Renaissance Boca Raton Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Renaissance Boca Raton Hotel
This is the worst hotel I have ever stayed at. The rooms smelled like mildew. The carpet was damp and the smoke alarm was about to fall off the ceiling but someone cleverly taped it back up there. Very tacky! The bathroom floor was sticky! The beds were damp and our sheets smelled horribly! We asked for a wake up call and never got one. The restaurant was disgusting with dead spiders on my napkin and the water glass was dirty. Not to mention we were the only people in there. I wonder why?!! However, the lobby of the hotel was very nice and the people very friendly. Needless to say we ate at the Cheesecake Factory that night and left very early the next morning. They were nice in giving us half off our room after talking with the management.
The Smell of Mildew Can Knock You off Your Feet
I personally think that management is writing some of the reviews for this hotel. I would be complaining a lot more than I am now if I had paid more than the $64 plus tax rate that I obtained on priceline. This hotel caters to business travelers, there were no children. I do not have any, so this was not a problem. The room absolutely reaked of mildew. Do not put the air conditioning unit on fan, because this will further exacerbate the problem. The gym was not impressive. There was not a soul at the pool (we stayed mid week in August). The pool was a little run down. The inside of the hotel itself looks like a NYC office building. The bed was comfortable and the room was tastefully decorated. The bathroom was beginning to show its age. Also, the carpet was damp my entire stay. THe biggest plus about this hotel is the customer service. Whenever I walked past an employee, he or she always greeted me. The front desk staff are wonderful. I silently sneezed a few hundreds feet away and I heard a "god bless you." But, given the option, I would not book a room at this hotel again, even for the rate that I paid. I would recommend the breakers to anyone staying in the area. Please email me with any questions.
Great pool area for relaxing
I've stayed here on a couple of occasions when travelling on business, last time March 04.
Generally this is an excellent hotel and is ideal for a relaxing stay. Overall the rooms are good and clean, the exception to this is that around the air conditioning units the wallpaper was coming off, exposing some mould on the walls and there was mould on the curtains. I suspect it's something to do with the condensation that comes out of the AC unit, but I've only seen it in this place. It was the same in both of the rooms I stayed in.
The breakfast is buffet style and average, especially given the grade and price of the hotel. Other meals that I have had whilst staying here have been good.
The hotel encloses a pool/ courtyard area, which is a great place to go to relax - I think it's the hotels best feature. There are sun beds around the pool and there is an outdoor bar that serves drinks that tends to be open from before lunch until about midnight. You can order food from the bar and there is an area that's veranda with tables and chairs to sit and eat.
There is a WiFi network in the hotel so it's easy to get onto the internet with a laptop.
The Boca Town Centre Mall is walking distance from the hotel - about 10 minutes, within easy drive there is a supermarket and a pharmacy. Hotel is easy to find taking the Glades Road exit off the I95.
I guess the key thing to say is that I'd go back, but if you won't spend much time using the facilities there is better value around.
One of my favorites
This is a smaller renaissance hotel that is consistent in value and service. The rooms are very nicely furnished in a upscale decor and bathrooms have marble counters with Bath and Body works amenities. Work out area is nicer than most with several cardio machines and weights. (you can get free entrance in nearby fitness center with room key!!!) Pool area is the best with fountains and waterfall and hot tub that is always the right temp. There are usually cookies, apples and sometimes even mimosas in the lobby at night and free coffee service in the morning. I would recommend booking this hotel when in the area. They will take care of you.
A+, would stay again
If you are looking for a smaller, botique style hotel that does not cater to noisy families with children, this is the place. I traveled alone (2/7-2/11/ 04) to visit someone in area and preferred a hotel where I felt safe and comfortable travelling solo and catered to business/adult clientele rather than casual tourists. Staff was extremely friendly and polite. Room was tastefully decorated, quiet and clean. I arrived 3 hours ahead of check in time and staff apologized as I had to wait an hour! The hour was spent dining poolside! The room had a lovely view overlooking pool/courtyard area with-just like a small oasis. Pool area was pleasantly landscaped-gliders, hammocks, all lounge chairs are cushioned and plenty of tables/umbrellas and towels.
As this hotel caters more to business clientele, the opool area was very quiet on weekdays. There are frequent planes overhead but could not hear them in my room. Poolside bar had a reasonably priced menu with some healthy, varied choices. On weekdays, there is coffee, quick bread in lobby. Work out room has large screen TV, several treadmills and some other equipment. Clean, small quiet beach with pleasant walking paths is only a short drive away. Shopping area with small botique style stores, Starbucks, a bakery (higly recommend), deli and a few restaurants just a minute walk from hotel. Large shopping mall (and Cheesecake Factory) is a 5-10 minute walk away. Down the road from the hotel heading towards I 95 is a strip mall with wonderful, large natural food grocery store and a Barnes and Nobles. Hotel is short drive to I 95. I drove into West Palm several times-only took under 1/2 hour during non rush hour. During rush hour take US1, not I 95 and allow more than 1 hour travel time if flying out of West Palm airport during weekday-there are always accidents on I 95. If this is the type of hotel you prefer-I highly recommend!!!!
I would go back again in a hearbeat!
We arrived at the hotel at 2 a.m. absolutely wiped out from traveling.
We were greeted with a smile and promptly gotten into our rooms. We were thrilled with the staff who were wonderfully helpful. When my son wanted to try "gator" for dinner they found where we could try some that was fairly close by. The pool area was heaven! When I get stressed out from work I slide right back to the deliciously soothing site and it makes me smile. I can't wait for the next big tournament to be held in the area. It will give me an excuse to come back for a lovely visit.
Nice and Peaceful
My spouse and I stayed here for three nights in July/August. We were looking for a nice pool and tiki bar in which to relax all day at. Not being beach people but wanting some sun, this hotel seemed like a good bet. It was-- we had a great time!
We were on different flight schedules, so I arrived early on a Thursday (1pm) while he was scheduled to arrive later that evening. When I got to the hotel, our poolside room was not ready yet, but the very nice front desk person gave me a free lunch at the poolside bar while she put a rush clean on the room. The pool area is extremely nice, though not all that large. There is a nice rock formation waterfall and there are plush lounge chairs all around. If you go to the Marriott website for this hotel, they have good pictures and 360 degree views which are a good representation of the area. The one surprise that I did not see on the website was four hammocks, which ended up being one of my favorite afternoon nap sites!
The tiki bar in the center of all of this was quite pleasant. The food was pretty good (especially the quesadillas), though the service is a bit slow. Since I had nothing else to do all day but sit at the tiki bar this was not a problem, but there were a couple of instances where people got upset that the food took so long to come out. Having one bartender who had to manage the bar and walk all the way inside the hotel to retrieve food is not condusive to fast service! But for me it was a sign of the leisurely weekend I was having. The frozen drinks were not good (one of the worst pina coladas I have had) but the mixed drinks were better. They had 2 for 1 Mai Tai's throughout my stay which were pretty delicious.
One of the best things about the property during my visit was that the pool area was never crowded. They had, on average, less than 10 people around at any given time.
The room was pretty standard Marriott fare, which is not a bad thing.
Conservatively decorated, the room had a very comfortable bed and well stocked mini bar. The bathroom was nothing special but extremely clean.
The room did have a very comfortable chaise lounge and ottoman and, the best part, a great air conditioner. The poolside room had a small patio with two chairs and a table. I guess you could say it overlooked the pool although I found it a bit far from the area. The biggest disappointment was the fact that you could not get to the pool from the patio-- there was a line of bushes in between the patio and the path to the pool. On the plus side, each patio was private-- there were walls that divided each room patio from one another. I don't think I would go for this type of room in the future. We never spent any time on the patio as the pool area itself was so nice and an executive suite on the club floor was going for the same price.
We did eat at the hotel restaurant, Porter's Steakhouse, one evening.
It was OK, though my medium steak was cooked horribly well done! The French Onion soup was very tasty, though, and my spouse's steak was cooked medium well as ordered.
All in all, we had a great time at this hotel. We got what we were looking for-- a nice hotel with a nice pool area and tiki bar to spend the day at. The hotel met our expectations and we would stay here again. Bonus (to some!): A Starbucks is within walking distance.
Hated this hotel!
I went on a winter vacation looking forward to staying at a Rennaisance because I've had wonderful experiences with this hotel. First day there after traveling all day they told me the hotel was overbooked and they put me up at a nearby Marriot which was a crappy room. Even though they comped it, I needed to move twice and once I was back in the hotel they promised me a suite by the pool and did not deliver. Also the shower pressure was terrible as they were doing work on the room below me. The staff is friendly and nice but incompetent. Good luck with your stay here.
Loved the renaissance
We've stayed in 5 stars all over the world and find the Renaissance Boca Raton to be absolutely magnificent.
-great accomodations (stay in the suite)
Good bet while in Boca. Stayed for 11 nights Oct.'02. Food in the restaurant is excellent. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Common areas are beautiful - if you want a nice pool area with tiki bar, this is the one. A slight blip on a reservations employee that tried to bump us to another room for the last night, and was none to accomodating, but they straightened it out. The only thing I'd recommend, is that you not take a smoking room. I'm a smoker, but the windows don't open in the smoking rooms, so changed. The smell would knock over even a heavy smoker.