Pros

  • Walkable, beachfront location on Hollywood Beach
  • Sharp, stylish rooms with great views and marble bathrooms
  • In-room high-tech amenities, C.O. Bigelow products, and separate tubs
  • Two pools, plus poolside cabanas available for rent
  • 10 restaurants, from casual coffee to a fine-dining steakhouse
  • Four bars, including a speakeasy-style spot with private karaoke rooms
  • Full-service spa with saunas and steam rooms
  • Marina area with manatees, restaurants, and slip rental
  • State-of-the-art gym, plus free exercise classes (restrictions apply)
  • Tennis courts and golf course (with free range balls)
  • Free property-wide Wi-Fi
  • Valet and self-parking available
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Cons

  • Wristbands are required
  • Parking is expensive
  • Not all rooms have balconies
  • Free exercise classes are only good for one person in the room
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Bottom Line

The Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood, Curio Collection by Hilton is a 1,000-room luxury hotel with a beachfront location in Hollywood Beach. With 10 exceptional restaurants, a marina area across the street, two pools, standout conference facilities, and an elegant spa, this resort feels fairly self-contained. Guests also have direct beach access, and free use of a 24-hour gym and non-motorized water sports. This is a family-friendly resort with a kids' club, though no pets are allowed. The hotel is split between two towers to separate business and leisure travelers. For a property right on the Boardwalk, the Marriott Hollywood Beach is a good upscale option. 

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The Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood, Curio Collection by Hilton

Scene

Large, luxury resort that feels like a small village

There's no mistaking it: this luxury resort is big. It's also on a shortlist of the top iconic hotels in South Florida. The Diplomat opened in 1957 and then served as a mecca for entertainment in the 1960s and 1970s, hosting guests like Liza Minelli and the Rat Pack. However, nothing gold can stay, and in the 1990s, the hotel was completely leveled and rebuilt. In 2002, it reopened as the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa, adding the spa and golf course. In 2014, it was bought and rebranded as the Diplomat Beach Resort before receiving a few modern upgrades and being added to the Hilton's Curio Collection. Its aim is to be self-contained and viewed as a destination in its own right. Guests should expect large, open spaces, and a lobby with a unique design -- featuring sand pits, tons of natural light, and realistic-looking plastic palm trees -- that creates an indoor/outdoor feel. The exceptional conference facilities and one-stop shop features bring in a lot of groups and business travelers, as well as families on vacation. 

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Location

Walkable, beachfront location in Hollywood Beach, off the main strip

The Diplomat Beach Resort has a beachfront location off Ocean Avenue/Highway A1A in Hollywood Beach. The immediate area is full of hotels, shopping, restaurants, and tourist attractions, and is fairly walkable. The famous Broadwalk is just a seven-minute drive away, while Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Fort Lauderdale Beach are a 20-minute and  30-minute drive north, respectively. 

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Rooms

Well-designed rooms and suites with separate tubs, mini-fridges, and Chromecast

The Diplomat's 1000 rooms are separated between the North and South tower buildings. Sophisticated decor follows a mostly neutral color scheme, with streamlined wood furniture, ocean-inspired pops of blue in chairs, vintage beach photos, and patterned carpet. All rooms have Bluetooth music players, HDTVs with Chromecast, and great bathrooms with showers and separate tubs. Some rooms feature retro SMEG mini-fridges. Rooms come stocked with wine openers and C.O. Bigelow bath products, and robes are available on request. 

Standard Double or King City View rooms almost always come with furnished balconies and have shuttered peek-a-boo windows into the bathrooms. However, the tubs in these rooms are tiny. Standard Ocean View rooms boast great views of the Atlantic. Other standard room views include the Intracoastal Waterway and partial ocean views. Upgrades to the Corner Suites add more space, separate dining rooms and living rooms, and furnished, wraparound balconies with stunning ocean views. Diplomat Suites vary in layout and have upgraded features like Keurig coffee machines, extra half baths, and whirlpool tubs. 

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Beach

Relaxed section of beach with soft sand and beach setups

All beaches in Miami are designated public, though guests can expect pink beach chairs and umbrellas, as well as beach concierge service on the sands. The covered, padded daybeds with shady pullover shells cost extra. The vibe here is relaxed with some light music wafting in from the pool area. Expect soft sand and the possibility of seaweed. Guests have direct beach access behind the hotel. 

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Pools

Two pools with cabanas for rent

The Top Deck Infinity Pool is the smaller of the hotel's two pools, but it offers great ocean views and a location closest to the Hotel Bar. However, there aren't many sun loungers here, although Tina Turk-designed cabanas are available for an extra fee. On the flip side, the Lagoon Pool, located one level down, is lined with contemporary sunbeds. This pool is big and boasts modern sheet waterfalls, a connecting bridge, and the easiest access to the Playa Bar and beach. Guests can also rent any of the 36 cabanas, which include shuttered doors, mini-fridges stocked with water, TVs, fans, and chair and sofa seating. 

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All-Inclusive / Food

Lively and delicious food scene with 10 restaurants

Food lovers are spoiled for choice at the Diplomat: from casual bites like the house-made pastries and ice cream at Candy and Cones, to more upscale restaurants like Diplomat Prime, the resort's classic-contemporary take on a steakhouse. Standout spots include Michael Schulson's Japanese-inspired Nokku, where guests can dine in a velvety sushi lounge, make reservations for a 10-course tasting menu, or slip into the attached speakeasy for cocktails, bites, live music, and private karaoke rooms. There are also two Geoffrey Zakarian spots, Counterpoint (a coffee cafe) and Point Royal (part oyster bar, part buffet, part fine-dining restaurant). Other food options can be found out on the marina. 

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Features

Large resort full of features, including a golf course, spa, and marina area

The Diplomat is packed full of features, including a unique marina area called Diplomat Landing located across the street on the water. Here, guests will find food and drink venues, from a beer and wine garden to burgers and barbecue. An arcade with free games, third-party slip rentals, and manatees in the water are also found here. 

The Diplomat Spa exudes luxury and style with lots of marble, high-end Malin + Goetz products, a Vichy shower, and 10 treatment rooms. Guests can use the locker room steam room and saunas for free, but will need to book a treatment or salon service for access to the co-ed relaxation area and its chromogenic waterfall. There's also a 24-hour, dual-level gym accessible via guest room keycards. Expect laminate floors, AC, and a quiet atmosphere devoid of music. A good selection of LifeFitness equipment and group exercise classes (fee outside of one free class for one person per room per day) are enough for moderate-level workouts. 

This hotel is popular for conferences and with business travelers, and even has an entirely separate wing devoted to the cause. There is over 200,000 square feet of event space, including an area for private event registration and satellite check-in. Most of the restaurants have their own bars, and guests can grab drinks from the Hotel Bar in the lobby atrium, take a seat under the indoor palms, or head outside on the terrace. 

The Dip 'n' Slide Kids Club has a small water park area with a modern look, bouncy house, and extra fees. Activities are geared towards children ages 4 to 12, and kids must be signed in and out. 

Some hotel services are integrated in the Hilton Honors app and available to Hilton Honors members, like pre-arrival room selection, concierge messaging, digital keys, and check-in. The resort fee covers beach chairs (umbrellas cost extra), free range balls at the golf course, bottled water, and W-Fi. Guests can also access free non-motorized water sports like paddleboarding or kayaking, and one fitness class per room per day for just one person. Self and valet parking are both pricey. This is a no-pet hotel, and guests are required to wear wristbands. During our visit, the golf and tennis courts were under repair from hurricane damage, so check beforehand o their status if you plan on using those facilities. 

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Things You Should Know About The Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood, Curio Collection by Hilton

Also Known As

  • The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa
  • Diplomat Resort & Spa Hollywood, Curio Collection by Hilton
  • The Diplomat Beach Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton

Room Types

  • Club Floor Room
  • Club Floor Suites
  • Corner Suite
  • Deluxe Room
  • Diplomat Suites
  • Grand Deluxe Room
  • Superior Room

Address

3555 South Ocean Drive, Hollywood, Florida 33019-2827, United States

Phone

(954) 602-6000

Website

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The Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood, Curio Collection by Hilton

Scene

Large, luxury resort that feels like a small village

There's no mistaking it: this luxury resort is big. It's also on a shortlist of the top iconic hotels in South Florida. The Diplomat opened in 1957 and then served as a mecca for entertainment in the 1960s and 1970s, hosting guests like Liza Minelli and the Rat Pack. However, nothing gold can stay, and in the 1990s, the hotel was completely leveled and rebuilt. In 2002, it reopened as the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa, adding the spa and golf course. In 2014, it was bought and rebranded as the Diplomat Beach Resort before receiving a few modern upgrades and being added to the Hilton's Curio Collection. Its aim is to be self-contained and viewed as a destination in its own right. Guests should expect large, open spaces, and a lobby with a unique design -- featuring sand pits, tons of natural light, and realistic-looking plastic palm trees -- that creates an indoor/outdoor feel. The exceptional conference facilities and one-stop shop features bring in a lot of groups and business travelers, as well as families on vacation. 

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Location

Walkable, beachfront location in Hollywood Beach, off the main strip

The Diplomat Beach Resort has a beachfront location off Ocean Avenue/Highway A1A in Hollywood Beach. The immediate area is full of hotels, shopping, restaurants, and tourist attractions, and is fairly walkable. The famous Broadwalk is just a seven-minute drive away, while Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Fort Lauderdale Beach are a 20-minute and  30-minute drive north, respectively. 

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Rooms

Well-designed rooms and suites with separate tubs, mini-fridges, and Chromecast

The Diplomat's 1000 rooms are separated between the North and South tower buildings. Sophisticated decor follows a mostly neutral color scheme, with streamlined wood furniture, ocean-inspired pops of blue in chairs, vintage beach photos, and patterned carpet. All rooms have Bluetooth music players, HDTVs with Chromecast, and great bathrooms with showers and separate tubs. Some rooms feature retro SMEG mini-fridges. Rooms come stocked with wine openers and C.O. Bigelow bath products, and robes are available on request. 

Standard Double or King City View rooms almost always come with furnished balconies and have shuttered peek-a-boo windows into the bathrooms. However, the tubs in these rooms are tiny. Standard Ocean View rooms boast great views of the Atlantic. Other standard room views include the Intracoastal Waterway and partial ocean views. Upgrades to the Corner Suites add more space, separate dining rooms and living rooms, and furnished, wraparound balconies with stunning ocean views. Diplomat Suites vary in layout and have upgraded features like Keurig coffee machines, extra half baths, and whirlpool tubs. 

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Beach

Relaxed section of beach with soft sand and beach setups

All beaches in Miami are designated public, though guests can expect pink beach chairs and umbrellas, as well as beach concierge service on the sands. The covered, padded daybeds with shady pullover shells cost extra. The vibe here is relaxed with some light music wafting in from the pool area. Expect soft sand and the possibility of seaweed. Guests have direct beach access behind the hotel. 

See More Beach

Pools

Two pools with cabanas for rent

The Top Deck Infinity Pool is the smaller of the hotel's two pools, but it offers great ocean views and a location closest to the Hotel Bar. However, there aren't many sun loungers here, although Tina Turk-designed cabanas are available for an extra fee. On the flip side, the Lagoon Pool, located one level down, is lined with contemporary sunbeds. This pool is big and boasts modern sheet waterfalls, a connecting bridge, and the easiest access to the Playa Bar and beach. Guests can also rent any of the 36 cabanas, which include shuttered doors, mini-fridges stocked with water, TVs, fans, and chair and sofa seating. 

See More Pools

All-Inclusive / Food

Lively and delicious food scene with 10 restaurants

Food lovers are spoiled for choice at the Diplomat: from casual bites like the house-made pastries and ice cream at Candy and Cones, to more upscale restaurants like Diplomat Prime, the resort's classic-contemporary take on a steakhouse. Standout spots include Michael Schulson's Japanese-inspired Nokku, where guests can dine in a velvety sushi lounge, make reservations for a 10-course tasting menu, or slip into the attached speakeasy for cocktails, bites, live music, and private karaoke rooms. There are also two Geoffrey Zakarian spots, Counterpoint (a coffee cafe) and Point Royal (part oyster bar, part buffet, part fine-dining restaurant). Other food options can be found out on the marina. 

See More All-Inclusive / Food

Features

Large resort full of features, including a golf course, spa, and marina area

The Diplomat is packed full of features, including a unique marina area called Diplomat Landing located across the street on the water. Here, guests will find food and drink venues, from a beer and wine garden to burgers and barbecue. An arcade with free games, third-party slip rentals, and manatees in the water are also found here. 

The Diplomat Spa exudes luxury and style with lots of marble, high-end Malin + Goetz products, a Vichy shower, and 10 treatment rooms. Guests can use the locker room steam room and saunas for free, but will need to book a treatment or salon service for access to the co-ed relaxation area and its chromogenic waterfall. There's also a 24-hour, dual-level gym accessible via guest room keycards. Expect laminate floors, AC, and a quiet atmosphere devoid of music. A good selection of LifeFitness equipment and group exercise classes (fee outside of one free class for one person per room per day) are enough for moderate-level workouts. 

This hotel is popular for conferences and with business travelers, and even has an entirely separate wing devoted to the cause. There is over 200,000 square feet of event space, including an area for private event registration and satellite check-in. Most of the restaurants have their own bars, and guests can grab drinks from the Hotel Bar in the lobby atrium, take a seat under the indoor palms, or head outside on the terrace. 

The Dip 'n' Slide Kids Club has a small water park area with a modern look, bouncy house, and extra fees. Activities are geared towards children ages 4 to 12, and kids must be signed in and out. 

Some hotel services are integrated in the Hilton Honors app and available to Hilton Honors members, like pre-arrival room selection, concierge messaging, digital keys, and check-in. The resort fee covers beach chairs (umbrellas cost extra), free range balls at the golf course, bottled water, and W-Fi. Guests can also access free non-motorized water sports like paddleboarding or kayaking, and one fitness class per room per day for just one person. Self and valet parking are both pricey. This is a no-pet hotel, and guests are required to wear wristbands. During our visit, the golf and tennis courts were under repair from hurricane damage, so check beforehand o their status if you plan on using those facilities. 

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Amenities

  • Air Conditioner

  • Airport Transportation

  • Babysitting Services

  • Balcony / Terrace / Patio

  • Beach

  • Beauty / Hair Salon

  • Business Center

  • Cabanas

  • Cable

  • Children's Pool

  • Concierge

  • Cribs

  • Dry Cleaning

  • Fitness Center

  • Golf Course

  • Internet

  • Jacuzzi

  • Kids Allowed

  • Kids Club

  • Laundry

  • Meeting / Conference Rooms

  • Mini Bar (with liquor)

  • Pool

  • Poolside Drink Service

  • Rental Car Service Desk Onsite

  • Room Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

  • Spa

  • Supervised Kids Activities

  • Tennis Court

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