I will start by saying that we requested a room on the 6th floor or lower due to the fact that I am extremely claustrophobic and don't prefer elevators. I will use them...I just don't prefer it if the option of stairs is available. Needless to say...we were put on the 11th floor...with 2 double beds versus the King we had booked, this was really frustrating as we had not only noted it in our booking but also called ahead to ask for our request. We are also platinum members...not that I care about that but it usually means a free upgrade...we didn't even get what we asked for let alone an upgrade. I was told to contact the front desk manager for the next day and that they would move us but that person wasn't even working during our 3 day stay there. So, enough about what wasn't good...it turned out that I got alot of exercise going up and down the stairs (lol) and when I did use the elevator it wasn't that bad since it is glass from the 5th floor up. We did find all the staff very helpful other than the check in person who told us we would be moved the second day by a person that didn't work. The hotel is in good condition and we really enjoyed sitting out for a nightcap on the patio of the 5th floor. The pool was also very nice and relaxing. I would make coffee in your own room as we paid $4 per coffee in the store which is ridiculous. The gym is ok...nothing great.
Nearby - A pub type place called Ernie's was excellent...the patio upstairs was great and it is only a block or two down the road.
We also went to an Italian restaurant across the road from CVS pharmacy in a plaza...wow wow and wow. It was walking distance for us but likely not for everyone but certainly worth going too. They do 2 sittings a night and it is superb...they have valet parking and every car there was at least a Mercedes all the way up to a Rolls Royce. We talked to the Valet and he said most of the people are residents on the waterway...houses worth 5 million and yachts worth 25 million. We shared a bottle of wine and each had an entree and it was about $150 but certainly worth every penny!
We walked to the beach - which again...not a walk for everyone as it is about 8 km = 5.5 miles. We loved the walk and one day went to stop #7 for the water taxi...we took the cruise boat and it serves beer which was awesome while they took us on the tour of the homes along the waterway. We went to Los Olas and it was ok...expensive stores but nice places to have lunch or a beer, etc. We ate at the Irish pub at one of the stops...definitely wait for Los Olas...the pub was not good at all.
On the beach - fantastic walk - we walked all the way to the East and found a great little spot for lunch one day - the service was excellent and the food was good and they sold a bucket of beer. If you are interested send me a message and I can get you the name - just can't remember as I am typing!
Have fun...we really overall had a pretty great experience. It was nice to be close to the airport when we arrived, great to be able to walk to anything we wanted (but remember we really love to walk) and nice and close to the pier. We did decide to book our own taxi though as it is the same price as a taxi for 2. Have a great time! Any questions please send me a message and I would be happy to help!!
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- Welcome to Fort Lauderdale's newest vibrant urban full service hotel! The Crowne Plaza Fort Lauderdale Airport / Cruise Port is modern, elegantly designed, chic, and centrally located to all Fort Lauderdale's South Florida events and attractions. Ideal for corporate or leisure and the most discerning traveler. The Crowne Plaza Fort Lauderdale Airport / Cruise Port is located at the entrance of Port Everglades Cruise Port and less than a mile from Fort Lauderdale Int'l Airport (FLL), Broward County Convention Center and 2 miles from Downtown Fort Lauderdale. ... more less
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