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Embassy Suites by Hilton Fort Lauderdale 17th Street
Ranked #40 of 128 Hotels in Fort Lauderdale
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
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“Perfect for the Port”
Reviewed 29 January 2010

I booked this hotel as part of a package; I needed a hotel in FL before my cruise. It's close enough to the port that you can watch the ships come and go.

The rooms are split in two; living area and bedroom. There's a coffee/tea maker, fridge and microwave plus TWO TV's (one in each area). The well designed swimming pool (with waterfall) was heated, as was the jacuzzi. I forgot to take a picture though!

For about an hour and a half in the evening, certain drinks in the bar were free (plus a few snacks). There's a restaurant which I didn't use but took breakfast in the hotel. Slightly chaotic, you could have a long walk before you find a table.

There's some bars and restaurants (plus a supermarket) near the hotel, but once I discovered the trolley that takes you to the beach area (50 cents), that's where I decided to spend my evenings.

A very helpful concierge will arrange taxis and book tours.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled solo
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 January 2010

Stayed in the Embassy Suites in January and it wasn't great.

The hotel is the closest to the Port and Airport, but nowhere near anything else in Fort Lauderdale. It took me 2hrs to walk to Las Olas Blvd going in one direction and 1hr heading to Las Olas via the A1A (beach road).

Rooms were very tired and need updated.

American buffet breakfast was a complete scramble and we both fell ill on the 2nd & 3rd nights of eating there. We can't confirm that we did catch anything there, however it was the only place we both ate at.

The hotel does do a Free Bar from 5:30-7:30pm every night. Watch out for the locals using it and please remember to tip the staff at least one $ per drink.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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hotelmanager1100, Manager at Embassy Suites by Hilton Fort Lauderdale 17th Street, responded to this review, 18 February 2010
Thank you for staying at our hotel. Our hotel is located on SE 17th Street with over 40 restaurants and shops located within 2 blocks of the hotel. See our website and our page entitled within walking distance for everything that is close to us. Fort Lauderdale itself is not a good city for walking to and from things. Las Olas Boulevard is about 1.5 miles from us and a $10 cab ride. The beach is about the same distance. The intercoastal waterway is 4 blocks aways. From the Intercoastal you can take the water taxi which will take you anywhere in the city via our beautiful waterways. Also the Sun trolley stops at our hotel Thursday through Sunday and for 50 cents will take you to Las Olas and the beach. No matter where you stay in Fort Lauderdale you pretty much have to drive if you want go to a different section of the city.
We have also instituted a renewed preventative maintenance program in February where we take out a floor a week and update the suites including painting, furniture touch up and extra cleaning. Our hotel rooms were completely renovated in 2007 and 2008. Again I appreciate your comments. Don.Friedman@hilton.com General Manager.
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Chicago Suburbs, IL
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2010

Stayed here before a cruise. Suite cost after taxes/fees was $320. Dinner with so/so food and really bad service was another $50. Our bed was AWFUL. We got a king size bed that was bowed in the middle and so my wife and I were tilting towards the center of the bed. I couldn't believe it. We were all so tired we decided to deal with it rather than request another room, but I was upset. This hotel is an old hotel that was refurbished. There was nice new furniture in the room, but popcorn ceiling textures. The bathtub and shower staff were very outdated. This hotel was NOISY. The balcony door doen't close properly so car noise came through that way, on the side of the room that faces the hotel, you have lots of noise rise up through the hotel. The breakfast buffet was OK. They give you tickets for it because you supposedly pay for it, but nobody checked tickets and I assume you could just walk up and eat without paying for the buffet. Nice. The people out front pointed me to the back of the hotel when I mentioned I was told by the concierge to wait out front for my cruise shuttle. Bewildered, I walked back to the concierge and she said go out front. I told her the people out front to me to go out back. The concierge came with me out front and set the girl straight. How annoying. The cruise shuttle included with my hotel rate left on time and only took about 15 minutes to get to the pier. There is a Public grocery store just a 2 minute walk behind the hotel in a strip mall which was nice (you can walk there without having to cross any streets). Overall I was unhappy with this hotel and will not stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled with family
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Level 5 Contributor
43 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2010

We checked into this Embassy prior to taking a cruise out of Ft. Lauderdale. As a Hilton Diamond member, I used 80,000 points for this stay. Knowing they offered $5.00 per day parking for a seven day cruise, I inquired at the front desk about availability. I was informed I would be charged $13.00 per day during my hotel stay, $5.00 per day while on my cruise and $8.00 per person for transportation to the port. I told the clerk I would think about it and checked the hotel web site which did not indicate a different price for parking while staying at the hotel or a charge for transportation to the port. I checked with another clerk this morning and was informed I needed a special rate code for this "perk" and since I used points for the room, I did not qualify. WHAT IS THE POINT IN BEING A DIAMOND MEMBER AT THIS HILTON PROPERTY? Can't they accomodate their loyal Hilton members? On the plus side, the room is large and the bed is quite comfortable. This hotel is showing some age and the staff could benefit with some hospitality training (with the exception of housekeeping who are quite friendly). Everytime we asked a question, we seemed to be treated as intruders, rather than guests.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 20 January 2010

Room was comfortable but beside a very busy main road which was a nightmare to try and cross. Next to a small retail park so if you want a beach dont go near this one, you'd need to get a cab. Water feature in foyer was very annoying after a while and if there was a function on the noise in your room was dreadful as the rooms face onto an internal courtyard. Free internet access was great for online check and tracking your lost luggage ! Buffet breakfast was average.

Stayed January 2010, travelled with family
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Level 5 Contributor
86 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2010

I have stayed at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Fort Lauderdale every January for the past ten years. I was a guest before, and I have been a guest after, the renovation. I like this hotel. I have always received good service. My room was nicely appointed, attractive and clean. A breakfast and Manager's reception is offered each day. The restaurant has been renovated since my last stay and it is much nicer than the previous restaurant.

Having said all of that, there are a few issues with this hotel. I don't understand why this hotel insists on making guests pay for parking and internet use; particularly when hotels with much more reasonable rates offer free parking and free internet.

I had room service bring a meal to my room one night. Room service adds a $3.00 room service charge, taxes, and a 22 percent gratuity. A salad and two beers cost $34.00! I thought that this cost was a little steep.

The elevators in this hotel are insufficient to handle the amount of traffic at peak times of the day. On the weekends, the wait for an elevator may be as long as five or six minutes, and once it arrives, it will likely be full, requiring guests to wait for the next elevator. I resorted to using the stairs to and from my seventh floor room. To be fair, one of the elevators was out of service, but it was out of services for the entire five days I was at the hotel. The hotel stated that the elevators are in the process of being renovated to improve their operation and service.

I happened to be staying at the hotel during this year's cold snap, when nightime temperatures were approaching freezing. The hotel was cold. It wasn't unbearably cold, but it was uncomfortably cold. Despite the room thermastat being able to be adjusted up to 80 degrees, the actual temperature in my room was between 60 and 65 degrees, and the atrium was even colder. That was an unusual situation that was not uncommon in many other commercial buildings in south Florida during this period, but it was unexpected.

Music is played in the atrium at all times. I really don't know why, but it becomes annoying after a while. Luckily, it was not discernable from the bedroom of the suite.

Finally, and this is a minor point, they no longer offer biscuits and gravey at breakfast.

I will continue to stay at this hotel and I would recommend it.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled on business
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Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2010

Stayed overnight in first week of Jan 2010. I usually love Embassy Suites but I do not recommend this one.

From the cussing swearing complaining older female at Concierge to the ill-mannered bell-boy pushing in front of guests in an elevator, to the outdated room decor and the wake up at 8am by cleaning lady banging on the door to ask what time we were checking out (3pm woman!) and finally to the very badly located and disorganised general dining area at breakfast, I found this Embassy Suites to be crazy!

The actual hotel room was standard ES large suite. Incredibly loud noise from banging door from room next door. Our wing elevator was broken. Long waiting times or run across to another lift. Typical Embassy Suites lay-out with 4 sided tower and garden subsection at the bottom middle.

Alex at the front desk was fantastic. His colleagues were revolting.

Tip - if you need to acquire food, run across behind the Hotel to Publix. It's like a Giant/Safeway. Cheap and fast.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Embassy Suites by Hilton Fort Lauderdale 17th Street
Address: 1100 SE 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316-2131
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Region: United States > Florida > Broward County > Fort Lauderdale
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#25 Romantic Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#27 Business Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#32 Family Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Embassy Suites by Hilton Fort Lauderdale 17th Street 3.5*
Number of rooms: 361
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy the convenient location of the Embassy Suites by Hilton Fort Lauderdale 17th Street hotel surrounded by shopping and dining options. This all-suite hotel is close to Fort Lauderdale attractions including Port Everglades and Fort Lauderdale Beach. Relax in a two-room suite and experience more living area, a kitchenette and work space to catch up on business. Expect a number of great amenities such as a heated outdoor pool and a modern fitness center. You can even bring the family pet. Start the day with a complimentary cooked-to-order full breakfast and savor cocktails, soft drinks and light snacks at our nightly complimentary Evening Reception (Must be legal drinking age). ... more   less 
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