Hampton Inn Ft. Lauderdale /Downtown Las Olas Area, FL.
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... need to go to the restroom. As we sipped our coffee's an ate breakfast she told me about her travels and college experience. She explained how she graduated with a 2.6 Gpa in Colorado and winded up working for a non-profit in San Fransisco. While we talked, I was trying to think of things to do today. She kept on joking how I was going to be in the airport for 9 hours...... After looking outside and researching the area I decide to venture out and ...
Showered, dressed and packed ready to go I gobble down the last of the jalapeņo and cheese bread I'd bought from Subway the other night, with the cup of tea I'd picked up at Starbucks before we stumbled upstairs, then made our way down to the lobby to wait for the limo to take us to the airport. It was a pretty quiet trip to the airport with all of us trying to stay awake! I had already checked in online 24 hours ago so just a quick baggage ...
When we originally checked in at the Caribbean Airlines counter, they made a specific point that the plane would begin boarding at 14:00. We were at the gate a good 20 or 30 minutes prior. At 14:00 we could tell we were back on Caribbean time. The gate agents did not even appear until 14:30.
Our flight to Port of Spain was uneventful.
... as one would expect - no oven, no Internet and old furniture - but what else can you expect for nothing.
We had a very good steak meal at a local restaurant - a 1 lb steak that filled the plate - add a good wine and the night was very well received.
No pictures today - nothing that stood out that was worth the stop
... of a shopper. But it’s good to know I can.
Skipping over the uneventful flight and arrival, I move on to the taxi driver who didn’t know where the Hyatt was. I gave him directions after getting the address on my phone.
After I checked in I walked over to Total Wine and Publix. I got some bottles of tea at Publix and a bag of Cheetos. At Total Wine I got my usual bottle of Veuve Clicquot and another bottle of wine for our ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Fitness/Health center
Historical Traveler Reviews Hampton Inn Ft. Lauderdale /Downtown Las Olas Area, FL. Fort Lauderdale
Good downtown choice
A friend and I spent a long weekend at the Hampton Inn and enjoyed our stay. It is downtown so if you are looking for the beach scene this is not for you. The parking is free and secure so it is easy to get anywhere you want. The room was nicely furnished and clean. They have a nice breakfast area with a big variety of choices. The pool is nice and is just outside the breakfast area. The only downside was you have to use your room keycard for everything and sometimes took a few swipes to get the thing to work but the system did make you feel secure in the elevators and the parking garage. The Riverwalk is a short walk from the hotel.
Found our place!!
We only spent one night at this hotel, but it was a great experience! Very lovely rooms, clean, loaded with conveniences, free internet, comfy bed, spacious bathroom. There is a little 'shop' located next to the check in counter with drinks (both w/ and w/o alcohol) and frozen dinners, snacks, wine, and last minute items such as bandaids and batteries. I found this to be a genius set up! The parking garage is only accessable by room key which made us feel comfortable parking our car overnight. Of course, the area is very safe anyway and a short walk to the Las Olas excitement! The breakfast was a cute variety of danish, small sandwiches, fruit juice, breads and cereal. My only complaint is that the fruit was a bit too ripe. Also, it is a bit cumbersome to have to use your room card everytime you use the elevator- however, I would rather be inconvenienced than unsafe! We will stay here everytime we visit Ft. Lauderdale.
Would not return
You get what you pay for! At $109.00 a night I should'nt complain...but I will! Stayed here to attend a wedding at the River Walk. The rooms had cheap K-mart style furniture and the bed's comforter was stained. The tub's drain needed to be cleaned as the water would not go down. The pool had garbage floating in it and the spa smelled so bad that my wife and I had to get out. I am not usually a critic and make the best out of what is handed to me but it would be unfair for me not to mention these issues. A great place to flop if your in college and want to share the room with four buddies. A married couple from New Jersey getting away from the kids for the weekend...NOT!
Good for downtown location
Very good location for downtown if on a business visit. Would not recommend it for typical travelers though due to location. Was very clean & comfortable, but no maintenance crew on duty on weekends/nights as I had to switch rooms as the TV wasn't working and there was no one to repair/check it on sunday when I checked in. Didn't use the amenities except for the parking (covered/gated) so won't comment on same. Reasonable rate for the area.
Don't go until you read this
Hello all, I am a 23 year old college student who opted to go to Ft. Lauderdale on Spring Break 2005. I just returned from Ft. L. so this review is hot off the press and will describe the current conditions of this hotel. First things first, we arrive and the front desk attendent gives us our key-card. I wouldn't call him friendly or welcoming, he was actually kind of distant and had a bit of an attitude. Throughout our 5 day stay, most of the Front desk clerks would emanate this kind of attitude, so it was something our party got used to eventually.
The elevators have retarded pictures in them (one of two donkeys, yes donkeys, and under the blurb "Road warriors"....yes im as confused as you are) and were a hassle to operate because you needed to put the key card in every time for "security". Obviously this didnt always work so we were frequently stuck in the elevator wondering if a retinal scan and fingerprint examination would be enough to get this damn thing going up.
The room was pretty welcoming. Comfortable bed, relaxing chairs, cute pictures: B+. BUT....and I kid you not, there was a TREMENDOUS smell of grilled cheese in the room. It was a smell that would not deteriorate and dissipate no matter what combinations of deodorant and lysol we flung at it.
We tried to evade the griled cheese by going in for a workout. Now, let me tell you, I wasnt expecting Gold's Gym here, but what they got here is a Closet with a Treadmill in it. They have one big machine that works all 239297 body parts but no free weights or bench. It has a treadmill and a stairclimber but if your looking to stay in shape at your hotel, this is not the place for you, although I did make ado with the machines and i got a DECENT workout.
On the bright side of the physical fitness aspect, the pool was fully functioning and enjoyable. The water was clean and it was fun to sunbathe there. BUT if your looking to make use of the Jacuzzi, don't....it was sorrounded by what looked like those Police Do Not Cross yellow banners because it was not functioning correctly.
Finally, the location. This hampton inn is located downtown. We wanted to go here bc we thought the majority of the clubs would be here. But they weren't. There is an area nearby called Las Olas, which is really expensive (think 7 bucks a beer) so we quickly figured out that this was not a great tourist spot. There was a restaurant called Max's Grille which was excellent and cheap and very popular. There's a Hooters and a club called Baja and one called Art Bar. Baja is good, but they wont let you in without a collared shirt. Art Bar is really kinda crappy.
Also, if your thinking about going to the beach at all, dont stay here, because cab rides to the beach cost 8 bucks (so 16 bucks over and back, plus tip, and floridians love those tips!) plus if you want to go back to the beach at night where all the cool clubs are such as Elbow Room, Beach Bums etc. its another 16 bucks.
CONCLUSION: if you want a trip full of sun and fun, go with a hotel on the shore. Thats where all the fun is. However, if EVERY SINGLE HOTEL on the shore is booked, this one can be an option.
We stayed at this hotel for 2 nights when we first arrived in Fort Lauderdale. I thought the price was a little high for a Hampton Inn but we also stayed during the peak season so every hotel is high. The people were very nice and helpful and the hot breakfast each day was good. Parking was not a problem and the location was great. It was within walking distance of Las Olas and was very convenient to the downtown area. I would definitely stay at this hotel again.
Stayed mid december for 3 days. The hotel was very clean and staff was excellent. Very close to several attractions and secure. Good but not great free breakfast. Room was good with free mini frig and micro wave and ample free parking.
Very pleasant stay
We were escaping the inconvenience that Hurricane Frances left us......no water or power at our house. This hotel is very clean and very conveniently located. If you are doing business in downtown Ft. Lauderdale, the location is tops. It's not too far from the beaches and shopping. Very secure as well. Accommodating and friendly staff. The breakfast in the morning is top notch...the only negative is the coffee!! yuck!!
I would definitely stay here again. I've stayed at many Hampton Inn's, and this one is the best.
I spent a weekend at this hotel and found it way overpriced even at the AARP rate. I usually enjoy staying at Hampton Inns but this one left a lot to be desired. Most disappointing was the level of service. With the exception of the person that checked me in, the rest of the staff appeared to be going through the motions. When I checked out at 7 am on Sunday there was no desk clerk to be found. Four other couples showed up to check out. We yelled, tried the house phone to no avail and began to fear that something had happened. Finally the desk clerk came down the staircase from the second floor and told us to "Hold our horses!) she was getting herself breakfast. They say they are close to the beach, but don't believe it.
Excellent hotel and service!
I went to the Hampton Inn after a horrible experience at the Days Inn down the street. The hotel and their parking garage are very secure.
Everything is clean and looks new. The beds were very comfortable and breakfast in the morning was excellent. To top it off I got a discounted rate that I wasn't expecting. I would reccommend this hotel to anyone.