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... arrived at the airport, we were able to move to a noon flight, which got in at 3pm. However, because we had used the Luggage Valet service, we couldn’t switch our bags. We had a few hurdles with our carryon again, having to get back in line to check it, and then trying to explain to the security greeter guy that not only were we Priority, but our flight was in 45 minutes! The security line was long…he finally got it and ushered ...
... We saw several cruise ships headed south and many cargo and oil ships. We paralleled the coast of Cuba most of the daylight hours.
Annie kept busy with a wine tasting and a class on making animals out of towels. I watched a movie I’ve had on my iPad for months and never got to. Like I said, it was a quiet day.
We enjoyed a fantastic final dinner with Roger and Marilyn at the Pinnacle Grill. Too much food, but it was a perfect setting to end our cruise.
... next week. More about that later.
I’m calling this entry "Plan D" because this is the fourth itinerary I settled on after a lot of wrangling and indecision about where to go this year. Once again I was aiming for Egypt, but at the time I was booking something else had happened there (I think it was the elections) that made me think it wasn’t a good time. I had checked in on Cruise Critic’s roll calls to talk to people booked ...
Since we have been here I have not seen one speed limit sign and the drivers take advantage of this! Every one drives fast especially ... "Bus Drivers", the other day we were coming home from the beach, we boarded the bus to the happy smiling face of our "professional bus driver", we will call him" Cliff", then as the doors closed we were thrown into our seat as "Cliff" transformed into "Dale Ernhart" ... Two speeds ... Peddle to the ...
... in a spanish restaurant, and then went home.
Our second drive with the 2 seat convertible BMW was yesterday. The day started at 7 am. "Get up you lazy girls", there were Karen and Mark, ready to give us each a massage! Waaaaaaw! Wake up, just get up to immediately lie down on a massage table! Wonderful, Manu and I, both one hour massage! "My present to my couch potatoes" said Karen. She is such a sweet!
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- Adjoining Rooms
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
Historical Traveler Reviews BEST WESTERN PLUS Oakland Park Inn Fort Lauderdale
Please note: We DID NOT stay at the inn, so this is just a caution. I reserved on line, and clearly my fault, I didn't change the month box, so instead of a Feb. 12 reservation, it showed Jan. 12. And I didn't discover it until Jan. 16. I phoned right away and explained, but to no avail. I would certainly take the room for Feb 12, but the manager said they were sold out. The 800 number showed that not to be true, and a lovely woman from customer service tried to swap dates for me. But the manager would not consider it, even though she had space open, and I'd offered alternate dates too. I'd think guests would deserve a little more consideration. We all make mistakes, and it would have been good PR to meet me half way.
We stayed one night at this hotel (motel?). We were downstairs next to the tiki bar which wasn't the best experience because you can hear EVERYTHING going on in the bar. Luckily for us Hurricane Rita was blowing by so most people decided to leave the bar area. The room was renovated with weird modular furniture, the floors were SOAKED with humidity, my shoes were entirely damp the next morning and truely we felt like we slept in a basement. The AC is LOUD, the customer service was unfriendly.
We endd up staying here by chance, after driving up from Key West a day early, so we knew nothing about the standard of this hotel. However, we were extremely pleased with what we got, especially after staying in the Fairfield Inn up the road the next night which was awful.
It was a great place to stay. The rooms were very clean and done everyday. The pool was adorable, nice size and the tikki bar has great drinks. Reasonable prices for drinks. You can bring your own drinks as long as you don't bring glass to the pool area. You can even bring food from outside. Great restaurant right next door and several others near by. Nice place for kids too. Would recommend and I would definitely stay there again and plan to.
C'mon, it's just a motel after all!
For a place to sleep, it's not bad. In the middle of it all and for an average of like $65/night with taxes, it's not too bad. The staff is friendly and quick to fix any problems with the rooms. Plus you get a fridge and microwave too in the rooms along with coffee maker. Walking distance to many shops and restaurants as well. And downstairs has a nice pool and "Tiki Bar" (although that stupid device they use to measure the shots of alcohol has just gotta go, hehe). So ya, it's not too shabby.
I recently stayed one night at this hotel and one was enough. We thought because it has the Best Western name it would be up to their quality. It wasn't even close. We had made our reservations a month in advance for a non-smoking room but when we arrived they said all they had was smoking. After telling them there was no way we could stay in a smoking room due to allergies, they "found" a non-smoking room for us. The place is very run down and in a bad neighborhood. The rooms all face the pool area which has a outdoor bar. The music plays there very loudly and with no seal around the door, you can hear everything that goes on there. Our toilet tank had a leak so all night it kept running every few minutes to refill itself. There are tiny ants that were found running on the bathroom counter as well as on the night stand and I didn't feel safe taking my shoes off with a very dingy looking carpet. We travel often and stay in at least 6 to 9 hotels a year and in our 10 years of traveling, this place was the worst. I would not reccommend to anyone.
I just recently stayed at this hotel and would like to say please don't go there. I prepaid for the hotel online a month in advance. When I arrived to check in, the hotel said they needed to put a 100 dollar hold on my credit card for incidentals. When I check out they told me that there would be no charge and the hold would be lifted. Later I found out that the hotel had charged my credit card twice for a total of 300 dollars and I am still waiting for those funds to appear back on my card.
I spent two weeks at the Best Western and it was an almost entirely positive experience. The rooms were clean and presentable and the maid service was above par. There was always ample parking the desk staff were pleasant. The breakfast was a bit spartan but I still worth trekking to the breakfast room for.
Just got home from Ft. Lauderdale and wanted to write a review on this hotel. The Best Wertern Oakland Park. Found this gem on Hotel .com.It is an old hotel recently renovated with all the modern amenities one could want. Has a great isolated heated pool with a bar next to it. Plenty of free parking all around.The rooms were spotless and maid service was excellent. The front desk staff could not be more helpful. I had a problem with the phone and there were three staff members in my room in minutes to fix the problem.They have a free continental breakfest that could use some improvement but its free and the people serving you go out of their way to make you happy.The staff is what makes this place so good. Do yourself a favor and save yourself a bundle of money and stay at this place. It truley is a gem.I hope yous entd this refview to the hotel itself they deserve a good job well done.Am booking with them again in February.R. Colonna Chicago
PLEASE STAY AWAY
Just do not go here. I want this to get printed so I will leave out the details but this place is a horror show. I tell you all as a friend not to go here. Bobby Townsend Warwick, Rhode Island