I just made a reservation at the Comfort Suites by the airport - reasonable cost, free shuttle from airport to hotel and from hotel to pier, and breakfast included. Nice, clean, convenient, and attractive accomodations.
Amerisuites is right next to Embassy Suites on 17th St Causeway, right by the port..here are some specifics....
Located just 2 and a half miles from Fort Lauderdale Intl Airport, Convention Center and Port Everglades, two miles to Fort Lauderdale Beaches. All suite property serving a complimentary 21 item bountiful breakfast buffet, make your own waffle served every morning6:30-9:30 M-F/7-10Sat-Sun . Complimentary shuttle service from the Airport and Port Everglades operating from 6 am until 10 pm.
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We have stayed at the Best Western Oceanside Inn which also offers free shuttle both to airport and pier. Also complimentary full breakfast, are located right on the beach and reasonable priced.
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the hotel board has some posts about this very thing - check them out. however, we just went to ft. lauderdale this year and drove and we have been two years ago and we flew. When we flew we used the marriott dania and we had a shuttle to and from the hotel and port and it was very good of course and a lovely hotel but a little pricey for us at over 120 a night. this year we stayed at the hampton inn airport north and were totally overwhelmed with how great the service and stay was. We drove, were able to park our car there for the length of the cruise for no extra charge (just paid the nightly rate of 99/night for the night we stayed before embarkation) therefore avoiding the HIGH parking fees at the port. We had shuttle service to and from the port without any difficulty. they also provide shuttle to and from the airport. alot of the people on our port shuttle used the airport shuttle the night before. this hotel also had a good continental breakfast and the rooms were large and comfortable. by far, i think this is the best kept secret in ft. lauderdale and the best value for the money you pay.
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