Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa
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Nachdem wir nach ca. 10,5 Stunden Flug, einer Stunde Security Check und gefühlten tausend Stunden beim Alamo Autovermietungs-Service verbracht haben sind wir endlich nach "kurzer" Fahrt in unserem super schönen Hotel angekommen. Kurz ist wie gesagt relativ. Wir mussten noch quer durch Miami heizen und durften noch nett im Feierabendverkehr die Landschaft bewundern.
We travelled down the interstate to avoid Tampa & stayed at Fort Myers the night then left the next morning & went on the Tamiami Trail, which is the road they built years ago from Tampa to Miami funded by a billionaire from his own pocket. Stopped at Everglades City which is the northern entrance to the Everglades. After leaving there we stopped at a rest area to have lunch & saw quite a few alligators on the banks near the picnic ...
... your car, its ace, amazing how a ride can be that good! That was when we went on the hulk one last time, and left to go home and make dinner for our lovely hosts. Of course we made our speciality, lasagne, with a little mini veggie one for Brittany, and it went down really well, well no one was struck down with food poisoning anyway! We also brought Jen some flowers and Ed some of his favourite old school beers to say thanks, they really were incredible hosts, perfect for ...
So, I finally leave tomorrow at 11:48 am. As the title of this entry suggests I'm excited and anxious. I'm also a little bit scared, but it won't be the first time I've flown to Europe alone, I did that in 2000. Unlike that trip, I won't be meeting friends when I get to my destination. Then again, I guess I'll be making new friends and getting to see exactly what I want to see on my own time.
Until I call the cab and then actually check in at the airport, I ...
... we were served marinated pig ear
in thin slices.., along with these brown tofu looking chunks, from blood of a
duck.., followed by two trays of whole frogs, cut into bite size pieces. Frog
faces and feet everywhere, the colorful green spotted skin still intact…
This particular restaurant
specialized in what they call “hot pot cooking”…, where the center of the table
is a boiling cauldron of fiery liquid.., Every dish ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
TravelPod Member ReviewsWestin Diplomat Resort and Spa Hollywood
Awesome Hotel. Got a good price via hotwire. Clean, friendly hotel. Parking is way too expencive. 24 Bucks for parking my car, wow.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa Hollywood
The hotel looked magnificant when you first arrive. However, you will pay more then you bargain for. The costs are ridiculus. Mark up on resfrehments is more then 500%. Prices are hidden and outrageous. Quoted stay at $300 per night and end result about $400.00 per night after hidden charges that all other hotels include in the room rate. Even charge you for carrying packages to your room. We bought some groceries and snacks and someone asked my wife to carry the bags to the room for her. Never told her it would be $20.00 added to the bill. That was in addition to the tip we gave the guy because we thought he was being considerate. If you don't have any respect for your hard earned money it is the place for you. At a cost to build this resort of $800 million it wont be long before they fo bank rupt.
This Beautiful Hotel is Very Noisy, Very Over Priced and Will Cost You A Lot More Than What They Will Quote You Over The Phone. There is A Charge For Everything. We Paid Cash For Our 2 Nights Stay There. Several Unexplained Charges at Check Out Time. Numerous Unexplained Taxes, Today I got My Credit Card Statement and There is Over $200.00 More Charged on That Now with No Explanations or Authorizations By Me. They Charge For Parking Per Day. You Think Of Anything and There is A Charge For it. $15.00 for a quart of bottled water. They Charge $14.00 fee for Room Service on Top of What You Order and Every Time too. It Doesn't Matter How Well Off You Are, This Hotel Is Set Up To Rip You Off. They May Refund You When You Prove Your Case, But Good Luck Trying To. It's A Money Trap You Will Never Forget
You Won't Like It
Too Many Problems and Concerns. Hidden Cost, Charges, and Taxes that one does not see from other exclusive hotels. Where they get off to even charge a guest these costs is what will make us never return and you too. Don't go there just to find out or because it looks nice. Looks there are very deceiving, except on your bill at checkout. It's upsetting our stay went so bad there.
Great hotel, but...
A very nice hotel, and we had no complaints about the room or staff. BUT, be prepared to pay for your experience!!! Examples include: $6 for garden-variety bottled water in your room (provided for free by most other decent hotels), $12 for a 10-second telephone call to a cell phone, $19 per day for valet parking. And, room rates are deceptive, because by the time taxes and the "resort charge" (hard to understand why that's not part of the quoted rate) are added to your bill, your actual rate will be about 30-40% higher than the quoted rate.
Overpriced, billing problems
Had occasion to dine at the hotel in September, food OK but tremendously overpriced. $10 for a glass of housewine. When credit card bill arrived the charge was double, still trying to resolve.
The hotel has no beach and displayed signs of disrepair, chipped marble, etc.
Best bet is to stay away.
On Wednesday, 10/9, I attended the March of Dimes fundraiser at the Diplomat. I was truly impressed with the sheer size and beauty of the place.
It's easy to go to Las Vegas and expect certain things to be. Women can be sexy and rich...men can buy just about anything they desire. There are many facilities for the senses.
The location isn't the best (not within walking distance of much), but at the time of our visit (May 2002), it looked like the area was being renovated with new construction all around it. That said, it's still only about 10-15 minutes drive to most of your needs. It also seemed to be used mostly as a conference center as we didn't really see too many vacationers there.
King And Queen For The Stay
Could not improve if we wanted to. Who would want to. Everything we hoped for and beyound. Can't wait to return. We don't feel we will ever top this experience.
My fiance and I visited the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa last weekend. We are having our wedding there in November and we were thrilled at how beautiful it is there! What a spectacular and elegant place. We can hardly wait to go back. The Spa was fantastic, too!!!