Marriott Hollywood Beach
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TravelPod Member ReviewsMarriott Hollywood Beach
Walked over a mile on the boardwalk and then got a cab to return to our hotel by airport. Beach was gorgeous!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Marriott Hollywood Beach
Best if you like traditional hotels
I stayed here on an opening special. They call this a boutique hotel. It is in the boutique style with small lobby, tiny indoor bar, and service focus, but it's larger than most boutique hotels. The parking garage is convenient, but the $7.00 extra per day for parking ($9.00 for valet) was not advertised and that grated on me. Parking charges at an urban hotel is expected, but here, where the primary method of arrival is by car, I found it annoying. There is an unattended direct pedestrian access to the garage from the street, which bothered me from a security perspective. This hotel did not work well for me because I have become accustomed to the amenities offered at business suite hotels. This place is setup in the traditional hotel style, and many things I find important were missing. I prefer to handle my own luggage when traveling alone, but here you would think I had committed a mortal sin when I tried to use one of the 20 or so luggage carts sitting beside the entrance. A bellhop rushed forward and took over. I drew a northwest corner room, which is an excellent location. It had two balconies, one facing the Intracoastal Waterway where the boat traffic could be viewed, and another facing up the beach. Very nice. Too bad the balcony had only two small chairs, and no table on which to rest a glass. The room was elegant, but small in the old school Marriott style. I did not care for the muted yellows and black trim color scheme. It did not say south Florida to me. The comfortable king bed was full of pillows as is the current rage, but there is absolutely no place in the room to store them when you actually want to use the bed. The bath is nicely finished in marble, the black color again. But they have a problem with the grout already falling out. There is also a problem with the posh marble topped tables. The ones in my room were already marred by etching from spilled drinks. These need glass tops immediately. The plasma TV was cool, but the novelty soon wore off; it was no big deal. What was a big deal to me was the lack of a refrigerator. There is a minibar, and your only option is to empty it if you need to store your own cold food and beverages. There is no microwave. Another big deal was the very noisy air conditioning system. It appeared to be a through the wall system like those used in cheap motels. It's noise level was entirely inconsistent with the upscale nature of this hotel. I can't believe Marriott put something like this in. There is no self service laundry available. The free wired Internet worked very well. I was also able to connect using wireless provided by Hollywood Beach. The hotel is right on the beach, and it is 2 or 3 blocks north of the area where you will find many restaurants and shops. There is a shortage of grocery and drug stores in the area...few places to pick up those miscellaneous items. The breakfast buffet was excellent, but pricey at $13. This hotel is best if you like traditional full service hotels, with bellhops, minibars, and all that sort of stuff.
Hotel was Great - Surrounding Area Not So Great
The new Hollywood Beach Marriott is really nice. The rooms are beautiful and very clean. The restaurant, Latitudes, had great food although the service was a bit slow. The Tiki Bar had a great atmosphere and very friendly bartenders - a fun hang out for after dinner. The pool area was nice and there were waiters to bring you drinks and menu items at your chairs.
The one big disappointment was the surrounding area. My husband and I did not rent a car thinking that we could walk to a lot of nice restaurants, bars, etc. on the broadwalk. Grant it, we were able to walk to restaurants but it was not the nicest area and there were not many nice restaurants to pick from. Unfortunately the Marriott is surrounded by a lot of motels and apartments that are not very well kept up. Hopefully for the Marriott's sake these places will also make the renovations that the Marriott has made and then this would be one great vacation spot.
I would recommend Giorgio's on the Intercoastal Waterway as a nice place for dinner.
Wonderful Hotel - Just Needs Some Fine Tuning
As a frequent traveler, I'm very particular about the hotels where I stay. On a business trip to Ft Lauderdale, Aug 22-26, I had the pleasure of staying at the Hollywood Beach Marriott. Since there were no pictures or recent reviews available when I made my reservations back in July, I was a little worried about what the property would be like. The description on Marriott's website said the rooms had flat screen TV's, I thought "how bad can it be?" so I took a chance.
I was very pleased with the hotel. The rooms are fabulous, with mahogany furniture, marble showers, and the LCD TV's. The view was perfect from my room on the 9th floor and the beds were probably the best I've ever slept in. Bath products are from Bath & Body Works and smell heavenly. The staff was very pleasant and accomodating, and when I only nibbled on my lunch because I didn't really like the taste, they insisted on deducting the entree from my bill without me even asking. Even when everyone had to check out early and evacuate due to the arrival of hurricane Katrina, the staff was courteous and upbeat.
The only criticism I would have is on the service provided for meals at the outdoor patio. Every time I ate there, it took forever and the servers would disappear for long periods of time. They provided very poor service.
Other than that, the property is wonderful and I will definitely stay there again. Next time for vacation instead of business.
My wife and I's honeymoon trip to Cancun was cancelled due to the hurricane and we ended up in at the Hollyood Beach Marriott. Without researching the hotel first- we had very mixed opinions after our stay.
The staff was friendly getting us settled in, but as our stay progressed we encountered some rudeness. When eating in the restaurant in the hotel, our service was very slow and we waited 35 minutes for our food and they did not fill our water glasses.
Also, i had left some clothes in the closet after we left and I called a few hours after checkout to retrieve them and they did not have them. They say they werent in there, but i know for sure they were.
There also was construction the whole time we were there. The pool is very small, but the rooms are very nice!
Good Hotel but needs improvements
The Hollywood Beach Marriott was only open two or three weeks when we stayed there. For the most part, almost everything was up-to-speed. Some things were a surprise. We were unhappily told that our "Concierge Level" room did not come with services that included breakfast or any food whatsoever in the Concierge Lounge because it was a weekend. I thought the hotel was encouraging weekend guests. After some discussions, we were given breakfast vouchers that enabled us to have a wonderful buffet. Dinner was a great disappointment in some respects. Service was unbelievably slow and the Special Lobster fra-diavolo turned out to be a few morsels of something on top of mexican (not Italian) flavored broad noodles. At the price we were to pay for the noodles they would have been the most expensive on earth. Our waiter arranged for a substitute fish dinner that was quite satisfactory. Otherwise service was very good. The lunch at poolside turned out to be exceptional, making up in part for the failed dinner. Personnel seemed to exhibit newness expected after a recent start for the hotel. If meal quality at dinner could be upgraded, the hotel represents a pleasant way to spend time in Hollywood.
Just came back from Hollywood Beach. The hotel is really nice since the renovation but lacks in location. The staff at the hotel is very friendly and helpful. If you wanted to do anything, you either had to drive to Fort Lauderdale or Miami. During our stay also, the beach was horrible. We are used to going to the Caribbean. The beach had a lot of seaweed and visibilty was not good. We spent most our time in the pool. They had caribbean music playing and people that walked around asking if you wanted to order anything which was nice.
I can't say that we will ever go back. If the hotel was in a better location we would. We enjoyed South Beach which was about a 20 minute drive.
A Really Beautiful Hotel
We just returned from a week's vacation with a 10 year old boy and had a beautiful stay at this new Marriott. It had only been open for about six weeks and we were just lucky to find it. The place is really good looking. They spent 30 million renovating it and it shows. The lobby, indeed the whole hotel, has beautiful mahogony molding, Italian tile, and in general is decorated in that upscale island look that makes you feel like you are at a Carribean resort.. The beds are incredible with really beautiful sheets and perfect pillows.
The restaurant is exceptional. Usually, when we are on vacation, we go out to eat every night and sometimes it's a hassle finding something good. We almost never eat at the hotel because usually the food is overpriced and mediocre. Not here. The prices were really fair and we did not order one thing that wasn't better than just good. The Tiki Restaurant/Bar, which is next to the pool, overlooks a pretty beach and beautiful water. The water is light blue shading to deep blue farther out and almost never was rough with big waves.
The best thing about our stay was the staff. To a person, they were always polite. They had a terrific attitude and went out of their way to make sure we were enjoying their hotel. Somebody's doing a good job training the empoyees.
I hope this lasts. The manager at this hotel understands hospitality and customer service.
Marriott - A New Era
First of all, ignore any review prior to June 2005 as this is now a brand new hotel - completely rebuilt and completely wonderful. Located right on the Broadwalk, the hotel is fabulous!
The rooms have down comforters, nice sheets, marble countertops, large bathrooms, a flat screen tv, sliding glass doors to a small balcony, coffee makers with Starbucks coffee, etc. The outside dining/bar area overlooks the ocean. The food is actually very good for a hotel restaurant and the staff is very attentive. Granted, the staff/guest ratio was very high during my visit as they were training employees, but I don't think that the Marriott would spend this much money to build such a fabulous hotel only to let customer service drop off after training.
If you are looking for a 4 -5 star hotel option, your choices are the Marriott or the Westin, which is located on the south side of the strip. While I have heard the Westin is very nice, I like that the Marriott is located directly on the Broadwalk. If you like to have restaurant/bar options within walking distance of your hotel, then this is the better choice.
We stayed at the Marriott 2 weeks ago. The hotel is new and the rooms were excellent, the beds some of the most confortable we ever slept.
The pool is very small and the beach a litlle disappointing but the hotel is really nice!
What a great hotel
We arrived at the hotel during a storm and the staff could not have been more accommodating. The hotel is gorgeous inside! Obviously a newer build hotel (they are finishing some construction in the meeting space), they rooms are fantastic. I wish all Marriotts looked like this. The furniture is beautiful, with granite and marble everywhere and the flat screen TV in the room has 80 channels (which came in handy during a storm!). The food in the restaurant was delicious and the service was again top notch. I would recommend this hotel to anyone staying in the area. I usually stay at the Westin Diplomat, but will be a loyal hollywood Beach Marriott guest from now on.
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