Took a drive from Atlanta to South Florida, via an overnight in Tampa and Fort Lauderdale.
We took a risk because this was a holiday weekend and I know as someone from South Florida that the cars and the hotels can get expensive. With our relatives having other relatives already staying with them, we wanted our own space. As we approached South Florida, my wife starting using the various apps on our phones from Tripadvisor to Hotels Tonight to hunt down hotels. There was availability, but the rates were ridiculous ($180 to $339 per night) for good locations in both Miami and Ft Lauderdale metro areas. One app revealed the Sheraton Ft Lauderdale Airport at around $100. The other apps had it much higher. We locked in the room reservation and got to the front desk before they even knew they had a reservation in their system for us. That was kind of funny! But they found the reservations.
The hotel is so close to FLL airport, that there is a smaller Griffin Road access road to the airport just down the street from the hotel. Yes, they have shuttle service to the airport.
It is about a block away from I-95 and about 30 minutes from downtown Miami (not including rush hour). The cruise port is about 10 minutes away and downtown Ft Lauderdale is about 15 minutes away. All measured by using a car, of course. There are no restaurants of value close by. However, across the expressway is a restaurant attached to the Bass Pro Shops called, "Islamorada". The seafood there is very good. A little bit further away is the Rustic Inn Crabhouse. That restaurant is always full. Oh yes, the hotel is 15 minutes from the beach.
Outside Appearance and Parking Lot:
It is basically a white building with a large parking lot, than can get quite full, because it also is used as a park and ride for the airport, it seems. There is a $15 per day in and out as much as you like charge, that will be added to your room at check-out. Don't like parking fees, but remembering hotels in downtown San Fran wanted to charge $60 a day (we stayed near the airport instead), I let this one go.
Lobby and Staff:
The lobby was not ornate, but it was upscale and it was definitely setup for business operation. The desk staff was courteous and they made you feel welcome.
They gave us a decent size room with a large comfortable looking queen bed. It was a earthen, light brown tone and there wasn't much artwork on the walls. However, the furnishings looked like they were very well maintained and the carpet was okay, although there was a small stain or two.
The Bathroom: Was a little small, but fine for two people and there were no maintenance issues that I could see.
The Wifi: Well, that was an issue for me. Because I hate to pay for wi-fi, so I was not able to use my iPad
The best part: Well, that bed that I said looked comfortable. Well, it was absolutely fantastic. Usually I am not warm enough, or I am too cold or I don't feel the bed cuddling me enough. I always have an issue getting used to strange beds, but this one just sucked you in surrounded you with comfort and floated me right off to dream paradise. In fact, it was so comfortable, that I left my wife in the hotel enjoying it while I ran around finishing the last few pieces of business that I had to do before heading back in Atlanta's direction.
I don't like paying more than $75 for any hotels and you get spoiled when some of the websites get you four-star hotels for about $60, so often. However, I do realize the economics of holiday rates in South Florida (well, except for $535 rental cars for just 3 days).
So based on that premise and with so many lesser hotels were running more than $200, I think this was a great stay.
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- Also Known As:
- Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport And Cruise Port
- Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port Hotel Dania Beach
- Sheraton Dania Beach
- Dania Beach Sheraton
- Dania Sheraton
- Sheraton Ft Lauderdale Airport