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6 hours ago, chopper said:

I sailed out of Fort Lauderdale last year and searched forever to find the best hotel/transport options.  We chose the Staybridge and we could not have been happier!!!  This was a 15 minute drive to the port but it was very nice and way less money than anything closer.  We saved enough to make a rental car fit in the budget.  This allowed us to access beaches and all Miami and Fort Lauderdale has to offer.  Plus this worked great because it was my family of 4 plus in-laws and staybridge had a 2 bedroom suite option for about 140.  So nice!

Wow, that sounds amazing! I’ll have to check it out! Being able to fit in a rental car would be great, especially with a family. And the two-bedroom suite sounds wonderful! Thanks for the information!

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On 12/17/2018 at 5:55 AM, Lovetocruise2002 said:

That's usually our choice too but OP wanted something at a lower price point that Embassy Suites on 17th St.  The times that we have stayed at the Hyatt, their price point has always been higher than Embassy.

Indeed...the price is a bit out of our budget range. Flights ended up being higher than last year, so we’re trying to make up for it will a lower hotel rate! 

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9 hours ago, 2Beeze said:

We stayed at the Olas Blvd Fairfield and we were very unhappy with it (and we don’t tend to be easily put off by minor issues). We normally find the Marriotts good options and this one seemed new so it was an obvious choice, but...

The staff was not friendly (one female was problematic enough I wrote down her name to remember), the location was near a lot of big construction, the room was smaller in comparison to most Fairfield’s, the food was a 3/10 ( usually Fairfield’s do a good job with breakfast, but even the coffee was either cold/out most of our stay and that is very unusual). We sail from there again at Thanksgiving next year and I am already searching for new options!

On the positive side we are very excited about the B&B we have booked for Bermuda in the late spring (plus it’s close to one of the Caesar’s casinos).

Lynn

Is this the new hotel located at the intersection of Broward Blvd and Federal Highway (Morton’s across street and Starbucks nextdoor)? This is actually not a bad location at all. You were really close to lots of dining options on Las Olas as well as options on all four corners of the intersection (The Foxy Brown is pretty great). Fort Lauderdale is going through a pretty significant construction boom over the last couple years so it will be near impossible to stay downtown and not experience the negatives that go along with the construction chaos. Stay away from hotels on State Road 84 and check out some options either in Dania Beach or some of the more economical options on 17th street and you may be better off.

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3 hours ago, jurrjurr said:

Thanks for the review.  I was going to book this hotel with points on my SPG Amex. 

That is what we did, points... sometimes you win and sometimes... 🙅🏼‍♀️

@tonyfsu21 It is a great location for food... and I love Foxy Brown’s too!! But I will have to use Uber, the hotel wasn’t up tp snuff and there are other options 🧜🏼‍♀️ I could have lived with the construction, it was the bad food and the service attitudes that were really the killer. Hoping for better luck next Nov!  I was looking at something on Dania - I will definitely check back through the posts for suggestions.

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20 hours ago, tonyfsu21 said:

I Stay away from hotels on State Road 84.

What's wrong with this area? We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express last time we were in the area and found a great German Restaurant right down the road with great food.  Although we didn't go out at night.

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17 minutes ago, mworkman said:

What's wrong with this area? We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express last time we were in the area and found a great German Restaurant right down the road with great food.  Although we didn't go out at night.

You are referring to Old Heidelberg. I guess nothing is really “wrong” with State Road 84 hotels other then the fact that there are better areas in and around Fort Lauderdale (for budget hotels) without the crime and roads with heavy speeding traffic. I think Dania (sterling Road & I-95) is the better budget conscious option. If you are not driven by price then my advise is to not even consider State Road 84 hotels. Just my opinion.

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Just now, tonyfsu21 said:

You are referring to Old Heidelberg. I guess nothing is really “wrong” with State Road 84 hotels other then the fact that there are better areas in and around Fort Lauderdale (for budget hotels) without the crime and roads with heavy speeding traffic. I think Dania (sterling Road & I-95) is the better budget conscious option. If you are not driven by price then my advise is to not even consider State Road 84 hotels. Just my opinion.

Yes Old Heidelberg, Okay..i don't know the area, as we booked a cruise on short notice and that hotel popped up as being available and under the $300 dollar rage for a night..Maybe we should publish a list of hotels/Areas that are NO-GO for cruisers.

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8 minutes ago, mworkman said:

Yes Old Heidelberg, Okay..i don't know the area, as we booked a cruise on short notice and that hotel popped up as being available and under the $300 dollar rage for a night..Maybe we should publish a list of hotels/Areas that are NO-GO for cruisers.

There’s nothing really “no-go” in Fort Lauderdale. It all boils down to budget so a list is simple:

No Budget: Beach Lux Hotels- Ritz, Conrad, W, four seasons, Atlantic, Hilton FLB, Marriot Harbor Beach.

Budget/Mid Range: Embassy Suites 17th, Renaissance, Hilton Marina (recommenced), four points. Basically any major chain located on 17th street/ Las Olas/ Downtown. This category also takes close proximity to dining/airport/cruise port into consideration.

** Dania Area applies to Mid/low range price point but gets you close access to dining and a 10 min ride to the Port.

 

 

 

 

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9 minutes ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

This one has caught my attention lately.  I was going to to grab it for March when we cruise Harmony.  Too bad it's so far from La Bamba lol.  Eventually, I will try this one out.

Conrad is a great spot! We always enjoy it when extended family stays there and we visit the hotel. You are still only a 10 min Uber ride away from La Bamba(s)!! There’s actually another location on Federal Highway so you would be sandwiched in between two of them. 

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1 hour ago, tonyfsu21 said:

There’s actually another location on Federal Highway so you would be sandwiched in between two of them. 

Yes, I've googled that one before.  We will definitely try Conrad eventually.  But we are creatures of habit and 17th St. is just comfortable lol.

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On ‎12‎/‎17‎/‎2018 at 10:25 AM, Lovetocruise2002 said:

That's usually our choice too but OP wanted something at a lower price point that Embassy Suites on 17th St.  The times that we have stayed at the Hyatt, their price point has always been higher than Embassy.

I usually use valuetrips.com for Hyatt Place. Discounted prices.

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Just now, jurrjurr said:

I'm planning to using that site to book our hotel for Nov 2019.  How reliable is their online form?  Do I have to call them to confirm the reservation? 

I've used it on multiple occasions and have never had any issues. It may take a little time to get a confirmation e-mail, but again, no problems on this end.

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4 hours ago, jurrjurr said:

I'm planning to using that site to book our hotel for Nov 2019.  How reliable is their online form?  Do I have to call them to confirm the reservation? 

 

4 hours ago, Poleman88 said:

I've used it on multiple occasions and have never had any issues. It may take a little time to get a confirmation e-mail, but again, no problems on this end.

Same experience here.  It takes a while (a few weeks) to hear back from them so I would not wait till the last minute.  The times we booked using them, we were able to confirm directly with the hotel before their email ever came. They have a lot of black out dates for 2019 so check them over carefully.  That's why we are not using them in March because it's blacked out.

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25 minutes ago, traveler1980 said:

This thread has been very helpful.  We are a family of four with two kids, ages 6 and 9.  Of the following which do you think would be best?  

Hilton FLB, Embassy Suites 17th, Hilton Marina

Thank you!  

 

The “best” but certainly not the cheapest is going to be Hilton FLB. You can take the kids to the beach across the street and utilize the hotels resort amenities. 

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