My husband and I just got back from our 1 week stay at the Westin Diplomat (we're a couple in our early 30s).
I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone who is looking for a relaxing resort. Having said that -- keep in mind that it's quite pricey (but we both feel it's worth it...especially when using SPG points).
One of the major pros is that you are on the Beach..and the beach staff are great (see below).
We also saw Vince Vaughan in the lobby as it was the big College Football game in Miami...so that was exciting :)
*The hotel is beautiful and very grand.
*Lobby is wonderful -- a nice place to hang out (except it's pretty cold...too much air conditioning for us considering we're coming to Florida for the heat) :)
*Rooms are great. LOVE that you can choose to get 500 SPG points instead of having your room cleaned (but you can still order new towels etc).
*The Beach Staff are the BEST I've ever encountered. They are friendly, professional, and attentive. The manager (I can't remember his name but he's the one in the blue top) was excellent and the service was fantastic. The chairs are not cheap...but it's well worth it (we spent almost everyday hanging out on the beach).
*Once you pay for your beach chairs...they are yours for the day. Works well when you go for lunch or go to your room and come back. Another pro to paying for the chairs is that you are guaranteed a spot vs at some resorts where people save chairs for their entire group.
*The pool is gorgeous and I love that they are open 24hrs (we would do a sunset swim which was really nice).
*I appreciate that you can take as many beach towels as you need and you don't need to hand one in to get a fresh one (I find that irritating)
*there is a convenient little cafe in the lobby called 'Ingredients'. It's perfect for Breakfast, a light lunch, and snacks. The Yogurt Parfait and the Fruit smoothies were our staples.
*I didn't use the gym...but it looked very nice. They say there are classes...but I don't know how frequent those really run.
*You're 20min from everything relevant.
*Downtown Hollywood was very cute. The weekend is when they have more live music.
*Downtown Fort Lauderdale was also cute..but a little more boring in the evening.
*it's convenient that you can charge everything to your room.
**Note: most of these are nitpicky and would not prevent me from coming back. The main issue is that the place is expensive. Once you accept this...then it's not a big deal.
*We're vegetarian so there weren't many options (and if you are vegan...there is essentially nothing). The pizzas & quesodillas were amazing....but not great for the waistline. It would have been nice if the outdoor restaurant (splash) offered the Veggie Burger or Cobb Salad (no bacon) that the indoor 'Cafe' offered. A grilled Veggie Wrap (not the cold one at Ingredients), is another idea for the hotel.
*we noticed another guest had charged their food to our room (twice). There were over $100 in charges that were not ours. It's important to review your bill. The hotel retracted the payment...but if I hadn't checked that would have sucked. Although it's convenient to charge things to your room...the downside is someone might do this as well.
*Beach chairs cost around $10/chair and the umbrella is around $15/day. It's definitely worth it in the end as they are super comfortable...but it can definitely add up.
*movies in the room are expensive.
*again...nitpicky...but i think the concierges should know more about the area and places to recommend if you want to go out for dinner etc.
- Also Known As:
- The Westin Diplomat Hotel Hallandale
- The Westin Diplomat Hotel
- The Westin Diplomat Resort And Spa
- Diplomat Hotel Hallandale
- The Diplomat Hotel
- Diplomat Country Club
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