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“Great central location- be aware of the train crossing” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Universal Palms Hotel
Ranked #80 of 128 Hotels in Fort Lauderdale
Kissimmee, Florida
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great central location- be aware of the train crossing”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2012

First..the Service- It was excellent - they are very helpful and courteous- Value- An average price and parking was free- Sleep Quality- We normally went to bed late- the bed was comfortable and the air conditioning was excellent, great flat TV. The room and surroundings were very clean. Location- It is very central- you have immediate access to I-95 , which will take you anywhere- there is a BJs warehouse, Chillis restaurant, wal-mart very ,very close by; however the neighborhood is not good to walk about. There is a train crossing very,very close and you will its horn every time it comes by, between 7am and 11pm...it did not bother us because we went out and came back late....but for some people it might if you tend to snap during the day. I will definitely stay here again when I come back down there.

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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2012

We stayed here for one night while on our honeymoon. The overall experience was very pleasant. The staff was helpful and friendly. Our room was very clean and they upgraded us to a suite and offered poolside when it became available. Joel Niedle who runs the front desk or is the manager was super friendly to us and helped us when we arrived and checked out. The reason we left early was because it was our honey moon and we wanted to bee right on the beach. That is the one thing not great is that its a ways from the beach. Other than that the pool was cool and they had a cool little bar area.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2012

The service was horrific!They gave us complimentary cocktails that we could never get. We stayed at this hotel from Monday through Wednesday and when we tried to get our complimentary drinks they said they're closed Mondays and Tuesday they were open til noon. We went before noon to get the drinks and the lady said the restaurant/bar was closed and told us to go across the street to Waffle House! We went to the front desk to ask when we could get our free drinks and they couldn't even answer us! How do you not have a clue what is going on? I am NEVER staying here again and I would not recommend it! The guy at the front desk asked us how may he help us and then backed away from the desk and never answered our questions just stayed there looking around the room. When we were first checking in there was a furious lady complaining about being robbed and coming back to the hotel to an open door to her room. Be smart and choose a different place to stay. They are rip offs and thieves!

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2012

We arrived early so they had a hard time finding a room for us. They finally found one. When we checked it out we saw about an 1 inch gap under the door. We noticed that it had a connecting door also. When we checked to see if it was locked we found the the dead bolt didn't work. We asked for another room. That room was somewhat better, but then later that night we saw a large cockroach crawl across the floor. When i went to kill him he dashed back under the safe. When he thought it was clear and came back out again I was waiting for him. The free breakfast wasn't much to talk about. I have a bad back and the bed was not kind to it. If I had a chance to stay here again I think I would pass.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Kershaw, South Carolina
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2012

We were at this hotel Oct. 22-23, 2012. We were so pleasantly surprised when we stepped into our room. We were glad to see the tile floors. We have been in too many hotels that the carpet looks clean, but, when you step on it with bare feet, you can feel the grime. Since my husband has an ulcer on his foot, this was a welcome sight. The amenities were good for us, the bed comfortable and was a relaxing atmosphere. Our grandchidren enjoyed the pool very much and I found the pool area to be the best I've ever seen. It far exceeded the Embassy Suites in Tampa. As for the train...I grew up by a railroad track and I found it rather nostalgic to hear the trains go by. They did not interrupt my sleep. Jacques was very courteous and helpful and was pleased with the good customer service. At least at this hotel you get someone that can smile at you and give you a genuine "Thank You." Would definitely stay here again.

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
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42 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2012

Unless you enjoy hearing trains stay away
This hotel is located in such close proximirty of train tracks you will feel they are coming by your room
In addition they cater to large bus groups
Budget hotel and many better choices

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Mark W
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Brooklyn, New York
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2012

The hotel is horrible and is in a sleezy neighborhood you have to be very afraid to go to sleep ..I strongly do not recommend this hotel at all the pictures are very deceiving . A train that runs right there and you hear it all night.do yourself a favor look some where else .so disappointed and a waste of money

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled solo
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Universal Palms Hotel
Address: 4900 Powerline Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309-3113
Region: United States > Florida > Broward County > Fort Lauderdale
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#38 Business Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Universal Palms Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 191
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Universal Palms Hotel is one block from Lockhart Stadium in the Cypress Creek business district, 11 miles from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, and 4 miles from the beach. Adjacent to Interstate 95, the hotel is four miles east of Florida's Turnpike and Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, nine miles from downtown Fort Lauderdale (Las Olas Boulevard), 10 miles from Port Everglades and Coconut Creek Casino, 13 miles from Sawgrass Mills, and 24 miles from Sawgrass Recreation Park (Everglades). Hotel amenities include the sundeck and pool, garden courtyard and exercise room. The hotel also offers free parking, Wi-Fi access in lobby and pool areas, and one of the largest pools in Ft. Lauderdale. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
El Palacio Fort Lauderdale
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