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Lithonia, Georgia
Reviewed 15 October 2015 via mobile

This was a last minute trip. Was kind of skeptical at first, but got a good rate. Upon entering the room was surprised. I was expecting a old shower, tub and ugly room. The room was great..updated bathroom, comfortable bed. Only bad thing was the stained lampshade, ugly rusty safe one the floor, old and rusty ironing board and broken...

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PPappasGM, General Manager at Universal Palms Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for the many compliments. As for your concerns, we will review them at our staff meeting so that we may make improvements.

Coral Springs, Florida
Reviewed 14 October 2015

The room is ok..could take better house keeping..I have to change room because of toilet smells...They are very good at making you happy..nice garden pool..I haven't been in. My visit wasn't for vacation..Overall the entrance is fantastic but on entering the floors it's so different (the air conditioning units leaks across walkways, dust all around and lots more) I like...

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Trondheim, Norway
Reviewed 14 October 2015

We stayed one night just after flying in to Ft. Lauderdale. Service was good. The room was ok, a bit old but clean. The A/C made a lot of noise that kept waking us during the night. Location is close to the airport and effective for first/last night before flying. They also have a nice little pool that we could...

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PPappasGM, General Manager at Universal Palms Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for staying with us. Your concerns regarding the air conditioner will be corrected. We hope you will consider us again if you return to the area.

Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 13 October 2015

Essentially i booked through hot wire so it was not my choice nor am i picky. Angel at the front desk is amazing helped us out - upgraded our room to pool view. Gave us complimentary drink tickets it was great. We had a room on the 4th floor - the elevator took up to 2 minutes to come at...

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PPappasGM, General Manager at Universal Palms Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for selecting Universal Palms Hotel for your stay in Fort Lauderdale. Your feedback is important to us and your comments will be taken into consideration at our weekly staff meeting.

East Fayetteville, North Carolina
Reviewed 13 October 2015

The hotel is wonderful and the staff is increadable. I will be back on our next visit. I loved the palm trees and all the waterfalls the pool is clean and so are the rooms. The staff is so helpful and friendly.

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PPappasGM, General Manager at Universal Palms Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind words. We look forward to your return.

Honduras
Reviewed 10 October 2015

The Place IS Good and cheap is agradable people working i known MARITZA VERY ATTENT WITH PEOPLE NICE PLACE NICE PERSONS it could be better opcional if you have break fast but hotel is VERY clean i recomend tthe Pool VERY nice

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PPappasGM, General Manager at Universal Palms Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to submit your kind comments.

Reviewed 5 October 2015 via mobile

Staff was very unprofessional. I cancelled my reservation and ended up paying a fee. The pictures on display are deceiving. This is really a motel! The environment did not feel safe. The parking lot was dirty. The inside reception area is very nice and clean but that is about it.

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PPappasGM, General Manager at Universal Palms Hotel, responded to this review

You say you cancelled your reservation. It's unclear as to weather you stayed at our hotel. Please help me to understand by contacting me. Peter, GM, 954-520-0990

Reviewed 30 September 2015 via mobile

This place SUCKS, the cleaning staff come into your room and go thru your belonging while your out and the hotel front desk act like they know nothing . I would recommend this hotel to a homeless person, not a hard working person like myself

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PPappasGM, General Manager at Universal Palms Hotel, responded to this review

The comments you made are extremely troubling to me. Please contact me regarding your stay. Peter Pappas, GM, 954-520-0990

Nassau, New Providence Island
Reviewed 30 September 2015

I am a person who don't really like showering the tub was never cleaned by maid after my daily use had there been a brush I would of cleaned it my self the maids only pull the bed straight and move and garbage and that's about it. I was told to warm a late of food after getting late that...

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PPappasGM, General Manager at Universal Palms Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing the Universal Palms Hotel for your stay in the Fort Lauderdale area, and we appreciate your feedback. We are disappointed that you did not have the pleasurable experience that most of our guests enjoy. It is always the goal of our team to delight our guests beyond their expectations and we pride ourselves on seeking opportunities...

Reviewed 29 September 2015

The hotel is very good, Maritxa, the front desk manager was very nice and helpful. I would definitely stay at this hotel again! The room was very clean and nothing was wrong with it. I liked how the hotel room was organized and the amenities in it.

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It was our pleasure to have been of service to you. Thank you for taking the time to submit your kind comments.

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Bar/Lounge
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Banquet Room
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Conference Facilities
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Universal Palms Hotel is one block from Lockhart Stadium in the Cypress Creek business district, 11 miles from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, and 4 miles from the beach. Adjacent to Interstate 95, the hotel is four miles east of Florida's Turnpike and Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, nine miles from downtown Fort Lauderdale (Las Olas Boulevard), 10 miles from Port Everglades and Coconut Creek Casino, 13 miles from Sawgrass Mills, and 24 miles from Sawgrass Recreation Park (Everglades). Hotel amenities include the sundeck and pool, garden courtyard and exercise room. The hotel also offers free parking, Wi-Fi access in lobby and pool areas, and one of the largest pools in Ft. Lauderdale. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Universal Palms Hotel

Address: 4900 Powerline Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309-3113
Region: United States > Florida > Broward County > Fort Lauderdale
Price Range: $101 - $242 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Universal Palms Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 191
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Also Known As:
El Palacio Fort Lauderdale
Hotel El Palacio
Hotel Style:
#38 Business Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
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“Please do not get the rooms on the side towards the Tri Rail track. You will be awaken at 4am by the noise of the train and horn.”
 of 5 bubbles 127phillipm, 25 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Avoid booking this hotel at all cost”
 of 5 bubbles 708hannab, 17 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Away from trains”
 of 5 bubbles quest88, 3 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Always get the upgrade, the suites are amazing!!”
 of 5 bubbles roseb457, 2 Mar 2017 | Read review
“don't no is would help but try the pool area rooms , we were in the front street side and the train going by all the time was very loud,”
 of 5 bubbles barbarajS819CF, 16 Feb 2017 | Read review
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