Diplomat Resort Hotel in Hollywood Beach, FL

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Paul Rubio
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Declan Goode
The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa, Hollywood, Florida, with its sleek glass exterior and stunning contemporary lobby, is actually part of an exciting historical continuum that began a half century ago with The Diplomat, a luxury hotel opened on this site in 1959. The hotel was technically opened in 1958 as the 150-room Envoy by supermarket tycoon Samuel Friedland. But it found its groove in the decades to come, after Friedland expanded it to 370 rooms, entrusted it to the care of his daughter and son-in-law, the Cowans, and renamed it The Diplomat.

Diplomat Resort PoolA ritzy and opulent retreat, The Diplomat quickly made Hollywood, Florida a popular destination for the rich, famous and anyone seeking a little glamour with their surf and sun. During the Cowans’ tenure, the hotel saw performers from Bing Crosby and Maurice Chevalier to Woody Allen, Bob Neuhart, Liza Minnelli and Kenny Rogers in the renowned Café Crystal or the more intimate Tack Room. Numerous presidents, from Harry Truman to every office-holder from 1974 until its close, paid a visit to The Diplomat. Frank Sinatra returned from retirement for a December 1974 show in the Tack Room. Through on-and-off financial troubles, The Diplomat survived to see Bob Hope host a New Year’s celebration in 1984. Ronald Reagan addressed the longshoremen from the hotel the same year. Financial woes became worse throughout the decade, however, and the hotel was closed and finally sold to the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices. The original building, with all its stories and legends, was demolished in 1998, and soon new construction began.

The Diplomat Resort RoomsIn 1999, The Country Club at the Diplomat, now also owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts, opened with a Joe Lee-designed golf course, pro shops, and 60 luxury guestrooms. The spa at the Diplomat opened in 2000. In January 2002, on the site of the original Diplomat, The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa opened its doors to a 39-story, 998-room tower complete with infinity rivers in the lobby, a two-level glass-bottom pool, and a convention center featuring a ballroom entitled The Tack Room Lounge. The guestrooms’ subtle art deco curves pay tribute to a by-gone era of tapestries, gold and glass chandeliers, when Hollywood was discovered as a destination thanks to The Diplomat's unforgettable festivities and beachside grandeur.

Play a round of golf on the Diplomat's 18-hole course. Challenge your colleague or spouse to some friendly tennis. Take a swim in their unique infinity edged pool with a porthole bottom and two waterfalls overflowing into a 240-foot lagoon pool below, then relax in a beach or poolside cabana. Enjoy a variety water sports on the sandy beach. The Diplomat Resort and Spa is also just minutes away from a marina offering chartered boating and fishing.

Browse in the shops in their adjacent convention center featuring their own apparel line. Find total renewal in the Diplomat's 30,000-square foot spa which offers signature services by a highly trained staff for a truly unforgettable experience.

If business brings you here, you'll savor many dining and nightlife options during off-hours and even fit in some of the other refreshing leisure activities right outside their doors. Whatever your pleasure, there is plenty to do—and plenty of relaxation—at The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa, Hollywood, Florida.


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