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Old May 12, 2011, 4:12 pm
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Originally Posted by Liar
have you stayed there yet? I don't remember exactly how long ago (several months ago for sure because I don't remember when :P), I went there for a meeting (not staying there) and the road in front is under heavy construction and the cars are backed up a lot, hard to enter the hotel and a lot of noise. hopefully it's all cleared by now...
We don't go until late October - after a cruise :-)
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Old Jul 7, 2011, 2:39 pm
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Sorry about the bump.

We're going to FLL area for a couple of days next month and debating whether to stay at the Westin Diplomat or the W Fort Lauderdale - I'm SPG Plat and using FRN if that matters.

Have read both review threads - Westin Diplomat gets uniformly great reviews while the W less so - but the trip purpose is an anniversary party further north - so the Westin is about 10 miles further.

Thanks in advance.
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Old Jul 7, 2011, 3:39 pm
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Originally Posted by peteropny
Sorry about the bump.

We're going to FLL area for a couple of days next month and debating whether to stay at the Westin Diplomat or the W Fort Lauderdale - I'm SPG Plat and using FRN if that matters.

Have read both review threads - Westin Diplomat gets uniformly great reviews while the W less so - but the trip purpose is an anniversary party further north - so the Westin is about 10 miles further.

Thanks in advance.
You should get a nice upgrade as a plat at the W. Some of the ocean facing rooms are very nice and have great balconies and views. I like the W and when I was last there I actually drove down to see the Diplomat and did not regret choosing the W at all. Also, that drive may only be 10 miles but it certainly seemed to take forever going back north in rush hour. I would add that I thought the neighborhood around the W was much nicer than the area around the Diplomat.
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Old Nov 4, 2011, 2:24 pm
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Choosing between W Fort Lauderdale and Westin Beach Resort

On a trip with companions, I will need a room with two beds. W rooms have 2 queen beds whereas the Westin rooms have 2 double beds. W bathrooms have the frosted glass wall between bedroom and shower, and I need privacy in this circumstance.

With rates being approximately equal, can anyone think of any SPG Plat benefit or other reason to choose the W over Westin?

My impression from browsing the photos is that the W is a slightly nicer property (lobby and pool area), but I've never been to either property. The restaurant at the W seems to hold more promise.
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Old Nov 4, 2011, 2:31 pm
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Originally Posted by Totoro
...The restaurant at the W seems to hold more promise.
Regardless of where you stay, make it over to Shula's at the Westin for breakfast at least one morning. They have an Eggs Benedict made with lump crabmeat that I still have dreams about.

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Old Nov 4, 2011, 2:52 pm
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Originally Posted by Starwood Lurker
.....Shula's at the Westin....Eggs Benedict made with lump crabmeat.....
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Old Nov 4, 2011, 6:36 pm
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Originally Posted by Totoro
On a trip with companions, I will need a room with two beds. W rooms have 2 queen beds whereas the Westin rooms have 2 double beds. W bathrooms have the frosted glass wall between bedroom and shower, and I need privacy in this circumstance.

With rates being approximately equal, can anyone think of any SPG Plat benefit or other reason to choose the W over Westin?

My impression from browsing the photos is that the W is a slightly nicer property (lobby and pool area), but I've never been to either property. The restaurant at the W seems to hold more promise.
They're both great properties, but they are a few miles apart. If you get an oceanview room at either property, the view can't be beat. I've seen upgrades at both properties - at the Westin you generally get a corner suite with a wraparound balcony, but the last time I was there those rooms were sold out so I was upgraded to a club floor suite which was big, just no balcony. I wouldn't say the W is nicer than the Westin, they're both different properties that cater to different crowds. I don't think you can go wrong with either, and both are fairly busy properties as well.
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Old Nov 4, 2011, 9:19 pm
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Originally Posted by stylo4444
They're both great properties, but they are a few miles apart. If you get an oceanview room at either property, the view can't be beat. I've seen upgrades at both properties - at the Westin you generally get a corner suite with a wraparound balcony, but the last time I was there those rooms were sold out so I was upgraded to a club floor suite which was big, just no balcony. I wouldn't say the W is nicer than the Westin, they're both different properties that cater to different crowds. I don't think you can go wrong with either, and both are fairly busy properties as well.
I believe the poster is talking about the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort that is next door to the W Fort Lauderdale, and not the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hallandale...
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Old Nov 4, 2011, 10:32 pm
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Originally Posted by bulldoggolfer05
I believe the poster is talking about the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort that is next door to the W Fort Lauderdale, and not the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hallandale...
Thank you for the clarification. I am indeed selecting between W Fort Lauderdale and Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort.

W Fort Lauderdale's description certainly sounds enticing with "heated infinity-edge pool with views overflowing into the Atlantic," but I rarely receive much of an upgrade at W properties in general.
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Old Nov 5, 2011, 1:00 am
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Originally Posted by Totoro
On a trip with companions, I will need a room with two beds. W rooms have 2 queen beds whereas the Westin rooms have 2 double beds. W bathrooms have the frosted glass wall between bedroom and shower, and I need privacy in this circumstance.
You sure about this? Any room I have stayed at in this hotel has had an open bathroom floor plan.

That aside, the W is definitely the nicer property.
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Old Nov 5, 2011, 8:30 am
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You sure about this? Any room I have stayed at in this hotel has had an open bathroom floor plan.

That aside, the W is definitely the nicer property.
I've stayed at the W Washington DC where the shower is adjacent to the bedroom. The wall dividing the shower stall from the bedroom is made of frosted glass rather than an opaque material.

I am uncertain what you mean about the bathroom floor plan. I do not particularly care about the bathroom layout.

I called the W Fort Lauderdale and inquired about the privacy of showers as viewed from the bedroom. The person answering the phone informed me that the vast majority of their rooms have shower stalls configured with frosted glass wall abutting bedroom.
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Old Nov 5, 2011, 11:31 am
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Originally Posted by Totoro
I've stayed at the W Washington DC where the shower is adjacent to the bedroom. The wall dividing the shower stall from the bedroom is made of frosted glass rather than an opaque material.

I am uncertain what you mean about the bathroom floor plan. I do not particularly care about the bathroom layout.

I called the W Fort Lauderdale and inquired about the privacy of showers as viewed from the bedroom. The person answering the phone informed me that the vast majority of their rooms have shower stalls configured with frosted glass wall abutting bedroom.
There is no wall between the bathroom and the room.(no frosted glass) The bathtub is open to the room, as are the sinks etc. There is frosted glass doors on the shower and toilet but you can see them directly from the bed, and silhouettes are easily visible. I suggest you check out the trip advisor pictures (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Rev...e_Florida.html) Also some rooms do not have a dedicated shower stall, it is a bath/ shower combo with clear see-through glass to the beds.
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Old Nov 6, 2011, 7:11 am
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Originally Posted by Starwood Lurker
Regardless of where you stay, make it over to Shula's at the Westin for breakfast at least one morning. They have an Eggs Benedict made with lump crabmeat that I still have dreams about.

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The Cuban style egg sandwich over at Steak 954 at the W is another must have regardless of what property you stay at. Amazingly good!
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Old Nov 7, 2011, 10:08 am
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Originally Posted by mlad1101
There is no wall between the bathroom and the room.(no frosted glass) The bathtub is open to the room, as are the sinks etc. There is frosted glass doors on the shower and toilet but you can see them directly from the bed, and silhouettes are easily visible. I suggest you check out the trip advisor pictures (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Rev...e_Florida.html) Also some rooms do not have a dedicated shower stall, it is a bath/ shower combo with clear see-through glass to the beds.
Thank you for the details. I didn't realize this property's bathrooms had even less privacy than the W Washington DC.

I hope this developer saved lots of money from not installing doors on the bathroom. Common sense would suggest that people staying in rooms with two beds might like privacy in the restroom. Those who do not desire privacy could just as easily leave the door open.
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Old Nov 11, 2011, 10:31 pm
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Originally Posted by mlad1101
There is no wall between the bathroom and the room.(no frosted glass) The bathtub is open to the room, as are the sinks etc. There is frosted glass doors on the shower and toilet but you can see them directly from the bed, and silhouettes are easily visible. I suggest you check out the trip advisor pictures (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Rev...e_Florida.html) Also some rooms do not have a dedicated shower stall, it is a bath/ shower combo with clear see-through glass to the beds.
Just stayed in this property. We had a room with 2 queen beds, and there were shutters on the glass wall separating the bathroom from the bedroom area that closed completely for privacy. I'm not sure how many rooms are set up that way, but perhaps it is more likely if you request a room with 2 beds. The toilet was in a separate frosted glass stall from the shower area. Very nice property overall. We had a Fabulous room and the balcony and view were pretty fabulous.
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