This is one of the most amazing properties in South Florida. It is expansive. It is beautiful. It is secluded in a great location. It has most of everything a family or a business needs. It was all inclusive in terms of services and conveniences.
My family visited this property at least once a year for 12 years. We had years when stayed 2-3 times. My kids learned to swim in the infinity pool. It became like home away from home. I brought family from Europe, friends from all over and business colleagues. We got to know staff and we absolutely had a great time.
This property just became a Curio by Hilton.
This is the demise of a Iconic Westin. I saw this coming for a long time. Actually, I even stated this in previous reviews.
This property was built by a union trust with union money. Since it was the union money they were very liberal with everything: large open spaces, large conference center, huge parking building and empty shopping center. Rooms instead were mediocre.
No wonder the project cost over $800,000,000.00. Union money. It sold last week for a mere $535,000,000.00. It included the hotel, conference center, shopping and parking center, the empty lots, the golf course and country club, etc.
Starwood offered outstanding service and management. The resort was an absolute destination. The Diplomat and Country Club was exclusive. The spa was amazing. The Links restaurant was great - a place where you rubbed shoulders with celebrities. The beach resort was breathtaking and the pool was one of the best. The executive club just gave you an upscale feeling. The view on both sides was absolutely spectacular.However, the last few years I witnessed the gradual demise. The union trust refused to invest in the upkeep and after the financial crisis started to cut corners, reduced services and displayed a union-like arrogance. It led to the closing of the exclusive Diplomat Resort at the Country Club. They moved the spa to the beach resort which was necessarily a bad move. The pool area was neglected and chairs and the covers were outdated and dirty. The new towel policy was similar to neighborhood cheap motels. Executive Club became so frugal that it was not worth to visit, except for the view.
It was time for some investment in updating.
Now, the Thayer Trust states that it will invest $100 million in this property.
This is a bitter loss for Starwood. It was a stellar Westin. This is not the only loss for Starwood,. There is a trend in South Florida for them. They lost the Atlantic (a Luxury Collection property) and St. Regis (now a Ritz) in Ft. Lauderdale and Le Meridien in Sunny Isle. Whar's next?
I was happy that I was able to visit the Westin Diplomat one last time in October to say a teary good bye.
With sadness we anounce the Demise of the Iconic Diplomat
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Diplomat Resort & Spa, part of Curio - A Collection by Hilton is an elegant retreat right on the beach. Whether staying on pleasure or business this pristine Hollywood Beach Florida hotel and resort is sure to delight. Rooms are spacious with gorgeous views of the ocean and pools. The infinity pool is perfect for families or couples and our attentive staff will deliver refreshments to you there or at the lagoon pool below. The beach is only steps away and Splash restaurant will pack food and drinks for you to take to the beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Westin Diplomat Hotel Hollywood
- Westin Diplomat Resort
- Westin Hollywood
- The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa
- Hollywood Westin Diplomat Resort