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“Good place to stay instead of Fort Lauderdale” 4 of 5 stars
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Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   3555 South Ocean Drive, Hollywood, FL 33019   |  
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Manalapan, New Jersey
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“Good place to stay instead of Fort Lauderdale”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

The Diplomat is a great alternative in Hollywood when you want to relax and avoid the Fort Lauderdale beach area.
Rooms are clean,modern and comfortable. Oceanside rooms will afford you a terrific experience as you are right on the beach.
The beach is perfect to take a run or walk without too many strange folks like other areas.
Hotel steakhouse is top notch as is the service when you ask for anything. Close to everything.

Went for business but will go back for pleasure. Not cheap but affordable and worth every dime.

Room Tip: High floor beachside is great.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Karianne A, Guest Services Manager at Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa, responded to this review, October 30, 2013
Dear 68braveheart,
Thank you for taking the time to share some feedback from your recent stay at our resort. We are delighted to hear that you found the experience so enjoyable and a good alternative to some other options in the area. Our service and amenities will be awaiting your next arrival.
Be well,
Karianne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Beautiful resort located on the beach in Hollywood Florida. Great atmosphere, comfortable clean rooms, friendly staff. Great location with easy access to many things to do, from Miami to Fort Lauderdale.

Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Karianne A, Guest Services Manager at Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa, responded to this review, October 30, 2013
Dear Bruce S,
Thank you for sharing how much you enjoyed your stay with us. It is always a pleasure to hear when the resorts atmosphere and friendly staff had such a positive impact on a guest’s stay. We hope to welcome you back soon to South Florida for another great retreat.
Be well,
Karianne
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dania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

I take my wife a couple times a year to this beautiful hotel.(her favorite) Its called a stay-cation ,when we just need to get a break from the usual.The rooms are magnificent and the best views of the city and the coast line anywhere. The heavenly beds ROCK and the sunken bathtubs are what honeymoons are made for,even if you've been married a while. Everything on the premises is immaculate and well cared for. The beach is beautiful and offer the benefit of loud with kids or an upstairs and more quite pool.We highly recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: if you can, try to get a room with partial ocean and city views and up high as you can... breath tak...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Karianne A, Guest Services Manager at Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa, responded to this review, October 30, 2013
Dear jruccolo,
We are so pleased to hear that you choose our resort for your local getaways. It is wonderful to hear that you continue to enjoy our amenities with each visit and we hope to see you again soon.
Be well,
Karianne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We loved our stay at the Westin Diplomat. The facilities were excellent. We especially loved the beach and work out facilities. We enjoyed having a cabana by the pool. The steakhouse was just okay though.

Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Karianne A, Guest Services Manager at Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa, responded to this review, October 30, 2013
Dear Maria L.,
We are delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your stay here at The Westin Diplomat. It is especially good to hear that you were able to take advantage of the many amenities available at our resort and we hope that you are able to return for a future stay.
Be well,
Karianne
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San Jose, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Yeh...it has a great view! STOP - you are embarrassing yourselves. Most people here are not on vacation. Like me, they are here for a convention.

Because this is a convention hotel you would think the hotel would have ample staff at the front desk at 8:00 PM - Nope - 20 minute wait to check in.

Room: Over hyped bed (you can buy for $4,000) with a comforter so heavy it takes your breath. And in the middle of the night the A/C shuts down (they are eco friendly you know) because Westin believes no one should experience rest below 75 degrees.

Big bathroom with separate stalls for toilet and shower - Nice - except for the ring of mold around the shower...Yuk. Yes I know it is Florida but this is a hotel with A/C and you must control mold. No shower pressure to speak of and the five minute wait for hot water was an added bonus.

Ordered room service - steak (well done), wings, and water. Have a look at the well done steak and the bill. The poor guy who brings up the meal get $0 of the service charge and delivery charge. Pathetic.

Made it to breakfast - crowded and obviously once again understaffed.

Seated right by the entry. Mmmm - great spot for everyone to walk by.

Asked for menu - five minutes for the menu and she never returned.

Made way to buffet - no egg guy - waited, made toast - he finally shows up. Two eggs scrambled with a little cheese. I walked away for 10 seconds and he had blown me off and went to the next guy. The poor egg guy became confused because there were four if asking for eggs and he could not keep the orders straight. Then, the best part, he cracked the eggs and they were partially frozen...yuk. No milk in scrambled eggs - awful - I walked away for the last time and made cereal. Toast/bacon/potatoes/cereal/yogurt = $30.

I have not been here 24 hours and I can't wait to get out of here - two more days to go...

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Karianne A, Guest Services Manager at Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa, responded to this review, October 30, 2013
Dear Harper 5633020,
We are extremely sorry that you were not pleased with your stay and apologize for the problems you encountered throughout; especially those of understaffing. This is not the experience we aim to provide for our guests and your feedback will be shared throughout the hotel in order to improve our services. We do hope to see you again for a much better stay.
Be well,
Karianne
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Jacksonville, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

we checked in on a Friday and left on Tuesday. The hotel was quite busy on the weekend and we enjoyed the quiet brought on by the start of the work week. We used the new fitness center and the new spa. The fitness center is exceptional with two levels of equipment, towels, and water. The Lifestyle treadmills are in need of service but there were enough of them to get the workout done. The Heavenly spa was exactly that but at a price. The splurge was worth it. We were placed in an oceanfront room with a balcony. The view was exceptional. It does get hot as the sun comes up but the AC worked quite well. The bed was exactly as described: heavenly. The bathroom had one design flaw: the shower door wasn't flush and allowed water to go out onto the floor if the shower head wasn't angled toward the inside wall. A mini-fridge was in the room and kept our drinks and snacks chilled. We didn't use the mini-bar. Internet is only available in the rooms for a fee but is available throughout the lobby for free. We found several places to lounge throughout the hotel. The furniture in the lobby was extremely comfortable. The pool deck is expansive and there are far away places where you can lounge in peace away from the noise around the pool. The zero entry top-level pool is exceptional in design. The lower level pool is much larger. Cabanas are available for rent as are the beach chairs and umbrellas. Parking comes at a hefty price, even self parking in the garage on the other side of Ocean Drive. However, there is a covered walkway and it wasn't a hassle getting in / out. We will return for another trip.

Room Tip: if you can afford it, book a "Grand Deluxe" room which is ocean view.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Karianne A, Guest Services Manager at Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa, responded to this review, October 30, 2013
Dear StephandJohn32244,
It is an absolute pleasure to hear how much you enjoyed your recent stay at our resort. We are glad that you were able to enjoy the amenities we offer, especially our most recent additions of our Heavenly Spa and Westin Workout. We do hope you will return for another heavenly Westin stay.
Be well,
Karianne
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Sarasota, Florida
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Loved the room and the dining. The view were spectacular. I would definitely stay here again. The only not so excellent rating would be the service at the pool. We ordered a cabana ($250) and the upside to this is having your own private server, yet almost 100% of the time when we needed something (mixers, ice) we had to go to the bar to ask for it. The pool is really neat though. It would be a great place for couples or families.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Karianne A, Guest Services Manager at Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa, responded to this review, October 30, 2013
Dear Marci T.,
Thank you very much for sharing feedback from your stay here at our resort. We sincerely apologize for the experience you had at the pool and will be sharing this information with the recreation department to help improve the service. We are glad that you did enjoy the rest of your stay and look forward to seeing you again in the future.
Be well,
Karianne
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Address: 3555 South Ocean Drive, Hollywood, FL 33019
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Location: United States > Florida > Hollywood
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Hollywood
#2 Business Hotel in Hollywood
#6 Family Hotel in Hollywood
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Hollywood
#8 Romantic Hotel in Hollywood
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa is a refreshing escape offering spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean or Intracoastal Waterway. Located beachfront in Hollywood, between Fort Lauderdale and Miami, the AAA Four-Diamond resort's amenitites include 2 pools, private cabanas, watersports, Heavenly Spa by Westin, Westin WORKOUT Fitness Studio, Kids Club and 7 onsite restaurants. ... more   less 
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