My family - 2 adult and 2 kids (12 &10) stayed at this property in mid- December 2004 before going on a cruise, and LOVED IT.

The hotel overlooks a lake and is in a quiet area but yet within walking distance of lots of restaurants: e.g. TGI Friday's, Dave & Busters (the kids loved it!), Red Lobster House, The Ft Lauderdale Ale House, and even a Wendy's and K-Mart.

The room rates are reasonable (about $100 US tops through Expedia for the four of us) and that included a terrific continental breakfast with cereals, waffles, juices etc etc. in the lovely lobby area, overlooking the lake and pool.

The property is fairly new - about 5-7 years old probably - and the rooms are lovely. Terrific beds, a special vanity area outside the bathroom (which my wife loved) and bedspreads and furnishings you'd expect in a five-star hotel.

ASK FOR A LAKE VIEW ROOM if you can. The pool area is lovely, with an adjacent gazebo and gardens.

We stayed at a Hampton Inn in Key West while in FL (very good), the AmeriSuites at Miami Airport at the finish of our trip (good) and the pop Century at Disney World (very good), but the La Quinta Inn Ft Lauderdale Airport was by far our top pick.

I chatted with a guy from Miami who was overnighting there, because he was moving house, and even he (a south Florida resident) raved about the place and called it a well kept secret.

Can't say enought good things about this place.

It was our first night's accommodation after flying to the US all the way from Australia, and it was a great introduction to South Florida.

I recommend this property without hesitation.

R Wilson

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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