Hollywood Beach Tower
Reviews of Hollywood Beach Tower
I own 5 weeks. I bought during the renovation. The building has been completely renovated and it's beautiful. The place is a great value. Walk across the Broadwalk to the beach. Views from ocean front rooms are spectacular. Shops and restaurants within a block. Half a mile walk on the Broadwalk to the new Margaritaville Hotel. Free concerts at the band shell on the Broadwalk. Lots to do in the area.
The resort has been totally renovated. The poor reviews were from before the renovation. Great location between Miami and Ft Lauderdale on a fabulous beach. Lots of restaurants and activities along the boardwalk. Free parking, free internet, and sleeps 6 in a 2- bedroom with living room and 2 baths, full kitchen, 2 flatscreen TVs, and more. Pool and jacuzzi face the ocean. You can stay here for a lot less than at Margaritaville and can visit there for something to do!
Fabulous location. Right on the beach. 2.5 mile broad walk with restaurants and stores. Heated pool. Entire building has been completely renovated. 24 hour desk service. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Kitchen is fully equipped with appliances, dishes, pots and pans, and silverware. You can rent studio unit or1 bedroom unit which each sleeps 3, or both together which sleeps 6. Great vacation.
The older reviews are just that...LONG BEFORE the amazing renovations...Beautiful location and views. The interiors nicely updated....love it here.....It's also nice you can get a breakfast sandwich in the morning or drinks by the pool in the afternoon....we own a ocean front timshare here and have owned others in other nice resorts...
We love the location and Hollywood beach so much and enjoy coming down every year that we will not trade it and use it for ourselves....
They started on a complete remodel on 12/1/13 that is scheduled to be completed by 3/1/14 that will include completely new interiors on all units with granite countertops in the kitchen and bathroom, all new furniture, curtains and linens. New units will be lock-outs so they can be rented as 1 bedroom/2 bath with full kitchen that sleeps 6, or Studio with full kitchen that sleeps 3, or Studio with partial kitchen that sleeps 3, So now the rooms will be 5 star to match the location and the service and staff.
Just returned from a wonderful week here (RCI trade). May 2011. We had a 7th floor oceanfront room. We had a great time! Awesome views! The Hollywood Beach Boardwalk is first class! and this condo is right on the boardwalk/beach - no streets to cross. We found the boardwalk so apealing thet we walked at least 5 miles each day. Boardwalk and beaches were extremely well maintained. Tons of nice inexpensive restaurants and bars along the boardwalk. The acomodations were spacious clean and attractive. Furnishings were good and comfortable. Not sure how the fold out sofa bed was - we did not use it. Nice having 2 full bathrooms - even for just 2 people. Nice big flat screen TV in bedroom. Smaller TV in living room. The common areas and pool were top shelf - very nice. Staff was outstanding and friendly. The only things that some might find to be below par were kitchen and baths. The kitchen is small but functional, with the 12" square (bar sink) being the only thing that we really wished was a bit larger. The bathrooms have been cosmeticly refreshed, but show age and ware. In spite of minor imperfections in our unit - my wife and I loved it - and can't wait to come back next year.
This resort has really done a great job of upgrading everything. The rooms and common areas are well maintained and very clean. The pool and hot tub overlooking the ocean are also very well maintained. And not to mention location, location, location! A friend stayed here for two weeks in January 2009 and had this to say:
"Your place was excellent. My father had the VERY comfortable king size bed and the huge TV. The pool was very nice and the staff was friendly. Everything was very smooth."
Ive just came back from a week and improvements are being done all the time. There were new 32 inch flat screen tvs in our bedroom a new bathroom with new tiles and floor were redone plans are for new furniture , new kitchens with dishwashers year 2009 they will be putting in all new windows and painting the outside...... the lobby and entertainment room is new....pool was put in new 5 years ago.......its under new management and some of these reviews are not current to what is going on there.....new mangement is SPM resorts look them ,they only have had it 3 years going into 2009 sounds like they will be doing a great job and best of all its on the ocean with blue blue water. I give it a 3 right now but as improvements get done it will rate higher. Donald Trump is building a 40 floor condo unit here and suppose to be done in 2009. Talk is he maybe interested in more property on the ocean and this is on the ocean could be a good investment. We have a place in florida that we bought and we although had good times here there isnt a need for it so make an offer give me an e-mail on it , you can also use for trades with RCI its a small investment to go all over.
THE BATH TUBS WERE PAINTED RATHER THAN REPLACED BUT THE VERY WELL LAID BACK ATTITUDE OF THE HAITIAN MAINTENANCE CREWS MADE IT FEEL JUST LIKE I WAS IN HAITI.
Just returned from a week at the resort, June 2 to June 9. Found the resort in need of close attention to detail.
The resort has two elevators and only one was working the whole time and according to people before me was broken during their tenure.
Found the day staff to be unattentive to any problems including an inability to fix my phone for local calls to getting the one common internet site up and running on a daily basis.
BE CAREFUL if you exchange into the resort as only half the rooms are ocean view. I requested an ocean view 2 weeks prior to arrival and when I complained that my room faced the parking lot to the rear, the best the staff could do was to shrug it off.
The housekeeping staff came in once to replace the towels. They would often either open the door while I was there or knock to see if someone was there for no apparent reason. Once I acknowledged I was there they would just excuse themselves and go away.
There are much better resorts on the beach that welcome visitors and are more concerned with the upkeep of the resort.
I will not be returning to this resort and would advise others to choose elsewhere.
My wife and I rented unit 905 a beach view unit for the 15th week in 2007. We were very pleased with all of the facilities.
We were impressed with the meeting held on Tuesday by the General Manager. He discussed the changes made by his team in the past year, and what improvements he planned for the facility in the coming year. He fielded lots of questions and provided very positive answers. His team of employees were very helpful, and friendly.
All facilities were very clean, and quite attractive. The pool area and the newly City Renovated Beach front and Board Walk were a special treat. With Spring winds the garage and protection from the sea spray for our automobile was much appreciated.
We would highly recommend this facility. Dick & Katie Malone
I am a timeshare owner and have exchanged my "Gold Crown" weeks from another resort, to stay at this resort on several occasions over the last ten years. It is not the Four Seasons, but the resort is extremely clean and the front desk staff are like a big happy family. Bathrooms are in dire need of repair, but everything works. There are two large full bathrooms, and this is defintely a plus for two or more people. Lots of counter space to store your personal grooming aides. Several of the units have been refurnished and the furnishings are attractive (leather or faux suede).
The pool and deck were recently refurbished in the last few years and is very comfortable and a nice place to have your morning brew, in, or out of the sun. The lobby has also been renovated and there is a very attractive lounge area on the second floor where you can sit and hang out. Really nice..
This resort is in a absolutely fantastic location. It's close to shopping, the boardwalk, great restaurants and has a great pub and eatery next door. Plenty to do in the evening without having to drive anywhere.
This is a great family resort, as there are an abundance of activities for older kids on the boardwalk which is a 3-5 min. walk from the front door of the resort.
Parking is extremely convenient. You can park in front of the main doors or in the attached garage. This is expecially handy when you return from the supermarket with several bags.
For anyone looking for a great Florida timeshare, I would highly recommend this resort for the price. Once you stay here, you will want to return year after year. I know I do, in fact, my husband and I are going back there this Xmas for two weeks on a RCI exchange, and are looking very forward to it. This resort is location, location, location!!!
As of September 14, 2005 the owners association put in place a new management company to improve operations. The resort is now managed by SPM Resorts of Myrtle Beach, SC. They manage over 70,000 interval shares in resorts from Maine to the US Virgin Islands.
Very poor management. There seems to be a problem with the directors and the management company. We where there for two weeks and there seemed to be a lot of problems being discused. I also left two items in the first room we where in we had to move to another room the second week. I was unable to get my items I forgot. I was told that when you leave somthing in your room the cleaning staff believes that you leave it for them. A silver bangel braclet which was expensive was one of the Items. I Think Not
Went to this as a swap. One bedroom unit was large and made spacious by the mirrored walls. The biggest drawback and MAJOR eyesore were the bathtubs -- obviously had been "painted"?? at one time and were peeling/chipping horribly -- I was almost scared to put my 4 y.o. granddaughter in them. Would be such a small price to pay and would make such a difference to replace these tubs.
The pool area is very nice -- don't know why the restaurant was closed but obviously from other people, it had been for a few seasons. The biggest distractor from the pool was the "Pool Nazi". This little twerp (pool attendant) Luke was a constant irritation -- always getting on the kids (and adults) for absolutely nothing -- kept accusing them of "peeing" in the pool. Would not let kids (of any age) in the hot tub -- even with adult supervision. Probably not a bad idea since the hot tub was so hot you could hardly get in it anyway -- as a nurse, I know a temp that hot is not good for the elderly, which Luke kept telling everyone the hot tub was for. Sign posted said the max temp was 105 but I have a hot tub and believe me it was hotter than 105 -- more like 106 to 107 at least.
In general, a lot of improvements would help this timeshare.
Sharon K. Collins Atlanta, Georgia
New added 6/04: According to TUG & RCI posts, has won a RID reward.
New added 12/03: There has been a lot of work going on at this place, espically the interior lobby areas, pools, and other 'public' areas. A sales force is also available to give info on this and several other places in the S Fl area. The bridge connecting the Tower with the Hotel has been removed. The interior public areas have been renovated, as has the pool areas. Most public areas are non-smoking. The small gift shop has very fair pricing...ok, not Publix, but less than the MAR Market Place in Beach Place. The resturant is closed, but there is 'fast food' like hot dogs offered via a window in the pool area. They are also working on the rooms. I would say this place is beginning to look better than many in the Pompano area....(including some they also list for resales). It (IMO) easily beats out Sea Gardens (but not the 2 bed 2 bath Ocean Palms units-but a long walk to the beach). And many others along the Pompano 'strip' will be soon behind this T/S resort. (Charlie needs to also help the Enchanted Isle a few blocks S.) Maybe they are trying to get a 5 star from II or at least a RID from RCI. Didn't see a remodeled room yet, so I'm not sure of the star ratings....still not near 5, but moving up.
Wow! Another owner inflated 5 star rating. I think Redweek is a great concept. I also believe honest information will keep Redweek going.
The Hollywood Tower does not rate 5 stars. When we visited, it might get two....similiar to what the 1922 Bldg (Hollywood Beach Resort by Ramada) next to it would deserve. (And the Hollywood Tower is some 65 years younger.) The Ramada is currently under renovations, and may soon rate higher.
The beach, however,
Units are large for a 1 bedroom and have two bathrooms
Location is great . On the beach and on a great boardwalk
Pool area has been renovated and is very nice
Staff is courteous.
Pool heater would not work when the temperature went below 50 degrees so pool was ice cold for a few days
Overall interior and exterior appearance of the place was shabby. One gets the impression that maintenance is not a high priority. The exterior security door of one stairwell had a broken latch and was rusted at the break point which meant that it had broken long ago and was never repaired. Someone could enter from the street by pulling on the door.
When a bit of water got on the floor in the bathroom it leaked into the unit below.
Stayed last year. leaves something to be desired.
This is not the "RITZ" but it is "ON THE OCEAN", 12 floors, 8 rooms, 750 sq ft, 1 bedroom (king) 2 full bath, queen sofa pullout, on each floor. room # 01, 02, 03 and 04 are garage views, above 6 city view, # 05, 06, 07,and 08 are oceanfront, new jacuzzi and pool on deck, FREE PARKING, 24 hour desk and security, summer and winter rates
The room we stayed in was on the top floor. The rooms were very large. The view was wonderful. The location and the beach were teriffic. There is still a lot of renovation going on, so maybe more stars are in the future.