Hotel’s just a  short hop from airport or cruise port

By Patti Pietschmann Pavlus BlogMaster

Don’t miss the boat

Crystal Serenity by Richard Pietschmann

Many people sailing from Fort Lauderdale must arrive in Florida a day early to catch their ships. I always need to get there a day in advance since I fly in  from Los Angeles. And  I almost always book a room at Hilton’s Embassy Suites.

The hotel is so close to the cruise terminal and airport. They serve a free buffet breakfast. There’s  a nice pool. They host a cocktail party nightly.  And it sits in a little shopping center that has  good restaurants. What else does one need.

Oh yes, you can even grab a shuttle to the beach and one to  your ship.

Thousands of people check in monthly

Embassy Suites Fort Lauderdale hosts nearly 10,000 cruise passengers a month from January to April. One reason for its popularity is the attractive cruise/hotel packages.

You get a big bang for your buck with large suites stocked with coffee makers, flat screen TVs, microwave, mini fridge, sitting room with desk/table (no robes though). And that free buffet breakfast includes  made to order egg dishes and lots more. But lousy coffee.

Location, location, location

The location is  where it gets really good. Besides the adjacent shopping center, you can walk to nail and hair salons and restaurants  so you don’t need a car’ (there’s a cheap  trolley to take you to the beach or the hotel shuttle for $15 each way). What’s nice about being close to a Dollar Tree, CVS, department stores etc. is you can pick up anything you forgot or simply buy all your liquids here and have no TSA woes when boarding your flight.

There’s even a great shop that sells very hard to get cellphone batteries should you need one, called Batteries+Bulbs, and a cheap spot for a mani/pedi called  Nails by Cindy).

The hotel has its own restaurant but just a short stroll away is one  of the best in Lauderdale called  Coco with indoor/outdoor dining, delicious Asian food and a happy hour.  A bit of a bit of hike away from Embassy Suites is the noteworthy 15th  Street Fisheries, also nearby and good with spectacular view of the Intercoastal and all the yachts of Lauderdale.

No strangers to the area we always go to Coco where we dine on the patio on Asian fare that’s as good as any and is just a short stroll from Embassy Suites. We like to lunch at 15t Street Fisheries, also nearby and good with a view of the Intercoastal and all the yachts of Lauderdale.

So next time Pavlus hooks you up with a cruise from Fort Lauderdale, ask them about a room at Embassy Suits.




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