Posted June 6th, 2013, 05:42 PM
Last edited by FlaGrl4Evr; June 6th, 2013 at 06:02 PM
On our family cruise this past April, we also flew into FLL and sailed from POM. After a lot of research, we finally booked two adjoining rooms at the Sleep Inn & Suites FLL airport. We selected this hotel for several reasons: free airport shuttle, affordable rates on both regular rooms and suites, stores and restaurants within walking distance and, while not a deal breaker, a free breakfast buffet that was incl in the rate.
While the hotel is not luxury, it was certainly very decent and clean. The hotel was the indoor corridor style and the rooms and hotel areas were very clean, the pool, hot tub and patio furniture were clean as well; plus they offered pool towels which was nice -- I hate having to use the room towels to dry off after swimming. The rooms also had a mini fridge, coffee maker and small microwave, plus a flat screen TV w/HBO and an in room safe. I also want to mention that I am a clean-freak and checked every nook and crany incl. behind the comode and also under the mattress and sheets and found the room to be both spotless and smelling of cleaning products. The adjoining room - ditto. This hotel is under new Mgt and they really do bend over backwards to make sure that your stay is what you expect it to be. We enjoyed talking to the owner and he was nice enough to share that if you show your room key-card at Pancho's Mexican restaurant, you will receive a discount.
There is a 24 hr Walgreens next door and a Publix shopping center across the street. In the plaza, there is also a Dollar store and three restaurants: Pancho's Mexican, Italian and Chinese, plus the Publix deli - if you wanted to bring your meal back to the hotel or pool area. The Publix did sell wine and beer but no liquor.
The hotel offers a shuttle to port Everglades but not POM. ------- We used QLS shuttle service for our round trip POM transportation. Top notch customer service. We selected a 9 am hotel pick-up and was at the POM at 9:45. Once dropping off our bags with the porters, we were among the very first to enter the port at 10 am when the doors opened. QLS was also on time for our pick up after the cruise. We also had a 2 pm flight so we did not have to rush. We requested a 10am port pick-up but ended up being off the ship with bags by 9am. QLS called us and said they had a shuttle on the way and if we wanted we were welcome to catch that one. It all worked out well. QLS was the best--- always keeping in contact with us by cell so we knew they were aware of our resv. In addition, the driver was very nice and even offered to stop at a store on the way to the port in case anyone needed to grab soda, water or any other items. He offered this of his own accord which was a very nice gesture as a lot of shuttle services will not make stops. Not sure if this is the norm, but is was nice of him to ask. He also gave us a mini-tour of certain areas and icons that we passed on the way to the port. It made the drive very pleasant. http://www.qualitylimoservice.com/default.aspx?pageid=1
BTW: The Sleep Inn & Suites offers a pretty nice discount if you book early. Plus if you have AAA, AARP, Military or Govt or a few others you can save even more. With our AAA we saved 10% per room which was sweet. So our total for booking several months ahead and using our AAA discount snagged each room @ only $89 We had a 5pm arriving flight and didn't want to spend a fortune for 2 rooms, so this worked out perfect. A lot of other hotels for this April time frame were up over the $175 range per room so we felt like we got a good deal.
Good luck to you and have a great time !
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