Holiday Inn Ft Lauderdale Beach, Fl
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... not disembarking in Ft. Lauderdale, we are considered "in transit". Yesterday we got new cabin cards (keys) and little slips of paper printed "In Transit". We do want to disembark and we can get off anytime and get back on at our leisure. The passengers in transit who don't want to go into Ft Lauderdale, are all escorted off the ship at 10:30, walked through customs and then get right back on board. The entire ship has to be cleared of passengers.
We woke to beautiful sunny skies. By 7:30 we were taking our 3.5 mile walk along the ocean. It was a bit on the humid side and warm. (Sorry, folks, to those of you in MA getting dumped with all that snow). Along the walk, there were many joggers, walkers and some boot camp group. We saw a lady feeding the gulls. The gulls were hovering waiting for a piece of bread.
Breakfast was in the hotel ...
And so we begin. There are about 30 other couples at the Hyatt as well, and for once we are NOT in the youngest 10% on the ship. We are picked up at about 1:30 in two motor coaches, and get to the cruise terminal by about 2:15. By 2:30 we're in the La Veranda restaurant on the Navigator, enjoying a beer and having a healthy lunch. By 3 we're in our suite and unpacking. 5:15 ...
... and doing different activities in the life vest was fine, actually fun jumping off the diving board. However, practicing using the immersion suit was an entirely different story; luckily red is my color. We had to jump in, working together to get into the raft. When the instructor peeked in and goes, "Now imagine you've been stuck here for three days..." all I could think to myself was I hope I never need to use this information! I've ...
... and one other housemate. Will be quite refreshing after all the house drama this week :) A run-down of my week: Monday I just chilled after the introductory weekend to Fort Liquordale. The whole house lazed around and watched movies. I had my first pizza here, not going to make a habit of that. Sticking to eating healthy and fresh food. Monday was the first day that I felt a bit home-sick... Reality hit! Tuesday I went to Lux yachts with Chelsea. I met ...
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Fitness/Health center
- Wheelchair accessibility
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Historical Traveler Reviews Holiday Inn Ft Lauderdale Beach, Fl Fort Lauderdale
Well I got a real cheap price via pricelien aroudn $40 per night Dec 24-26, 2003...Haaving said that the rooms are bit dingy and do need upgrading as otehrs mentioned. Beds hurt our backs in the morning. All rooms do have a view of the ocean though. My brother in-law didnt have a reservation and paid $140...that is way too much for this place! The location is not bad because you are close to the water taxi service which can be found near the Galleria/Double Tree Hotel. You must do that $5 for day pass! There is a small mall also nearby wwhere you will find Sloppy Joe's and others off of A1A. lobby small and congested and pool small...but it is worth crossing the street and taking a wak by the beach.
In need of a facelift!
We stayed at this hotel Dec. 26/03 - Jan.02/04. Could not believe this was a Holiday Inn. Noisy and badly in need of a good cleaning, let alone renovating. While the beds were made daily (the sheets don't fit!), the washroom was not cleaned, nor did the carpets see a vacuum.
Same for the hallways and public areas. The staff was friendly and accommodating, especially Carl in the hotel's restaurant.
Desperate need of renovations
We were booked into this hotel because of a business meeting that was being held there.
The only reason I didn't give them a terrible mark was because the staff was very helpful and nice. Door slamming was a big thing in this hotel. When people left their rooms the doors slammed loudly and at 1:00 am that's a bad thing - it made the walls shake. The carpeting and chairs had numerous stains on them and the tub was in deperate need of Tilex, and the cover on the one the beds had a large hole in it. I could go on and on.
Rather Sleep on the Sidewalk
Even though I'm a Holiday Inn Priority Member, we were treated like vagrants at checkin. The suite that they assigned us needed massive renovation. The accommodations were nothing like any other Holdiay Inn where we previously stayed. The water from the fausets was brown and rusty and the suite smelled like rotten eggs. When we brought this to the Manager's attention, he simply stated that the water in Ft.
Lauderdale is always brown and the smell was caused by the carpets being recently cleaned. I know for a fact that this is not true. We pre-paid for four nites, but moved to another hotel on the beach after the first nite's stay. Avoid this hotel at all costs.
Will not recommend this hotel
Is this a real Holiday Inn Hotel? The room dirty, walls peeling and very poor acoustics. I did not get a good night sleep listening to the noise from the hallway. Will spend a few more bucks to stay in a nicer hotel next time.
Very nice hotel (get it on Hotwire)
Stayed here Sep 27 thru Sept 30. Very nice place with ocean view....maybe I got lucky but my room on the 11th floor was spotless.
Great location, the buses on AIA & Sunrise Blve make a rental car unnecessary, just don't go by the schedule b/c the buses are VERY erratic (be patient). Take a shared van from the airport for $8. I got this hotel for $42 plus taxes on "Hotwire", the 3 star hotel in the beach zone with 5 "ammenity icons" is the Holiday Inn. The pool is very small and there is no "business center", despite what they say. Unless you demand the best I think you will love this place, especially for the price. Plenty of places within walking distance to get food, beer, beach supplies, munchies, etc. E-mail me with questions.
Great location outside not so great in
The hotel looked great from the outside when we arrived on 11 sep 03.Room was in need of serious update,walls were dirty,carpets worn,windows dirty,matress marked.After third night complained that bedding had not been changed,changed on forth.Room was vacuumed on day five after complaining.Last two nights upgraded after bug found in bed.We were given free breakfast for last two days and free parking for the seven days, this did not really make up for our stay.Fauderdale was great though.
Clean, safe, and courteous
We stayed at the Holiday Inn on a weekend getaway without the kids. I was worried about what we might find. We found a great deal on airfare and this hotel so I wasn't sure what we were getting into. Yes, the place could use some paint, but please do you go to Florida to stay in your room???? The staff was very courteous and quick with any concerns we had. Our coffee maker didn't work the first morning, so as we were coming back from their breakfast (the one thing I wouldn't recommend) we stopped by the desk to inform them of this. When we got up to our room on the third floor someone was coming out of our room with our coffee maker to replace it. We were quite impressed!!! Most rooms have a view of the ocean that is beautiful!!! This was ideal for us. If you are wanting a luxury hotel, keep looking. But if you want a good deal with a clean, safe place to stay this is your place. CHeck out Primanti Bros. next door. They have the most incredible pizza and sandwiches ever!!! We ate lunch there every day!!!!!
Good value, great location
Stayed at this hotel last week of August, 2003. Very few hotel in area are actually on the beach. This one is on the other side of the beach highway...less than a block from the beach. All rooms are ocean view.
Food was adequate. We did check out four rooms before finding one not too loud. Try the middle of the building as high up as possible. All rooms were in pretty good shape, except for some stains (suntan lotion?) on some chairs and carpet. We booked through last minute Travelocity. Great price. We would stay at this hotel again. If you're fussy pay the price for a premium hotel. Lots to do in the area. The half day trip ($39 each) to the Everglades and an airboat ride was fun.
Water taxi is good, but gets tedious (slow) after awile. Good party bars nearby. Eat at the Bluefish...great Mahi Mahi sandwich.
Not so good!
The rooms are in strong need of renovation. You cant open the windows. The staff was okey. but no more. Nothing to do around the hotel. Parking in Ft Lauderdale is out of the question, so you must use the parking at the hotel. $12/day. Between the hotel and the beach runsA1A not very nice and this goes for all the hotels in Ft Lauderdale. So if you're going to Ft Lauderdaleyou can stay at this hotel its OK, however go to Miami Beach instead.