Effective October 30, 2014, Starwood will no longer be affiliated with the Westin Diplomat in Hollywood, FL.
I was majorly bummed when I read this news on One Mile at a Time. I had read about the sale of the property recently but didn’t internalize that a change like this could come so quickly.
This property was always phenomenal about upgrading Starwood Platinum members to beautiful wrap-around suites in the oceanfront tower. They had tons of them (96, iirc), so upgrades were frequent. They had a VIP manager who made it a habit of reaching out prior to your stay to confirm your needs prior to arrival. They also have a club lounge located on one of the upper floors of the hotel with a great view and a decent array of food. As a category 5 property, it was 12,000 points a night. And, since it was near Fort Lauderdale airport (and not that far from MIA), it was an affordable property to vacation at, with reasonably cheap flights and rooms in an upscale property that didn’t set you back a ton of points.
In short, this was an ideal vacation spot for SPG folks in the Northeast looking to get away. I enjoyed a stay here with family and friends a few years ago and have recommended the property to others.
The rumor is that it will become a Hilton shortly. That’s a shame for SPG members, who lose a solid property in South Florida.