I like older hotels, because the walls are generally better made and more sound proof. That's my biggest problem with hotels, the noise. We stayed here for four nights, both weeknights and weekends, and it was probably the quietest stay we've ever had. This is a shout-out to the woman at the front desk who took my request for a quiet room seriously -- we were away from elevators, ice machines, ventilating systems, wedding parties and sports teams. Priscilla? I think that was her name. Thank you!
The other highlight was the pool. Fantastic pool! It might be a half-size Olympic pool, 25 meters, I'm not sure. It's truly the first hotel pool I've experienced that has been large enough for swimming decent laps. It's on the roof, too, so there's no overwhelming smell of chlorine. Our son used the small but adequate fitness room.
The room was large and well laid out for a family. The bedroom can be closed off from both the living area and the bathroom. The bathroom can be accessed from both the living room and the bedroom. (In some hotels, kids have to tromp through the parents' bedroom to get to the bathroom.) There are two sinks in the bathroom, and the toilet/shower can be closed off from the sink area. We had a microwave and a fridge, both appreciated.
We were here to attend a family wedding and time was tight, so several times we ordered room service instead of driving around to find somewhere to eat. The meals were very good and the portions huge. Service was great; if they said it would be up in half an hour it arrived in half an hour. The hotel is also literally around the corner from a Publix grocery store and a Dunkin Donuts. The hotel has a restaurant, but on one occasion, we got very good takeout meals from the grocery store. The hotel offers Starbucks coffee, which I don't like, but it was easy enough to pick something up at Dunkin Donuts.
The hotel might want to think about changing one or two things. The television channels are only partly HD. For example, the sports channels are in HD, but the Food Channel is not, so it's a fuzzy viewing experience. To me, it seems like the hotel is catering to who they think is in the room (businessmen), not who is actually in the room (families). Also, hotel management might want to update their bed linens. The quilted blankets on the bed are odd -- the batting in the quilted squares has balled up into tight lumps, making the blanket uncomfortable, not to mention just plain creepy. I asked housekeeping for three top sheets instead; I pulled the blanket off and used the sheets as a covering. I appreciate having the option of a blanket instead of a duvet (they're so hot!), but there must be some other type of blanket the hotel could use. Oh, and that annoying flashing smoke alarm light! It was like a strobe light pulsing on and off all night long. I covered it with towels, but I'm sure that's not the safest thing to do. Fix these minor things and I'd want to live here in this hotel!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sheraton Suites Fort Lauderdale Plantation is an all-suite, newly renovated, full-service hotel within walking distance to the Broward Mall, close to major office complexes, and just 10 minutes from the beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sheraton Suites Plantation, Ft Lauderdale West Hotel Plantation
- Sheraton Plantation
- Plantation Sheraton