Cheap place to stay in Fort Lauderdale

  • dmhe

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    Jan 17, 2011 10:08 PM GMT
    I am looking for a decent affordable hotel in Fort Lauderdale. Any suggestions?
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    Jan 17, 2011 10:23 PM GMT
    Fuck Ft. Lauderdale. Stay at the Ocean Palm in Sunny Isles.
    It's one block from Haulover Beach (clothing optional), and it's very inexpensive.
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    Jan 17, 2011 10:45 PM GMT
    dmhe saidI am looking for a decent affordable hotel in Fort Lauderdale. Any suggestions?

    Please define affordable. You can e-mail me directly if you don't want to discuss money matters in public. I know a great many places down here. And paulflexes is of course right about Sunny Isles being near Haulover Beach. On the other hand, kinda nowhere otherwise, without a rental car and a good street map or GPS. The best thing fairly nearby is South Beach (the place with the wonderful art deco hotels, not the RJ member by that name).

    So another question for you is what kind of hotel? Gay? No Preference? Near the beach? Near the airport? Near the gay scene? Anywhere in Fort Lauderdale (which is quite sprawling)? And, what dates? Big rate drops after about April 15. Prior to that you're paying the highest room rates here. Can't quote you without the dates.

    Oh, and for when you're here, I'll give you my cell # so you can arrange to meet us if you like. Name the food you enjoy, or the thing you'd like to do, and we'll know the best place for it. Maybe get to meet paulflexes, too. He's a great guy!

    And, if you're flying to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood airport (FLL), and weren't planning to get a rental car there, we can give you a lift within the Fort Lauderdale area, schedules permitting. And take you back. Again, e-mail me to initially coordinate, and then we'll use the cell phone. I meet & drop-off people at that airport almost weekly, even have an iPhone app for it. LOL!
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    Jan 18, 2011 1:30 AM GMT
    I've stayed here a couple times. It's not high end fancy pants, but the owners and staff are nice, the place is well kept, it's close to the beach, the guests always seem friendly and quite diverse (in age, backgrounds, etc.), and it's not very expensive.

    http://www.elysiumresort.net/
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    Jan 18, 2011 3:15 AM GMT
    There are a couple of cheap dives on the beach right on A1A.
    And less expensive hotels further inland.
    Guess it depends not just on your defenition of "affordable" but also of "decent".
    (In my case, I don't plan to spend much time in the room, so as long as its clean and has hot water....)

    I'm coming down for a football tournament next month and also have a question for the locals.
    The games will be at Holiday Park at the corner of Sunrise & Federal.
    Across Sunrise there's a Travelodge.

    If I were to stay there, how easy is it to get to the beach on a Friday?
    If I rent a car, is there parking near the beach?
    Is there a (frequent) bus or should I cab it?

    How about getting to and from Wilton Manors for the night festivities?
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    Jan 18, 2011 3:54 AM GMT
    Caesarea4 saidAcross Sunrise there's a Travelodge.

    If I were to stay there, how easy is it to get to the beach on a Friday?
    If I rent a car, is there parking near the beach?
    Is there a (frequent) bus or should I cab it?

    How about getting to and from Wilton Manors for the night festivities?

    You must have seen their link:

    http://www.travelodge.com/Travelodge/control/Booking/property_info?propertyId=12419&cid=carat_search-Travelodge&iataNumber=00065402&client_account2=1000008335

    Holiday Park, BTW, is right next to the Parker Playhouse, which often has some good entertainment. (We saw Dame Edna there, and Sandra Bernhard) However, it's a very long walk to the beach.

    They say 1.5 miles on their site, which seems short to me, but then they say that Bonnet House, a historical site that is worth seeing, is 2 miles. Well, Bonnet House is just BEFORE the beach, going down Sunrise Blvd. Doesn't compute.

    Plus that stretch of beach at the end of Sunrise has nothing there. To get to gay Sebastian Beach you have to then turn right (south) onto A1A and go nearly another mile, where there are restaurants and bars, and beach shops, etc. That's where most of the gay guesthouses and resorts are clustered, like the Elysium that iguanaSF mentions. And not too bad of a place, but at high season rates in February.

    Wilton Manors is about 3 miles from that Travelodge. I'm not sure about bus routes, you'll have to check online, but I THINK something should be going down Sunrise to A1A. You can catch a bus to Wilton Manors at the corner of Sunrise & NE 4th Ave (later becomes Wilton Drive) about 3/4 mile west from the Travelodge. Google-map it and you'll see, there's a Homo Depot on that corner.

    Their site did not mention any airport shuttle service. But as I offered to the OP above, I can easily pick you up at FLL airport, and bring you back, if our schedules work. We'll be in Key West the entire last week in February.

    So while that Travelodge is certainly convenient to Holiday Park, you're kinda far from everything else and will need a taxi or a rental car. But then if you were closer to the other things, you'd still need a way to get to the park.

    There is metered parking along sections of A1A at the less interesting stretches of the beach. But if you go down to Sebastian Beach, at Sebastian Road (as you should) you'll need to use an indoor garage on a side street. A1A splits there into 1-way north and south, separated by a whole block.

    Wilton Manors along Wilton Drive is now all metered parking. Either classic coin meters on Wilton Drive and some side streets, or a pubic outdoor lot near City Hall, where you buy a pass at a sidewalk vending machine and place it on your dashboard. You'll see that elsewhere in Fort Lauderdale, as well.

    There is free parking in the lots around the Shoppes of Wilton Manors, the strip mall where Georgie's Alibi is located, but even in daytime on a weekend that can be difficult. At night it's almost impossible. There's also a free lot behind Bill's, but that's mostly filled, too, and changes to valet parking on weekend nights. As does Rosie's up the drive.
  • jperfit

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    Jan 18, 2011 6:08 AM GMT
    they are on the bed bug register (travelodge)
  • allatonce

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    Jan 18, 2011 2:42 PM GMT
    I was actually looking at heading down to Southern Florida for a while too. But I was thinking like a month or so. Anybody know of short term apartment rentals or anything like that? I looked on craigslist but there wasn't anything that great. Are there any other websites or should I stick there?
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    Jan 23, 2011 10:49 PM GMT
    jperfit saidthey are on the bed bug register (travelodge)


    Indeed! Would recommend Best Western in Dania Bch which is two years young just off of I-95 @ Sterling. Stayed there in March 2009 (just after opening) and was most pleased!
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    Jan 24, 2011 12:31 AM GMT
    allatonce saidI was actually looking at heading down to Southern Florida for a while too. But I was thinking like a month or so. Anybody know of short term apartment rentals or anything like that? I looked on craigslist but there wasn't anything that great. Are there any other websites or should I stick there?
    The chances of short-term apt rentals here are somewhere between zero and nill.
    It's so overcrowded already that no landlords will allow anything less than a 1-year lease.
    You might get lucky and find someone who has a room they'll rent for a month, but even the chances of that are very slim.