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By late afternoon both of us were in our wonderful hotel suite on the eleventh floor, with a balcony view of the ocean and downtown.
We took the water taxi to the Fifteenth St. Fisheries for a great seafood dinner.
The ride on the inter-coastal waterway was magical. the yachts and homes were all a twinkle with Christmas lights.
Up early (about 5:30am). It was still dark out, and Gruden looked worried, as he had all last night, watching us first pack then drag our bags out to the car. The coffee timer worked, so we were at least greeted with our morning elixir before climbing into the car and heading to the airport. Since there are five of us, and we need to leave early, …
... smoking and being slow was a great advantage. The bus company had a very nice policy that you won't wait longer than 30 minutes for a ride, so as there was only myself and a business man waiting, we got driven in a very expensive looking town car. Pretty good deal for just a few dollars more than the bus. Unfortunately that is where my luck ended for the day. I had to wait 5 hours until I could get to a bed, so I slept on the couch and took a scorching hot ...
Michael made great time to the airport. My bag was 48 pounds - whoo hoo! No clothing maneuvering chaos necessary. I mosey over to TSA holding my carry-on bag that feels like it weighs 48 pounds and wait and wonder about the way-too-happy guy ahead of me in line. I see he's a Christian and he's making everyone laugh (even TSA agents). But, I can't help thinking he's a little too happy - giving fodder to the atheists in the group, validating their ...
... was already about 5pm and the streets were already packed. As the night progressed I got worse and we decided to stream the ball drop on our laptop and head out onto the roof for the countdown. People camp out from 5am to get a good view of the ball drop and you’re not allowed to leave to go to the toilet or get food…I don’t really understand how that’s possible. Although I was super upset about not being able to see the ball drop, there wasn’t much ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Gallery ONE - A Doubletree Guest Suites Hotel Fort Lauderdale
In reading the reviews of this hotel, I must say I am surprised by some of the responses. I understand, however, what some are saying. This is definately a family oriented hotel.
I liked it
We stayed here because we were attending a wedding on the yacht outside the hotel. I was pleasantly surprised with our stay. We had a room on the 11th floor with a balcony. We faced the intracostal waterway. The room was spacious with a living room and a small kitchen. Friends stayed on the 5th floor overlooking the patio and the intracostal waterway which was even nicer because it was a little quieter. I had breakfast at the hotel restaurant which I thought was good. The pool area is not hugh but it served the purpose. There was an outdoor tiki hut for drinks though I thought the Daquiris had too much crushed ice. Beach is a few blocks away but this location was ideal for this wedding. I would stay here again.
I stayed at this hotel this past January because they allowed pets and it appeared close to the beach.
I Will Not Return!
We stayed there for two nights in March, 2004. First the positives: the location is great. Right next to the Galleria shops and a short walk to beautiful Fort Lauderdale Beach. The front desk staff was friendly. Now the negatives: We stayed in one of the two bedroom suites with a balcony. It was one of the dirtiest rooms I have been in. The carpet had multicolored stains and seemed to have never been cleaned. The balcony sliding glass door was covered in hand prints. The toilet in the second bedroom ran nonstop. The refrigerator had food remains in it. I could go on, but I think you get the jist. Valet parking was $11 a night plus tip each time I needed the car. The good thing about Fort Lauderdale is that there are many other hotels to choose from for my next visit.
Kinda old, but location pays!
The reason I stayed here was to be close to the action at las olas. You can walk over in a couple minutes and be admist the action. The hotel itself was pretty lame, with few amenities and a small plain room. I guess you pay for the scenery and the location here. Its a pretty basic hotel, good for a business traveler or someone who wants to get wasted and crawl back.
Great hotel, we had a room on the 11th floor with a beautiful view of the intracoastal as well as the ocean, yachts going by, very nice.
suite is huge, waterbus stop right in front, various buses for easy cheap transportation, great heated pool and jacuzzi. beach is 8 minute walk.
don't ask the concierge anything though, they are completely clueless!!
got a room on priceline for 60 bucks at spring break time, fantastic!
Not a family friendly hotel.
one of the poorest run hotels we have stayed at. concineare was
clueless, staff was robot-like and and very rude. resvervations was a
nightmere, took over 20 imns to check in both times we stayed there.
restaurant was over priced and the buffet is a nightmere- the "tiki"
bar was never open and the parking fees are just insane.
overall i rate it a F. the only thint hat was enjoyable was the view from our room overlooking the intercoastal waterway, and the short walking distance to the beach and shops.
The Doubletree Suites Galleria is a hotel with a wonderful location. Although you may wish to stay right on the beach, the intracoastal waterway in Fort Lauderdale is also beautiful. The beach is a short two block walk. The suites are huge with a large bedroom and living room. The kitchenette is small but adequate. The hotel is getting close to needing refurbishing, but a good rate can still be found there. We paid $129 a night, which is reasonable in season (11/2003). We asked for the 14th floor and you could see the ocean. The waterbus stops at the hotel and will drop you at different locations to visit. The Galleria Mall is next door as well as the movie theatre. There are shops across the street, including Starbucks, a diner and drugstore. I would recommend staying here and experiencing Fort Lauderdale on the intracoastal.
Bid @ :Priceline $75 in SEASON
After many months of attempts on Priceline, I finally won the bid for a 3* FLL Beach side hotel, the Doubletree Galleria Suites @ $75. It is right on the Intercoastal Waterway, but a 2 block easy walk to the beach. The 2 room suite is huge and would be great for a family. No transfers or breakfast but we found a sidewalk European cafe across the street for a guick bite before taking a cab to the pier $15 taxi ride.
There is a large Cinema nearby too plus the Mall and an Eckerds drug for last minute purchases.
The guest suite was huge, with a large bedroom, a living room with pull-out sofa, a balcony, and a kitchenette with refrigerator. The location is not the best, however; you will definitely need a car if you want to get to restaurants and all the attrations.