Extend your cruise vacation with a stay here.
2061 Griffin Road
Dania Beach, Florida, 33312
Homewood Suites by Hilton Ft. Lauderdale Airport-Cruise Port was our choice for the day preceding our cruise.
See also my extended review of our cruise on Allure of the Seas. A lot of information to plan your perfect cruise.
Arriving at the airport in Fort Lauderdale, we just missed the hotel shuttle and waited 45 minutes for the next one. During that time several shuttles came and went from Holiday Inn and Hiatt Place if that is of interest.
There is not much in walking distance. There is a seafood restaurant behind the neighboring Fairfield Inn, but we didn't eat there.
There is a courtesy shuttle to restaurants and shopping areas. This service starts at 4:00pm. Reserve a seat with the concierge. The wait is said to be ten minutes. We only waited five minutes. There are a lot of restaurants and shopping accessible from the shuttle. The hotel also provides a list of restaurants, some offering 15% hotel discounts.
Breakfast is above par. The continuously rotating toaster was nice, not having to wait for others to come get their toast. We were served fresh cheesy scrambled eggs, extra thin crispy bacon, and the usual cereals, fruits and pastries. There is a very large and comfortable seating arrangement.
The king bed was very comfortable and gave us both an excellent night's sleep. The pillows were too soft, so it was almost like sleeping without a pillow. A trick in that case is to stuff a folded towel under the pillow inside the pillow case.
I appreciated having lamps on both sides of the bed with built in power outlets.
Shower water pressure is good. "Instant on" hot water at the shower and sink. I appreciate hotels that have this.
Internet access is free, however, unless you use a VPN service I do not recommend using hotel WiFi access; the security risk is too high. Instead I set up a secure hot spot on my smartphone. At a minimum, when you use free WiFi service, ensure your firewall is turned on and file sharing is turned off.
Suite hotels like this include a small but full kitchen and living room which adds significantly to the comfort of one's stay. The seating in the living room area was actually comfortable.
Almost unheard of in hotel rooms—great lighting.
When working at the table between the kitchen and living room you have to get on your hands and knees to plug equipment to power. The outlet is on the wall below the table.
No office chair. The padded dining chair is sufficiently comfortable for short periods of work, but not for extended periods.
The shower head is placed exceptionally high—good for a tall person but too high for a short person to reach. The safety bar is installed perfectly for whacking one's elbow (which is the unfortunate norm). I bring a small mirror so I can shave in the shower but, as with most hotels, there was no shower light. Fortunately there is a bright bathroom light so I could see well enough to shave.
The staff is friendly and helpful. The room succeeded in its most important role, a comfortable sleep (the pillows being an exception). Transportation to the cruise port was convenient and went smoothly. The cost to stay here is reasonable. Recommended.