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Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airport/Cruise
Ranked #12 of 128 Hotels in Fort Lauderdale
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Greensboro, NC
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56 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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“Excellent pre-cruise location”
Reviewed 23 February 2014

We stayed one night prior to a cruise. We had a ground floor room which was very generous in size although a bit noisy being across from the fitness center. Everything in the room worked fine and we slept very well. The staff were friendly and booked us on the "All-Star" shuttle service to the port the next morning (I believe was $8/person added to the room bill).

Cruise morning, breakfast was busy but manageable with open tables. Try the cute pancake machine although the staff have to pamper it a bit to work. The lobby was busy pre-shuttle but the shuttle arrangements were very organized with lots of room for people and luggage, no worries about being left behind for a second trip.

We would stay here before any future cruises. Really did not evaluate for stays of other purposes. It is not cheap but meets the needs. The airport is in very close proximity to the port so if you are brave and confident that your luggage will arrive with you, just get an early flight and skip the overnight if you want to save the hotel cost. And BTW, the FLL airport is a bit crazy particularly for departure so allow a fair amount of time if leaving by air. Maybe it's just the Southwest gates but the security line was as crazy as we have ever seen, took 1 hour, quite disorganized.

Room Tip: Ground floor was a bit noisy from the interior.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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TAManagement, Manager at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airport/Cruise, responded to this review, 24 February 2014
Thank you for writing about your experience at our hotel. Your feedback is very important to the continued successful delivery of exceptional guest service. We thank you for your patronage and look forward to your future return. Warm regards.
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Needham, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 22 February 2014

Stayed two pre-cruise nights. Glad we had a car (parking free) since hotel is on a busy road. Dining options include walking to a German restaurant which is on the same side of Rt 84 as the hotel or leap-frogging your way across a very busy divided Rt 84 to a shopping mall. Also to see the sights in Ft. Lauderdale you'll need to drive or take a taxi.
Hotel was fine. Breakfast typical fare for HIE. Room clean. No in-room safe but could use the safety deposit box at the front desk.
Convenient to airport (though we had to call twice and waited over 45 minutes for the free shuttle - we were told 15 minutes) and a $10 per person shuttle ride to the cruise port.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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TAManagement, Manager at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airport/Cruise, responded to this review, 24 February 2014
Thank you for taking the time to express your thoughts. We appreciate your insight regarding your stay. Please know that your feedback is important to us as we work to improve the product and services offered to our guests. Thanks again for your recommendation on how we can improve and for sharing your experiences with us. Warm Regards
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Sanibel Island, Florida
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Reviewed 19 February 2014

This HI Express is older than the pictures indicate and could use some sprucing up. That being said, it was a fine place to stay for one night prior to a cruise from Port Everglades. They provided free shuttle service from the airport and everyone was friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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TAManagement, Manager at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airport/Cruise, responded to this review, 20 February 2014
Thank you for writing about your experience at our hotel. Your feedback is very important to the continued successful delivery of exceptional guest service. We thank you for your patronage and look forward to your future return. Warm regards.
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indianapolis
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Reviewed 19 February 2014

This property is very close to the cruise port and airport. However, we were really disappointed. The nightly rate is way too much for the amenities that it provides. We arrived and were told that we could use the pool. However, it was locked. The room was adequate in size but had not been cleaned real well. The doors closed very loudly and therefore we were kept awake and awakened by others. The breakfast area was too small with no indication of flow. People were going in all directions at the same time. Also upon arrival I was greeted as a Sir. I am not- I did have a baseball cap on, but do not look like a Sir! We were unable to get the wake-up call function to work from our room (it would say that it was set and then said- no time set). So, we called the front desk and they set it for us. However, not only did we receive our requested call, we also received one 45 minutes early. The water pressure in the shower is very low and it took quite sometime to get hot water.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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TAManagement, Manager at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airport/Cruise, responded to this review, 20 February 2014
Please know that your feedback is extremely valuable to us and we will utilize your response by continuing to focus on making each and every guest experience the best it can be. We hope to be of service to you in the future.
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Virginia
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195 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2014

We stayed at this hotel prior to our cruise on Carnival Freedom. Though the check-in process was a bit muddled (it was totally hectic though) after that everything was great. The location is about a convenient as possible to the cruise port. The rooms clean and comfortable. The breakfast bar was clean and constantly restocked and fresh. My next cruise or visit to Fort Lauderdale, I would not hesitate to stay at this hotel again.

Room Tip: If you are looking for waterfront views, this isn't the place. But for convenience and a comfor...
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TAManagement, Manager at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airport/Cruise, responded to this review, 12 February 2014
Thanks so much for the great review. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay. We will share all your comments and suggestions with our entire staff. Please come back to visit when visiting Ft Lauderdale, or going on a cruise. We wish you the best.
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Gilbert, Arizona
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2014

The location of the hotel is excellent. Easy walk to the Harbor Shops for dinner or those last minute things you need. They offer a free shuttle to/from the airport but the organization on our pickup just wasn't there. Be prepared to wait when arriving at a prime time. The do offer a shuttle to the port for $8pp but a cab is only $10 so grab a cab. Check-in was also hectic as they only had one girl to check in a full shuttle full of people at once plus those arriving by car. At 5pm they should have more then one person checking in. Got to say though that the gal at the desk was a MAJOR multi tasker. She was checking people in, calling for cabs, answering the phone. You name it she was doing it with style. Wish I would have noted her name (long straight blonde hair), she needs a raise!! I would give the hotel better marks if they had more staff checking in and better organization for the shuttle. Would I stay here again, sure I would but would know what to expect.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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TAManagement, Manager at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airport/Cruise, responded to this review, 12 February 2014
Thanks so much for the great review. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay. We will share all your comments with Jessica. Please come back to visit when visiting Ft Lauderdale, or going on a cruise. We wish you the best.
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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136 reviews
56 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2014

I'm admittedly a bit of a hotel snob, and the choice to stay at this hotel was not mine. My company made the reservation, and I would have never stayed here if I was making the reservation. With that said, I will try my best to write this review without too much bias.

There is nothing wrong with this hotel on the surface. Clean exterior, clean lobby. The front desk staff was friendly. I am a basic level IHG Rewards member (formerly Priority Club). They recognized me as a Rewards member and gave me a bag containing bottled water and snacks. That was a nice touch.

Breakfast - The Holiday Inn Express breakfast is adequate. Nothing special. They do have yummy cinnamon rolls and they had the coolest pancake machine I've ever seen (and they were good!)

Now, to the parts I was not impressed with:

NO A/C in the halls on upper floors. My room was on the 3rd floor and there was zero air conditioning in the hallway. Muggy and miserable.

HANDICAP ROOM - I was given a handicap room. The hotel was not full. Why would they have given me this room? The water pressure in the shower was pitiful! The room is basic, but to be honest "not bad". The air conditioner never put out at a great level. The room was comfortable but never perfect temperature.

Decor - Ok, not that it really matters in the big picture but the decor of this hotel is TACKY! This property would ONLY "fit in" in South Florida. It is a gaudy turquoise color on the exterior and it doesn't stop inside with tacky bright colored walls. Yuck!

Ok, so I've been a little rough on this property. Bottom line - if you are a Holiday Inn Express person, you will probably be fine in this property.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
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TAManagement, Manager at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airport/Cruise, responded to this review, 7 February 2014
Please know that your feedback is extremely valuable to us and we will utilize your response by continuing to focus on making each and every guest experience the best it can be. We hope to be of service to you in the future.
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Property: Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airport/Cruise
Address: 1150 W State Rd 84, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315-2436
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Region: United States > Florida > Broward County > Fort Lauderdale
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Business Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#19 Romantic Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#29 Family Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airport/Cruise 2.5*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Take a Virtual Tour of the hotel.The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airport/Cruise Port is located near the Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood Int'l Airport, Port Everglades Cruise Port & Broward County Convention Center - the perfect choice for a business or leisure stay. The beaches, Shops of Las Olas, Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment district, downtown, Museums, Theaters, Malls and a variety of restaurants & local attractions are all within a short drive.The hotel pampers guests daily by serving a complimentary 'Express Start breakfast bar' along with USA Today news. Free high-speed Internet access is available in all guest rooms & suites plus free local calls, microwave/fridge, & coffee maker. The Marina Mile Meeting Room, Express Board Room & business center features high-speed Internet access. Adding to the many guest amenities & services to assure your stay is comfortable & pleasant an exercise room with state-of-the-art equipment, Coin laundry room, and outdoor heated pool in a tropical garden setting are on-site.A complimentary shuttle is available from 5:30 AM to midnight to and from the Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood Int'l Airport. Drop-off transportation to Port Everglades cruise port is available on a complimentary basis. 'A completely non-smoking hotel.' ... more   less 
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