Delray Sands Resort On Highland Beach
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A Nice Hotel for parents, grandparents, & their children/grandchildren
When my husband and I arrived here in June 2004, we were quite relieved. Our room was exactly what we had requested for our 6 night stay. It was a King Bed with a pool view and it actually had a slight ocean view from our patio. We were in room 100, which was right by the stairs and the front desk. So, early in the morning it became quite noisy with people checking out. The pool view rooms were great. Just get one away from the stairs, front desk, or elevators. We noticed that the pool view rooms on the 3rd floor, located in the middle of the 3rd floor, had a great ocean view, for a pool view price! I was especially impressed with the Bath & Body Works products that were replenished every day (soap, shampoo, conditioner, and lotion). We always had plenty of towels and the maids cleaned thoroughly every day. There is a wicker basket for your wet towels in the bathroom, so they aren't just thrown on the floor. We thought this was a nice touch. The room was very clean and the bed was comfortable. There was also a small table, chair and couch. We could hear no noise from the pool at night, from our room. They say that the pool and hot tub close at dusk. We found that if you didn't make any noise then nothing was said about using the pool at night. It was always crowded at night and nothing was ever said to any of us who used the pool after hours. My husband and I often had the hot tub to ourselves after 10 pm, when most of the families had turned in for the night. During the day though, stay away from the hot tub, as it becomes a kiddie pool, even though the sign plainly says that small children shouldn't use it. There are many restaurants on Linton. Just turn right out of the hotel parking lot and you will cross Linton, just after Delray Beach city limits. Turn left and go over the intracostal and just keep going straight. We found many fast food and sit down restaurants along this street and just off of it, including KFC, Taco Bell, Arbys, Dennys, Applebees, etc. There are small refrigerators in your rooms and we found that buying our own drinks and snacks saved us money. My husband was on business in Boca Raton, which is very nearby. His drive to work was only 10-15 minutes. This was the closest, reasonably priced hotel to his business location that was on the ocean. We drove up and down the street in front of the hotel many nights to check out the beautiful houses along the beach and intracostal. It is a nice drive and I'd recommend it. There were a few downsides to the Highland Beach experience. Every grocery store and gas station seemed to be closed by 10 p.m., so do your shopping and filling up with fuel early. The pool was packed with young children all day, so relaxing by the pool, without wanting to pull your hair out or medicate yourself, was not an option during daylight hours. But, if you have children yourself, then this may be the place for you. There is nothing wrong with kids just "being kids", but if you are a couple with no children, just wanting to relax stay somewhere else. There are sand fleas and numerous lizards around the beach and pool area, so if this bothers you, I wouldn't recommend this place. The lizards did seem to be more scared of us than we were of them, but I was warned by a beach attendant that they do bite if you pick one up. If you have children who many try this, just a warning. There was a problem a couple nights with smoke coming from the upstairs rooms, through our vents into our bathroom. We kept the door shut to the bathroom and that seemed to keep the smoke out of the rest of our room. If you are a single person or looking for a party scene, don't stay here. Even though it has a bar, this hotel seems to cater to families with small children or to senior citizens. Since we left the partying back in college where it belongs, this was fine for us as we'd rather take screaming kids over rowdy drunks acting like kids any day. I wouldn't recommend it for a honeymoon or romantic trip though, as previously mentioned about the lack of places to relax because of the youngest guests. On a more pleasant note, there was a wedding on Friday night and this seemed to be the perfect place to have one. The couple stood on a patch of grass with the beautiful ocean as their backdrop. So, the bride will have a place to stand with an oceanview and not ruin her dress in the sand! Get married here, then honeymoon somewhere else. The guests of the wedding party seemed to enjoy the hotel pool after the reception though. There are many nice chairs and umbrellas around the pool and pool towels free of charge for guests. However, you must pay to use the umbrellas and chairs at the beach. The sand isn't as nice as other beaches farther south. It is a dark brown color and looks sort of like wet cement. The water was perfectly clear though, even with the dark sand, and we saw many fish and crabs while swimming and there were great shelling opportunities. We will stay here again if business takes us in the area. But, for a much nicer beach, try Sunny Isles Beach, about 30-45 minutes south.
Bautiful location, lovely hotel!
We made our reservation online and were very nervous as we were not familiar with the area. As soon as we arrived we felt relieved. The hotel is located on Rte A1A with the intracoastal on the front side and the ocean on the other side. Lovely! I would recommend the poolside rooms. All rooms have a nice balcony even the ground floors, and we never had a noise problem even on the ground floor. The ocean was choppy but the beach was beautiful. There is a charge for rental of beach chairs but we found we liked the pool better and there is plenty of room. Leave your towels at home as the hotel supplies very nice ones anytime you need them. The restaurant and staff are all GREAT and family friendly. A great family place, only 5 minutes from the town of DelRay Beach which has great shopping and restaurants. We'll be back!
My 5th trip
Went to Highland Beach during the end of March. I had a wonderful trip, as usual. I would recommend it to anyone visiting South Florida.
For a local like me this was paradise. Right on the beach without any crowds. Restaurant also right on the beach. The extra money for a room with a terrace over looking the Atlantic was worth it, but it was a bit pricey. Even off season price was little steep. All in all my wife and I felt renewed and relaxed. We're going back soon.
Highland rates high
Arrived at the hotel on 12/09/03. We stayed for 7 nights. The exterior was very pleasant. the lobby was clean and staff at the front desk were helpful. (with an exception of one girl that was there in the morning).
Having the beach 2 feet away was definetely a lifesaver. Bar was good for cocktails, restaurant was awesome for breakfest.(Lunch menu wasn't my thing, but I'm very basic.) Pool was some-what crowded on weekend afternoons by families, after 4pm, it got quiet. Jacuzzi was great! I stayed in a poolside room, it had a very nice balcony, as did the oceanview rooms. Parking was good, maid service cleaned well, but came at prime times of the day. (12pm, 1pm...after breakfest) Had a safe problem, but repaired it within 10min of the call to the front desk.
Overall, I loved it and will return in March.
What a enchanting peaceful retreat!
We stayed at this hotel for four nights in early December 2003. After thoroughly reading all the guides, good and bad reviews of many places on trip advisor, we chose this hotel and drove there from the airport with trepidation, heart in mouth...was it gonna be as advertised? Well, we scored a coup...the beauty of its location is astonishing....it's in a quiet area of Highland Beach, the toniest part of Boca Raton, and just as advertised it is RIGHT on a stunning, powdery white beach. We awoke to beautiful sunrises over the ocean with the palms outside swaying gently in the breeze. Couldn't believe it was only $129 a night for such a gorgeous place among prime real estate. The room was clean and very comfortable with a lovely balcony for enjoying morning coffee or an evening cocktail. The beach itself was quiet and never crowded; the pool delightful, the exercise room a great boon. The restaurant Lattitudes was outstanding; food and service rivalled the best of Fodor's and Frommer's. The Tikki Bar was great for lunch, too. The staff was extremely kind. We can't wait to return.
Stayed 4 nights at this hotel. I was pleased when I arrived. Staff was very nice, with the exception of one of the girls at the front desk.
Oceanside room was very nice. Beach was great.
Nice -- could do better
Stayed a week. View and beach nice. Room smelled moldy. Concierge never sent anyone up to fix problem with safe. Charge you for umbrellas and chairs on beach -- should be free to guests. Kiddy pool needed to be cleaned. Won't stay there again -- can find a better room down the road in Delray Beach hotels.
Great trip to Florida.
My family met at the Holiday Inn Highland for my son's wedding. We occupied several rooms. Food and bar were excellent. Wedding was great. Unfortunately the bride's dress was lost on the way to her room.
First off, the beach was beautiful. Hotel being directly on the beach was great! Pool was nice, crowded during the day but relaxing at night.
Restaurant was appetizing. Very clean. The staff was very nice. They handled each matter that you had a problem with. Though a relatively smaller hotel...I was very pleased with the service,rooms,grounds and beach. I suggest pool-side rooms. Any questions, feel free to e-mail me!
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