As one of the busiest cruise ports in Florida, Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale serves millions of cruise passengers a year. If you are like us and don’t want to risk missing your ship when sailing from this popular port, a pre-cruise hotel stay is crucial. Whether you decide to extend your trip pre-cruise, post cruise, or both, you will want to find the right hotel to fit your travel needs. For those looking for some assistance, we have compiled this look at the Best Hotels Near Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port.

Method

To compare prices for the best hotels near Fort Lauderdale cruise port, we used prices quoted on each hotel’s website. We tested the same night, for two adults, in a standard king bedroom. We picked a pre-cruise stay 3 months out from the sailing date of an off season cruise.  Of course, hotel prices are subject to change at any time and may vary due to season and time of booking.

Best Hotels near Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port

Embassy Suites by Hilton Fort Lauderdale 17th Street

The Embassy Suites on 17th Street offers you a convenient location with a full service hotel that will not break your budget. Home to a total of 361 suites, all guests will be treated to accommodations that will allow you to spread out and relax before (or after) your cruise.

Best Hotels Near Fort Lauderdale Cruise PortBest Hotels Near Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port – Courtesy of Hilton Worldwide

All rooms include a private bedroom and bathroom along with a separate living room with a wet bar so all the comforts of home are right at your fingertips. Families, or those that need their privacy, will enjoy the extra space. You can get some work done or watch TV while others take a nap or enjoy some alone time.

We recommend that you sign-up to be a Hilton Honors member to score free WiFi (which normally costs $9.95 a night) and a king suite on our test night for $210. A Cruise Package to Fort Lauderdale Cruise port entitles two adults to one-way transfers from the airport to the hotel and from the hotel to the cruise terminal for $252 (additional charges apply for accompanying children).

Best Hotels Near Fort Lauderdale Cruise PortBest Hotels Near Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port – Bedrooms at Embassy Suites (Courtesy of Hilton Worldwide)

Celebrate your vacation in style with the nightly cocktail reception, including complimentary cocktails along with some light snacks. You can opt to walk to one of the nearby restaurants afterwards, or stick around for light fare at the Hotel’s E Sport Restaurant and Bar. The next morning, you can fuel up for the start of your cruise with the hotel’s complimentary cooked to order breakfast.

Best Hotels Near Fort Lauderdale Cruise PortBest Hotels Near Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port – Atrium and Breakfast Area (Courtesy of Hilton Worldwide)

Parking is available for an extra charge (starting at $22 a day for self park), and pets are allowed (weight limits and additional fees apply) making this hotel accessible for those travelers who may be commuting to Port Everglades.

Rodeway Inn and Suites Fort Lauderdale

If budget is your primary factor in choosing a hotel, the Rodeway Inn & Suites Fort Laudedable might just be the perfect choice for economic travelers who do not want to skimp on amenities. Located about five miles from the cruise port, but a short distance from the airport, all accommodations include complimentary transportation to and from the airport, as well as transportation to the cruise port the next day.

Best Hotels Near Fort Lauderdale Cruise PortBest Hotels Near Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port – Rodeway Inn & Suites (Courtesy of Choice Hotels International)

An exterior corridor hotel, the décor is light-hearted and bright, which is sure to get you in vacation mode. Cruisers report that the friendly staff, including the general manager Izzy, are one of the main attractions of this hotel. Not to mention the price.

For our test run, guests who are members of Choice Privileges can get a refundable room rate of $133 for a king room. Rooms come fully equipped with all of the necessary accessories, including a coffee maker, microwave, mini-fridge, work station, and complimentary WiFi.  For commuters, a $249 package gets you round-trip transportation to and from the Fort Lauderdale cruise port and up to 10 days of parking.

Best Hotels Near Fort Lauderdale Cruise PortBest Hotels Near Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port – King Bed Room (Courtesy of Choice Hotels International)

With 186 rooms, more upscale accommodations include king and queen suites with wet bar and whirlpool tubs. Family suites are also available offering additional beds to ensure the whole family can sleep comfortably.

The property includes an outdoor heated pool, exercise room, and a full service restaurant, the Marina84 Sports Bar and Grill, serving lunch, and dinner, and cocktails. Continental breakfast is just another add on feature included with all rooms, letting you grab a quick bite to eat before heading to the cruise terminal.

Best Hotels Near Fort Lauderdale Cruise PortBest Hotels Near Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port – Breakfast Nook (Courtesy of Choice Hotels International)

The hotel has pet friendly rooms (additional deposits/costs may apply) and also offers day rooms, making this the perfect stop over point for those looking for no frills lodging.

Hyatt Regency Pier 66

Just a bit further down 17th Street, you will come across the Hyatt Regency Pier 66. With resort style amenities, it is easy to start or end your vacation at this hotel. Offering 384 guest rooms and suites, you will have plenty of options at varying prices.

Oasis of the Seas Western Caribbean Cruise ReviewBest Hotels Near Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port – Hyatt Regency Pier 66

Whether you opt for a marina view king ($279 for our test night) or a king junior suite overlooking the cruise port ($359), you can’t go wrong with these plush rooms. With a simple design ascetic, the hotel welcomes visitors with bright yet subdued rooms and public spaces. If you choose the hotel’s cruise and snooze package ($329), you will receive one-way transfers to the cruise port from the hotel and a “Coffee House Breakfast” at the casual Orchids Restaurant (which is also open for snacks and drinks throughout the day).

Best Hotels Near Fort Lauderdale Cruise PortBest Hotels Near Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port – King Suite at Hyatt Regency Pier 66

The upscale Grill 66 and the relaxed open air Pelican Landing are just some of the other dining options available on this 22 acre site.

The real star of the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 is the outdoor facilities. A total of 3 pools are the centerpiece of a recreational complex complete with lawn games, hammocks, and plenty of lounge chairs that will make it hard to leave this hotel. As you would expect, the hotel also includes a full service spa and fitness center, along with two tennis courts.

Best Hotels Near Fort Lauderdale Cruise PortBest Hotels Near Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port – One of Three Pools at Hyatt Regency Pier 66

Shuttle service to the cruise port can be purchased separately for $7 a person (on a first come, first serve basis), and the hotel does offer parking (starting at $25/day) and complimentary WiFi. See our complete review of this hotel for more information.

W Fort Lauderdale

Located on Fort Lauderdale Beach, and just a few miles from Port Everglades, the W Fort Lauderdale is a slice of ultra-modern luxury. Yes, you will be paying upwards of $388 for the “wonderful” king room, but it will certainly be worth the investment.

Best Hotels Near Fort Lauderdale Cruise PortBest Hotels Near Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port – W Fort Lauderdale (Courtesy of Marriott International)

With bedside USB charging stations and Bluetooth enabled audio features, your hotel room has finally entered the 21st century. Bliss Bath amenities indulge your senses while you prepare for your week at sea. For even more pampering, you can make an appointment at the Bliss Spa for an array of massages and treatment options fit for a Princess (or Prince).

Best Hotels Near Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Best Hotels Near Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port- Modern King Room (Courtesy of Marriott International)

The hotel’s FIT Fitness Center is a complete gym offering ocean views, as well as regularly scheduled classes and even the option for a one-on-one personal training session to kick-start your metabolism and vacation (extra fees apply). Looking for something else? The line’s Whatever/Whenever signature service means that the staff is happy to please you (“as long as it is legal”).

To cool off, you can head over to WET West (seasonally) for a quiet pool oasis. If you are looking for a pool party scene, then WET East is home to the WET Bar where you can enjoy a cocktail and light bite to eat during the day. For more upscale dining, the hotel’s signature steakhouse Steak 954 offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a chic and welcoming atmosphere.

Best Hotels Near Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Best Hotels Near Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port- Patio at the Living Room (Courtesy of Marriott International)

Before you hit the sack, you must visit the Living Room, the adult’s only hang-out that is one part night club and one part lounge with an outdoor patio. After grabbing a drink from the specialty cocktail menu, it will be time to retire to your sanctuary.

This trendy hotel offers complimentary WiFi but no shuttle service, so you will want to plan on taking an Uber or taxi for transport to and from the airport and cruise terminal. Valet parking starts at $36/night.

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina

If you can’t wait to start your vacation at sea, then your pre-cruise hotel choice just might have to be the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina. About a mile from the cruise port, and only a few miles from the beach (with a complimentary shuttle), you are smack dab in the middle of all the action. Not to mention, there is a water-taxi station right outside your hotel which will bring you up and down the Intercostal Waterway.

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With a modern design that is prototypical South Florida, you will find wide open spaces with a sleek design and fantastic views that are only a head turn away. The accommodations are reasonably priced as you can get a king room, complete with balcony and view of the Intercostal Waterway, starting at just $209 for our test night. With wall to ceiling windows, you can gaze out at the mega-yachts while you relax in the cozy furnishings. Depending on the time of year you travel, the hotel’s Cruise Exclusive Offer includes transportation to the cruise port and free continental breakfast when booked in advance.

Best Hotels Near Fort Lauderdale Cruise PortBest Hotels Near Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port – King Room (Courtesy of Hilton Worldwide)

There is plenty to enjoy while staying at this hotel. You can relax in the nearby Elements Pool feet away from the river front. Or, before taking a dip, you can work up a sweat at the adjacent fitness center which overlooks the grounds or on the track around the perimeter and along the river.

Making sure to keep you connected to the water at all times, the G Bar and Grill is your outdoor stop in the afternoon for a drink and small bite to eat. Equipped with a total of four restaurants, your dining options also include Aneta, serving American classics morning, noon, and night, as well as the Asian-fusion Nanking, dishing out sushi and other far east flavors for dinner.

Best Hotels Near Fort Lauderdale Cruise PortBest Hotels Near Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port – G Bar and Grill (Courtesy of Hilton Worldwide)

Parking starts at $25 a day, and small pets are allowed with a room deposit. The hotel also offers a $6 per person shuttle service to the cruise port.

Comments

Do you have another accommodation we should add to our list of Best Hotels near the Ft. Lauderdale Cruise port? Which hotels have you stayed at in the Ft. Lauderdale area? Drop us an anchor below to share your favorite Port Everglades hotel for a pre-cruise or post cruise stay.

Best Hotels Near Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port

Disclaimer

Depending on the dates and length of your stay, prices quoted above may be different. There is no guarantee you will get these rates, and the prices shown above are for illustrative purposes only. Hotels may also choose to discontinue certain promotions at any time, so be sure to contact the hotels first before booking to learn about any restrictions.

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