Boca Raton Resort and Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
What We Love
- Historic Mediterranean-Revival Florida main building designed by the legendary Addison Mizner
- Half a mile of private beach accessed by private launch boat
- Alhambra-inspired Spa Palazzo with wet rooms, mineral baths, and steam and sauna rooms
What To Know
- Five different room types are spread across the 356 acres of the resort “village”
- The resort does cater to large meetings and weddings
- Valet parking costs $25
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
With 356 acres and 1,041 rooms spread over five buildings, this property calls itself a “resort village,” and rightfully so. It’s so large that shuttle buses and a boat run between its two main halves, one of which has its own marina, the other of which is on the beach. The spa alone has 44 private treatment rooms. There are water sports on the beach, seven pools, thirteen restaurants, and nine onsite shops. If the everyday pleasures of swimming, shopping, and eating fail to amuse, there are also two golf courses, a tennis center, and a surf school, not to mention a sculpture collection so large guided tours are offered.
In the Area
The sun, the beach, and the palm trees are right there on the property, but the other pleasures of South Florida may require a car. There are catamaran cruises into the Atlantic Ocean or along the mansion-lined Intracoastal, canoe tours of the Everglades, and excursions into Miami to take in the Heat basketball games, Florida Marlins baseball games, or Dolphins football games. Less sporty types make the trip for concerts at the New World Symphony Center or traveling Broadway shows at the Adrienne Arsht Center instead.
How to Get There
We have stayed at this resort many times over the past 20 years. It is our home when we are in Boca visiting family. While all the room choices are great we prefer the main hotel since it is close to the spa, fitness center, golf and tennis. The boat ride to the beach is short, fun and very relaxing. The service is first class. They have tennis and golf clinics that we enjoy and are very affordable. During the holidays they have lots of activities for children of all ages. We highly recommend this resort and prefer it over the crowds in Miami.
We returned to this resort for a family vacation - we stayed here years ago before it was owned by WA and loved it. It is still the same gorgeous and unique “old Florida” building, with so much history and character. The grounds are beautiful and the bocce court was our favorite place to hang. Our tower suite, however, was really dated and unpleasant. None of the windows in the tower open and there are no balconies, something made worse by the bedraggled and dated furnishings. We had specifically been guaranteed a renovated room when we reserved so we complained and were moved to the “yacht club” which is a newly renovated wing of the hotel with access to an 8th floor club lounge. The room decor was beautiful and new - really like a lovely home. We had many positive experiences with caring service people and the 8th floor lounge service is wonderful. So why 3 stars? We simply had the sense that this is a hotel where the senior management is grinding their workers down and focused on cutting costs wherever possible and getting every last dollar. It’s also a complete factory with business conferences and weddings galore. I have never before arrived at a 5 star property and not been greeted immediately by a bellman asking to take our bags and help us check in. The woman working at reception was clueless. She told me our 5th floor room was located on the 7th floor. The rooms numbers are 5 digits so I guess that was challenging. Later, when we returned to our suite at 9pm and there had been no turn down service, we called and were told we had to request turndown service. The room rate is $700 and we have to request turndown service? At the pools, they sell enormous inflatable rafts for $35.00 each. Some kids had them, so our kids were constantly badgering us about buying an enormous inflatable unicorn, or sea turtle, or glazed donut, because being in a beautiful pool in Florida in the middle of winter just wasn’t fun enough without one. Meanwhile, parents who had forked over $70 for their two kids to have floaties were practically duct-taping them to their children them so the kids with mean parents wouldn’t haul them off. Thank you grasping materialistic hotel management.
This was a week long stay for work related conference. We were initially placed in a room that seemed a bit older and had a view of the top of another building with noisy equipment etc. We asked to switch rooms and were given a lovely one with a lovely view. The rooms are very nice, the service excellent. The grounds are beautiful and the free shuttle takes you around the property and to nearby restaurants. As expected the onsite restaurants are quite expensive, but there are many less expensive options just off the property.
I hope you do not get a old and busted guest room. Shaving your legs in the dark is dangerous and not what you expect from a Waldorf Astoria property. The furniture and general overall bathroom was "overtired." They need to step up their game!
I would like to give a review on the outstanding customer service I received while I was staying at the yacht club at the Boca Raton Resport. The service given on the 8th floor was amazing and heartfelt. Every staff memeber on the 8th floor was very professional and friendly. I would like recognize two very special ladies that made my stay The best stay of my 10 day expierence at the Resort. Yajaira and Pilar absolutely reached out and made my stay much easier for me. I was at the resort taking care of a friend that had surgery while here in Boca. I was exhausted and sometimes a bit stressed throughout my stay. Everytime I went to the 8th they could sense what I was going through and took wonderful care of me. They both are so kind and caring. They are professional and nurturing at the same time. I don’t think I could have gotten through my stay with a smile on my face without the kindness and from these two ladies. The Yacht club at The Boca Resort is Blessed to have these ladies on staff. They know how to take great care of the guests at the resort. I couldn’t go home without letting you know how very impressed I was with them.