i had originally booked this place with the old tower and did an upgrade a week before. they did not have it in the system so we went to the old tower at first. I realized that they didnt do the upgrade and switched towers. It was like night and day. Older tower room look run down. Also, there are only 2 elevators for 14 floors. i heard ppl complaining that it took forever to get to their room. glad i did the upgrade.
our room in the new tower was nice, two full bathrooms, comfortable enough bed and an excellent view. however i would not stay in that room again for 2 reasons.- Room 763, the drawers had an overpowering smell of BO. i ended up using the drawers as my hamper and put my clothes on top of the dresser. Not sure if its like this in other rooms but i would smell your drawers before you start unpacking. 2nd reason, the biggest burner on the stove top was broken. if you plan to cook, make sure your stove is working.
the beach is spacious compared to the other high rise hotels. we took a walk to the westin and riu next door and the beach was packed. it was like looking at a sea of people and the cabanas were so much closer together. Totally different atmosphere. Divi's beach has rock piers on each end. Divi is the first of the high rises so if you're looking at the ocean, there is nothing after the left rock pier. There is a public beach (about 75 yards long) after the right of the rock pier. But barley anyone uses it. After the public beach comes the westin, riu, renaissance and so on and they all "share" the stretch of beach. So with nothing to the left of divis beach and the barley used public beach to the right, the divi has a more relaxed secluded and spacious beach.
no one really hangs out at the divi at night so if you want a social atmosphere you'll have to go elsewhere. It is a 10 min walk to the beginning of Palm beach's stretch of bars, restaurants, and shopping and 20 min to walk to the end. If you want to walk out of your hotel room and walk across the street to all this, you'll have to pick another hotel. the hyatt and occidental have a perfect location for this however your beaches will be packed.
Taxi cost is expensive. They charged us $8 to go to town. It is less than a 5 min drive. (I'd say 2-3 min drive to be dropped off in the middle of the stretch). $16 (w/o tip) roundtrip for a 6 min cab ride total is crazy.
I wish the divi was across the street from the strip because after a night out, the last thing i wanted to do was walk 10 min to my hotel. But i refused to pay $8 plus tip to go a few min down the road every time. However i will not sacrifice my beach atmosphere so for this reason alone i would come back to this hotel. So if you're like me (beach is more important) then I say stay here. But remember to smell your drawers before you unpack!
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- Divi Phoenix Beach Hotel
- Hotel Divi Phoenix Beach
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