When traveling to the Fort Lauderdale area, it’s nice to save room in your budget for things like bikinis, key lime pie and palm tree paperweights. To keep your wallet loaded with cash for such extras, the region offers plenty of lodging venues for bargain-seeking travelers.Some of the lower-price hotels also offer attractive perks. Pools. Free parking. And, yum, free breakfasts.
After sifting through the wide variety of resorts, inns, B&Bs, hotels and motels, here are our Top Budget-Friendly Broward Hotels. Rates were accurate at the time the story was published.
Near the Slots & Tracks
We found two good choices for folks interested in visiting the Seminole Hard Rock Casino or Gulfstream Park without the resort price tag. These hotels also draw folks cruising from Port Everglades , going to football games at Sun Life Stadium and are also conveniently located near the Ft. Lauderdale Airport.
Holiday Inn, Ft. Lauderdale Airport
Enjoy the tropical pool area and Jacuzzi in between visits to the Casinos, use their fitness center or visit the nearby Topeekeegee Yugni Park while staying at this Holiday Inn. Amenities include complimentary coffee and tea in lobby, free wifi, free parking and free airport shuttle. Restaurant serves breakfast and dinner and there is also a bar on site. Rooms have refirferator, microwave, flat screen TV and a pillow menu. Some rooms have hot tubs and hotel has ADA compliant rooms and other accessibility features. Click to check rates and for more info.
- 3.1 miles to Seminole Hard Rock Casino Hollywood
- 4.2 miles to Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino
Situated by a scenic lake, near shopping and restaurant and right off I-95. Amenities include free continental breakfast, outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, health club, motorized water craft on site and free airport shuttle. Rooms are well equipped with such useful amenities as a video game console, free wifi, coffee maker and ironing equipment. Rates as low as $85.00. Click to check rates and to book a room at La Quinta Inn.
- 3.3 miles to Seminole Hard Rock Casino Hollywood
- 4.3 miles to Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino
Near Great Outlet Shopping
La Quinta Inn & Suites have not one, but two locations very close to the Sawgrass Mills Outlet Mall and both of them offer very reasonable nightly rates, the better to free up your cash for the fabulous deals you will find while shopping at this mega mall. Should you be int he mood for some Scandinavian flair you will find an IKEA nearby as well. Both hotels are also located near the BB&T Center, home of the Florida Panthers Hockey team and often host to concerts.
- Both hotels are 2.0 miles from Sawgrass Mills Mall
La Quinta Inn & Suites at Sawgrass
Amenities here include an outdoor pool, free breakfast, free parking and free wi-fi. There is a fitness center and self serve laundry on site and rooms have microwaves, coffee makers and refrigerators. Rates start as low as $79.00. Click to check for current rates and to make a booking.
Enjoy free continental breakfast before you head out for a day of shopping and a dip in their outdoor pool afterwards to soothe and stretch your muscles after carrying all those shopping bags full of bargains. Comfortable rooms offer free wi-fi, fridge and microwave and premium TV channels. Access to a nearby fitness center, bike rentals and golf. Rates start at $79.00. Click to find availability and more info.
Snooze Before a Cruise
Near the Beach, North Broward
Dolphin Motel, 3215 NE Seventh St., Pompano Beach, 954-941-7373.
The Dolpin Motel has 20 units — hotel rooms, efficiencies and apartments — between the ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. Walk to the beach or enjoy the pool, the bbq and the shuffleboard court.
Amenities include high-speed internet access, and units are equipped with refrigerators, toasters and other accoutrements.
Near the Beach, Fort Lauderdale
Best Western Oceanside Inn, 1180 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-525-8115.
The Best Western Oceanside Inn puts you about 100 yards from the surf and sand. Also in the area is the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic center for diving and swimming. In addition to shops and restaurants along the beach, you’re not far from the shops, restaurants and galleries on Las Olas Boulevard.
Amenities include free breakfast buffet, a cocktail lounge, pool, and free wi-fi. Rooms are equipped with refrigerators, microwaves and ironing supplies. Discounts include AAA, AARP and airline employee rates.
Estoril Paradise Inn, 2648 NE 32nd St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-563-3840.
The Estoril Paradise Inn is an award-winning boutique hotel with emphasis on lush tropical landscaping. Outside, enjoy a heated pool, tiki bar and gas barbecue. Walk to the beach or hop on a free trolley. Shopping, restauraunts and a movie theater are within walking distance.
The inn offers a selection of accommodations, from hotel rooms — for the best rates — to luxury suites. Occassional deals, such as 35 percent off for a 7-day stay, are on the Estoril Paradise Inn website.
Summerland Suites, 700 Orton Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-564-3205.
The Summerland Suites is part of a complex with four pools, bbq facilities, shuffleboard and bocci. Walk about two blocks to the beach, or about five blocks to hop on the water taxi. Las Olas Boulevard is about a mile away.
Amenities include free parking and wi-fi access. All units include refrigators, coffee makers and microwaves and some have full kitchens.
Near the Beach, South Broward
Shell On The Beach Motel, 326 Minnesota St., Hollywood, 800-547-0044.
Shell On The Beach is steps from the beach and merchants on The Broadwalk. The motel offers rooms and efficiencies with kitchens.
Amenities include a bbq and picnic area. The same others also own another venue that is a bit less expensive and farther from the beach.
The Shell Motel, 1201 S. Federal Highway, 954-923-8085, offers a selection of rooms, efficiencies and apartments.
Near Downtown Hollywood
Richard’s Motel, 1219 S. Federal Highway, Hollywood, is part of group of venues in South Broward offering a variety of units from economical singles to two-bedroom apartments. Popular with French Canadians, this motel group features two pools and organizes occassional shuffleboard tournaments in the winter. The motel is within walking distance to shops and restaurants, about 12 blocks from downtown Hollywood and about a mile and half from the beach. Also in the area are the Mardi Gras and Gulfstream casinos.