Renaissance Boca Raton Hotel
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1st full day in Ft Lauderdale. Started day bright and early 5:45 at Starbucks. Gathered the troops after for breakfast and then we went for a shopping trip to Costco to buy Wine for the cruise. After returning we went to the pool to enjoy a warm but overcast day to relax. After a couple of hours a Tornado warning came up with strong winds and heavy downpour. We waited for that to pass and headed out to look at what to do tonight. Jungle ...
... if connection. I'm getting more excited and nervous about meeting my host familia. Hopefully they'll warm up to me so that I can be apart of a sassy Latino family like I imagine I would be if I was on Modern Family. Adios for now. My next post will be from Costa Rica!
Ugh, the airline just announced that my flight is delayed for another hour. Looks like I won't get into Cost Rica until 2 am. My host family is going to hate ...
THE EVE (OR MORNING) OF EMBARKATION Have met a couple other grey hairs here at the Westin in Ft Lauderdale. So far, with the exception of time changes, all has gone very well. Weather is sunny with a slight wind. Jeff and I were walking the grounds today observing geckos and rather large *** when I mentioned that the place looked like it needed some maintenance. Looked ...
... overdoes the foot on the keyboard routine.
After our usual late finishing dinner, we look in on the Liars Club in the Reflections Lounge on Deck 11. Three performers tell outrageous lies to define certain words, and only one has the correct, if bizarre definition. We see a new side to Perry Grant, Rich the cruise director and one of the crew executives, all of whom are quite amusing.
Cruise Day 11 Tuesday 17th April Philipsburg, ...
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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.
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.
I've stayed here on a couple of occasions when travelling on business, last time March 04.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.