Stay Close By All the Action at the BB&T Center

While Fort Lauderdale is world-known for its sparkling beaches, lined with world-class hotels and restaurants and a sizzling and glamorous lifestyle, there is even more that attracts its millions of visitors every year. West of Downtown Fort Lauderdale in the city of Sunrise, Florida is the magnificent BB&T Center. This world-class arena has become the epicenter of Broward County's many sporting events, concerts and political rallies. Home to the Florida Panther's hockey team, this modern facility has been designed to accommodate more than two million customers each year, and noted as being among the top ten venues in the United States. What's more, the BB&T Center is across the street from the popular Sawgrass Mills Mall, Florida's second most tourist attraction after Disney World. So it only makes sense to want to stay close by to enjoy one of the many events here. Within blocks, and even just a few miles, are many hotels  that range in every price range and list of amenities. From such names Doubletree by Hilton, Renaissance, Courtyard by Marriott, Hyatt, La Quinta, Quality Inn and Holiday Inn – all here to accommodate the many visitors that have taken advantage of their proximity to enjoy events at the BB&T Center and have a home-away-from-home to go to not far away. Western Broward County proves that Fort Lauderdale has much to offer aside from its tropical playground.


Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft. Lauderdale-Plantation
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Conveniently located just four miles east of the BB&T Center, Sawgrass Mills and across the street from the regional headquarters of Mototola at University Drive and Sunrise Boulevard, the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites in Plantation is in the business of accommodating the many out-of-towners they often see. Guests can expect the comfortable stay and excellent service they are familiar with with Holiday Inn. Rooms are beautifully furnished and equipped with high-speed internet access. Amenities include a business center with personal computer and printer available, health and fitness center available with lifecyle, stairmaster and treadmills, outdoor pool, on-site guest self-laundry facilities.

A hotel that specializes in those guests who need to stay longer than just a couple of days, be it for business or pleasure, Extended Stay America specializes in creating a home away from home. Spacious suites offer a fully-equipped kitchen, free Wi-Fi, premium channel cable, free grab-and-go breakfast and on-site laundry facilities. Kids stay free and welcome family pets. This Plantation location is one of nearly 700 nationwide. Just a few miles from the BB&T Center, Sawgrass Mills and fifteen minutes from the Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport and Port Everglades as well as Motorola Regional Headquarters corporate facility, American Express, AT&T Regional Training Center and Sawgrass Corporate Park.

La Quinta Inn & Suites Plantation at Southwest 6th Street
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Well-known for it's comfortable and affordable stay in contemporary setting, La Quinta Inn & Suites in Plantation lives up to expectations in an ideal setting. Only five miles from the BB&T Center, Sawgrass Mills Mall and blocks from Plantation's premiere shopping and dining spot, The Fountains. This property is a convenient and quick fifteen-minute drive to Fort Lauderdale International Airport and Port Everglades. Guests wake up to a delightful free Bright Side Breakfast while reading the morning newspaper. Guests rooms are spacious and comfortable and all are equipped with free wi-fi, premium cable and Plus-and-Play for playing video games. La Quinta welcomes pets, and parking is free.

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Comfort Suites has become synonymous with its great service and comfortable facilities that offer the ultimate hotel experience. This smoke-free facility in Tamarac, Florida, is conveniently located near the always-happening BB&T Center, Sawgrass Mills as well as shopping centers just blocks away. All suites are immaculately clean and just like home. Includes in each are handy microwaves, refrigerators, coffee makers, ironing boards with irons and free HBO, ESPN and CNN along with the familiar cable channels. Also available are AC and USB outlets to keep those necessary electronic devices charged. Fitness center, outdoor pool and hot tub, laundry facilities and same-day valet service make for an unforgettable stay. Enjoy a free hot breakfast, and for guests who are leaving early, take along a Your Suite Success Grab & Go bag that will be available for two hours prior to breakfast. Business travelers can take advantage of their 850-square-foot meeting room.

Quality Inn Sawgrass Conference Center
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For a true quality stay book a room at the Quality Inn Sawgrass Conference Center. Centrally located about four miles east of the BB&T Center, Sawgrass Mills, and easily accessible to the Motorola Regional Headquarters corporate facility, American Express, AT&T Regional Training Center and Sawgrass Corporate Park, as well as a quick ride from the Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport and Port Everglades, this hotel is ideal for the business traveler or a vacation stay. With comfortable and well-maintained rooms and amenities that include free full breakfast buffet, free wireless high-speed internet access in every room, a free weekday newspaper and an beautiful and tropical outdoor heated pool, this will easily become a home away from home. The conference center facility is excellent for any business meeting, which can accommodate up to 775 guests.

Proud to offer "Authentic Hospitality" in only the way that Hyatt name offers. With spacious and comfortable rooms and amenities of complimentary Wi-Fi and high speed DSL Internet access, computer data port, 42" flat-panel HDTV featuring HD channels and on-demand movies, games and music, two telephones, mini-refrigerator, iron with ironing board and coffee maker and tea maker. Suites also come furnished with corner sofa-sleeper for additional guests. Located on Broward Boulevard in Plantation, just a few miles from the BB&T Center, Sawgrass Mills Mall, 10 minutes from the popular Seminole Hard Rock Casino and six miles west of Downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Hampton Inn & Suites Ft. Lauderdale West-Sawgrass/Tamarac
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Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Lauderdale/West-Sawgrass/Tamarac on Commerical Boulevard is just a quick five-mile drive to the BB&T Center and the very popular Sawgrass Mills Mall. In keeping up the high standards that Hampton Inns are noted for, this hotels offers its guests a comfortable stay in an elegant setting. Every room and suite is clean and well-furnished and are equipped with free high-speed internet access, lap desk, 32-inch TV and the famous, comfortable Hampton bed. Fitness enthusiasts can take advantage of the hotel's large fitness center and sparkling outdoor pool. This facility also accommodates those who must combine some business with pleasure with their business center, which includes two computers and complimentary copy, printer, fax and postal services. And, as always, the Hampton 100% money back guarantee applies if by some unlikely chance that guests find they did not enjoy their stay.

Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Plantation
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With the name like Courtyard By Marriott, guests know exactly what to expect: Quality, top-notch service and stellar accommodations that has made the Marriott hotel chain one of the world's best. Located in Plantation's shopping district of The Fountains and near Broward Mall, and approximately five miles from the BB&T Center and the world-known shopping mecca of Sawgrass Mills, the Courtyard by Marriott Plantation is in an ideal location. With comfortable suites and rooms equipped with King or Queen beds and some with sofabeds for convenient pull-out for guests. All come with complimentary wireless and this property offers the world-class amenities guests have come to expect with Marriott. Available also are in-house eateries such as The Bistro which offers many delicious choices, a variety of breakfast and dining options, an evening bar and a variety of specialty beverages made with Starbucks coffee. Free shuttle to and from the airport.

Renaissance Fort Lauderdale-Plantation Hotel
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The Renaissance Plantation at the corner of Pine Island Road and I-595 offers the ideal accommodations for those who enjoy an elegant and chic stay with all of the upscale amenities expected in South Florida. With a fitness center, shimmering pool and attentive service, this is the ideal spot for business meetings or an elegant wedding reception as it is equipped with 10,000-square feet of meeting and event space. Beautifully decorated and comfortable 250 guest rooms and suites are available with wireless internet access, and also convenient in-room mini-fridges and safes are standard. Just a few blocks to the BB&T Center and great shopping at Sawgrass Mills Mall.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sunrise - Sawgrass Mills

Doubletree Hilton is world-known for its outstanding quality properties with world-class amenities and attentive service and outstanding concierge. Upon arrival here, guests are greeted with Doubletree's signature, warm chocolate chip cookies and by the friendly staff. Guest rooms and suites are comfortably suited with double or king Sweet Dreams beds, all with hypo-allergenic down pillows, and oversized chair with ottoman. All rooms come with convenient small refrigerator and microwave, TV's, high-speed wireless internet access and a desktop outlet with comfortable, adjustable ergonomic executive chair to make getting that work done a bit more pleasurable. And only blocks from the BB&T Center and across the street from Sawgrass Mills Mall.


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Dale Mack has been involved in Fort Lauderdale tourism and promotions for over twenty years. Working for Travelhost Magazine in Dallas, Texas, he was especially drawn to the edition...  More About Dale