Anair80...I can tell you, the Renaisannce is a really good deal. It has always been as it opened maybe right before 9/11, so it never did well until this winter. But summer rates are good anywhere (not the in season, so now is the time to visit!). How does $129 for a Quality room or $189 for a Junor Suite (with living area and jacuzzi)?
I just remembered a couple of things about the Rennisance hotel:
1) there is a resturant...hear the food is good. They do serve a normal breakfast, however I stayed on the club level (which is AMAZING...great views of Downtown as well as a nice TV
...oh and the food's good, too!), so didn't eat it. Additionally, there is a bar right next to check in.
2) There is a standard work out room and pool...the pool can get noisy as it is right on 17th street. (Shaded by trees)
3) When I was there, there was a sign that says "Gift Shop"...but there was not. I believe they were going to put one in, but if you cannot find one, don't ask as there probably isn't.
4) If you gotta do business, there is a full service business center!
Additionally, there is a Rennisance in Plantation (in the landing path, but I cannot guarentee a good view of the planes). It is off of I95 at Pine Island and that is as low as $89/night.
NOW, if you want VIEWS... I suggest the Marriott Marina! The Renisannce on the beach DOES NOT FACE THE AIRPORT! However, the Marriott, if you get a SEAPORT VIEW on the top 3 floors HAS A SPECTACULAR view, and you get full tower frequency...not to mention a view of the cruise ships or cargo ships. There is a quality room...non view...for $129...I believe that non room is the port, but just to be on the safe side they have water views for as low as $139 a night. Call ahead and see which rates apply to the port views. This hotel is worth EVERY PENNY that you pay! The view is amazing, my #1 spotting hotel in Borward County! They have a great pool, with a poolside bar/grill. They serve starbucks and bagles etc in the lobby in the morning...they have a GREAT gift shop...and they have an AWESOME waterfront resturant. You can see the Ychats (some of the best Ychats in SOUTH FLORIDA, which is a high honor, park at the Mariott Marina...in fact, one of the best in the WORLD, which was on the Travel Channel parks or parked there. There is a nice path to walk and see the Ychats. Also, not sure if its still there, but they had a game room. OF
course, they have a great work out room as well. It is my personal favorite hotel