Booked this hotel for a one-night pre-cruise stay in Ft Lauderdale. Family of four--Grandma, Mom, Dad, and 8-year old boy staying together, so we booked the large suite---2 king beds. Room was a large and clean space on the first floor. Room was well appointed with plenty of seating and lounge space, with a microwave and mini-fridge. Beds were quite comfortable. Room was very quiet, too, despite being just a fews steps from the lobby. The hotel is a bit dated, but carpets were clean and fresh. The pool was crystal clear and the pool area was a comfortable and pleasant place to relax before turning in for the night. The registration desk staff, Diane and Michael, were extremely friendly and helpful. Pickup at the airport was fairly prompt---they promised 15 minutes and driver Patrick arrived right on time. The BEST fun was watching for the pickup van with the FLAMINGOES on the top!!!!! Can't miss those birds and there's no chance of getting on the wrong shuttle. We did have a bit of disappointment scheduling the shuttle to the port the next morning---Hampton Inn will not reserve port shuttle times until you check in, and since we arrived fairly late---after 7:00PM, we were limited to a choice of 10:00 am or a 1:30 shuttle time.---we were hoping for 11:30. We chose 10:00 AM and it turns out in hindsight that was a GOOD choice---probably the BEST choice. No need to hang out in a crowded lobby just waiting. Shuttles are supposed to leave every 30 minutes, however, our van didn't leave until 10:15, and traffic to the port was starting to pile up, so I can only surmise that they get backed up as the morning wears on. We arrived at the port at 10:30. I would highly recommend an early shuttle to the port. Despite the hotel being full, breakfast the next morning wasn't crowded---typical Hampton Inn breakfast--fresh, hot, good.
WARNING: the hotel advertises free 24-hour shuttle service to and from the airport and to restaurants within the vicinity---only after you get there do you find the signs that state the shuttle service is only for a one-mile radius of the hotel.
WE chose NOT to walk across the street to the strip mall for fast food--surrounding neighborhood didn't seem that great---but chose instead to ask the desk staff to call us a cab for the Outback Steakhouse (about 2.4 miles away). There happened to be another family group waiting for a cab to the same restaurant and Diane at the desk asked the cab company if we could share the ride. Turns out there is NO RIDE SHARING with the ALL STAR cab company---we were told each group would have to pay a flat $15 each way. OK, first time in the area, hungry, we said OK. When the driver got there, he was asked how much and he took it upon himself to quote a higher price---after a minute or two of discussion, the $15 per party was the agreed on price. Then during the trip he tried to sell us on a voucher for a return trip if we paid him the full $60 round-trip up front. He promised to come back and pick us up after our dinner. Not sure what turnip truck he thought we fell off. We will NOT be using the ALL STAR cabs again when in Ft Lauderdale!
Hampton Inn is usually my hotel of choice whenever I travel, however, I probably will not choose this one again when travelling with a youngster due to the lack of good restaurants within walking distance of the property. The free airport and port shuttles are quite a nice convenience though, and the hotel-provided shuttle experience was excellent, both from the airport and to the port.
The Hospitality Suite has two king beds and tons of room--plus a sofa, two chairs, desk, large flat...
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16 April 2012
Greetings eie3NY! I wanted to thank you for taking the time to write a nice review on Trip Advisor about my hotel . We always enjoy hearing positive feedback about our hotel and your experience here. I am thrilled that you enjoyed the large room, commented on how clean it was and you seemed to be very happy with our service! And yes....our Flamingo's make it darn near impossible to miss us! As far as walkable restaurants in the area...dont forget there is a GREAT Thai restaurant next door, a sports bar, a German restaurant across the street(as well as Wendy's, Mcdonalds, Subway and Pizza and Chinese)....TONS of options to eat! We are also one of the few hotels that I know of that will actually shuttle you FREE of charge within a mile of the hotel. We have 3 more great options within a mile....Rendesvouz Restaurant, 84 Diner and El Tammarindo (latin cuisine). I am glad that you had a nice stay with us and I would love to personally welcome you back to our hotel on your next visit to SUNNY FLORIDA!!
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