The La Quinta Inn & Suites Fort Lauderdale Tamarac is conveniently located 15 miles from Fort Lauderdale International Airport and only 8 miles from local beaches. Popular attractions like Lockhart Stadium, Swap Shop Flea Market, Butterfly World, Dania Jai Alai, and Pro Player are all easily accessible from our hotel. Shop at the Old Time Pottery store nearby, take a short 3-mile drive to the Swap Shop Flea Market, or visit Sawgrass Mills Mall (only 16 miles away).
Company Info: Rating: 2.44
Address: 5070 North State Rd 7, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33319
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1. Tiffany W.
This was our first time staying in La Quinta and we're staying at a few of these properties for our vac in FL.
It's actually not bad. They call these properties "inns" but they are pretty clean and decent, you get free internet access, newspapers, and free breakfast. The price isn't bad at all, for Decmeber (and not hi season) I made reservations about 1-2 months in advance and the rate is about $50-55 before tax. (the downtown location of course would be 2-3x this price.I didn't reserve directly form them (and I do have AAA), i guess my rate could have been 10% less than what i paid for but i booked via a website.
Most of the properties have an outdoor pool as well, but unfortunately we had no time to utilize them.
We just came in from the Ft. L airport so this isnt' the most convenient location if you don't have a car. Also, not the best location for food if you don't want to drive 30-35 miles into Miami/Hollywood.
Everything is great, except maybe the TV....:P they don't have LCDs, but still carry the dinosaur bulky TVs. The windows in all 3 properties i've stayed at have single -pane windows, so make sure you request for a room away from traffic, if the location you choose is close to a freeway or noisy.
22/12/09 | Link
| Rating: 4.0
2. Mic H.
We had a good stay there, none of the problems others have mentioned. We were trying to stay close to the airport, and this was much further away than I thought i was getting. The room was at the end of the hall on the first floor, window facing the pool. The bed was comfortable. The room clean. It smelled fine. Breakfast adequate. For a low price hotel, it was fine. The pool and pool area were amazingly clean, but access is from the outside, not from a door in the hotel. There was noise from the hall from other guests, but because of it's price there were a lot of kids there. The AC fan easily drowned the noise out, once we figured out how to keep the fan from cycling with the AC. It is getting on in years, and repairs were kind of sloppy, like globby caulking in the bath, and the toilet paper hanger was missing, and carpet separating in the doorway. I would stay here again, but would try to find a "newer", cheap hotel, closer to the airport.
09/02/13 | Link
| Rating: 2.0
3. Jerome W.
My first time staying at a La Quinta anywhere, so I was curious as to what value I'd get. I made the reservation on Priceline and it came to about $45/night plus tax. I felt it was a fair price but it would be good to bid less if you get a chance. What's good? There was a microwave, refrigerator, Iron and board, a clean bathtub, and the free internet...kudos for that. No password needed and no hassle, just as it should be. Also, parking was adequate. Air conditioner worked well and was fairly quiet. Suffiicient supply of outlets for plugging in your chargers. The tv is still the old kind, bulky. The location is not resort area of Fort Lauderdale, it's at the busy intersection of SR7 and commercial blvd. The Flanagan's restaurant is nearby and it's a good place to eat.
14/10/11 | Link
| Rating: 3.0
4. Jaclyn S.
Well, it's certainly no Hampton Inn.
Over the Thanksgiving weekend a few weeks ago I used Priceline to score a Hampton Inn for $40 a night. I got lucky with the Name Your Own Price thing. I wasn't as lucky for Christmas--$42 a night for the La Quinta on St Rd 7.
To their credit, it's not terrible. I was actually expecting worse, based on my previous experiences with La Quinta, but both of the girls I interacted with at the service desk were very nice. The first night, however, I arrived on the late side and the girl told me I had to choose between a room with double beds (I was traveling alone) or a king bed in a smoking room. I said I'd take the non-smoking double beds, then she said she also had a nonsmoking king bed room but it was right in front of the elevator. I'm a sound sleeper, so I said I'd take that, and there was no problem for me with the noise level. I could definitely hear the elevator, but once I was asleep I was oblivious. The room itself was certainly not awful, but it wasn't great. The TV was the old bulky tube kind and it didn't go past channel 39, which meant my choices were very limited. All of the channels that the TV did get were very fuzzy. Since I don't have cable at home I try to live it up with the Food Network when I stay in hotels, so I was disappointed. The TV isn't a huge deal, though I think it's time for them to upgrade--surely they could get a really good rate on new flat screens if they bought them in bulk.I can't remember the last time I was in a hotel that didn't have flat screens.
There was a crack between the floor and the door that let in a lot of noise and light. I tucked a rolled up towel between them to drown it all out and that did the trick, but I shouldn't have had to do that. That's just bad design.
The second day I left my room without my room card and went back in the afternoon to change and the girl who helped me was very nice. She got me a new room key right away, and since she was being so helpful I mentioned the TV only going to channel 39 in the room. She immediately offered to switch me to another room and I moved to a room with a working TV. It was, however, still right in front of the elevator. I don't know what's up with that. Speaking of the elevator, it smelled very much like there had been smoking inside of it. I guess since the hotel allows smoking people think it's okay to smoke in the hotel. The new floor I was moved to also had a smoky smell, but the room I was in didn't. It did smell a little bit like pee though. I guess that's because this hotel allows pets. Someone recently peed on the floor in the room--I hope it was a pet. Another annoying thing was that I couldn't completely close the drapes on the windows, so a bit of light peeked through--this happened in both rooms. One of the greatest things about hotels is the blackout curtains, so I wasn't thrilled with that. Their breakfast ends at 9 am and who's kidding who? I wasn't getting up at 8:30 to get a continental breakfast, so no breakfast for me. They could stretch it to 10 am.
Also, both rooms I stayed in were clean enough in that I didn't see anything terrible like pubes in the shower, but they also didn't have that nice clean hotel room smell.
On the whole, it's certainly fine for a few nights and I know I can't expect a lot for $42 a night, but on the other hand, just weeks earlier I stayed at a Hampton Inn for $40 a night and it was amazing. The Hampton Inn really should be considered higher than a 2.5 star hotel because every single one I've ever stayed in has been superb. The La Quinta is really just mediocre--fine, but not good by any stretch of the imagination. I think my favorite things about it are the cheery yellow and orange decor and the free Wi-Fi, which is a total win. Is that enough though? Meh.
25/12/11 | Link
| Rating: 2.0
5. Jonathan B.
I booked a "name your own price" from Priceline. This hotel is where they placed me after I selected the "north lauderdale" option.
1. Pricelines maps, until they are expanded, show the best area p[ossible in the region - not where you'll get a room, though.
Priceline actually owns these reservations and buys in bulk from LaQuinta. (not a bad hotel, better than average)
My beef is with Priceline and their business practices.: North Lauderdale..HA!. La Quinta Website says "located conveniently 15 miles from Fort Lauderdale". Not even close to where I'd intended and their map implied. Since priceline knows where their hotel rooms are located - (they've bought them in bulk, after all) they draw the shaded area map as far out as they need to to include the rooms they are selling for their own profit.
They employ bait and switch, in addition to the location - I also realized when I saw the (tax...??) amount added to the bid price (11% hotel tax for Broward County) they'd also added another 4.75 percent (15.75 percent, no disclosure, no itemized fees, just one amount not specified)
Priceline said I'd received a discount of 34%!!! Not so. The aqdvertised room rate for the same hotel on PRICELINEs' website (not the name your own price but direct booking) was $94. I paid $85 per night. discount was 10.4 %. However - the above padded tax amount - reduced this discount to 5.65%
Please review Ripoffreport.com , my3cents.com and consumeraffairs.com before you EVER give credit card info to Priceline. They will cheat you, and never give you a refund.
Read these complaints on these websites and you will be amazed at the stories. Crook, liars, thieves. That's Priceline. Not all the time,I'm sure some people get a deal now and then, but look very closely at fees, charges,k tax,and compare. The dfeal they present is NOT AT ALL what priceline telss you. BEWARE.
If you have a problem, contact your credit card company and dispute the charge immediately as soon as the charge posts.
10/03/12 | Link
| Rating: 1.0
6. Jenn W.
While the staff at this La Quinta had good customer service & the room was partially updated (new bedding, nice pillows, flat screen tv), the edges were shabby & the other guests were questionable.
My first night I came back from dinner to my entire floor reeking of weed. The second night, I was awoken at 4am by a screaming child whose parents had banished him to the hallway. I called the front desk & they got him let back in his room but the screams continued & I wish I had woken up enough to call CPS.
It was obvious that some rooms were being lived in.
On the plus side - free wifi, free parking, free breakfast, in room microwave & fridge.
11/12/10 | Link
| Rating: 2.0
7. Lynn B.
Although Cathadra at the front desk was extremely nice and personable, this hotel is dangerous, unsafe and terrible. My mom and I stayed there one night in Oct 2014. When we left our room in the morning for breakfast, a young man approached us claiming to be a police detective. He asked us if we'd, "....seen anyone looking to sell pussy for money." I asked to see his badge and ID because I knew he wasn't a cop but we were trapped. We were right in front of our door so we couldn't open that or he might've pushed his way in. We were far from the elevator and weren't excited about being in there with him either. He didn't have ID of course and started asking us for money. I pushed past him and told him I couldn't help him. He then started talking crazy stuff and asking for food. The police came and got him (and his hooker). We immediately checked out of the hotel and were promised a refund of our one night's stay. I have yet to see a refund and have called the hotel many times and they promise it will be refunded. Ugh. Whatever you do, don't stay there.
04/11/14 | Link
| Rating: 1.0
8. James S.
Staff is very friendly but the hotel needs some serious work. First visit I stayed on the floor that had both smoking and non smoking rooms. It was disgusting. The whole floor reeked of smoke!! Was stuck staying there again because everything was sold out. Got on a nonsmoking floor which was much better but continued to smash little roaches while I was working at the desk trying to complete some work. Staff is very good but they are not responsible for the condition of the property.
25/02/15 | Link
| Rating: 2.0
9. Braxton H.
Best Customer Service that I've ever seen. For $69 a night I never expected someone to treat me like the royalty I wish I was!
- Opened the doors for us when we arrived
- Free upgrade to a Suite
- Helped us to the room with our luggage
- Gave us a late checkout without asking
- Room was super clean
- Bed and pillows smelled fresh, clean and was very comfortable!
- Free fast WiFi. I clocked it at 10Mbps download
When we come back to Florida in the future, we will definitely stay here!!
10/12/13 | Link
| Rating: 5.0