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Embassy Suites by Hilton Fort Lauderdale 17th Street
Ranked #40 of 128 Hotels in Fort Lauderdale
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“Great hotel - was a pleasure to stay here”
Reviewed 4 March 2010

Stayed at the Embassy Suites 17th St, Ft Laud, post-cruise for 3 nights Feb 2010. All the staff were friendly and helpful, particularly the Concierge ladies. The hotel is modern, nicely furnished and clean looking. We arrived early but they did their best to get us a room as soon as one was cleaned and turned-around. We got the keys to our room 3 hours ahead of normal check-in time.

Past the lobby is a large internal courtyard where the hotel's own restaurant (The E Spot) is located. The hot buffet breakfast area is also located here. Breakfast was good with plenty of choice but closed at 9am weekdays (10am weekends) which is a little early when you are on vacation. Hotel bar is comfortable and shows sports on large TV. Bar staff very friendly and polite but the bar closes 11pm, which again is a little too early.

Being from the UK where hotel rooms are generally small, we were very pleased with the well equipped room which was large, clean and very comfortable. Flatscreen TVs in both the living room and bedroom with a good range of channels. Bed was huge and very comfy.

There is a fantastic well-maintained pool area with a large heated and very clean pool. Also jacuzzi, steam room and sauna. There is a small bridge over a Carp pool from where you can have fun feeding these massive fish. Loads of towels available poolside so no need to bring your own from the room. Could easily spend a whole day relaxing in this lovely pool area.

Plenty of restaurants close to the hotel ranging from good quality Steakhouses to the normal comfort food outlets (McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, Dennys). But try the hotel's own Pizza - best pizza I ever had! There's an Irish pub right opposite the hotel serving good choice of beers. Supermarkets close-by: Walgreens (5 mins walk) and Publix (2 mins right behind the hotel).

Tip: check out the Rustic Inn Crabhouse restaurant at 4331 Ravenswood Road, Ft Laud. 15 mins taxi ride from hotel. Awesome seafood in a great, casual atmosphere. You'll remember this place forever!

The hotel has 3 free internet stations in the lobby and I didn't have to wait once to use one. There is also a very useful guest buisness office with 2 computer stations providing free internet and printer facility - which is great for checking-in for flights on-line and printing boarding passes.

The hotel has 2 coin operated guest laundries which are quick and cheap to use.

The beach is fairly close-by but a trolley or taxi ride is the best option. It can be walked but Ft Laud is really not the best city for walking to and from places. Concierge helped to arrange a half-day excursion to the Everglades including an Airboat ride and also transportation to the Sawgrass Shopping Mall (30 mins drive) which was huge and had all the best stores. If we had been staying here for more than 3 days then for sure we would have rented a car to get around places.

In summary this is a great hotel. We left feeling like we got real value for money and we look forward to using it again in the future. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 February 2010

I needed a hotel and I checked in late and Vanessa helped me with a room. She was very informative, kind and professional...Thank you, Vanessa for all of your help.

The hotel was fantastic, too....I will definitely be staying there again

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 February 2010

Great location, close to cruise terminal, shopping and restaurants along the beach. Rooms were very comfortable and clean. Hotel is older but refurbished. Complimentary drinks during happy hour and complimentary hot breakfast has incredible selection. Pool is impressive but you have to go past the lobby and lounge which is inconvenient. Lobby and lounge were very busy with conventions.

  • Stayed January 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 February 2010

Wife and I were very pleased with the total pkg. Easy shuttle to cruise port. Ex. eve. and breakfast also very good. Ease of parking

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 February 2010

Looks like new from the outside and MOST of the inside.

Pros:
-Located close to the city center. Close to the beach. However, I would want to drive to both.
-Flatscreen TVs in both the livingroom and bedroom
-Close to the deep water port for cruise ships.
-grocery store next door.
-Outback Steakhouse next door.
-Very close to Ft. Lauderdale International Airport (FLL)


Cons:
-I thought all hotels had hot water. When i took a shower it was warm (NOT HOT.) I did not have to add any "cold" water to cool it down.
-The bathroom was extremely dated. Nasty wallpaper, nasty tub and showerhead.
-Overlooks (on the south side) some kind of refinery that had a wicked smell when i went out on the balcony and made for an awful eyesore.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 1 February 2010

Great hotel for price. Good location, clean, spacious and modern.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled with friends
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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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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
Amenities:
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
Hotel Style:
#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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