Diplomat Resort & Spa

3555 South Ocean Drive | Hollywood, FL 33019 [See Map]
#10 in Best Fort Lauderdale Hotels
Hotel Class 4.0-star Critic Rating Moderate Guest Rating
TripAdvior Traveler Rating

Based on 130 reviews
Property Type Resort with 998 rooms, 33 floors
Primary View(s) Ocean
Style Traditional
Best For Business travelers, Families
AMENITIES Room Service, Shuttle Service, Internet Access See all amenities

U.S. News Review

This sprawling complex overflows with luxurious facilities, such two outdoor pools lined with lounge chairs and cabanas, six restaurants and the 14,000-square-foot Diplomat Spa. Along with high-end amenities, this resort also boasts well-appointed rooms and suites, outfitted with marble bathrooms, blackout curtains, and in some rooms, furnished balconies. Although the guest rooms receive a thumbs-up for comfort and style, recent guests mostly praise the customer service, citing the staff's friendliness and eagerness to help as a reason to return. (The oceanfront views aren't too shabby, either.) But convenience is something this hotel lacks: The Diplomat Resort & Spa is about 10 miles north of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. And thanks to this Curio property's Hilton ties, if you're a Hilton HHonors you can use or earn points here.

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Miami Herald

“In a mega-hotel deal, Thayer Lodging Group has purchased the historic Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood. Thayer, based in Annapolis, Maryland, has paid $460 million to buy the ... beachfront hotel from United Association. ... Both the size of the hotel and the purchase price are among the largest in South Florida.”

Other Awards:
  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Lodgings 2015
  • Concierge.com Editor's Pick
  • Fodor's Choice
  • Frommer's Highly Recommended

Guest Rooms

Standard rooms start at 400 square feet and are outfitted in white and beige and feature high speed Internet, ocean or Intracoastal Waterway views, blackout curtains and sitting areas.

  • Marble bathrooms include separate tub and glass-enclosed shower
  • Some rooms have furnished balconies

Standard room size:

400 square feet
  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available
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  • Room Service
  • Shuttle Service
  • Internet Access
  • Business Center
  • Dining
  • Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Fitness Center
  • Pool

Location & Parking

Located about halfway between Fort Lauderdale and Miami, Diplomat Resort & Spa occupies a prime spot on a barrier island just off the coast of the mainland. Multiple bridges connect the island to the mainland, but guests should note there are not many restaurant or shopping options within walking distance. There are, however, two huge pools, six restaurants, an on-site spa and easy beach access on-site, so there's not much need to leave the resort.

  • About 10 miles north to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
  • About a mile north to Hollywood Beach Broadwalk
  • 24-hour valet parking ($32)
  • 24-hour self-parking ($25)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach
  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping


Diplomat Resort & Spa offers six on-site restaurants. Diplomat Prime is an upscale steakhouse open for dinner. Fresh is a casual restaurant that serves three meals a day, including pastries, salads and sandwiches. The Lobby Bar serves light fare and Rivals Waterfront Sports Bar serves pub-style American cuisine and is filled with flat-screen TVs and billiards tables. Splash Poolside Grille & Bar serves casual meals. The Café serves breakfast and lunch; the breakfast buffet (with make-your-own omelets) is a popular choice among hotel guests.

  • Room service available 24 hours a day

Number of restaurants:


Cuisine types:



  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast


The resort's two large outdoor pools are surrounded by lounge chairs and cabanas. The infinity pool has a see-through porthole and two waterfalls that spill into the 240-foot pool below it.

  • Poolside service available

Number of pools:


Pool types:

  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Seasonal
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor/outdoor combo

Pool amenities:

  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar


The 14,000-square-foot Diplomat Spa features oceanfront views and 10 treatment rooms.

  • Steam room available

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna


The large Diplomat Resort & Spa has plenty of options for families, including babysitting services, children's activities, children's menus at the six on-site restaurants and a playground. There are also two large pools surrounded by lounge chairs that families can enjoy.

  • Kids club
  • Cribs
  • High chairs


The resort has a fitness center with cardio and strength training equipment. Guests can also stay active by swimming in the pool or ocean.

  • Concierge can arrange jet skiing, fishing, golfing and sightseeing tours
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles
  • Tennis
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats
  • Motor boats


Because the resort houses more than 200,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting space that can accommodate events of up to 8,000 guests, it frequently hosts conventions, meetings and other private functions.

  • Large business center with computer and printing capabilities

Number of meeting rooms:

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available




Diplomat Resort & Spa hosts can host weddings in a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces.

  • On-site catering and event planning teams can help couples plan weddings
  • Special wedding packages may apply

Maximum wedding guest capacity:

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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Diplomat Resort & Spa

3555 South Ocean Drive | Hollywood, FL 33019 [See Full Map]