My dad, my four-year-old daughter and I headed to South Florida this March to get some much-needed sunshine and spend some time together. I did a bunch of research to find the right place to stay, and settled on the Embassy Suites Fort Lauderdale 17th Street.
I chose this hotel because:
- It has large one-bedroom suites that would allow us to all stay in one room together
- I could book it using Hilton Honors points and pay nothing out-of-pocket!
- It provides complimentary breakfast and a manager’s reception every evening
- It’s located close to the airport, beach, and other attractions
I shared a trip report in this post including how I paid only $90 out-of-pocket for the whole vacation! I’ll share a thorough review of the hotel in this post, plus some tips for staying at this and other Embassy Suites.
Overview & Amenities
Embassy Suites is one of three all-suite brands in the Hilton portfolio. The Hilton website describes Embassy Suites as having “a relaxed, upscale environment” and that is exactly the vibe I got from this hotel.
All of the suites open into a atrium, which I think is common for Embassy Suites hotels. This hotel had 17 floors, so if you aren’t a big fan of heights, I’d suggest opting for a room on a lower floor! You can select your exact room before you check-in with the Hilton app (I walk you through the process in this post).
I thought the public areas of the hotel were lovely, especially the rock and water features in the atrium. It lent a tropical feel to the hotel, which is what we (and most others, I’d guess) came to the area for!
There grounds of the resort were equally tropical and charming, though fairly small. The hotel’s website describes it as “an oasis on the 17th street causeway” and you really can’t tell you are right in town from the pool area.
The pool was a big draw for us since my daughter LOVES to swim. We ended up spending hours at the pool every day since it was too windy to go the the beach. We were so grateful that the pool area was protected from the wind and had a hot tub so we could warm up if we got too cold!
OK, I’m not gonna lie… the free food was one of the main reasons we stayed at this hotel. It helped lower the overall cost of the trip substantially and made life easier since we didn’t have to leave the hotel as often as we would have otherwise.
All Embassy Suites offer a complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast every day. I didn’t have overly high expectations, but the food ended up being the best free hotel breakfast I’ve ever experienced (by far)!
There were plenty of healthy options and stuff that kids will love. I waited in a short line for a made-to-order omelette and was glad I did – it was amazing!
All Embassy Suites also offer a complimentary evening reception every night of the week. This sets Embassy Suites apart from all-suite hotels from other brands, such as Residence Inn which only offers a reception Monday through Wednesday nights.
I expected a few bottles of wine and a few beers on tap, similar to what we experienced during our our stay at a Staybridge Suites last summer. Instead there was basically an open bar where a bartender would make you whatever you’d like, on the house. I’m not much of a drinker but I did enjoy a few fun mixed drinks that I would never normally have!
We enjoyed the snacks that were included in the evening reception, too, as you can tell from the above picture. There were fresh veggies and dip, pretzels, chips, pita chips and hummus, popcorn, and lemonade available.
There was plenty of seating available both indoors and out close by, and we enjoyed our appetizers and drinks on the patio. I was very impressed by the quality of the evening reception, and based on the crowd that gathered there each night I’m not the only one!
Every single room at Embassy Suites consists of a one-bedroom suite. There was a large bedroom with two double beds (you can also choose a room with one king), one bathroom, and a living room with a pull-out couch.
There were actually three sinks in the suite as there was this sink in the bedroom, a sink at the minibar in the living room, and sink in the bathroom. This made it easy for everyone to get ready at once, which is always a struggle on vacation, right?
The living room was spacious and included plenty of seating. I liked that there was a table at which to eat and work.
The bathroom was on the small side but was totally functional.
Don’t expect much from the balcony, as they are tiny. Our bummer of a view was of the roof of the restaurant. I booked a low room close to the pool hoping for a nice pool view, but got this instead.
The suite had lots of room to move around in and was in good condition. This is a busy hotel and some of the fixtures showed a little wear and tear, but nothing that detracted from our stay. Having two rooms was essential because we were traveling with three generations with very different bedtimes.
A manager checked in with us via text a day into our stay and asked if there was anything she could do to improve our stay. The door between the bedroom and living in our suite was broken and making a horrible clacking sound, so I brought that to her attention and told her that otherwise we were having a perfect stay.
She sent someone up to fix it that evening and gave us a $50 voucher to the restaurant for our inconvenience, which I certainly didn’t expect! I thought the service was great at the hotel and liked how management was proactive about addressing any concerns. I would suggest letting management know if there’s anything they can do to improve your trip, since it makes their job much easier!
Cost & Value
I was able to book our stay at this property with my stash of Hilton Honors points. I earned most of the points I needed for our stay from the 100,000 point sign-up bonus from the Hilton Honors Surpass Card from American Express. Considering the out-of-pocket cost for our room would have been over $900, I think I got good value from these points!
The fact that we got a two-room suite with points made them even more valuable. We would have had to book two separate rooms at any other hotel, which would definitely have set up back way more points. If you are traveling with kids or just like more space, I’d recommend looking for suite that will stretch your points even farther.
The price of a room at this hotel seems to vary dramatically through the year. I found rooms in May for $155 per night when you book through the Hilton site. Considering that you get a two-room suite, and awesome breakfast, and the evening reception, I think $155 is a steal for this place.
If you have a car with you, there is a pretty steep $22 per night fee for self-parking. However there was no resort fee, unlike many other hotels in South Florida, which was a big plus for me.
Overall, I thought we got incredible value from our stay on points. Aside from a rude server in the restaurant, I enjoyed everything about this hotel. I especially enjoyed the large two room suite and all of the quality food that was included in out stay!
I would recommend the Embassy Suites in Fort Lauderdale without hesitation. This was my first time staying at any Embassy Suites, and I was really impressed by the brand. What do you think? Have you ever stayed at an Embassy Suites? Do you think it would be a good fit for the way you like to travel? Please leave a comment below!