A Stay in Fort Lauderdale Doesn't Have to Break the Bank

Taking a vacation in Fort Lauderdale is over-the-top expensive, right? With nothing but four- and five-star hotels, glitz and glamour – right? Only the wealthy can afford a good vacation in Fort Lauderdale – right? Wrong. While Fort Lauderdale is certainly known for its high-end accommodations and sophisticated clientele, at the same time, this resort town has an abundance of affordable hotels to call home for a few days while you vacation in this city in the sun. We at 10best know that anyone who wishes to visit the Venice of America can, and at the same time not have to take out a second mortgage to do so. Places like The Bridge at Cordova and Estoril Paradise Inn are two hotels that speak the word comfort. You and your family can stay at either place comfortably and affordability, enjoy the amenities and the company of other enthusiastic guests, and book next year’s visit on your way out. And don’t think that national named hotels like Comfort Inn or Hampton Inn are always on the pricey side. At these two hotels, enjoy top of the line amenities, free transit to and from the near-by airport and Port Everglades – and even plan your business meeting, all for a reasonable rate.



Casitas Coral Ridge
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Set in a very cozy neighborhood, this comfortable and affordable inn is just the place if you're looking for a quality stay that won't break your budget. Ready to welcome enthusiastic guests ready to start their vacations, this hotel's upscale locale in Fort Lauderdale is sure to satisfy. The Estoril Paradise Inn was awarded the Superior Small Lodging White Gloves Award for three consecutive years thanks to their peerless service and immaculate housekeeping. Walk to the beaches, a short drive to great golf, water taxi access, incredible restaurants and world-class shopping are all easily accessible from the hotel's affordable yet impressive accommodations.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Something a bit different for the budget traveler; cozy neighborhood, close to shopping and the airport.

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Hampton Inn Ft. Lauderdale/Downtown Las Olas Area
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What could be more dramatic for your vacation or business trip than staying in Fort Lauderdale's illustrious Downtown? The 156-room Hampton Inn Downtown City Center allows guests to enjoy a comfortable visit and reach the city's businesses, and restaurants and exclusive shops in the near-by Las Olas expediently. Rooms are equipped with a coffeemaker, iron, ironing board, dataport, free movie channel and high-speed Internet access. Nintendo games, pay-per-view and Web TV are also available. Amenities include a complimentary breakfast, fax and message service and free hot beverages and fruit available in the lobby 24 hours. Free shuttle service is offered seven days a week for up to two people per room. Meeting space for 110 people.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Located in the Downtown City Center within blocks of the best shopping, restaurants and attractions.

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Bahia Cabana Beach Resort
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As long as you're looking for a great hotel that's affordable, and one that speaks Florida, you'll find it at the Days Inn Bahia Cabana Beach Resort. Situated on the beautiful and playful Intracoastal Waterway, this resort offers a relaxed setting where memories will be made. The brightly decorated and comfortably equipped guest rooms contain cable TV, refrigerator and in-room safe. Additional amenities include two pools, a playground for the kids, beach access, a restaurant and a bar. Located opposite the beach, 15 minutes from downtown, and five miles from the airport. Offering pre and post cruise packages, consider extending your vacation right here.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Great for a quick business stop-over or a family vacation.

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La Quinta Inn Ft. Lauderdale Northeast
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Placed conveniently on Federal Highway, the 161-room La Quinta Inn Northeast is located just one mile from area beaches, minutes from favorite shopping and dining areas such as Las Olas to the north and the fabulous Galleria conveniently to the east, and just nine miles from the airport. You can expect the quality and superior service you're used to from La Quinta, as comfortable rooms are equipped with a coffeemaker, alarm clock, hair dryer, cable TV, pay per view movies and high-speed Internet access, and video games and players are available for rent. A complimentary breakfast is provided. Don't forget, too that your event can be held here in their 625 square feet of event space.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Everyone trusts La Quinta to offer a great stay with clean rooms, great amenities and convenient location.

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South Fort Lauderdale
The Bridge at Cordova
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If you're searching for cheap hotels that offer quality and an inviting family-friendly atmosphere in the Fort Lauderdale airport area, consider the Bridge at Cordova Hotel. Conveniently located just four miles from the airport Port Everglades, and boasting a complimentary area shuttle, this property offers an unbeatable value. The lobby has an intimate, boutique-style atmosphere, and each guest receives personalized attention from highly trained staff members. With comfortable rooms and suites and perks like a complimentary breakfast with delicious items for everyone in the family, cable TV and free internet access make each room a true home away from home.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Comfortable rooms and suites, complimentary breakfast for every member of the family and more amenities.

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If you're in the mood for something a little different from the usual hotels on Fort Lauderdale beach, why not see what makes this little gem so popular? Angela's Beach resort is a family-owned property that specializes in friendly service, cozy standard hotel rooms, one-bedroom apartments and a penthouse with a private deck that is perfect for a honeymoon. This homey property is simply everything you need and a location that's just a block from the beach, a few miles from Las Olas and a quick cab ride to the airport. All this adds up to a great value. Plus, you can swim in the pool, unwind in the sauna and even bring along the family dog or cat!

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Just one block from the beach, cozy, family-owned with great service.

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Motel 6 Ft Lauderdale
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Located at the corner of I-95 and and State Road 84, this Motel 6 is a convenient and comfortable location for business or pleasure visits here. Full equipped with heated outdoor pool, coin laundry facility, interior corridors and Wi-Fi in all guest rooms for a small fee. Only a few miles from Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport, Port Everglades, and the Broward Convention Center. Bring the kids as they can stay for free, and near-by attractions for them are the Museum of Discovery and Science and Boomers. Local calls are free and Expanded Cable is available. Pets are allowed and the hotel offers free morning coffee.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Conveniently located, well-priced and welcoming to families, children and pets. Also great for business stays.

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Holiday Inn Express Ft. Lauderdale Cruise-Airport
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The family-friendly Holiday Inn Express Fort Lauderdale is conveniently located at the corner of I-95 and I-595 and provides easy access to many restaurants, stores and attractions including Port Everglades, the Broward County Convention Center and the inspiring Venice of America Water Taxi tour as well as historic Downtown Hollywood. Their 78 comfortable and inviting rooms are equipped with high-speed internet access, a coffeemaker, cable TV, voice mail, iron and ironing board. Amenities include an exercise room with state-of-the-art fitness equipment, outdoor pool, convenient concierge service, fax and copy service, laundry and dry-cleaning pick-up, room service and a complimentary breakfast and newspaper.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Reputable Holiday Inn Express brand, comfortable brands and top amenities.

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Premiere Hotel
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Hoping to find cheap hotels in Fort Lauderdale that don't skimp on service? In the classic old Florida style teaming with an inviting pool of sparkling blue water, and a building gleaming of white and pastel yellow, Premiere Hotel Fort Lauderdale welcomes guests who expect a traditional Florida vacation just steps from the beach – and that won't break the budget. The staff at here hang their hats on warm courtesy, and the owner, Mario, is ever-present and incredibly welcoming. Location is another key factor that adds to the hotel's fantastic value – you'll find no shortage of beaches, shops and restaurants nearby. The rooms are astonishingly well outfitted with amenities like cable TV and DVD players.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Easily accessible to the beach, outdoor pool and inviting staff.

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Four Points by Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport/Cruise Port
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Nationally known names does not necessarily mean expensive. The name Comfort Suites not only speaks of a comfortable, accommodating rooms and friendly service, but also affordability. And in a city like Fort Lauderdale where prices tend to be on the high end, this hotel is just the place for the budget conscious. This contemporary hotel is located one mile from downtown and two miles from the beach and the airport. All rooms are equipped with wireless internet access, cable TV, coffee maker, data port and ironing facilities. Additional amenities include an on-site restaurant, a whirlpool, a bar/lounge and complimentary breakfast. Small meeting areas to accommodate forty.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: All the right amenities at the right price and a great reputation that lives up to its name.

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