Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airport/Cruise
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The trip from Philadelphia to Ft. Lauderdale was pretty uneventful. Luckily Greg was willing to drive our luggage down in his truck giving us room in the van. Twenty bags are rough to manage particularly when each weighs 50 lbs. I had already checked us all in, so we just had to check luggage and reprint the boarding passes. We had 2 bags over the …
Our flight from MKE to FLL on Midwest had a minor delay but was smooth sailing after that. We then called for our free shuttle to the Holiday Inn Express. Very nice hotel with large rooms and modern decor. Dinning options were limited, so we crossed the Hwy to have Subway. We did not mind this as we will be eating more than normal on the cruise. We …
... to the wait staff. The four of us wore out the carpet between our tables. When they got off in Hong Kong, we were quite lonely. Now, here they are again! We’ve recognized others from the QM2. People we didn’t know, but who were in and out of our daily lives at the gym or at dinner or on excursions. Well, the day is over and we’re off to sleep. Our first port of call is Barbados on January 16th. Until then…..
Today we woke up early to have breakfast in the dining room. We all had an omelet and blueberry pancakes which were very yummy.
We are at sea all day today, so we reviewed the activities and planned what we wanted to do on board.
There was a trivia contest so we made our way to the lounge. They were very difficult questions, and we scored 7 out of 20. We were most disturbed about ...
... I had a look at the tours that the boat offers for tomorrow and most of them are too expensive so I think we will go ashore for lunch, stroll around and then come back earlier as we have the musical "Chicago" at 7pm.
There is so much to do on board. Just before lunch we took a stroll to the back of the ship and the place is heaven for me. There is an outdoor basketball court, mini-golf, zip-line and two ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airport/Cruise Fort Lauderdale
We flew into Fort Lauderdale one day before our ten-day cruise. As soon as we got our luggage I called the hotel for their complementary shuttle. It arrived in about 15 minutes. Even though we arrived hours before check-in a room was immediately available.
This was our first trip to FLL and was just after the hurricane. You could see the devastation upon arrival to FLL. The large and new courtesy shuttle promptly picked us up from the airport (and cruise port upon our return from the cruise).Upon arrival to the hotel we were thrilled to see what had been shown on the web site was an accurate portrayal of the rooms and grounds. Easy check in/out. They graciously allowed us to store our luggage and utilize the pool and additional facilities until check in pre/post cruise. Upon return post cruise they sought us out by the pool to let us know our room was ready and apoligized for the wait ,although we were 3 hrs early for check in.
Horrible customer service
One of the worst experiences in customer service I have ever had. However, the rooms were good... basically what you would expect from a Holiday inn Express. However, I will never stay here again.
This is a great stopover hotel before boarding a cruise ship in Fort Lauderdale. Be aware...it is NOT by the terminal, but about 1 mile away towards the Florida Turnpike and I-95. There is little around it but a Big Lots, Winn-Dixie, and McDonalds. We were there right after Hurricane Wilma and maybe that's why the stores smelled swampy and were dirty. The hotel however was very nice, clean, friendly and made for a nice stay after a long week at Disneyworld. The continental breakfast was average and crowded as most that were there were waiting to board cruise ships. The hotel staff allowed for late check out as well as shuttled us to the port terminal. Be ready to tip the shuttle driver. Make sure you tell the staff when you check in that you will need transporation to the cruise terminal and they will be prepared. The kids liked the pool! I would highly recommend this as a one night stay, but not for a lengthly stay as there is nothing around it.
I was pleasantly surprised when we arrived at the Holiday Inn Express air/seaport. Having booked nearly 10 months prior using my Priority Points I was a bit reticent about staying at this property after reading some less than great comments on a cruise web-site pertaining to the area this hotel is located in. Safety being the biggest issue. I can now say that at no time did I ever feel in danger. The area is simply an old Florida business type district that appears to be undergoing renovations after the most recent hurricane activity. Not only is this property newer, but the Hampton Inn located directly across the highway appears to be very new as well.
My daughter and I chose this hotel for our last night of Spring Break before flying back to cold snowy Ohio. I wish we would have spent more time there. The staff was very friendly, the rooms very large, great pool, (see my pics) and their breakfast was better than average fare. One added plus was their "happy hour" that consisted of free cold beer and sandwiches in the evening. It was a nice way to end the day before flying back to reality. It is across the street from a strip mall. We had a rental car so we had no problem getting around. Without a car, I imagine it would be a little difficult. We went to the grocery store across the street, bought some frozen food and cooked it in the microwave in the room. Nice economical change of pace for late lunch after a week of Florida spring break prices! Close enough to the interstate, airport, cruise port, and the beach. We've been to Ft. Lauderdale several times, so we are familiar with the area. Staff more than happy to give you "tips" on where to go and what to do. Definitely will stay there again on our next trip. The only downside was the price, but since it was spring break, it was no real surprise. Everything is marked up during March!
We stayed here on Tuesday May 24th, 2005 after driving up from Key Largo. We knew we had to get up at 4am to catch our Jet Blue back to Long Beach. Thank God for their 24 hour shuttle service. We reserved it the night before & got a wake-up call right on time. The rooms were spacious with huge beds. Coffee maker & dryer worked. Everything worked except one of the headboards came crashing down when my husband was reaching over it to turn out light. But he fixed it. The staff was friendly. There's not a lot of restaurants within walking distance. We elected Durty Harrys for their happy hour and food. But do check your bill because they automatically take a 15 % tip off the top. It says so in REALLY tiny print. Would probably stay here for an overnight but if we come back to Ft. Lauderdale, for more than one day, we'd stay at a hotel that was on top of more restaurants, retail,etc. Well, more stuff to do.
My wife and I stayed here prior to our cruise and we found the staff extremely helpful. We were able to check-in a little early as we caught the red-eye out of seattle. Hotel was very clean, brekfast was good, not much within walking distance but fast-food. diner down the road(can't remember the name) was definitely a blast-in -the -past. Had tons of menu items, reasonable prices, and definitely the olde time diner feel. We left some of our stuff b accident when we left on the cruise but staff had it waiting for us on our return. Overall a great deal! Would definitely stay there again!
Stayed after cruise, good location, breakfast ok, rooms clean and quiet. Transfer to airport on time.