Feb142019

Review Hyatt Place Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port

On the first Saturday of January we landed in Fort Lauderdale when our British Airways flight arrived 45 minutes late to FLL from London Gatwick. We missed our American Airlines flight connection by 20 minutes by the time we reached that terminal.

We walked up to the American Airlines ticket counter after missing our flight connection to get home to California on the first Saturday in the New Year and the last Saturday of the American schools Christmas break before Monday morning. After explaining our missed flight situation, I was not completely floored, but a little taken aback, to learn we had to wait 48 hours in Florida before American Airlines would reschedule us for a flight back to San Francisco on Monday. And we had to get to Miami Airport for the Monday flight.

A check of a few hotel chains around FLL Airport revealed several options for award nights in several different hotel chain programs. Room rates were high in this South Florida coastal city on a Saturday night in January.

Hyatt Place Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Airport looked like a good deal for a decent sized room to hang out in for two days. Hyatt Place is still one of my favorite room layouts when I am traveling with my wife. Finding three Hyatt brand hotels at 8,000 points per reward night around FLL airport offered a few options.

I picked Hyatt Place Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Airport primarily due to it being south of the airport since we needed to continue south to Miami Airport in two days. The conversations I heard on FLL hotel airport shuttles indicated ‘cruise port’ as part of the name in the Hyatt Place and Hyatt House directly across the street from each other in Dania Beach was a proper fit for the guest clientele.

Hyatt House and Hyatt Place Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port – Dania Beach, Florida

Airport Shuttle Tip: Pay attention to the FLL airport shuttles since Hyatt Place 17th Street Convention Center is north of the airport and Hyatt Place Cruise Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port is south of FLL. The 17th Street shuttle was generically marked only as Hyatt Place, while the Hyatt Place Cruise Port hotel shuttle was labeled with the full hotel name and had a mini-trailer attached to shuttle.

Hyatt Place Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port pool

5th Floor Room

Ironically, we were on the only floor of the six floor hotel without an ice machine. I walked over to the K-Mart in the Oakwood Plaza shopping mall to find beer for our two days after paying $6.75 for a bottle of Stella Artois at the hotel bar the night of our arrival. There is a currently a real lack of access to cheap cold beer within walking distance in this Dania Beach area populated with numerous chain hotels. That will improve in Fall 2019 when a Lucky’s Supermarket opens in a new mall currently under construction just north of the Hyatt properties.

Hyatt Place king bed

Hyatt Place FLL/Cruise Port TV

Apparently I was exhausted when snapping photos since I failed to photograph the standard large couch in the room. Looked similar to all the other Hyatt Place couches I have seen over the years.

Hyatt Place room desk

Wifi worked great for the two days we stayed at the hotel.

Coffee maker and refrigerator in cabinet near room door.

Hyatt Place FLL Cruise Port bathroom

One of the features of the hotel is a 6th floor laundry room. We were able to run a load of laundry at the hotel to get us through the extra two days of our trip after two weeks in Europe.

Hyatt Place Fort Lauderdale & Cruise Port lobby

The Hyatt Place hotel lobby had a nice spacious feel.

Hyatt Place FLL Airport & Cruise Port lobby

Hyatt Place FLL lobby

Hyatt Place FLL Aiport & Cruise Port lobby

Hyatt Place FLL Airport/Cruise Port business center

Hyatt Place Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise port front desk and market

Hyatt Place Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Airport breakfast

It has been a few years since I stayed at a Hyatt Place. The breakfast here was particularly nice and better quality than I recall from previous stays at other locations in this brand.

Hyatt Place breakfast free for World of Hyatt members

Hyatt Place FLL/Cruise Port breakfast room

Hyatt Place FLL/Cruise Port breakfast room

Hyatt Place breakfast

Hyatt Place breakfast fresh fruit

Hyatt Place FLL/Cruise Port breakfast monkey bread

Hyatt Place FLL/Cruise Port Pool

The hotel has a small fitness center and a good size pool.

Hyatt Place FLL pool hours 6am-10pm

Hyatt Place FLL/Cruise Port pool

Transportation to Miami Airport

We needed to get to the Sheridan Tri-Rail Station for transportation to Miami Airport. We booked our first ever Uber and paid $7.38 to travel 2 miles to the Sheridan Street Tri-Rail Station in Hollywood, Florida. From there it only cost $3.75 to travel 23 miles to Miami Airport by train.

$3.75 from Sheridan Street Tri-Rail Station to Miami Airport.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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Comments

  1. not sure why you wouldn’t pick the hyatt house that is basically attached and that includes more space and a full kitchen for the same price! whenever my in-laws come visit, we put them up at the hyatt house (a steal at 8K/night but going up next month to 12K) . . . the shuttle drivers for the hotels will usually take you to the train station for no charge if you ask nicely and it’s “off-peak” time 🙂

  2. I think all of the hyatt places listed here are going up to 12K/night next month. I really liked my stay at HP FLL Convention Center when I stayed there this January-a steal at 8K points!

  3. @Alon – I must have not been nice enough to get the free ride to the train station from the shuttle driver.

    I did not care about having a kitchen for this stay. No grocery store around to buy food anyway. Plenty of fast food places around hotel with Chipotle, Burger King and Taco Bell.

    @A – I was fine with 8K per night for our stay. At 12K per night I would have likely gone with a different hotel chain around Fort Lauderdale.

  4. Did you have two separate airline tickets so that neither airline wanted to pick up the hotel costs and cost to get you to Miami airport?

  5. @Darlene – I had an American Airlines ticket. American Airlines in FLL said I needed to go to British Airways to get compensation since they were the late flight.

    We chose to take care of ourselves.

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