4900 Powerline Rd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309 United States (USA)
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3.0 Star Highway Hotel in Broward County
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  • Has outdoor swimming pool
  • The Avg. Group Saves 15.4%!
  • Fitness + Health Center
  • 195 rooms in property
  • 5 floors in property
  • Check-out: 11:00am
  • Groups & Meetings rating of 10.0/10

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Local Attractions

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!
Priscilla S, a local HotelPlanner Fort Lauderdale expert from US flag
19-May-2016 Verified Review

Verified Reviews of Universal Palms Hotel

Below are the verified reviews from guests that we have booked recently:
"South Carolina Travelers."
Overall Score3.0/ 5
The staff was very friendly and helpful they made sure we all were satisfied and comfortable.I would recommend this hotel for a overnight stay but nothing more.The price is right!
(Meeting planner, booked 25 rooms), from US flag
08-Mar-2016 Verified Review, stayed from Fri Feb 26 to Mon Feb 29 2016 at a $109.00 group rate.
"Poor Service"
Overall Score1.0/ 5
Bed unmade, no towel replacement, and had to pay for a safe I didn't use nor need. I will never book there again.
(Individual traveler, booked 1 room), from US flag
16-Dec-2015 Verified Review
"Not Acceptable"
Overall Score2.0/ 5
When we arrived at the Universal Palms Hotel, we decided that this hotel was not acceptable. We only stayed one night and then switched to a better hotel. It was not up to our standards.
(Long term stay guest, booked 1 room), from US flag
11-Mar-2015 Verified Review, stayed from Sun Feb 01 to Tue Mar 03 2015 at a $109.00 group rate (21% discount).
"I Wasn't Pleased."
Overall Score2.0/ 5
Unfortunately, I wasn't pleased. First of all, I booked 8 rooms for 2/21 and 7 rooms for 3/1 over six months ago requesting poolside rooms with king size beds. Neither poolside or king size was provided for our entire party and no explanation or compensation was offered. Additionally, the smoke detectors in our rooms went off at 5:00 am waking us all in a panic that there was some sort of emergency. When I attempted to call the front desk to alert them I discovered our room phone didn't work. Again, no compensation or even an apology was offered. My husband and I spent from 5:30 am until we boarded our cruise calling other area hotels for our return stay and were not successful in obtaining anything due to the size of our party. This is not how we planned to spend our first day of vacation! Upon our return on 3/1, once again king sized, poolside rooms were not available for our entire party and no compensation was offered. One couple was even told there wasn't a room for them! Again this reservation was made over 6 months ago and the hotel manager confirmed everything with me on more than one occasion. Even called me the day we were traveling there to confirm. The staff was extremely slow upon check-in and were not friendly at all.
(Group coordinator, booked 10 rooms), from US flag
09-Mar-2015 Verified Review, stayed from Sat Feb 07 to Sun Feb 08 2015 at a $109.10 group rate.
"Awesome Find"
Overall Score5.0/ 5
I was not sure how the day would go, but everyone seemed happy. The bar was short staffed, but the food was great and very reasonably priced. Would definitely come back.
(Meeting planner, booked 75 rooms), from US flag
07-Dec-2014 Verified Review, stayed from Sat Dec 06 to Sun Dec 07 2014 at a $69.10 group rate (35% discount).
"Awesome Customer Service!"
Overall Score5.0/ 5
Traveled with a group of 36. Joel was superb at helping us arrange everything. He went above and beyond. Cindy the bartender/waitress was the best ever. She worked so hard and was so friendly and funny. I think she even came in and stayed late to take care of us. Paul went above and beyond also. He made special arrangements for us. I can't remember the names of the front desk gals that checked us in but they were also awesome and friendly. We will definitely stay again. Thank you to all the staff!
(Group coordinator, booked 10 rooms), from US flag
18-Nov-2014 Verified Review, stayed from Sat Nov 08 to Sun Nov 09 2014 at a $59.10 group rate (26% discount).
"The Best Organized Hotel Experience Ever"
Overall Score5.0/ 5
From my first telephone conversation with Joel, to my arrival and departure, he was just a wonderful blessing to the entire Senior Ministry our church. We arrived on two buses and were greeted with everything ready to be handed to everyone. I have never experienced such organization ever. I loved it because we had over 90 people on those buses and they were given their keys as they departed the bus. Everyone went directly to their rooms. I expressed that several individuals did not eat pork and he had turkey bacon prepared for them for breakfast. The cook was awesome as well. I can't remember his name but he was a great cook and very pleasant. Whenever I have the opportunity to visit again I will assure you it will be the Universal Palms Hotel. I have no complaints whatsoever.
(Meeting planner, booked 26 rooms), from US flag
02-Jun-2014 Verified Review, stayed from Fri May 30 to Sun Jun 01 2014 at a $64.10 group rate (19% discount).
"Joel Niedle is An Outstanding Manager!"
Overall Score5.0/ 5
Joel Niedle and staff at Universal Palms are outstanding: very professional, helpful, patient, warm welcoming and the list can go on for days! Thank you all for making this trip feel like home away from home. Words can not express how happy my group of 15 are with this stay. Thanks again.
(Group coordinator, booked 20 rooms), from US flag
20-May-2014 Verified Review, stayed from Fri May 16 to Sun May 18 2014 at a $49.10 group rate (31% discount).
"Very Disappointing"
Overall Score1.0/ 5
First of all, they advertise breakfast included, but it's not. The sink in the room for cold water is not working, it's always hot. The bathroom is rusted, water flow is not good, and the air conditioner doesn't work properly either. I will not recommend this hotel!
(Group coordinator, booked 10 rooms), from US flag
19-Nov-2013 Verified Review, stayed from Fri Nov 15 to Sun Nov 17 2013 at a $69.10 group rate (12% discount).
"Best Hotel in Fort Lauderdale Area"
Overall Score5.0/ 5
From my experience, Universal Palm is one of the best hotels in the Fort Lauderdale area. The rooms are super clean and the personnel are excellent in customer service.
(Individual traveler, booked 1 room), from US flag
29-Oct-2013 Verified Review, stayed from Mon Oct 28 to Tue Oct 29 2013 at a $67.15 average nightly rate.

Customer Reviews of Universal Palms Hotel

3.5 out of 5. Based on 1376 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.

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

Check In:3:00pm
Check Out:11:00am
Year of Last Renovation:2011
Corridors:All Rooms Have Exterior Hallways
Non Smoking Rooms:195
Handicap Rooms:
Room Windows:Windows Don't Open
Cleaning Frequency:Daily
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.
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
  • 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
  • Free WiFi Internet
  • 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

9 miles from Ft. Lauderdale International Airport.8 miles from Port Everglades.Discounted transportation rates available.

Airport Shuttle? Sorry, no airport shuttle available.

Breakfast Information

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.

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 79.9% in January 2018 and the highest average individual rate is $500 in the month of March 2018. 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 3350280/--19514080968022/18375335335
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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. Mi
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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