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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Fitness/Health center
Historical Traveler Reviews Universal Palms Hotel Fort Lauderdale
Scary and filthy
My husband and I had an early flight out of Fort Lauderdale and this looked like a good choice. We checked in late at night and the lobby was filled with drunk and very loud patrons. We did not linger - we were also not too inclined to go back outside in what looked like an 'iffy' neighborhood. The room was smelly, filthy and gross. The water in the sink and toilet was brown and our neighbors had a very loud, possibly violent fight. My husband called the front desk to complain and the noise abated for about 1/2 hour. The fighting and the train noise made for a horrible night. I was never so glad to leave a hotel - ever. The only good part was that my children weren't with us. I'd have been terrified for their safety.
Good value for money and hotel & admin staff helpfull
as above the hotel was clean and well appointed.
the staff both reception and administration were very helpfull and friendly and dealt with any queries
quickly. i hope i will be able to return.
Don't use ever
I had Confirm Reservation for a special room. When I got to the hotel they stated they didn't have any information on the room. The manager didn't care and said they are over book. They could walk us over to an other place for a regular room ten miles away, and REFUSED to refund our money.The manager gave me a note saying I was cancelling my room. I was upset, I was not cancelling my room they didn't have my CONFIRM ROOM. I noted many other people that were staying there coming in with many compaints over their rooms, and three others came to check in and they didn't have there reserved reservations/room for them either. The manager was very unconcern over anyones needs. BEWARE OF THIS PLACE. Find an other place to go. I will NEVER send anyone to this place!!!!!
I have never stayed at a place that made me feel so uncomfortable and dirty. Not only did we arrive at night in a sketchy part of town, we were welcomed to an unreasonably dirty room and rude service. Everything about the room was unclean--dingy drapes and bedding, carpet stains, unknown white stains on the blankets, hairs on the sheets and pillowcases, mold in the bathroom, yellow shower water and tub rings, not to mention a few spiders and a roach. I honestly felt like the room had not been cleaned after the previous few occupants. We went down to the front desk and told them of our issues, and we got moved to another room. Here, there was yet again dirty blankets and hair on the bedsheets. I felt so uncomfortable that I went back downstairs to ask for new sheets to put on myself since I doubted that the ones on the bed have been changed. Overall--very dirty, I shouldn't have felt cleaner having NOT taken a shower. In addition to this, the AmTrak track is literally right behind the hotel, as is the interstate, making for a very restless night. I would have been better off sleeping in my car.
Avoid, avoid, avoid, avoid
Don't be fooled by the online pictures and information. The Hotel is dirty and in a bad part of town. The security door lock was missing, the tap water was yellow, and the room was shabby. Trains and sirens were heard all night and there were drunks making noise outside our room during the night. These are just a few of the problems we experienced.
The previous reviewer is right. We just came back from our stay in El Palacio in Ft. Lauderdale, and we did not get one night of good sleep because the hotel is located right next to a railroad. Every day and night the trains drive along, making more noise than an overflying plane, while the trains are sounding their bells!!
Things they don't tell you
This hotel looks much nicer online that it actually is in person. It's kind of cheesy really. The thing they don't tell you is that it's next to a very loud train track and pretty close to the interstate noise as well. I'm not from there, but it seems like it's not exactly in a desirable area and that they rent rooms on a weekly and/or monthly basis.
My daughter and I booked a room at El Palacio on a major hotel web site befor a Cruise. We arrived at 11:30PM from Las Vegas and was extremely tired. The Lobby seemed very nice with lots of lively music from the bar area. we checked in and had to take our bags up ourselves since the bell boy disappeared. After getting off the very dirty elevator things got worse. There was trash in the hall outside the rooms and when we entered our room litterly our jaws droped. There was a white suspicious sticky substance on the chair, I continued to walk in and there was rust and tabacco stains on the walls. The bed was indented the drapes and bedspreads filthy the carpet was disgusting. I proceeded to the bathroom, the bathtub has rings around it the shower curtain was moldy the toilet had urine stains. I wouldn't have bathed my dog in that tub!