Nice and Quiet Hotel A review of Boca Raton Marriott at Boca Center
I stayed at the Boca Raton Marriott during the first week of July. After a long flight from Los Angeles, the staff quickly checked my family and I in and had us in our room within minutes. In fact, the front desk staff were outstanding. The room was a typically-sized Marriott room. The rooms were not extreamly large, but they were by no means small. From the pictures I had seen of the hotel, I thought that there would be a balcony in each room, but this was not the case. The greenish-blue bars are just for decoration. As for the lobby, it is a great place to meet friends and family. There is also a huge fountain in the middle of it that adds some warmth to the lobby, despite the lobby itself being small.
As for the location, the Boca Raton Marriott is in the middle of a series of stores, but most of them are hair salons and travel agencies. If you HAVE to shop, take the complimentary Lincoln Navigator to the Boca Mall. The Navigator is simply beautiful, and now I am thinking about buying one myself. One disadvantage about the hotel is that it is not located by the beaches, and taking a cab is not only expensive, (around $25+), but also time consuming. If you are staying at the Boca Center Marriott, you MUST have transportation pre-arranged with a family member living in Flordia, or rent a car, as there is essentially no mass transportation available at the hotel. In addition, it is equidistant from both Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport and West Palm Beach Airport. It cost me $50 plus tip to get from FLL to the hotel.
Also, when asking the Concierge to arrange transportation for you to one of the two airports, specify that you would like a normal taxi, NOT A TOWNCAR. I had to pay $70 to get back to Ft. Lauderdale Intl. Arpt. because the Front Desk called thought "Transportation" meant top-of-the-line limosines.
Otherwise, the facilities are great. The pool, although I didn't get to go in it, is not too crowded, and seemed enjoyable.
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