For our 4th of July beach trip we decided to go to south Florida. The Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, FL is where we ended up and are so glad we did!
The Diplomat was first opened in the late 50’s. It has seen several owners and was even demolished at one point. Currently, it is part of the Curio Collection by Hilton and they have started a multi-million dollar renovation to take it back to the glory days.
I would highly recommend staying here for fun, rest & relaxation. However, since it’s connected to the Diplomat Convention Center it would also be a great location for your next business meeting. Allowing employees to bring their families would not only ease the burden of being away from their families but would also go a long way to instill loyalty to the company.
On the upside, because it’s a resort it had everything – several restaurants and bars; three pools; beachfront; chairs; cabanas; towels. Everything. Every morning we enjoyed our Starbucks in-room coffee on the balcony before heading downstairs to Fresh for our complimentary breakfast.
For a holiday weekend, it really wasn’t as crowded as we thought it would be. This is a huge plus especially if you hate crowds like my husband does. And we can’t say enough great things about the staff. Each and every staff member we interacted with was attentive, warm and welcoming. And who knew yoga could get me out of bed before the sun came up but I am so glad I went! It was amazing!!
This is a fantastic family-friendly resort. There’s a kiddie splash area by the pools and you can walk out into the water for at least 100 yards. It’s a perfect beach for boogie boards; kayaks; paddle boards; or hunting for sea shells.
On the downside, because it’s a resort, the prices in the restaurants were higher than those off-site. Check out my post on the restaurants we recommend.
You also have to pay a resort fee of $26/day, but that fee gives you access to all the pools, chairs, one fitness class per day, and non-motorized water-sports (stand-up paddle boards & sea kayaks). It was well worth the fee for the beach chairs alone as they’re $15/chair per day!
Our only negative comment would be about Portico’s. It’s a beer garden/wine bar with nibblets and libations that opened in June. It is supposed to have over 20 beers on tap but after previewing the menu and only seeing eight options (one of which was out of stock), it wasn’t much of a beer garden. However, it did have fun location on the Inter-Coastal Waterway around a fountain and some fun vintage cars!
All in all we had a fabulous time and can’t wait to go back after the renovations.
Go and see for yourself. You’ll be glad you did!