Rated 5 out of 5 by NOVAMIKE A Standout Among Westin Destinations
From the moment you walk in, the Diplomat stands out from other Westin destinations. The stunning lobby; the courteous staff; the well-appointed rooms; the top-shelf executive lounge; the soothing spa; the vibrant health club. But what really inspires are the pools and the spectacular blue-green ocean. Always sad to leave but energized to return!
August 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by MultiyrPLT Platinum actually means something!
I am a Starwood guy. It's just where I stay. I have been to many Starwood properties around theworld where your Platinum status gets you absolutely nothing. My stay at the Diplomat was completely 180 degrees from my prior experiences. A REAL room upgrade - check. A Platinum Club that serves good food and a responsive attendant - check. Affordable room service that tastes good - check. Full service property that you really don't need to leave - check. Can I also mention the golf for $29 a round with FREE club and shoe rentals?!? Unbelieveable. My only complaint - I didn't bring my family due to business conference. Huge mistake. I will be back with them in tow.
June 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by jechho Great hotel, excellent SPG treatment!
Loved this hotel, even though the surrounding area was only so-so (head to Ft Lauderdale or Miami if you have the chance) and the beach was pretty medioce.
We received an excellent upgrade due to being an SPG platinum member. Superb communication via email before arrival.This hotel really stands out when it comes to going the extra mile for their most loyal customers.
Room was very modern and spacious. One of the best Westins I have seen, in fact.
The lounge was lovely, one of the nicest I have been to in the SPG universe.
Room for improvement:
1. The food selection in lounge was limited. In the afternoon some people were really stocking up, and with not a lot of refill, they would be empty long before the annouced serving time. Very annoying.
2. The lounge guy was cold and seemed like he hated his work. Smile, buddy.
3. Did have some noise issues related to people (and housekeeping) coming and going and slamming their doors. A really great hotel would install dampeners on the doors.
November 10, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by Raj23 better view and nice pool
we had very bad experience with taking care of the noise issue even though we have call several time to the front desk and still the issue was not resolve. When we call the 3rd time on Friday night @ 3 AM, the front desk person response was what would like us to do. The music and the drum noise continue till 5.30 in the morning and nothing was done. when we check out on Saturday morning @ 7.30 am we ask the front desk to speak with the manager and we were told that the manager is in the meeting and he/she doesn't have time to speak with the guest. I will never come to this hotel again after the experience I had for 2 nights.
July 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by John12345 1st time stay
Could not have been happier with the accommodations and service.
July 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by KIKI2014 Great Staycation!
Gloria on the 8th Floor was amazing !
The entire pool staff really provided amazing service, Jason was so personal and on every detail at the Cabana, our group raved about his willingness create memories.
July 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by MarkS62 Heavenly Westin Happiness!!
The stay was for a corporate meeting and it was really a fantastic experience.
The hotel and staff provided the best food and beverage and meeting and conference facilities that exist in the market today.
I recommend this resort to anyone working or enjoying a stay in South Florida!!
Thanks to the staff!
July 13, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by PlatinumforLife1994 Watch your Bill
Overcharged on valet... only stayed 2 nights and was charged for 3. Impossible to get credit. Had to clear that through the valet (understandable) Valet said I needed to fax a copy of the bill to valet. Faxed with no response. Service what you sell. Why is it my responsibility to fix their error? How about they just call the office to confirm I stayed 2 days??
Worst yet.. the Diplomat Hotel also has a very bad habit of overcharging guest. Second time I've stayed here out of 6 that they have overcharge my folio. I was charged a "Family Fee" for $80 and promised $100 credit on charges to the hotel. Never got the credit so basically got billed twice. Try getting a hold of accounting...good luck. Phoned 3 times with 1 babbling returned call. Nearly 2 months later and no credit!! Their back office would be much more efficient if they didn't overcharge a large percentage of their guest. Ironically, the gentleman ahead of me was trying to correct his bill when I was checking in. Another reason why the check in line takes forever. I wouldn't recommend this place, but if you like to be processed like meat, spend your precious time to write scathing reviews, have the feeling that the place is too busy to provide you basic service, and then be overcharged... this place is for you - Screwed over Starwood Preferred Guest Lifetime Platinum Member (that pretty much means I would typically recommend any Starwood Hotel)
May 13, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by gosteelers beautiful hotel
the hotel was one of the nicest I have seen in southern Florida. The food and beverage costs are way to much. It was actually cheaper to get a drink from the mini bar instead of any restaurant bar.
July 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by ToniCTravelAmeniti1 The Preferred Westin In USA
For the last 10 years my family visited this property every year. It is the favourite Westin for my kids.
Even though it is a huge property and always busy with business conferences, it is also an awesome spot for familes.
Lobby: Impressive, Expanding
Service: Great, People friendly
Food; Good Overall
Pool area: Awesome.
Location: Best in the area
Westin Club: Good
Some space for improvemennt:
Rooms: need some improvement
Spg Recognition: not always great
This property is a dream, We always come back with great expectation. One of the best properties overall in South Florida.
August 18, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by JAE14 The fourth
The experience was superb like always. I was able to get a room at the last minute with all my needs met. Room and view choice! The staff were great from the valet to house keeping and everyone in between. I will most definitely continue to stay at this hotel when I an in the area.
July 8, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Izzy24 Hotel could used some work
I may recommend but tell future guests to be sure to lock the doors.
July 28, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Justin23232323 Hotel was excellent
Very clean rooms. Staff was extremely courteous.
July 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by HenryW2290 Very Relaxing
This was my first time staying at the Westin Diplomat, even though I have lived in South Florida for quite some time, and I really should have visited sooner. The lobby is extravagantly decorated and the front desk had very friendly personnel to match. Amanda at the front desk was amazing and tended to my every need without even needing to ask. Overall, I enjoyed my stay with my family and will definitely be coming back for a getaway with my girlfriend. Thanks Diplomat!
July 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jdiaz Best hotel in south Florida
I was here for business and had an amazing experience. I'm going to miss this place.
July 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ericka2 The best stay I have ever had
I loved everything about this hotel from the service to the room. I was overjoyed with each aspect and will return as soon as I can. The beauty of this hotel was also great there were so many things I did not get to do and one of the many reasons I want to return..
July 7, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by preferniceservice Billing Error and Awful Service That Ensued
Noticed billing error following our departure and 18 days later and over a half a dozen messages to Accounting and Hotel Manager and still not a single person has called my back. Dumbfounded by what could be the world's worst follow-up and service. I have been going to the Diplomat since I was a kid and have Starwood status but that shouldn't mean anything when I'm simply asking for a simple courtesy call on a billing error of a few hundred dollars.
January 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Laj2014 My 2nd Stay, It's only gotten better
This is the 2nd time I've stayed at this hotel. I was here last year for 3 days, this time around 5. My review last year on TripAdvisor: “The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Fl. As always, it's where you belong!” still stands true. "The Dip" is what I call a fully loaded hotel. Great restaurants, a fantastic pool as well as a phenomenal view (more so on the ocean side, that has to be said)
The higher you go, the better, but to be honest, there are no bad angles on this place. The aqua blue & white building which kinda resembles a game cartridge from the 1980's is situated in what I feel to be a prime area in Hollywood, Florida. I had a rent-a-car so heading over to Aventura Mall, or Gulfstream racetrack & Casino was only a 5 minute drive away. Food wise there are many selections. If you're like me, you avoid all nationwide brands & stick with the mom & pop spots for good eats.
Back to the hotel, upon entering you're greeted with what basically looks like paradise indoors. Super tall palm trees and a semi reflective floor compliment a fountain that's the centerpiece of the lobby. The place is beautiful, and busy. You will see the ebb & flow of guest coming in & out of the place. It's easy to see that this hotel never sleeps. The pools are a major draw, although I didn't get to swim in them as much as I had wanted to it's an amazing site to see a pool of that size that is always open. I remember taking a peek off my balcony at 3am to see some kids & adults still swimming in it. It's one of those moments that truly put a smile on my face.
I will likely be returning to this establishment for my birthday in December. I'm sure I'll enjoy it more as I should be there longer, not to mention it'll be cold in NYC so I'll be very welcoming of the hot Florida weather in December. If you've been on the fence about this place, I'm telling you to pull the trigger & check it out. It's worth it for so many reasons.
July 9, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by ArlingtonDane Rude hotel staff
Business must be very good in Hollywood, FL when the Diplomat's staff - across the board - can afford being so snoody. I upgraded from a reservation with two double beds to a suite, but now got a bed plus a pull-out. The hotel was very slow to even interest itself for how to resolve. The A/C in the suite was not working properly, so there was a gale in the main room, cooling it down to uncomfortable temperature. When accessing the pool, all 4 of us, I reached for a towel, only to have the caretaker tell me "only 2 towels per person!" I responded, "OK, then", and then started taking two for each, and even though we were right in front of the guy, he quizzed me how many we were. Very rude and conduct unbecoming a Westin. It was my 4th stay at the hotel. All 3 previous experiences were wonderful, but this one was simply unacceptable. I am SPG Platinum.
December 26, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Michael10520 Rude staff and Valet
Had numerous problems over my stay, including a rude host at fron desk and the vlaent ended up hanging up on us when we were standed with 3 kids on the street trying to get a cab. I spent more time at the front desk then I did enjoying the hotel. Ice machine was broken, got locked out of my room and took 30 min to get a new key with 3 kids waiting. Not the experience I would like and as a gold member very disapointed!!
July 23, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by ToniCTravelAmeniti1 A Favorite Gem on a Slipery Slope
I love this property. We visited it every year for 11 years.
This property is great in location, grounds, views, etc.
Management has however great issues. The service overall is on a slippery slope. It will not be long before it will take a toll on the property as it happened with many other great properties.
A few thoughts:
Check in: Terrible. They have about 10 check in stations and only three people working but more than 20 people in line. When outside is 85 and sunny and you stay in line for 1 hour is not good.
SPG recognition: Poor. I used one of my suite night upgrades and what I got in the first place was a lousy room. However, after I requested a different suite, it was absolutely beautiful with expanding views of the ocean. When I asked one of the managers about the upgrade, he asked me in a hostile manner: "Do you want me to downgrade you?"
Towel policy: terrible and ridiculous.
Club Lounge: It was right after the new year and it was very crowded. You could not drop a pin and you could not find any food. They cut everything. Probably they save a lot of money that will help the property survive. However, the people working there are awesome. Special kudos for Mark and Carlos.
Spa: This was the first use after re-opening. It is a very nice spa, with many great touches. However, the previous spa was a destination spa, while this one is a "drive thru" spa where everything is fast and they want you out of there. Daniela did a great job with my wife's facial.
Management, keep this a great service property.
January 16, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Aquarius77 Satisfactory
I've stayed at this hotel many times over the last 10 years and this time I was just not impressed. The hotel was overcrowded, you couldn't even find a chair at the pool. The beach charges $42 a day to use 2 chairs and an umbrella. The beach no longer has food and beverage service. The cafe in the lobby was out of everything that we ordered. The birds are obnoxious at the outdoor restaurant. I would not recommend this hotel.
July 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by RWDI The Hotel has excellent facilities
Excellent facilities for the beach and pool.
Food is good
July 25, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by mike Westin does not honor one of its own guarantees!
"Best Rates Guaranteed" Thats what I read when I prepaiad for my stay on the Westin's website for my stay at Westin Diplomat. When I informed the staff at the front desk at check in of the lower posted rates (more than $60 less per night) they told me that I must call some phone number (a westin number not specific to the diplomat.) Then the people at that number told me to call a different number regarding this claim. Unfortunately, I was informed that if I click the words "Best Rates Guaranteed" I would see the terms of the guarantee which I did not qualify for as I prepaid and 24 hours have passed. Firstly, "Best Rates Guaranteed" should simply mean that you are getting the guaranteed best rate for the dates that you are staying if they should change. If this is not the specific case, then there should be a footnote with a legend explaining all the terms. I was supposed to click on those words to see the terms, but there was no indication to click on it. Imagine this being a more important contract, certainly those terms would not be binding. I doubt this was a conscious error, probably a mistake by the person making the website. But, it seems like they don't really care. Secondly, the Westin Diplomat made a pathetic attempt to rectify the situation and meet me approximately half way on the rate difference as if I am supposed to be satisfied with that. As I was on vacation, I didn't want to make a huge scene about them flat out stealing my money. Anyway, as I know it is customary for some managers to respond to negative reviews with words such as I'm sorry you had a bad experience etc. save those lame words for others and I expect to be reimbursed. Go to the website yourself and look at the "Best Rates Gauranteed" slogan and ask yourself, "Should I expect a customer to assume this means that best rates are not FULLY guaranteed and that they should click on those wordsif there are terms eventhough there is no indication to click on them?
SHAME on Westin and SHAME on the Diplomat not correcting this error!
April 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by ladyjenkins Beauty, Comfort and Efficiency
This is my 2nd occasion being in the Westin Hotel Spa and Resort and again they have exceeded expectations. It's a wonderful hotel and I can't wait to visit again.
July 23, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by TLFJ14254 Wonderful Staff
Staff very accommodating!
July 24, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Curtis1930 This was the worst stay ever!!!
I prepaid in March/April for double beds for July. Get there and there's one king size bed and no other rooms available. Needless to say someone was going to be uncomfortable b/c I do not lay with business associates. Totally made the sleeping arrangement awkward and uncomfortable.
July 22, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Greg Hotel is understaffed and degrading
Have stayed at this facility once a year with up to 23 others for our annual tennis tourament. This year the hotel shut down the remote hotel, had moved the spa, got rid of newspapers to SPG members, disturbed me at 0800 to cleam my room, had no towels ready for our group of 24 on the tennis courts, no water for us that we had pre paid for, no promised 6 courts initially on the final Saturday, Spa had no cable TV or magazines to read, and to top it off, no one of our guys could get any hot water for any of the rooms shower Saturday Night after 6 hours of tennis and before our awards dinner in the hotel large restaurent meeting room
February 18, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by FreqFlyr Shine wearing off
This has always been my family's favorite hotel. It's expensive but always an amazing time. This time that wasn't the case, the value wasn't there.
Hotels for half the price offer free wifi and breakfast. While I realize that the amenities here are sparse at the Diplomat I didn't expect my cell phone to have so much trouble finding signal (even 4G) that I couldn't go online or make a phone call. I'm not sure if it's the area or the hotel is trying that hard to push the purchase of their wifi, but it was really frustrating.
The staff this time wasn't as happy to see us. We came in on a Sunday and stayed until Wednesday. There appeared to be a convention but the hotel was pretty uncrowded. When I asked about an upgrade (I'm a SPG member and I've stayed here A LOT), the woman checking us in offered a $70/night upgrade, which I declined. I've had better luck on a Friday night when the property was full to be treated like a guest instead of a burden. When I declined that she put me in a room with no balcony next door to the loudest people on the planet (not her fault). Sleep wasn't an option with them as neighbors. When I said something I was given late checkout so I could get a nap in.
The staff at the pool never came by to offer us an opportunity to order. We usually eat by the pool, which usually makes us stay longer (and order more) but this was not the case. We ate at the restaurant once. There was no one else there, food took forever, the new kids' menu only has uber healthy options (good for them) that my kids weren't interested in. When we vacation, so does our diet. The thought of ordering off the adult menu for them was frightening. Luckily our waitress was able to get them an item off the old kids' menu.
Valet was a disaster! Never have they been so disorganized. For the premium fee they charge I felt this was unacceptable.
When I inquired about the kids' club I had to make 4 separate calls to the same person for a call back to register.
It just wasn't as great as it once was. The shine is wearing off for my family and it's very sad for us.
July 25, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by 4thofJulybummer Disatisfied
We have been consistently staying at the Diplomat for years now, often on holidays. Guests were always welcomed in the past, this time I was informed upon check-in that guests were not allowed. The guy giving the towels often argued with me on how many towels he could give me. I was given a 3pm check out but my access and several others' access to their rooms were discontinued prior to 2pm. The baggage guy was extremely rude when we asked him if they could hold our bags after our check out. We were not the only ones dissatisfied this weekend, several people commented on how this weekend was a disaster at the hotel. We were very disappointed and likely will not return.
July 7, 2014