Located in the heart of Broward County, Florida, Port Everglades is one of the world’s largest cruise ports and also a major cargo handling port. Portions of the port lie within the city limits of Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and Dania Beach and unincorporated areas of the county as well. Whether you’re soon to depart on a cruise or just want to explore the port area, you’ll find several hotels within a three-mile radius.
Embassy Suites Fort Lauderdale
Only four blocks from the Port Everglades cruise terminal, this all-suites hotel makes a good choice for family groups or visitors who plan an extended stay in the area. The hotel is also convenient to center-city Fort Lauderdale and the beach, both of which are roughly three miles away. Each of the hotel’s 358 suites features separate sleeping and sitting areas, with wet bars in the latter. The hotel treats guests to a complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast each morning and an evening manager’s reception with free cocktails. The on-site E Spot Restaurant serves American cuisine in a casual atmosphere and offers both indoor and al fresco dining.
Lago Mar Resort and Club
With private access to one of the Fort Lauderdale area’s nicest stretches of beach and a huge lagoon-style pool surrounded by lush landscaping, the Lago Mar offers a casual but elegant retreat that’s popular with families. Just under two miles from Port Everglades, the 212-unit resort has a four-diamond AAA rating and boasts a full-service spa that offers packages for men, women and couples. The centerpiece of the hotel’s dining options is the Acquario Restaurant, which serves regional cuisine prepared with a progressive spin and is presided over by executive chef Philip Damien Kahn. Guests can enjoy breakfast or lunch at the Lago Mar’s Palm Garden Dining Room or dine outdoors on the Sea Grape Terrace, both of which evoke the feel of a bygone era in Florida’s history.
Marriott Harbor Beach Resort
This sprawling resort complex sits on 16 acres of prime oceanfront property only two miles from Port Everglades. Given a four-diamond rating by AAA, the resort offers a comprehensive program of children’s activities, leaving mom and dad free to pursue their own interests guilt-free. The Surf Club for kids from 5 to 12 features a large clubhouse that contains a surf-simulator, theater room and media room, as well as areas reserved for arts and crafts, games and other activities. The resort’s premiere restaurant, 3030 Ocean, serves dinner only and specializes in regional seafood, while the Riva is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and serves more casual fare.
Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel
Just over half a mile from Port Everglades, the 12-story, 233-unit Renaissance enjoys ratings of four diamonds from AAA and three stars from the Mobil Guide. The hotel, part of the Marriott chain, completed a $6 million renovation at the end of 2008. Only a short drive from Fort Lauderdale’s famous beach, the Renaissance also offers a large outdoor swimming pool and hot tub. The on-site Bistro 17 specializes in new American cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a casual setting.
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