We stayed here for 7 days having spent 12 days in other Crowne Plaza hotels in Florida (Orlando - Universal Studios & Tampa).
In comparsion to the other 2 hotels, this was the poorest we stayed at. Got the impression that this hotel wants to maximise the money it extracts from its guests.
Starting with parking - (having gone to Universal Studios & Disney in Orlando I thought $16 and $15 respectiely was a rip off) this hotel charges $19 for Valet parking and $17(plus tax) for self parking - whereas, although the valet parking charge is in line with Crowne Plaza Orlando ($20) and Crowne Plaza Tampa ($18) both of the other hotels offer free self parking. I note that whenever parking charges are raised this Hotel's standard response is that the charges are in line with other hotels in Hollywood Beach (are the hotels operating a parking charge cartel?) - just because other hotels choose to fleece their guests over parking charges doesn't make it right for Crowne Plaza Hollywood Beach to fleece its guests for parking - particularly when the parking is on the Hotel's property!
On our first evening we ate in the Hotel's restaurant. There were not many guests in the restaurant - 4 tables max. We ordered meals and our server, instead of bringing Steak & Fries as ordered by 1 of us brought Chicken & mash! With two servers for four tables how can the guy be that incompetant? The result was that 1 of us ate our Entree whilst the other waited for his steak to be cooked. To add insult to injury, added to the bill was a compulsory 18% service charge. This appalling service did not warrent even a 1% tip. I have no problem in tipping for good service but I really object to this "tax" which applies regardless of the standard of service delivered. I passed by the restaurant on many evenings - not surprised the restaurant was virtually empty on each occassion. Prices are higher here than both the Crowne Plazas in Orlando & Tampa. Needless to say, we did not eat here again.
In complete contrast, the service we received at breakfast was excellent - particular mention for Jackie for her friendly professional service.
Thw one excellent aspect of this hotel is its situation overlooking the inland waterway and the execellent swimming pool. One drawback - price of drinks at pool bar is excessive - one white wine and one rum & coke cost over $20. Fortunately, Walmart has a store about 5 mins away (across the drawbidge on Hallendale Blvd) where a decent bottle of wine costs well below the cost the hotel charges for a glass!
- 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
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