I just returned last week after a 4-night stay at this property (following a 10-night Caribbean cruise on the Celebrity Equinox).
The hotel (Crowne Plaza Hollywood Beach) was nicer than I thought to be honest. I was a bit apprehensive after reading some reviews here but as with all reviews, you have to go with your gut feel. It is an older property but it's been renovated and the rooms and public areas are very nice looking. If you look closely in the bathrooms for example, you can tell it's an older hotel but everything works well.
If you are looking for a resort-style hotel in the Lauderdale/Hollywood area, its a good property. It isn't on the beach but thats not important to me or my travelling companion. We like a good pool and after being on a cruise for 11 days, we'd seen enough water. It isn't the best property to choose for a one night pre or post cruise stay as it's a 20 minute drive south of Lauderdale but, if you want a relaxing resort with a great pool, this is a good choice. As mentioned, it isn't on the beach but it's on the intercoastal waterway and the water taxi stops right there at the hotel. For $20 you get an all day 'hop on, hop' off pass and the taxi takes you to Los Olas Bvld in downtown Lauderdale (shopping and dining area), the beaches north of Lauderdale and its a great way to see some of the amazing mansions and yachts in the area. If you want a crazy time with the 'locals', get off at the stop where Joe's Tiki Bar is - there is karaoke on Tuesday and Thursday nights and it's a lot of fun! The only drawback to the hotel is that there isn't a lot within easy walking distance. The Hollywood Broadwalk is a few blocks north but it's a bit of a hike to get to where the restaurants were we wanted to go to so we usually took a $9 cab ride instead. Great places to eat and drink on the Broadwalk and great people-watching day and night.
The guest rooms are large and comfortable and there is a microwave, sink and fridge so you can pop next door to the 7Eleven to pick up snacks and drinks for the room. Our balcony was large but not in great shape (room 415). We had one outdoor chair, a small patio table and one banquet chair for some reason. I wasn't keen on sitting in a soggy upholstered banquet chair so we never sat on the balcony. We were glued to CNN whenever we were in our room watching the events unfold from the Boston Marathon Bombing so we didn't miss not using the balcony (or I would have probably asked for a better chair).
A selling feature for us (other than being on the waterway and having the advantage of seeing all the boats going by all day) was the pool. (Oh and we even saw a school of dolphins go past one day!) The pool is a large freeform pool much like a Caribbean resort-type so its very relaxing and tropical looking. There is one restaurant (indoor with a patio as well) on the resort open for breakfast, lunch and dinner but for a casual afternoon snack or meal, there is the Lava Tiki Bar by the pool. I do have to say that we had problems on 2 days with our lunch orders (I'm sure it was just a coincidence) but on both occasions, Manny took immediate action and on one day comped a round of draft and on the other occasion, he didn't charge us for our lunches at all. It sure makes problems easier to take when someone offers immediate resolutions like that! He's an asset to the property.
I'd stay here again.
Shout-outs to Mike, the Manager On Duty and Manny at the Lava Tiki Bar. Both helped make the stay pleasant with their warm welcomes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Reserve a welcoming stay at the Crowne Plaza Hollywood Beach Resort, one of the premier Fort Lauderdale hotels. Our ideal location among Hollywood, Florida hotels situates us conveniently between luminous beachfronts and stellar Ft. Lauderdale attractions like Gulfstream Park and Miami Dolphin Stadium. Experience lodging that befits the stunning surroundings. Utilize our state-of-the-art fitness center, taste South Florida hotel cuisine at Elements Bistro or sip a cool cocktail from Lava Tiki Bar & Grille. After a spectacular day of fun in the sun, retire to our richly-appointed guestrooms at one of the leading hotels in Hollywood, FL. Don t miss a gorgeous sunset from your balcony, and take advantage of amenities including complimentary high-speed Internet access, in-room safe, refrigerator, microwave and free premium cable. Upgrade to one of our three elegant suites and enjoy the comfort of a private bedroom and the refreshing feel of modern design. Plan your South Florida travel around a luxurious stay at one of the newest Florida vacation resorts. Discover chic, yet affordable waterfront lodging with one of our Hollywood, Florida vacation packages. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crowne Plaza Hollywood Beach Hotel Hollywood
- Hollywood Crowne Plaza