$63 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Dec 23, 2014 Check-out: Dec 25, 2014

Universal Palms Hotel

3 stars
4900 Powerline Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.0
out of 5
138 reviews
Business Friendly

This hotel is close to airport and beach area. Nice friendly staff and great r See full review

  • Fat man
  • Nov 23, 2014
Ornate Charm, Tropical Oasis in the City

We loved the Grecian-garden/tiki-tropical outdoor swimming pool area surrounded by decorative... See full review

  • M and U
  • Oct 1, 2014
The Universal Palms Hotel surrounds you with all the tropical essentials you would expect from a South Florida establishment, from its jungle-wrapped swimming pool to its rocky waterfalls. Inside, the Venetian Restaurant showcases the hearty passions of Italy in its dishes, and the Aviatic Bar draws you in with a free cocktail on arrival. Tailored packages let you design your own stay, with golfing packages which shuttle you to your first hole and give access to five Fort Lauderdale Golf Clubs, as well as spa and shopping packages to leave you manicured, fine-skinned and fashionable.
Key facts
  • Cable and satellite television
  • Self-catering kitchenettes
  • Pay-per-view films
  • Fax, photocopying, modem and data port facilities
  • Swimming pool surrounded by a tropical garden
  • Business and banquet facilities with audiovisual equipment
  • Wedding, spa and shopping packages
  • Fitness center
  • High-speed wireless internet access (fees may apply)
Neighborhood
Universal Palms places guests in the center of Fort Lauderdale's adventurous zone, where 'Xtreme' go-carting pushes adrenaline levels to the max just along Powerline Road. The Lockhart and Fort Lauderdale stadiums are only half a mile away, for avid sports fans. The city events calendar is crammed with bike fests, river blues boat trips, and cultural festivals year-round, much of it concentrated around the North Fort Lauderdale beach (roughly a 15-minute drive away).
Hints and tips
The hotel comes with a nearby Waffle House that serves up fun dishes like pecan waffles and tasty cheese-eggs.

If you're planning on a trip east to the beach, check out the Sun Trolley for getting up and down the shore more easily.

This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.

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Universal Palms Hotel Rooms

Deluxe 2 Room Suite-Cityview
Suite offers one king bed bedroom as well as a seperate livingroom - kitchenette area for added comfort and privacy. The kitchenette includes wet-bar, mini fridge and microwave. Suites feature two televisons and two phone lines, individual climate control, alarm clock radio, Color TV with 8 HBO channels, hairdryer, internet access, iron and ironing board, and coffee maker.
Deluxe 2 Room Suite Courtyard-Poolview
Suite offers one king bed bedroom with pool view as well as a seperate livingroom - kitchenette area for added comfort and privacy. The kitchenette includes wet-bar, mini fridge and microwave. Suites feature two televisons and two phone lines, individual climate control, alarm clock radio, Color TV with 8 HBO channels, hairdryer, internet access, iron and ironing board, and coffee maker.
Executive VIP 2 Room Suite Courtyard
Suite offers one king bed bedroom as well as a seperate livingroom for added comfort and privacy. The living area includes wet-bar, mini fridge and microwave. Suites feature two televisons and two phone lines, individual climate control, alarm clock radio, Color TV with 8 HBO channels, hairdryer, internet access, iron and ironing board, and coffee maker.
Traditional Room-City View
Standard Room offers two queens, alarm clock, cable/satellite color TV, in room safe, hairdryer, free WI-FI internet access, iron & board, non-smoking rooms, and telephone with voice mail. The room also provides coffee maker and individual climate control.
Traditional Courtyard Room-Poolview
Standard Room offers two queens with pool view, alarm clock, cable/satellite color TV, in room safe, hairdryer, free WI-FI internet access, iron & board, non-smoking rooms, and telephone with voice mail. The room also provides coffee maker and individual climate control.

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Concierge
Elevators
Activities
Outdoor pool
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
Services
Business center
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Conference facilities
Internet
WiFi
Parking
Free parking

Nearby points of interest

  • Lockhart Stadium: 0.4 mi
  • Fort Lauderdale Stadium: 0.7 mi
  • Andrews Living Art Studio: 4.1 mi
  • Old Dillard Art and Cultural Museum: 4.2 mi
  • African American Research Library and Cultural Center: 4.3 mi
  • Museum of Discovery and Science: 4.6 mi
  • Broward County Main Library: 4.6 mi
  • Hugh Taylor Birch State Park: 4.6 mi
  • Broward Center for the Performing Arts: 4.6 mi
  • Bonnet House Museum and Gardens: 4.7 mi
  • Old Fort Lauderdale Villange and Museum: 4.7 mi
  • Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale: 4.7 mi
  • Stranahan House: 4.9 mi
  • Fort Lauderdale Beachfront: 4.9 mi
  • Las Olas Beach: 5.5 mi
  • Lockhart Stadium: 0.4 mi
  • Fort Lauderdale Stadium: 0.7 mi
  • Andrews Living Art Studio: 4.1 mi
  • Old Dillard Art and Cultural Museum: 4.2 mi
  • African American Research Library and Cultural Center: 4.3 mi
  • Museum of Discovery and Science: 4.6 mi
  • Broward County Main Library: 4.6 mi
  • Hugh Taylor Birch State Park: 4.6 mi
  • Broward Center for the Performing Arts: 4.6 mi
  • Bonnet House Museum and Gardens: 4.7 mi
  • Old Fort Lauderdale Villange and Museum: 4.7 mi
  • Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale: 4.7 mi
  • Stranahan House: 4.9 mi
  • Fort Lauderdale Beachfront: 4.9 mi
  • Las Olas Beach: 5.5 mi
  • International Swimming Hall of Fame: 5.8 mi
  • New River: 5.9 mi
  • Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum: 5.9 mi
  • Greater Fort Lauderdale & Broward County Convention Center: 6.3 mi
  • Tradewinds Park: 6.4 mi
  • Secret Woods Nature Center: 7 mi
  • Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum: 8 mi
  • Quiet Waters Park: 8.6 mi
  • Art Children's Museum: 11 mi
  • Sawgrass Recreation Park: 18.2 mi
  • Everglades Holiday Park: 19.9 mi
  • Intercostal Waterway: 26.7 mi

Dining

Aviatic Bar & Grill
.Aviatic Bar & Grill
Venitian Restaurant
.Venitian Restaurant

Meeting facilities

Meeting Info
Host business gatherings and social events at the well-appointed event facilities and meeting space at the hotel in Universal Palms Hotel is spacious and customizable conference and function rooms comfortably accommodates up to 400 guests and is perfect for weddings, seminars, cocktail parties, private dinners, and other occasions.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1500
Check-out:
1100

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (138)

Ratings and reviews for Universal Palms Hotel

Overall score

3 / 5
5.01.0
138 out of 138
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3.4
Hotel staff:
3.6
Room comfort:
3.1
Location:
2.9
Value:
3.4

62% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
alisa516
Business
Washington, DC
Aug 21, 2014

Summer Getaway

The pictures of the hotel on line are very deceiving. This hotels needs a lot of exterior and interior upgrades. I will not spend my money to stay here ever again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
1
Location:
2
Value:
1
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
rich101
Business
new Jersey
Aug 21, 2014

location

Universal palm is located next to a train track. The train runs every half hour and whenever it passes by you hear the roaring and the horn. It is deafening and makes it impossible for you to sleep, if you are a light or moderate sleeper.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
2
Location:
1
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Shopping tip: Short drive from hotel

Sawgrass mall

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Former Resident of SFL
Business
Quebec, Canada
Aug 19, 2014

Just OK

If you're on a budget this is an OK place to stay.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
3
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Mike71
Business
Williamsburg, VA
Aug 18, 2014

Comfortable for the money

Convenient location but train and traffic noise were a little distracting. Some problems with TV and internet connectivity but seemed to get better during stay. Clean and friendly so I would use this hotel if stretched for money and don't mind a couple minor problems. Nice pool and poolside ammenities.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
3
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Weary 1234
Business
Iowa
Aug 18, 2014

Has potential. Needs work

An older motel they're trying to return to elegance. It has a beautiful pool area with lots of statuary and fountains. It even has exotic birds. The lobby is impressive. The rooms are ordinary, but comfortable. There was no microwave or refrigerator. It was the best shower of the trip. The staff was friendly. There was no free breakfast. The restaurant was open only in the evenings. The service was bad. It's an area that can be much better.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
3
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

The beach is 5 miles east and very nice. There are lots of places to eat and shop.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
NelsonP
Business
New York, NY
Aug 17, 2014

Great Hotel!

This is the best hotel for the price you pay at ft. Lauderdale! located around multiple fast food restaurants. The staff is very efficient and respectful.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
3
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Frustrated 101
Business
texas
Aug 9, 2014

Please don't go!!

We arrived after midnight at the hotel. The front desk staff was not friendly at all. She gave us a back room where the sound of the train could be heard so loud that it felt like it was just outside the room. We could not sleep at all. I tried cancelling rest of my stay but they would not refund me, and they said they would change my room. The next day, after they changed my room to the one near to the pool, they would play radio up until midnight. When I asked the staff if she could turn it off, she said she could not, and the radio would be played from 8 am till midnight everyday. The hotel also has a bar, and thus, you can hear drunk people making noise at night. The room was not sanitary at all. We could see tiny bugs all around the sink area. We had allergies with itchiness all over our neck, arms, and legs. This was the worst hotel experience ever.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
1
Room comfort:
2
Location:
1
Value:
1
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Universal Palms Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
JOELCIRCUS
Business
Mass
Aug 6, 2014

Not Bad, Not Bad at All

its a great pick for the money you spend, the staff was very polite and the hotel's location gives you a fair since to the City. not bad, not bad at all

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
3
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Universal Palms Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Mr Prettyheart
Business
Maqssachusetts
Jul 21, 2014

short vacation

when i was checking in there was a spanish who was complaining about the cleanliness of the cover sheet. he said they were stink. i started panicking because i am allergic to dust and smell. i said OMG i am in trouble until a lady called Olmide talk to me from the front desk. she is exceptionally smart. when she give me the room, it was not what i was expected, but they suitable and livable for the money i paid. if i have to go back there i would definitely because of that LADY .

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
3
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Texas travel to get
Business
Florida
Jul 21, 2014

Everything was perfect

Everything was perfect, Maritza super nice girl, the hotel was clean, good service, perfect location

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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