Ramada Fort Lauderdale Airport/Cruise Port
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- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Room service
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ramada Fort Lauderdale Airport/Cruise Port
Good for pre or post cruise!
This property seems to get a huge range of reviews. We liked it fine for a one-night stay before our cruise. Shuttle from the airport was efficient and prompt. Check-in was reasonably quick and friendly and we were lucky to have a room that was ready. Our room was clean and well appointed - room safe, iron/board, hair dryer, nice TV. Beds were fairly comfortable and oh yeah, the A/C worked great!!!
The hotel restaurant had tasty food (lunch) and we ordered delivery for dinner from the sub/pizza shop which was fine. Free breakfast was OK, not great but we didn't expect gourmet.
Shuttle to the port was a little hectic but there were two ships to organize and one shuttle bus broke down, not the hotel's fault! We got to the port in plenty of time.
The hotel is right off the highway and rather isolated from other properties. We felt safe and it was very quiet at night. If you need to do some shopping or want to go out to dinner, this is not the place for you. But for one or two nights, we thought it was acceptable.
Stay away young Luke!
Ok. I am going to make this simple for you. There are two words that will give you a warning that you could benefit from: 1. DUMP 2. GHETTO.
You can thank me later. Spend the extra money and book a decent, clean room elsewhere.
This place should be more accurately called the Ramada Ashtray/Crapper! Now that the invectives are used up...I am taking the time to write this to warn people planning trips out of a sincere wish to prevent the mistake we made! This is NOT a nice place!!! It is located under an off-ramp and that is the most appealing view this shack offers. The place is set up like a motel, in that the room doors are located on the outside of the building. When we walked to our room we noticed that the room number was on printer paper and taped to the door(no joke). The room itself smelled like an ashtray and was wholly sub-par. The pool and bar etc. looked more like a miniature golf course than a relaxing get-away...was dirty and overrun. We checked out after an hour of searching for another place to stay. More than the dirtiness the place gave an unsettling feeling of being unsafe, unkept and most certainly unrelaxing! Please heed the words of this warning...you get what you pay for...and its worth paying more!!!
The drive was so long from our home and we were completely exhausted. We were there early and the front desk gentleman was verry polite and helped us check in earlier so we could relax. We were very impressed how everything was so conveinent for our cruising vacation. We were able to have drinks and lunch out by the pool and we were able to leave our car here instead of paying $12 a day at the port (crazy!!!). The hotel even picked us up after our cruies was over so we could drive back home. The cruise was amazing and the hotel stay made everything run smoothly before our vacation in the sun. My husband and I were very pleased with the service and complimentary shuttle and breakfast.
Tired property but a good price
The staff at this hotel were very friendly and the rooms were certainly clean. There were some problems with the "free shuttle" but at least it was free. In each of the four rooms at the hotel we saw, there was something wrong. One showerhead did not have full water pressure. The safe did not work in another room. The water did not drain properly after a shower in another. There was extensive rust showing in one of the "fully rennovated rooms". It looked like they had really cut corners in making the rennovation.
I would tell anyone happy to stay at a two-star that if you would like to pay their two star rates it is great value.
I thought their breakfast was quite good and we ate early before any hefty Americans could show up.
Also, someone remarked there was nothing nearby but a short walk behind this motel there is a great little club/restaurant right on the marina with good live bands. I strongly recommend their food for dinners.
The Good and The Bad:
My husband and I stayed for two nights at this hotel recently pre and post cruise because they offered a shuttle to the cruiseport and the airport. We used a free night stay through the triprewards loyalty program for one night, which helped my sour feelings about this hotel.
First, the good:
The rooms were obviously recently renovated, both of which had new furniture, new carpet (although the installation of the carpet was sub-par in one of the rooms), and a new paint job. The rooms were also nice and clean, which is a priority for me. Some exteriors of the hotel showed wear, but for an older property in a hot, humid climate like Ft. Lauderdale, this is acceptable. The tiki bar was nice enough, it was cute how they placed it in the middle of the courtyard and you had to wind you way along the paths through various palm trees to get to it. The pool was nice, and the water was very warm. The food we got at the tiki bar was not bad, but then again, we only had hamburgers and chicken fingers there. The free hot breakfast was a plus, however, stick to the waffles and cereals unless you are ready for an adventure (who knew sausage gravy was made with cut up brown 'n' serve links?).
The hotel let us check-in early, which was a plus as we had arrived from an airport for our first night and a cruise terminal for our second. The front desk clerks were friendly, and very welcoming. The rooms themselves were large enough for two people (one night we had a king, the other a room with 2 doubles) and both were very comfortable, especially compared to the cozy quarters on a cruise ship. The shuttle offered was very prompt for leaving from the hotel. We made it to our 6:20 am flight out of FLL with no problem (and plenty of time to spare).
Second, the bad:
This hotel definitely showed some signs of being past its heyday. The entire second building of the hotel is apparently under renovation, or abandoned (the property map in the rooms shows the hotel with a second building, but the map given to us at the front desk shows only one building). Regardless, if you do decide to overnight before your cruise at this hotel, don't bother walking to the second building to see the other pool, it is not worth your time.
The shuttle is rather relaxed in terms of pick up to take you to the hotel. Expect to wait a good bit more than a while. We waited an hour for a pick up from the cruise terminal (about a 10 min drive from t he hotel), to find they had sent a van with the in-house travel agency logo on it rather than the Ramada logo (which they had told us would be sent). I also found the signs in the hotel shuttles reminding passengers that gratuities are "greatly appreciated" somewhat offensive. Perhaps I am the only one who tips drivers without question, but this seemed to be a sign indicating that they not paid, were only driving based on tips received.
The food in the on-site restaurant is horrible. I never knew that a caesar salad could be screwed up so horribly. If it had been dressing out of a jar, I would have been fine...but this salad consisted of the dregs of a head of romaine, a couple shavings of cheese, some watery, flavorless dressing type stuff, and a shake of ground pepper. The french onion soup was equally bad. This was foodservice condensed soup, without the water added to uncondense it (having worked in foodservice--with the same supplier as this resaurant-- I know this soup is quite tasty if properly diluted with water). It was unbelievably salty, such that I drank every glass of water on the table (which was never refilled). I didn't bother with the meats or seafood entrees, thankfully. If you are in this hotel for its convenience to the ports, I reccomend ordering from the chinese restaurant (I think the name was Ruby Chens, although I might be wrong) advertised in the hotel book. The chinese place delivered very flavorful food promptly (about 15 min).
The area of the hotel was dismal. There were no places to walk to, seeing as how the hotel was at the intersection of two major (I-95 and a major state road) highways. No conveneince stores remotely nearby to pick up anything you forgot to bring along (if you are going to a cruise with the first stop of key west, you can easily pick up anything you need there). Expect to get to this hotel and stay put or hire a taxi.
All in all, this hotel is okay, provided you arrive late in the day, order your food from a nearby place, and leave early. Oh, and be sure to lower your expectations pre or post cruise.
Okay for a pre cruise stay
I actaually rate this hotel between okay and average. There was a lengthy wait for the airport shuttle so that when we all arrived at the hotel there was then a lengthy wait to check in. Not nice after a long flight.
While it is evident that this hotel has a had major renos, the shear size of its layout and the humidity in the air must call for constant vigilance in upgrading and upkeep.
The rooms were small and well used but clean. They did have that musty smell that comes from a closed up room with lots of humidity.
The pool area was nice with a great garden area to have a drink or just sit and relax.
The restaurant is very pricey for very average food. They are the only place around however unless you take a cab.
Checkout was painless and we made it on to the shuttle for our trip to the cruise terminal which was very convenient.
Dont remember the planes overhead. This is an okay place for a stop over.
Close to airport...as its noise
After reading the reviews I chose this hotel for a 1-night stay. We took a bus up from Key West and stayed here for its proximity to the airport and its free shuttle service for an early flight home. One thing I should have realized is if you stay near an airport you will be subjected to its noise. Instead of counting sheep to fall asleep you can count the planes screaming by, only you won't be falling asleep, unless you spent enough time on an aircraft carrier then you might feel right at home. The hotel itself is nice and has a nice pool area. But I can't imagine it being a very relaxing place with all the airport traffic taking off overhead. We ate at the hotel's restaurant, Toucans, for dinner. I don't know what other people had but the seafood is lousy and the vegetables have no taste - they are steamed into oblivion. Didn't see any other places to eat nearby either. Do yourself a favor and find another place for your last night in beautiful Fort Lauderdale.
Check in was easy, they picked us up at the airport and dropped us off at the cruiseship without any delay for free. The room was nice with a big TV and free HBO channels. Very clean, no bugs at all. Though the hotel is not new, it seems to be recently refurbished. The free breakfast and lunch and dinner were great. And the bartender, Manny and the front desk girl, Leda, were very friendly and helpful. For the price, it couldn't have been much better. I don't understand some of the negative reviews I read about this place. Maybe people are confusing this hotel with another. We enjoyed the Ramada SR 84.
What a nice surprise! So close to everything, but like an island in itself...the free breakfast buffet was a treat, the rooms comfortable and pleasant, and the courtyard a mini paradise! The free shuttle to the port made our cruise a snap. Would definitely go back.
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