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Holiday Inn Express and Suites Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport
Ranked #26 of 128 Hotels in Fort Lauderdale
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Orlando, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Perfect at what it does.”
Reviewed 7 January 2014

This is not the Ritz, so cannot call it a five star hotel. However, we were very pleased with our one night stay. Room was clean, quiet, and comfortable, with free Wi-Fi and local phone service. Complementary breakfast also appreciated. The staff was helpful. We had a reservation that allowed us to leave our car in the lot for a week while we were on a cruise. The shuttle to the cruise cost about the same as a taxi would have and was still shared with a couple on a different ship. Be advised, there is no restaurant in the hotel or adjacent for lunch or dinner. If you don't have a car you will need a taxi to a restaurant or else a pizza place and a Chinese restaurant can deliver to your room. The room had a fridge and a microwave, which would no doubt be useful for longer stay business travelers.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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jojeanallen, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express and Suites Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, responded to this review, 9 January 2014
Dear Ronald O from Orlando,
Thank you for the great review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. We appreciate all the kind words and the information for other guests.
Hope you enjoyed your cruise.
Jo Jean and Entire Staff
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Apopka, Florida
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303 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2014

The rooms are nice and the staff tries hard to please everyone. Too bad they allow guests to have fairly loud, obnoxious dogs to run in the hallways barking loudly for 10 minutes at 2:30am and again at 9 am. I blame the rude guests and not the dogs or hotel. Wish they offered pet free rooms on pet free floors but they do not. Will not be going back to this site.

Room Tip: Ask to be away from guests with barking dogs
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank IAMAPI
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Jo Jean A, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express and Suites Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, responded to this review, 5 January 2014
Dear IMAPI from FLA,
Thank You for your review and information. So sorry that there was a dog on the upper floor. We allow dogs on the first floor only, in specific rooms. This is not how we normally function. So sorry for the discomfort.
Sincerely
Jo J and the Entire Staff
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Bowie, Maryland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2014

We stayed here before a cruise but the majority were business people and tourist not affiliated with the cruises. Very clean and very accommodating staff. I overheard the staff making arrangements with some German tourist traveling to the Sawgrass Mall so they wouldn't have to use an expensive taxi.

They recommended a very good local restaurant.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Quesig
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Jo Jean A, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express and Suites Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, responded to this review, 4 January 2014
Dear Quesig from Maryland,

Thank you for staying with us !! We are glad you enjoyed your stay and we thank you for your kind words. So glad you enjoyed the local restaurant. Hope you come back to see us next time in the area.

We share all our reviews with the staff.
Happy New Year,
Jo Jean and Entire Staff
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Albany, NY
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176 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2013

After a three hour airport wait, our flight to Albany NY was cancelled due to snow,. With numerous ships in port and snow falling in the north, all hotels near airport and cruise port were booked. Between noise and limited choices, the airport hotel phones were difficult to use. We finally found a room at the HIE on Commercial Blvd. Unfortunately, we went to the wrong HIE, that was sold out, but understanding our situation we were upgraded to a huge suite at no additional charge.

The people were great, the room fantastic, and the night's sleep greatly needed. After, a warm and enjoyable breakfast, we boarded a hotel prearranged van and were on our way home. We never stayed at a HIE before, but we will.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank jhasko
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Jo Jean A, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express and Suites Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, responded to this review, 31 December 2013
Dear jhasko from Albany,
Thank You so much for the great review and information for other guests. We are so happy that you had the chance to stay with us after a very long day! Our Holiday Inn Express 1500 W Commercial Blvd in Ft Lauderdale is located 11 miles away from the port, but we are a convienent location off I-95 and glad that you found us.
Stay warm and come back soon !!
Jo Jean and Entire Staff
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London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2013

We stayed here for one night before a cruise and the staff were magic.
they informed us of local resturants and we tried the one nearest the hotel, an Italian resturant which was great, simply turn left outside the hotel and you will see it.

the manager was first class and the gentleman on that evening 4th of december was great. We decided to go back there to seek permission to leave our cases for three hours on our wya back to the airport after the cruise and the manager allowed us use of the spare empty office. I can truly recommend to others who need a night or two to adjust especially if flying in from the UK. Rooms were clean, quiet and welcoming

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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8 Thank 560kathyf
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Jo Jean A, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express and Suites Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, responded to this review, 29 December 2013
Dear 560kathyf from London,
We first want to thank you for staying with us at the Holiday Inn Express. Thank You for your kind words about our hotel and staff. It was our pleasure having you with us.
Hope you enjoyed your cruise.
Sincerely
The Entire Staff !
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Massapequa, N.Y.
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154 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2013

We stayed for 1 night before leaving on a cruise...could not have been more impressed or found a better value..the staff is just the best I ever remember encountering and the cleanliness is just so remarkable...this place is kept like new

The staff is helpful and overwhelming friendly and cheerful...the building, pool and grounds are immaculate and kept like new...wifi works without flaw, free breakfast, fruit and USA Today at front desk...the rooms are huge, I mean HUGE! ...everything is perfect at this location....stay here with confidence

Room Tip: You just cannot go wrong here
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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7 Thank MARKLI
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jojeanallen, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express and Suites Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, responded to this review, 23 December 2013
Dear MARKI from NY,
Thank You for staying with us here at the Holiday Inn Express 1500 W Commercail Blvd. WOW...we are so very glad you enjoyed your stay here. We appreciate all your kind words ! Hope you had a great time on your cruise. Again, thank you for staying and for the great review.
Hope to see you soon !!
Sincerely,
Jo Jean and Entire Staff
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Lakeland
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2013

Wife and I stayed 2 nights at the Holiday Inn Express on 1500 W. Commercial Bld. This was based around couple of factors.

We were informed, on the FT. Lauderdale forum that any motel under $100 was probably going to be in a bad area. We found this motel to be just over $100 and in a great area as well with businesses all around. No neighborhoods that I saw.
We also chose this motel because they offer a FREE BREAKFAST while the other ones we looked into did not. This is a major plus for us. No need to make an extra stop for something to eat. It is all downstairs so convenient that it seems contagious!

We arrived 12/19. About a mile west of I-95. It can be tricky to find the entrance. You have to make a U turn just after the 2nd light and then immediately go to the far right lane because that is the entrance. IF you miss it then make a right at the light, then another right at the next street. After that stop sign if you make a hard right it will take you to the back entrance of the Holiday Inn express. Otherwise you can take the original road straight out to where the U turn was made and get it to it from there. Essentially you are driving around one square block making only right hand turns.

It seemed as if it took barely a minutes to get checked in. Signed in with Teka and initialed a paper as well as giving credit card and license. Given keys and shown directions to the room. The desk is centralized so the elevator comes out within 5-10 yards of the front desk. The breakfast area is across from the front desk.
Also, they are a small store to the right of the front desk with snacks and drinks so it saves you from having to stop at any store if you get a snack attack. The prices are the same. i.e. we got a soda for $2 + tax. Later I got a large bottle of water for $3.75? I think that was the price.

The motel also has a pool at the end of the building as well as a fitness room just before going out the door to the pool. We didn't have time to use it but did check it out. Mostly cardio equipment along with a bench and dumbbells and a machine to work several areas of your back. Very clean room!!! Also has a tv in it. You need your key to access it as well as the door to come back in from the pool area.

Another plus is if you forget your toothbrush, toothpaste, or even soap the front desk has extra on the house. We forgot our toothbrushes and I forgot my body wash. I used what was next to the sink which was bath and body works citrus.

Our room was on the opposite side of the highway and it was very quiet. I have seen some posts say they highway side was noisy because of traffic.

In our trip we went to the Broward Center, on our arrival day evening to see 'Book of Mormon'. 2nd day we went to Las Olas as well as Sawgrass Mill and in the evening we went to Hard Rock. I-95 is the best way to get to these places if you want speed. I also did a U turn at the light and took SR 7/ 441 to go to Hard rock Hollywood just because I wanted to. Took an extra 10 minutes but it didn't matter to me. That road takes you straight there and is only a few miles west of the motel and then about 12 miles south.

Lastly, I found the cleaning ladies eager to make the stay the best possible. Offering extra anything you need. We just wanted an extra couple of towels.

I don't know if we will travel back to South Florida in the future. We were in Hialeah 7 years ago because my sister n law lived there. Yet, in the event we do travel down to that area this motel will be first on our list to stay.
Seems some to alot of people stay there enroute to taking cruises. Overheard conservations while eating breakfast.

Room Tip: Pillows are labeled soft and hard. If you are OCD on pillows you might want to bring your own.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank LAKFL
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jojeanallen, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express and Suites Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, responded to this review, 23 December 2013
Dear LAKFL,
Thank You for staying with us and giving us a try. We try to keep our rates competitive for the area. We appreciate all your kind words and the information for other travelers. Teka will be so happy that you recognized her in your notes.
Hope you enjoyed all the places you visited. Hope to see you again!!!
Hope you enjoy your holidays!
Safe Travels
Jo Jean and the entire staff
Holiday Inn Express and Suites
1500 W Commercial Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
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Property: Holiday Inn Express and Suites Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport
Address: 1500 West Commercial Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309-3010
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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 Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Business Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#9 Best Value Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#12 Romantic Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#20 Family Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express and Suites Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport 2.5*
Number of rooms: 100
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