Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is home to Port Everglades, one of the world's busiest cruise ports, serving more than 3 million passengers each year, according to the website Cruisecritic. To serve that demand, Fort Lauderdale has many hotels and resorts located near the port, which is just 10 minutes from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. If you're cruising from Port Everglades, you may want to consider hotels located within two miles of the cruise terminals.
Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel
Less than a mile from Port Everglades, the Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel is a AAA four-diamond property that underwent a multi-million-dollar renovation in 2008. The 225-room/11-suite hotel is one mile from Fort Lauderdale Beach and located near the Broward County Convention Center and the upscale Galleria Mall. This smoke-free Marriott-brand hotel features an outdoor heated pool, three concierge levels, two restaurants and a lobby lounge. Complimentary coffee is offered all day in the lobby, as well as local restaurant delivery to guests.
Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Hotel
The 14-story Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Hotel sits at the edge of the Intracoastal Waterway, which makes for some great views. The AAA four-diamond property includes a 33-slip marina, the China Grill restaurant, 24-hour fitness center and a poolside deck where the "poolside ambassador" offers guests eucalyptus towels and refreshing Evian spritzes. The Hilton is located nine miles from the airport and 1 1/2 miles from area beaches. Free shuttles will take guests to the Las Olas Boulevard shopping/restaurant/entertainment complex and the nearby convention center. The hotel offers a pre-and-post cruise package that includes two welcome cocktails, a next-category upgrade at check-in (depending on availability), two complimentary water taxi tickets and a 10 percent discount in the Antea lounge or the poolside bar.
Fort Lauderdale Rodeway Inn & Suites Airport/Cruise Port
The Fort Lauderdale Rodeway Inn & Suites Airport/Cruise Port offers a special package that can save cruisers some money. The stay, park and cruise package allows guests to park free for as many as 14 days as well as offering free shuttle rides to and from the cruise port. The 138-room hotel also offers free shuttles to and from the airport and the conference center. (One day's notice/reservation is required for shuttle rides.) This Choice Hotels property has a heated outdoor pool, free WiFi and a restaurant and sports bar that has TVs in every booth. Nearby attractions include Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood beaches, the Seminole Hard Rock Cafe & Casino and Las Olas Boulevard.
Fort Lauderdale Comfort Suites Airport & Cruise Port
If your family needs a suite, complete with microwave and fridge, you might enjoy the Fort Lauderdale Comfort Suites Airport & Cruise Port, which is located just one mile from Port Everglades. The AAA three-diamond property offers free parking and free shuttle rides to the port and airport from 5 a.m. until 12:30 a.m. Nearby restaurants' fare includes seafood, steaks, Italian and barbecue. The kids will enjoy the heated outdoor pool and fitness room, as well as nearby attractions such as beaches, the Swimming Hall of Fame and the Museum of Art. The Jungle Queen Riverboat also offers rides along the waterways.
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