Travelling from Orange County, CA I was surprised to see that West Palm Beach looked a lot like home just more spacious with bigger buildings, LOTS of gated communities and much less traffic. (like Murrieta) Unfortunately, since we were here for the big Field Hockey event, visiting the beach didn't happen so I cannot compare the beaches. We also did not play golf. With that said, I can say that the International Polo Fields are exquisite.
Our stay was during Thanksgiving week and the hotel was mostly booked up with field hockey players playing in the largest field hockey tournament called Festival. The front desk said they were sold out the whole week. (I felt sorry for the golfers who came for a golfing Thanksgiving week as they were overrun by teenagers)
Our Junior Suite at the PGA Resort was big and nicely appointed and looked to have been recently remodeled. It had a bar with fridge, small flat screen TV on wall, large sofa that pulled out into a bed and patio overlooking the garden area. I liked that the bathroom was divided into two parts with a his/her sink area. The decorating wasn't to my taste as it was all tile flooring (probably for the summer humidity) but clean. It reminded me of hotel rooms in Puerto Vallarta. The staff was all very courteous and friendly. Parts of the hotel still looked under construction.The pool area was beautiful and it was next to the lake. What a view! One of our favorite times was having margaritas by the pool at the restaurant called, Wave Cafe. Although, I could have done without the loud, nauseating Jamaican music :( Service was friendly and the margaritas were good.
We ate at Ironwood Steakhouse one night. It was comparable to Flemings and Ruth Chris back home in the OC. The steaks cooked perfect and were very flavorful. In fact, everything we ate was excellent. The service was good but it lacked in some areas of knowledge and professionalism. But we could tell our server was doing his best so we rolled with it. We also witnessed rich golfing snobs who seriously lacked courtesy and manners. When you got people talking down to you like that, I am sure keeping long term staff must be hard for them.
We also ate the Thanksgiving dinner served at the hotel. Honestly, I was prepared for the worst and was surprised at how good it was! We enjoyed our dinner and desert and would do it again next year even if on the expensive side. It was us making the best with our field hockey family while missing our traditional meal with family backhome.
The ibar in the lobby area was inviting and a great place to catch up with other parents each evening. We had a couple drinks but did not eat there. The food looked very good and the prices were not over priced.
Cafe Pronto was a great stop for coffee, fruit, pastries and snacks. Psst! There is a Walgreens for snacks and Starbucks right down the street.
I gave it 4 stars because of the large pool next to the lake, Ironwood Restaurant, good vibe in ibar and a good Thanskgiving Dinner. In my home town, it would be a 3 star hotel.
Pillows: Anything but a feather pillow is just wrong! When I called house keeping to ask if they had any for our room, they said yes. They quickly delivered 2 more pillows- both poly fill. Sigh! That cost them 1 star for sure! Lol
Dislike: Although we had no small children with us, II was taken aback by the hotel putting a stuffed turtle on the bed next to a made up towel animal for children to play with. Read the tag and it says it's for sale $20
Lion Country Safari is near the Polo fields. Since ours closed many years ago, it was a nostalgic stop for us. May not have as many animals as ours did when in Irvine but feeding the Giraffes was a highlight.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fresh off a comprehensive multi-million revitalization, PGA National Resort & Spa is a world-class golf, spa, vacation and meetings destination. The South Florida locale offers 90 holes of championship golf on five courses including the famed Champion Course, home to the popular PGA TOUR Honda Classic and legendary “Bear Trap.” A distinguishing highlight at PGA National is its new 33,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Sports & Racquet Club (SRC). The impressive new facility features the latest exercise equipment, indoor racquetball court, three aerobics studios with new sound systems, five-lane saltwater lap pool, spin room with video road mapping, indoor volleyball court, two Pickleball / POP tennis courts, and 19 Har-Tru tennis courts (11 lit for night play). PGA National offers customized suites ideal for weddings, golf “buddy trips” and spa aficionados. Its numerous multi-use settings include a permanent, lakeside wedding venue with stunning vistas; scenic Lakeside Lawn perfect for receptions; iDeck – a new 3,000-square-foot terrace ideal for indoor / outdoor dining and entertaining; “Bar 91” 19th hole bar and grill; 40,000 square feet of self-contained conference and event space; and seven on-site restaurants and lounges including its acclaimed chef-driven Ironwood Steak & Seafood. The Spa at PGA National is a 40,000-square-foot oasis of tranquility featuring 32 treatment rooms and areas with 100 diverse treatments, the exclusive “Waters of the World” outdoor mineral pools, full-service salon, and relaxing lounge areas. Conveniently located within driving distance of major Florida population centers, the AAA Four Diamond resort is 15 minutes from Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), one hour from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and 90 minutes from Miami International Airport (MIA). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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