DOUBLETREE BY HILTON HOLLYWOOD

 

 

The Hyatt Place Ft. Lauderdale 17th St. Convention Center is the ideal choice for multi-taskers on the go, business travelers, and families visiting for vacation. When you're looking for a pre or post cruise stay, our casually chic hotel in Ft. Lauderdale is only half a mile to Port Everglades Cruise Port and three miles from the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport. For your convenience, we offer a shuttle service to both destinations.

 

*24/7 dining: Start your day with free breakfast, then enjoy freshly prepared favorites on your time

Indulge in luxury along the Intracoastal Waterway in contemporary South Florida Style, and enjoy a relaxing vacation at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hollywood Beach. Set along the Intracoastal Waterway, the resort is just steps from ocean waves and white-sand beaches. Hop on the Hollywood Trolley to tour Ocean Drive, or set off on the Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi. Our location between Fort Lauderdale and Miami makes it easy to reach major international airports and cruise terminals.

 

Grab a warm DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookie at check-in and settle in for a tropical stay. Every spacious guest room has complimentary WiFi and a flat screen HDTV, lighted vanity area, work station with ergonomic chair, and mini-fridge with microwave. Sip your morning coffee while enjoying the water view from the furnished balcony.

 

Our lobby offers Made Market featuring Starbucks® coffee, snacks, and other light fare. Port South Bar & Grill, our full-service restaurant, serves steaks, seafood, and regional dishes. The Lava Tiki Bar is adjacent to our infinity edge pool along the Intracoastal Waterway. Lava Tiki Bar offers casual fare for lunch and dinner and is a great spot to meet for drinks and cool off by our outdoor infinity pool.

 

Along with a 24-hour business center, we have 10,000 sq. ft. of meeting space including a stylish boardroom and outdoor pavilion for up to 250 guests. Our friendly staff can help plan your waterfront reception or conference.

 

Highlights

 

  • Hollywood Beach, FL hotel across the street from the ocean and sandy white beach

  • Hollywood Trolley access and close proximity to cruise terminals and international airports

  • 311 oversized guest rooms and suites, all with furnished balconies

  • Restaurant and lounge, poolside tiki bar and food service, coffee shop and daily room service

  • Infinity pool, whirlpool, and 24-hour fitness and business centers

  • Indoor/outdoor event space and dedicated wedding planner

 

What to do around here

 

Take advantage of Florida’s warm weather during your stay. Our DoubleTree Resort by Hilton has a stop for the Hollywood Trolley, a great way to explore the area on a sunny, breezy day. Sink your toes in the sand along the Atlantic Ocean, just steps from our resort. Check out Gulfstream Park for thoroughbred horse racing, or shop the styles at Sawgrass Mills and Aventura Mall. The beautiful Florida Everglades are just 30 minutes away for family activities and outdoor recreation. Head to Fort Lauderdale for the boat show or see a Heat basketball game in Miami. Our friendly staff can recommend even more things to do in Hollywood Beach, FL during your getaway.

MY REVIEW:

 

We booked this room last minute due to our other booking fell through. We had 2 rooms (one for our family and one for my adult daughters family). The only difference between the 2 rooms is that she had a walk in shower and we had a shower-tub.

 

The rooms also had private balconies, which was a nice surprise. Ours came with 2 chairs, however, our particular room had a concrete wall, so you couldn't exactly sit on it and see over the wall (others on different floors aren't like that). 

 

Immediately after arriving, the kids wanted to swim. They got on their bathing suits and we all headed down. It was 6:30pm. We were stopped and told that we were not allowed to use the pool and it was now closed. SAY WHAT?!?! Are you serious? It's only 6:30pm. They told us that we were welcome to sit around the pool or go to the bar around the pool and have a drink but the pool closes at dark. What the heck kind of rule is this???? I would have never booked this place had I known that. They tried to say that it was a city-wide ordinance and that no swimming is allowed after dark. Not even getting in the hot tub was allowed.  How ridiculous! The kids (and even myself) were very disappointed.

 

The pool area was huge (both the pool and pool deck) with plenty of seating and huts and everything all the way around it. It was super nice! Resort style for sure. They even have an easy entry, like a beach, at one end. Very nice.

 

Why was this area so lit up and pool lights and all if it's closed? It was just too inviting.

 

Along the waterfront were chairs lined up as well. It was very nice and a good place to hang out and watch the boats go by. There's a nice waterfall in front of the hotel. There's also some type of area next to the pool that looks like it would be used for weddings or receptions. Then there's a restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating as well, right by the pool. Directly across from the hotel was a path to the ocean and beach.

 

To the left of the hotel and came upon a place called The Diplomat. It was a very nice area to eat and hang out at.

 

We headed back to the hotel after eating and were in our rooms by 9:30pm. We decided to call it a night and just relax before going to bed...we knew it would be a big day tomorrow and we were all excited.

 

A can of pop is $2.66 at the front desk small store...for a can! Yikes! But I'm a popaholic so...I fork out the mulla when needed.

 

Sakari and I sat out on the balcony for awhile...AND WATCHED PEOPLE SWIMMING! What the heck? There were 2 couples swimming (probably in their 20's) and a family with 3 children swimming as well. Now I'm a little ticked at this point but too tired to put bathing suits back on and head down.

 

We watched t.v. for a little bit and decided to call it a night.

 

 

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Notice in the pictures it says no swimming in this area but yet there are pool ladders on the dock coming out of the water (and there were several).

 

Now I came across this posted (for the hottub, but also by the pool)...pool hours 8:00am-11:00pm but yet down below says dawn to dusk.  Hmmmm!

 

The rest of the family was up by 9:30am and we were on the hunt for breakfast. The other bad thing about this hotel was that there's no free breakfast here. You had to go to the restaurant there (which was around $19 for an omlete) or find other means. Well, we happened to be next door to a gas station and Kendra decided we'd head over there and see if they had any breakfast sandwiches or donuts. That would tie us over until getting on the ship.

 

We were in luck! They had a variety of things to devour for breakfast at a much cheaper price. We headed back to the hotel with our goodies and wanted to eat outside in the nice warm air, but there were signs saying that we were not allowed to bring food or drinks into the pool area where all of the tables and chairs were. The hubby decided to park it right there as you go into the pool at the tables...which I knew was part of the restaurant and told him so but he said it would "be okay". LOL Once again, never listen to the hubby. We had taken our first bite and along came a lady "I'm sorry, I'm not asking you to leave, but you can not eat or sit here". Hmmm, Ok, the only part my family seemed to hear was "I'm not asking you to leave".... Then another guy came up saying we couldn't sit here...then another. There was absolutely NO ONE sitting out here! At that point the hubby got a little ticked and started complaining...we were unable to use the pool last night at 6:30pm but yet there were quite a few using it around 9:30pm and nothing was said, we are not allowed to bring food or drinks into the pool area and eat at the tables, a can of pop cost $2.66 and we paid over $400 for 1 night and now can't eat at a table outside that no one else is even in the area". The guy said "Well, we don't police the area of the pool and you are welcome to swim now if you want"....oh but you did last night and we were told not to get in and we are leaving today so there won't be any usage of the pool for us!! We finished our breakfast, cleaned up our mess, hanging onto the ladies words of "I'm not asking you to leave", and then went back up to our rooms to get ready for our ride to the port.

 

 

WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS PLACE?:

 

It's a nice place and good location, within walking distance to the beach if you had the time to go there. HOWEVER, I personally would never go back for the way we were treated during our stay. From the pool not being open after dark, you really don't get full use of the place if you are arriving late and I have never came across a hotel that didn't let you swim until at least 10-11pm. That was just rediculous and to see others swimming in there after we were told not to was just not right. The second thing being not having a place for people to eat if they don't want to spend an overpriced amount on the restaurant located at the hotel. It's just not right that they won't allow you to bring food into the pool area, when that's where the tables are located (but yet you can buy the food in that area and eat it there) and then you can't use the tables they do have there even when no one is out there using them. Just crazy! It was just the last straw for me and I wouldn't return for those reasons!