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The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa, Hollywood, Florida - Hotel Review

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Aerial view of the golf course property of The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa
The golf course property of The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa

The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Florida, is one of the country's largest and most technologically-sophisticated destinations. This legendary beachfront hotel has even hosted the likes of Harry Truman, Ronald Reagan, Jackie Gleason and Bing Crosby.

Large is one thing, but immense another. The atrium entrance soars like a Gothic cathedral and makes the rows of palm trees around a freeform sculpture in the lobby look like potted plants. While being escorted to rooms, guests are regaled with delights: a 240-foot infinity-edge pool, two outdoor jacuzzis, a private beach, nightly entertainment, a 30,000-square-foot spa, an 18-hole golf course and ten clay tennis courts. It becomes obvious that The Westin Diplomat is a self-contained, state-of-the-art pleasure dome.

The 1,060 guest rooms are a blend of luxury — exemplified by Westin's famous ten-layer "Heavenly Bed" and amenities like granite-and-marble bathrooms with glass-enclosed showers, plantation shutters that open on stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and/or Intracoastal Waterway, and in-room refreshment centers featuring complimentary Starbucks coffee.

The Westin Diplomat is also a conference Valhalla. Connected by an enclosed walkway that resembles a railway bridge, the 209,000-square-foot convention center includes four ballrooms and the Great Hall — a 50,000-square-foot multipurpose ballroom large enough for indoor football scrimmages — while the hotel houses 39 conference rooms.

Stylish guest room at the beach location of The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Florida
Lagoon pool at the beach location of The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Florida
Stylish guest room
Lagoon pool

Dining options satisfy every taste: Hollywood Prime (a romantic, intimate space featuring award-winning beef and a premier wine collection), The Café (a casual atmosphere for breakfast and lunch), AiZiA (offering a Pan-Asian contemporary menu), RIVALS (a waterfront sports grill), LINKS Restaurant & Lounge (located at golf location) and Splash Bar & Grill (poolside and oceanfront service). The well-marbled rib-eye steaks at Hollywood Prime were as delicious and tender as those offered at Peter Luger's legendary Brooklyn beef temple.

The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa's golf course location is a universe within a universe. It's located one mile from the 39-story main building and reached by hotel shuttle. You're dropped off at an Italian-style clubhouse surrounded by a tournament golf course, clay tennis courts and a spa with treatment rooms. Spa clientele at the time inspected was evenly divided between females and 300-pound football goliaths.

A weekend at The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa is a unique travel experience. In spite of its size, service was people-oriented; beaches were ideal, and the amenities great. And where else can you see football players getting facials?

The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa
3555 South Ocean Dr.
Hollywood, FL 33019

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(Updated: 12/09/10 CT)

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