4900 Powerline Rd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309 United States (USA)
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3.0 Star Highway property
26.18758 -80.15513
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3.5/ 5

Based on 511 guest reviews

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  • Has outdoor swimming pool
  • Comp. Breakfast
  • The Avg. Group Saves 25.4%!
  • Fitness + Health Center
  • 195 rooms in property
  • Check-out: 11:00am
  • Groups & Meetings rating of 10.0/10
  • 7 conference rooms in property

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Local Attractions

Fort Lauderdale Stadium 0.5 Lockhart Stadium 0.6 Ft. Lauderdale Int'l Airport 8 miles Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport(FXE) 1.2 Famous Beaches 4 miles Wilton Manors 2.1 Holy Cross Hospital 2.3 Galleria Mall 4.2 Port Everglades Cruise Terminal 7 Hugh Taylor Birch State Park 4.5 Jungle Queen Riverboats 4.6 Port Everglades Cruise Terminal 4.6 Museum of Discovery and Science 4.6 Broward Convention Center 6.4 Bonnet House 4.6 Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Art 4.7 Ft Lauderdale Amtrak 4.8 Las Olas Riverfront 4.8 Stranahan House 4.8 The Gallery at Beach Place 5.5 Fort Lauderdale Beachfront 5.6 Pompano Square 5.7 International Swimming Hall of Fame 5.7 Tradewinds Park 6.1 Lauderdale Marina 6.1 Cruise Line Terminal 6.5 Broward Center for the Performing Arts 7.1 Butterfly World 7.1 Quiet Waters Park 9.0 Xtreme Indoor Karting .5 Deerfield Bch Amtrak 9.3 Coconut Bay 9.6 Lloyd State Park 9.6 Sawgrass Mills Mall 10.7 Bank Atlantic Center - Florida Panthers 10.8

Verified Reviews of Universal Palms Hotel

Below are the verified reviews from guests that we have booked recently:
"Very disappointing"
Overall Score1.0/ 5
First of all, they advertise breakfast included,but it's not, then sink in the room, cold water is not working, it's always hot, the bathroom is rusted, water flow is not good,air condition was not working properly too. I will not recommend this hotel!
(Group coordinator, booked 10 rooms), from US flag
19-Nov-2013 Verified Review
"Best Hotel in Fort Lauderdale area"
Overall Score5.0/ 5
From my experience Universal Palm is one of the best Hotel in the Fort Lauderdale area. The rooms are super cleaned and the personal are excellent in customer service.
(Individual traveler, booked 1 room), from US flag
29-Oct-2013 Verified Review

Customer Reviews of Universal Palms Hotel

3.5 out of 5. Based on 511 guest reviews , Average

Property Description

Universal Palms & Conference Center is conveniently located 1 block West of I-95 at Commercial Blvd. Exit 32 -mid way between Miami and West Palm Beach. Our five-story hotel is situated in the heart of Fort. Lauderdale within minutes from Ft. Lauderdale airport, down town business center, Convention Center, famous shopping centers and beautiful beaches. GUESTROOMS The hotel boasts 195 spacious hotel rooms including 40 one-bedroom suites designed for extended stayovers. Each guestroom features a coffee maker, iron board, hair dryer, in-room safe, individual climate control, Wireless DSL, and TV with free cable and HBO. Guestrooms feature 2 Queen beds or one king bed. In addition, the suites include a kitchenette with microwave, refrigerator and sink area. The bedroom is separated from the living room and kitchenette area for added comfort and privacy. There are two television, and two phone lines in all suites. Several suites have sofa sleepers. RESTAURANT & LOUNGE Universal Palms Hotel Sports Bar & Grill - Full service restaurant serving great food from 5PM Features four (4) 10 ft large wall screens with digital sound and a pool table for your entertainment. Open seasonally only. ENTERTAINMENT AND LEISURE Relax in our tropically landscaped heated pool. Take a four mile drive down to the famous Ft. Lauderdale beaches. Enjoy our well-equipped exercise room. Wind down with a great HBO movie. BANQUET ROOMS Spacious banquet hall supported by a guest event staff to ensure the success or your event. Great for family reunions, weddings, private parties, religious events and sports groups. PARKING – Complimentary parking We look forward to the opportunity of welcoming your group.

Details / Other Expenses

Check In: 3:00pm
Check Out: 11:00am
Year of Last Renovation: 2011
Floors: 5
Rooms: 195
Corridors: All Rooms Have Exterior Hallways
Non Smoking Rooms: 195
Handicap Rooms:
Suites: 50
Room Windows: Windows Don't Open
Cleaning Frequency: Daily
Meeting Rooms: 7 View Spaces
Meeting Space: 3350 sq. feet
Banquet Space: Holds 280 people
Dist. to Food/Bars: 1.0 Mi
Dist. to 24hr Restaurant: 0.3 Mi
Dist. to Nearest Gym: 0.5 Mi
Lounge/Bar Hours: 8am to 11pm
Policies / Expenses
Groups must cancel two weeks prior to arrival. Individual reservations may cancel 72 hours prior to arrival.
Nightly Parking: 0
Typical Group Deposit: 350
Total Taxes: 11.00%
Total Misc Fees: $0.00 USD
(mandatory resort fees/taxes)
State Tax: 6.00%
Occupancy Tax: 5.00%
Food and Beverage Tax: 6.00%
Banquet Labor Fees: 20.00%
Banquet Bartender Fees: 75.00 Per Function
Avg. Continental Breakfast Cost: 7.95 Per Person
Avg. Plated Breakfast Cost: 8.95 Per Person
Avg. Buffet Breakfast Cost: 9.95 Per Person
Avg. Plated Lunch Cost: 12.95 Per Person
Avg. Buffet Lunch Cost: 13.95 Per Person
Avg. Boxed Lunch Cost: 8.95 Per Person
Avg. Plated Dinner Cost: 19.95 Per Person
Avg. Buffet Dinner Cost: 18.95 Per Person
Banquet Gallon of Coffee: 25.00 Per Person
Banquet Bottled Water: 1.75 Per Person
Banquet Reception w Hors d'oeuvres: 20.00 Per Person/Per Hour

Amenities / Features

Pet Friendly? Sorry, pets are not allowed.

  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm clock
  • ATM
  • Baggage storage facilities
  • Central location
  • Clothes drying
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Concierge service
  • Conference facilities
  • Credit card accepted: Mastercard/Visa
  • Credit card accepted: American Express
  • Credit card accepted: Discover
  • Credit card accepted: Diners Club
  • Dinner available
  • Electronic key card
  • Elevator
  • Express Check-Out
  • Facilities for the disabled
  • Fax available
  • Fitness and health center
  • Hairdryer available
  • Handicap accessible
  • Ice Maker
  • Internet - wireless
  • Internet is Complimentary
  • Laundry facilities
  • Movies in room
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • 24 hours opened
  • Office or business center
  • Private bathroom in room
  • Private garden grounds
  • Radio in room
  • Restaurant
  • Safe in rooms
  • Self controlled heating/cooling system
  • Shower
  • Shows or evening entertainment
  • Swimming pool - outdoor
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Telephone
  • Telephone in all rooms
  • Television
  • TV - Free Cable
  • Voicemail

Airport & Shuttle Information

located 9 miles from Ft. Lauderdale International airport located 8 miles from Port Everglades discounted transportation rates available

Airport Shuttle? Sorry, no airport shuttle available.
Previously known as:
El Palacio Hotel & Conference Center

Seasonality of Hotel Rates at Universal Palms Hotel

Rate fluctuations of Universal Palms Hotel

The chart above shows seasonality of prices for both our group rates and the best individual traveler rates we could find at the time the group/meeting offer was placed. The best group rate shown is 36.3% in September 2013 and the highest average individual rate is $142 in the month of March 2014. This chart will show past seasonality and also project future months. If you are flexible with dates, you may want to consider staying at Universal Palms Hotel in a month when rates are lower.

Meeting Rooms and Banquet Rooms at Universal Palms Hotel

Below are the meeting, banquet, conference and event spaces at Universal Palms Hotel.

Feel free to use the Universal Palms Hotel meeting space capacities chart below to help in your event planning. Hotel Planner specializes in Fort Lauderdale event planning for sleeping rooms and meeting space for corporate events, weddings, parties, conventions, negotiated rates and trade shows.

Meeting Room Name L x W x H
Banquet Space Layout
Crescent Tables Layout
Classroom Meeting Layout
Hollow Square Table Layout
U Shape Meeting Layout
Boardroom Meeting Space
Convention Booth Layout
Theater Layout
Reception Desk for Meeting
Registration Desk for Meeting
Florida 58 x 57 x 10 3350 280/-- 195 140 80 96 80 22/18 375 335 335
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THe Florida Ballroom measures 3350 square feet of flexible meeting space along with a wonderful catering staff to ensure the success of your event.
Room Type:
Total Size:
3350 Sq. Feet
58 x 57 x 10 Ft.
Floor Level:
Ground Level
Power Outlets:
Natural Light?:
Built In Screens?
Built In Stage?
Built In A/V?
Amenities Available
  • Coffee/Tea Setup
  • Food/Beverage
  • Projection Equip.
  • WIFI Internet
  • Podium
  • LAN Internet
  • Microphone
  • Teleconferencing
  • White Board
  • Video Conference
  • Flip Chart
  • Air Conditioning
  • Computer Rentals
  • Simultaneous Interpretation
  • Sound System
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