderdale. we've stayed there several times and it always been fine. The price is good, always under $100.00, and it's clean. They also have good shuttle service to and from Airport & Cruise port, plus they are within walking distance of nice resturants, shopping, any other amenities right on 18th St. another good choice in that area is the Embassy Suites, a little more expensive, but very nice accomodations.
As for the Comfort Inn Airport/Cruise Port, if it's the one on Sheridan St, I'd pass on it. We stayed there after our last cruise, and will never go back. The nicest thing I could say about it was it's shabby. Additionally, it's pretty much in the middle of nowhere. Long walk to find a resturant. As I say, we wouldn't go back there.
You can't beat the value that Amerisuites off 17th Street can provide. With airport and port shuttle available plus a continental breakfast a price under $100 is a good deal. Check out valutrips.com to see if their rates for January are up yet. We did not have to gurarantee with a credit card, but if you or your friends are scheduled to arrive late (after 4p.m.) them do guarantee the reservation. Walking to the Intercoastal water way and the water taxi is a great way to spend the day at FLL.
I stayed at the AmeriSuites last year and enjoyed it very much. It was clean; service was good; close to restaurants. I just booked it again for this Dec and the rate was $110 but using the Entertainment Book, it was $59. Great deal.
I just came home from Fll....stayed at the Renaissance Hotel on 17th st...it was wonderful..I bid 75.00 on priceline, 3 stars..I got upgraded to 4 and got the Ren...Could not beat the location, and it had the most amazingly comfortable bed and duvet....I have stayed at Amerisuites as well...if you can get the Ren for a reasonable price and Amerisuites is close in price, my advice is go for the gusto...
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Happy Jan--It sounded nice to us too--that's why we tried it once last March aftre our cruise . It sounded so convenient esp for shuttle to Miami as we cruise next from there. Forget it--the elevs are creepy, it's outside entyry to rooms, has a small lobby & near nothing unless you are a good walker. The pool was dirty & it took a long time to get our room...Would not go back unless the absolute last resort! But would really try elsewhere...
I appreciate everyone's responses to my comment. I would just like to clarify which hotel we have reserved for a one-night stay prior to our Feb cruise:
Comfort Inn-Airport/Cruise Port South
2520 Stirling Road
AAA rates it 3 diamonds
We have a late afternoon flight so we didn't plan to travel far to our lodging or use the pool. I do understand concerns about exterior corridors vs interior corridors. The AAA tour book also said the hotel has an exercise room, meeting rooms, business center and a restaurant -- this may not be the same hotel that the other cruisemates have mentioned.
We stayed at the Comfort in on Stiring road twice and on both occasions it was clean and the service was fine. Was it equivilent to the Doubletree Oceanfront??? No, but for what we needed it for it was fine. The airport/cruise shuttle fills up fast, so register early. The pool was great...there was lots of people there at night just hanging out. They also have a nice bar right by the pool. You'll be fine there I'm sure.
The Embassy Suites is a good choice. There is a nice steak house right across the street from it. Also an Irish pub nearby as well as a place for Mexican food. We've eaten at all of them and they are all good. Additionally, it's within a 2 minute walk of a grocery store and a liquor store.
Just wondering....we will be sailing out of Miami next year and had thought about flying into Ft. Lauderdale for the savings. For those that have stayed at some of the hotels noted, will the shuttles take us to the port in Miami or just Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale?