This was our first vacation to Florida and the Crowne Plaza Hollywood Beach was a great place to start. Located right off the beach in South Hollywood, it was a relatively quick taxi ride from the airport. We arrived early (around 11:30am) and were still able to check-in. They only had a 2 Double bed room as opposed to the King which we prefer, but since it was so early, we took the room.
When we got into the room, it was a little warm so I went right to the thermostat to turn it down a few degrees. We also noticed the room was a little dirty in the bathroom, but we didn't pay too much attention to it. I locked up my electronic equipment in the safe and we went to the pool for a few hours. When we came back to the room, it was still very warm. I checked the thermostat and it was actually warmer than when we arrived. I went to put my camera back in the safe. It opened but would not lock again. It was stuck on the "OPENED" prompt and none of the buttons were functioning (I'm relatively tech-savvy and know how to work a safe, so it wasn't a user error). Finally, when I went into the washroom, the bathroom door would not close completely.
After all of this, I decided to call the front desk and see if we could switch rooms. Thankfully, they let us switch to a King-bed room and everything turned around. Our 2nd room was perfect. The air worked perfectly, cooling us to a nice 70 degrees, so did everything else in the room.
The pool is excellent. Very large, warm and refreshing. The Tiki Bar is also great; I recommend a Lava Flow, they're excellent. The staff was very helpful along the trip as well, making sure everything was up to par and above expectations.
I would've given this hotel a 5-star review if it weren't for the first room mishap. However, we shouldn't have to ask for a room with working A/C, safe and a closing bathroom door, so I downgrade the stay to 3-stars.
- 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
- Hollywood Crowne Plaza