Hollywood FL Travel Guide
The hotel has slashed rates from $250 to $185 through December 18th, 2005.
Available dates with this rate are currently:
December 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, & 19.
Westin definitely picked a good weather day to try and get people to jump on this one.
[Publisher's Note: Gabe is back. Taking us on another fantastic voyage through the bizzaro world of South Florida's hotel scene. He will be taking us to SoFla hotels once a week from now until infinity, or ad nauseam, whichever comes first. Enjoy]
If you're a fan of the black socks and sandals look, South Florida's Hollywood Beach is the only place south of Niagara Falls where you won't fall victim to disapproving looks from the fashion police. Locals like myself will most definitely laugh at you behind your back (or sometimes in front of it) but regardless of our sophomoric snickering, we do appreciate and get along with our neighbors to the north.
What am I talking aboot?
Canadians. Thousands of them. Sporting black dress socks on the beach. In the winter, they flock to Hollywood Beach like those penguins in that penguin movie.
Recently, the area is starting to simmer with sassiness and the newly refurbished Marriott Hollywood Beach is an upscale vacationing milieu for Canucks and red-blooded Americans alike. Sans the socks and sandals of course.
Story continues, with photos, post click...
A FlyerTalk blogger visits the Westin Diplomat, an old Florida Rat Pack hotel which was torn down, rebuilt, and reopened in 2002.
They give away a couple secrets about this 1000 room ocean side hotel:
(One secret about the property: I understand that the mattresses were purchased before Westin came on board. So while the sheets are all of the Heavenly variety, the mattress is a different -- though quite nice! -- brand.)
During high season regular rooms are well north of $300. Labor Day is still the off-season and lowest rates were around $189. That values the points component of my rate at a bit over 3 cents per point.
It was interesting to see the diverse mix of guests constantly walking through the busy lobby. It came as a bit of a surprise that people coming in from the pool and beach would traipse by without changing clothes or even cover up their swimsuits with a towel. A downside to sum [sic], no doubt a bonus for others.
[Editor's Note: Here is Gabe's quick follow up to yesterday's Hollywood Ramada story]
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly - Ten Points to Consider:
- Free continental breakfast
- Wi-fi? Yeah right. But tin cans connected by a long string are available free of charge.
- The first floor "mall" is a sea of empty stores but there is a pizza place and a Chinese food place (there's a morgue joke in here, but I'm going to leave it alone)
- The hot tub by the pool is just about a degree less than scolding. As I was trying to get my big toe accustomed to the temperature for about twenty minutes, the food and beverage director showed up to boil some lobsters.
- And the band played on...this hotel is humungous so no matter the occupancy, it perpetually feels empty. Sort of like an abandoned cruise ship.
Second five after the jump.