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Candlewood Suites Ft. Lauderdale Air/Seaport
Ranked #30 of 128 Hotels in Fort Lauderdale
Certificate of Excellence
Kansas City, Missouri
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“DO NOT STAY AT THIS HOTEL!!”
Reviewed 16 March 2011

I normally love candlewood suites, but this hotel really disappointed me. The staff was extremely rude and the rooms did not look like they had been cleaned in a very long time. I was even afraid to sleep on top of the sheets. To top it all off, we spent the whole night listening to mice in the walls and praying we wouldn't see one run across the floor. You are better off sleeping at the airport.

  • Stayed March 2011
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Hamilton, Ontario
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2011

We stayed at the Candlewood suites for a night prior to a cruise.
We wanted to use Priority Club points (that we aquired through Air Miles) and this hotel used fewer points than other hotels in the area.
The hotel worked out well for us.
The room was more of a tiny apartment. Half the floor space was taken up with the kitchen area including a full size fridge, dishwasher, stovetop....it is fully equipped with coffeemaker, dishes, pots and pans....none of which we really used. There is a large TV with DVD player. There was a desk area we used for our luggage and stuff.
The bed I found to be very comfortable and the bedding of good quality.
We had a good sleep.
There is hardly a lobby, just a desk area to check in. We found the girl working that night to be very friendly and helpful.
We asked about using a computer station, which we could next door at the Holiday Inn. They had 2 computers you could use for free.
The pool at the HI looked really nice, lots of comfy chairs, palm trees, I understand we could ask for permission to use it. We did not get in early enough or else we would.
We used the shuttle to get from the airport to the hotel. It was a zoo at the airport on the Friday afternoon that we arrived. We were confused about where the pick up was and ended up waiting in the wrong spot for a long time. It was our mistake and after calling the hotel back to clarify we got the shuttle van with no problem. Make sure you are in the "shuttle" area off to the side outside the airport!
The shuttle to the port the next morning was also picked up at the Holiday Inn next door. When we booked many months ago they offered free shuttle service to the port, now they charge $8 per person. They let us go for free because of when we booked. I would be inclined check into taxi rates....
The mall across the road was handy, we bought soft drinks and wine to bring onto the ship (Carnival lets you do this). There is a dollar store as well. We ate at Subway (there is McDonalds, Wendy's, and a pizza place). We bought some things at Winn-Dixie for breakfast the next day which worked out great (fruit, danish, orange juice). Coffee is available at the hotel for free.
If we weren't as tired from travelling we would have ate supper at the German place a block over. Others raved about the food there.
If there wasn't a big price difference, we would stay at the Holiday Inn next door (just a few steps away) as that is where the amenities were (computer, pool, port shuttle, breakfast) although we were happy with our choice.
Across the road was a Hampton Inn and a Best Western.
We would recommend the Candlewood suites, very clean and comfortable, for a night or two (if we stayed longer we would certainly want a location by the beach).

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank Hamiltontraveller
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 503 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2011

We had been travelling a long, long way to get to Fort Lauderdale. I called the Candlewood Suites from the bank of free hotel telephones in the baggage collection hall at the airport and was given directions for collection by their free suttle bus. That all worked well and the next morning we arranged to take the free suttle bus back to the airport to pick up our hire car. This hotel is 2 miles from the airport and the Everglades cruise liner port so it is a good choice for the night before or after a cruise. A shuttle to the cruise port can also be arranged at a cost I think.
We had a good value room with quality furnishings, decor, bedding and a full kitchen. There was free wifi. The only slight discomfort was that there was no where in the room to conveniently put our suitcases if we did not want to unpack them. Candlewood Suites is one of a row of mid-range hotels along West State Road whose reason for being, I think, is primarily as transit hotels. I paid about $128 for Candlewood which was probably the cheapest of them that I could find and we were statisfied with the quality and convenience. It is not a scenic location for tourists, but having also stayed at Sans Souci Motel by the beach, which was convenient to nothing but the beach, I am not sure where a good location is.
This hotel is directly across the highway from a small lowrise shopping centre called Southland that had a number of small restaurants, shops and a liquor store. Candlewood does not serve breakfast but you can go next door to the Holiday Inn Express and have breakfast for $5. This is one of those awful disposable American motel breakfasts with plastic crockery, cutlery and food. Why do Americans put up with this? Anyway, we should have crossed the highway to see if there was a diner open at the shopping centre. It is also possible to use the pool at the Holiday Inn Express.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank DaisyClover
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NY
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240 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2011

Room was nearly perfect. The only detractions were that for a person accustomed to a memory foam bed, the mattress was a bit stiff. There's also no place to park while your checking in, nor a back door, so you may end up dragging luggage around the parking lot.

Very much like a small studio apartment with fridge, toaster and even a dish washer.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank elbojbb
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Lancaster, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2011

Wife and I arrived day before catching our flight the next day. Arrived on a very rainy Monday, and the nicely appointed room with the high quality pillow-top bed was a spirit lifter!!

Used the refrigerator to hold milk and frozen fruit for our breakfast.

High speed internet was welcomed. Bed was as comfortable as it looked, with choice of firm or soft pillows. Nice desk with office chair for computer work.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank hi-desertraveler
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oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2011

My spouse and I arrived late night after a long day of traveling. The front desk staff was very unwelcoming and the hotel is horribly outdated. The room was depressing with dirty tile, sheets like cardboard, no extra pillows or blankets, the phone didn't work, someone else's garbage was still in the trash and the room was stuffy and humid. The only plus is it is across the street from a grocery store so we could get supplies for our cruise. We were relieved to leave as soon as we woke up so we could move to the il Lugano hotel for our remaining night stay in fort lauderdale.

Stayed January 2011, travelled on business
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4 Thank Traveler852000
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Fairfax, Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2010

Everyone that works at this hotel is amazing. From the front desk to the housekeeping staff. I recently moved to Ft Lauderdale and stayed at this hotel for 30 days. It was the nicest Candlewood. The beds are comfortable. The cupboard is always stocked with items to purchase such as food, drinks, snacks. They even have free washer/dryers, no hotel offers that! So whether you are in town for a day, waiting for a cruise, moving to town and need a place for a few weeks, this hotel is the right hotel for you! Trust me!

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled solo
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2 Thank FTL777
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Property: Candlewood Suites Ft. Lauderdale Air/Seaport
Address: 1120 W State Road 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 High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#9 Best Value Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#13 Family Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#28 Business Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#41 Romantic Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Candlewood Suites Ft. Lauderdale Air/Seaport 2.5*
Number of rooms: 71
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Our Fort Lauderdale Airport Hotel The Candlewood Suites of Fort Lauderdale, Florida brings you the comforts of home with a convenient location. We're two miles from both Ft. Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport and the Amtrak Tri Rail Station. While lodging in Ft. Lauderdale you'll find many exciting attractions nearby. Spend a day exploring Fort Lauderdale's waterways on a water bus or JungleQueen boat tour. You'll find popular districts like Las Olas and Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District just three miles from our extended stay hotel. Ft. Lauderdale is also home to many of Florida's sports teams.With Port Everglades Cruise Port and Broward County Convention Center two miles from our suites, Ft. Lauderdales business travelers can benefit from our location. Other nearby businesses include Marathon Ashland Oil Maritime Professional Training Bombardier Embraer Air and Jetscape. Our Fort Lauderdale, FL hotel has a 24-hour business center to meet your business needs. Unlike cheap hotels in Fort Lauderdale, our Cruise Port hotel offers complimentary amenities like laundry services, a CD and movie rental from our lending library and high-speed Internet access. Purchase snacks and necessities from the Candlewood Cupboard store relax in your suites triple-sheeted bed and cook out on the Gazebo Grill. Candlewood Suites invites you to enjoy a memorable stay in our pet friendly Ft. Lauderdale hotel. ... more   less 
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