Needing a little break from the winter doldrums and having friends to visit in Florida, We decided on a long getaway weekend. Having caught the first flight out, we arrived at the Crowne Plaza way ahead of the four pm check-in time. This did not seem to bother the desk personnel, who were very friendly and willing to accommodate our early arrival. They explained that there was, indeed, a room ready and also upgraded our room to the eighth floor. The Crowne offers both valet parking as well as an all inclusive in and out parking for seventeen dollars a day. This was nice as we never had an exact plan and came and went many times during the day. All of the personnel were very eager to help and were always smiling.
After getting out of our travel clothes, we decided on going to the pool area for a cocktail and a light lunch. The bartender was very nice and wasted no time in getting us our drinks- now we are "officially" on vacation. The food we ordered came out in average time and although the bar didnt have Belvedere vodka, our drinks were good, nonetheless. The food was pretty good, considering we were out sitting near the pool at a tiki bar. The grouper sandwich was a bit dry but tasty and the club sandwich was good as well. Also, we had hummus flat bread and that was very good- by far the best of the food we ordered.
The real magic of the hotel, however, is the pool area. the infinity pool looks over the inter-coastal waterway and the views are great- a nice draw bridge to see and plenty of palm trees to have shade when u want it. Also, right from the pool, you can take the water taxi to many locations around town. Great service to have if you want to do some drinking and don't want to have to drive or have to designate a driver. Door to door service and fun for all.
The room was clean and large enough for us. The usual desk and dresser with a chair to relax in. One of the better features was the larger refrigerator and the microwave. Seven Eleven was right next door so having some beer on hand was a nice treat. The maid service was very good and they all seemed very friendly. All in all, this was a very enjoyable trip and the accommodations were really very good and when we make our way back down, I'm sure it will be on our list of places to stay- and would certainly recommend it to any of our friends.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Reserve a welcoming stay at the Doubletree Resort Hollywood Beach, 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 Port South Bar & Grille 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. Plan your South Florida travel around a luxurious stay at one of the newest Florida vacation resorts. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crowne Plaza Hollywood Beach Hotel Hollywood
- Hollywood Crowne Plaza