The main airport for the Fort Lauderdale area is the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. It is a busy hub not only for visitors to Fort Lauderdale itself, but also for anyone departing on cruise ships docked in Port Everglades. For that reason, there are many Fort Lauderdale airport hotels to choose from, ensuring that travelers have a convenient place to stay when embarking on their vacation in Florida or the Caribbean.
Since Fort Lauderdale is only a stopover for many people, the Hollywood Airport area has many simple, cheap Fort Lauderdale airport hotels to choose from. The Sleep Inn and Suites Fort Lauderdale Airport, Comfort Inn Airport/Cruise Port South, and Days Inn Hollywood Airport South are all located a short distance from the airport and offer free shuttles to and from the airport and the cruise ship port for most of the day. Amenities are basic, but they are comfortable and included in the price of the room. All three hotels offer a free continental breakfast, free high-speed internet, cable television, an outdoor pool, free local calls, and a fitness center. The Comfort Inn has a car rental desk and laundry facilities on-site, while Days Inn has a 24-hour Denny's Restaurant on the property. Any of these hotels near Fort Lauderdale Airport would provide comfortable accommodations for a simple, short stay.
The Hampton Inn Fort Lauderdale Airport North is another cheap Fort Lauderdale airport hotel only three and a half miles from the airport, but it attempts to offer a bit more than other area accommodations. While it also offers a complimentary airport and cruise port shuttle service, it also prides itself on British Colonial Décor and rooms that offer king-size Cloud Nine Hampton beds, chaise lounges, and walk-in showers. High-speed internet access and a movie channel are provided at no extra charge, and hot breakfasts are available to eat in or take away. This makes it easy to start your day with a quick bite en route to the airport or to take a more leisurely breakfast to some of the local attractions, such as Pompano Beach or Everglades National Park.
If you prefer a bit of resort-like luxury in an airport hotel, along with a convenient location, there are two hotels near the Fort Lauderdale airport that combine the best of both worlds. The first is the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport and Cruise Port Hotel (pictured), a mere five minutes from the airport. The Sheraton's 250 guest rooms offer standard resort amenities in a resort-like setting, including the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper bed and 37-inch flat-screen televisions in each room. Upgrade to the Sheraton Club to enjoy the fitness center and club lounge with complimentary breakfast and afternoon hors d'oeuvres. Also, try the Hilton Place Fort Lauderdale Airport North, only one mile away from the airport. The standard guest rooms here come with Hilton Serenity beds, granite desktops, Crabtree and Evelyn bath products, an mp3 player, cable TV, and a luxury showerhead. Both resorts have full service restaurants, pool areas, and free airport/cruise port shuttles.
For those looking for the best among the Fort Lauderdale airport hotels, there is only one place for you to go: the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Located only six miles from the airport, this resort is one of the very few hotels near Fort Lauderdale Airport to be awarded the AAA Four Diamond award. Its 481 luxurious guest rooms and suites aim to pamper, with Tivoli stereos and 100% Egyptian cotton bedding. The four-and-a-half acre pool lagoon offers a pool bar, an elevated spa and a 182-foot water slide. Dining, gambling, and shopping options are plentiful, and live shows grace the stage frequently. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is also home to Seminole Okalee Indian Village, an interactive educational facility where visitors can learn about the Seminole Indian Tribe firsthand. The Seminole Hard Rock is not a cheap Fort Lauderdale airport hotel, but it is worth every penny.