Fort Lauderdale Stadium- 0.5 mile, Lockhart Stadium
- 0.6 mile, Ft. Lauderdale Int'l Airport- 8 miles, Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport(FXE- 1.2 miles, Famous Beaches- 4 miles, Wilton Manors
- 2.1 miles, Holy Cross Hospital
- 2.3 miles, Galleria Mall
- 4.2 miles, Port Everglades Cruise Terminal
- 7 miles, Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
- 4.5 miles, Jungle Queen Riverboats
- 4.6 miles, Port Everglades Cruise Terminal- 4.6 miles, Museum of Discovery and Science
- 4.6 miles, Broward Convention Center
- 6.4 miles, Bonnet House
- 4.6 miles, Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Art- 4.7 miles, Ft Lauderdale Amtrak
- 4.8 miles, Las Olas Riverfront
- 4.8 miles, Stranahan House
- 4.8 miles, The Gallery at Beach Place
- 5.5 miles, Fort Lauderdale Beachfront- 5.6 miles, Pompano Square
- 5.7 miles, International Swimming Hall of Fame
- 5.7 miles, Tradewinds Park
- 6.1 miles, Lauderdale Marina
- 6.1 miles, Cruise Line Terminal- 6.5 miles, and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts
- 7.1 miles.
Our Hotel Planner Expert Reviews of Universal Palms Hotel Our expert hotel planners periodically visit and review the hotels we represent in person.
"Welcoming three star hotel right off of Comercial Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale!"
Overall Score4.0/ 5
The hotel is welcoming with many chandeliers in the lobby area. It has a small business center directly adjacent to the reception desk with four computers in the lobby. There are two meeting spaces, both with Chandeliers. The meeting spaces are perfect for your Business meetings
, Conventions and Birthday Parties. There is also catering upon request. The hotel has a comfy bar and restaurant with live Music in the winter. There are 50 suites in the property and 10 executive suites equipped with sink, mini fridge and microwave. The rooms are spacious and colors are neutral throughout. The property has hot Buffet breakfast inclusive in the winter and an unbeatable price of 7.99 per person for the summer. There is a pool, a small gym, a beautiful gazebo for the Groom and Bride and a miniature golf. There are also Roman Statues throughout the hotel, which gives a romantic air to the property. In addition, its hard not to notice the one and only DOS, Joel Needle, with his great personality and professionalism, you will be in good hands at this inviting three star hotel!
19-May-2016 Verified Review
Customer Reviews of Universal Palms Hotel
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.
What you need to know
Hotel Features – The Christian family owned and operated El Palacio Hotel and Resort is located in beautiful Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The tropically landscaped grounds will inspire visitors to relax and just take a moment to enjoy life. Travelers looking for a sun-filled vacation in a convenient location close to both the beach and the city will want to consider staying at the AAA-approved El Palacio Hotel & Resort.
Guest Rooms – All guest rooms at the El Palacio Hotel & Resort are spacious and comfortable. Amenities such as balconies, work desks, and wake-up calls help guarantee a pleasant stay. Guests can also expect to find coffee makers, safes, and irons in their rooms. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in common areas of the hotel, and all rooms come complete with cable/satellite televisions with premium channels such as HBO, ESPN, and CNN. Wheelchair-accessible rooms are available.
Nearby Attractions – With a location very convenient to the Ft. Lauderdale Airport, guests of the El Palacio Hotel and Resort are virtually able to step off the plane and begin their vacations. Also close by are the cities of Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, and Palm Beach. Of course, don’t forget the beach. The world famous Ft. Lauderdale beaches are just minutes from the hotel. Upscale shops as well as funky boutiques, restaurants to suit all tastes, and myriad fun nightlife options are all convenient to the hotel.
Amenities – If desired, guests can spend the majority of their vacation time on the grounds of the El Palacio Hotel and Resort and still have a world-class vacation. A heated swimming pool, fully equipped exercise room, and on-site Sports Grill are all available for guest enjoyment. Conference and banquet rooms can support groups of anywhere between 10 and 400 people. Audio-visual equipment, faxing, and other business services are available for travelers who need to work.
Expert Tip – Guests of the El Palacio Hotel and Resort who are looking for a little adventure on their trips should head to the nearby Everglades for some excitement that stretches beyond what the cities and beaches have to offer.
Details / Other Expenses
|Year of Last Renovation:||2011|
|Corridors:||All Rooms Have Exterior Hallways|
|Non Smoking Rooms:||195|
|Room Windows:||Windows Don't Open|
|Meeting Rooms:||1 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.
|Typical Group Deposit:||350|
|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.
Airport & Shuttle Information
9 miles from Ft. Lauderdale International Airport.8 miles from Port Everglades.Discounted transportation rates available.
Airport Shuttle? Sorry
airport shuttle available.
Currently on weekends we offer a complete hot breakfast buffet for $6.95 per person. This includes eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, yogurt, cold cereal,orange juice, coffee tea, toast.
El Palacio Hotel & Conference Center