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Boca Raton Resort and Club Reviews

Boca Raton Resort and Club

Royal palm trees line the driveway as you approach the Boca Raton Resort and Club that is now part of the Waldorf Astoria collection by Hilton. Past the gatehouse and at the end of the driveway, you can’t miss the pink stucco hotel that looks more like a Spanish castle than a resort. Massive curved arches frame the windows, and wrought iron railings enclose decorative balconies. Furthermore, spires shoot up from the front of the red tiled roof.

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The first time that I had stayed at The Boca Raton Resort and Club was during the 1990’s. I was, and still feel, transported to the The Great Gatsby era when I ponder the photos of the early Boca Raton Resort that hang in the hallways. In addition to a portrait of the architect Addison Mizner, these pictures depict guests arriving on horseback and later in horseless carriages.

The Cloister Inn

Known for his architectural expertise in Palm Beach, Florida, Addison Mizner expanded to Boca Raton. In 1926, he constructed the one hundred room luxury hotel initially named The Cloister Inn that would evolve into the Boca Raton Resort and Club. Though Mizner’s creations lasted for decades, he had lost his money before he died.

Addison Mizner’s designed and built the original structure for the Boca Raton Resort and Club called The Cloister Inn.

Over the past ninety plus years, companies purchased The Cloister Inn and renovated and expanded the original structure. Today, the Boca Resort and Club’s historic main building is still called the Cloister.

Palm trees and orchids balance ornate architecture and a
Palm trees flank the Boca Raton Resort and Club lobby. (photo by dorothyadele)

The Boca Resort and Club has lured me back with fantastic restaurants, world-class tennis and golf, excellent customer service, and their private beach. Additionally, I love that it is within walking distance to shopping and restaurants in Mizner Park.

Boca Raton Resort and Club Customer Service

From the moment that we registered at the front desk of the Boca Raton Resort and Club with Michael Provenzano, I felt like we were in good hands. He checked with his boss to ensure that we received the perfect room. We appreciated Provenzano’s extra effort because it enhanced our stay.  Moreover, I felt that whether we played golf, tennis, shopped, or dined, the staff happily assisted us.

Boca Raton Resort and Club Reviews

The Boca Raton Resort and Club accommodations should please anyone with discerning taste. Guests have several options: the ambiance of the Cloister; a Yacht Club room that overlooks Lake Boca and the Intracoastal; the Tower that offers magnificent water and city views and feels like New York; the oceanfront Boca Beach Club; and the Bungalows, a ten to fifteen-minute walk from the main building and activities, that offer tranquility.

Boats anchor and tie up for a party on Lake Boca
We viewed and listened to the music from the Lake Boca boat party from our Yacht Club room. (photo by dorothyadele)

My Favorite Boca Raton Resort Rooms

Personally, I prefer to stay in the main building in the Cloister or the Yacht Club because it is near where most of the activities take place. It’s a quick walk to many of the hotel’s restaurants; golf; tennis; the Cloister Health Club; the Waldorf Astoria Spa; the Tower Pool; and shopping.

Also, I prefer the Cloister and Yacht Club over the Towers because they offer rooms with balconies where you can breathe fresh air, while the Tower provides magnificent vista views through stationary glass windows.

Palm trees shade pink Boca Resort
Palm trees shade the Cloister. (photo by dorothyadele)

The Cloister

I love the location and the curved archways and stone columns of the Cloister. Not only is it centrally located, but most rooms overlook beautiful gardens.

As a creature of habit, I had requested the Cloister for several of our visits, and I had experienced all kinds of rooms including king, queen, attached, and junior suites. Additionally, on one occasion, the resort had upgraded us to a king bedroom suite that included a kitchen, dining room, living room, and large balcony. Most importantly, today these iconic rooms have been updated with modern furnishings.

Boca Raton Resort and Club Yacht Club

On recent visits, we had stayed in the Yacht Club Junior Suite furnished with one king bed or two queen beds. If I am with my daughter who prefers to sleep alone, we get the two queen beds. The Yacht Club Junior Suite measures 600 square feet and overlooks Lake Boca and the Resort Marina.

Two queen beds in a junior suite at the Boca Raton Resort and Club.
A sitting area, desk, and balcony are amenities offered in a Yacht Club Junior Suite at the Boca Raton Resort and Club. (photo by dorothyadele)

The Junior Suite comes equipped with a sofa, a few chairs, a desk, and a balcony with two chairs and a small table.  Additionally, the bathroom has double sinks, a separate shower, tub, plus a private toilet.

Other amenities include the Enesco Entertainment Experience to stream video on the large screen TV. Plus the room has a Keurig for preparing coffee and tea; a lighted magnified mirror; clock radio with an iPod dock; in-room bar with snacks, room darkening curtains; a safe; and bathrobes and slippers.

Bright yellow brightens the Yacht Club Junior Suite at the Boca Raton Resort and Club.
Two queen beds furnish this Yacht Club Junior Suite at the Boca Raton Resort and Club.(photo by dorothyadele)

Ugh, the worst feature of the room is that horrible bathroom scale that reminds me that I can’t take a vacation from my weight. With humor aside, I like the scale because I exercise daily while on vacation and chances are that I hopefully lose weight.

Yacht Club  Commodore Club Lounge

For an upcharge, Yacht Club rooms have access to the Commodore Club Lounge where you can stop in for meals, snacks, or something from the bar.

Bright orange sun sets in Boca Raton, Florida
The blue restaurant in the Tower offers a spectacular view of Boca Raton, Florida, and the sunset. (photo by dorothyadele)

Boca Raton Resort Tower

The Tower presents vistas of Boca Raton and the Intracoastal. Conveniently located near the Cloister and the Yacht Club, their lounge, and restaurant “the blue” perches on the 27th floor enclosed by floor to ceiling windows on three sides. It’s the perfect place to sip on vodka and soda and watch the sunset. Or better yet try their coconut and basil and infused cocktail SoBo.

The pink Tower at the Boca Raton Resort and Club rises above Lake Boca.
An option for guests at the Boca Raton Resort and Club in Florida is to stay in the Tower. (photo by dorothyadele)

Additionally, on the ground floor just outside of the Tower is the Tower Pool and Shaka Bar and Grill. Shaka is a lovely venue for lunch and cocktails poolside.

Also, the Flow House, which simulates waves, is behind Shaka. The kids enjoy it, and it’s entertaining to watch, for a little while. If you prefer peace, you may want to avoid the Flow House.

The Tower pool is aqua blue flanked by aqua chairs and umbrellas.
Guests can dine poolside at the Tower pool Shaka Bar and Grill. (photo by dorothyadele)

Boca Raton Resort and Beach Club

If you love the beach and ocean, the Boca Raton Resort and Beach Club or Boca Beach Club could be the perfect place for you. The beach club is across the Intracoastal from the main building, and they have their own Beach Health Club and Boca Breeze resort shop. Furthermore, the restaurants and bars include SeaGrille, Beaches Restuarant and Bar, Ocean Bar, and a snack bar.

Visitors can access The Boca Beach Club by shuttle and water taxi.
The bridge offers an expansive view of the Boca Beach Club. (photo by dorothyadele)

The Boca Beach Club rooms are steps from the beach and provide a floor to ceiling view. Also, the Boca Beach Club offers rooms with terraces or balconies.

The Bungalows are light yellow and green with a tiled roof.
The Bungalows are dog-friendly. (photo by dorothyadele)

 Bungalows

The Bungalows are about a ten to fifteen-minute walk from the Boca Raton Resort and Club main building. The venue is quiet, and the Bungalows provide guest rooms and suites. Suites include a living room, kitchen and walk-in closet. The Bungalows are laid back, and guests have access to their pool.

The Bungalow Suite living room is dimly lit.
A Bungalow Suite offers a living room, kitchen, and walk-in closet. (photo by dorothyadele)

Pet Policy

Pets under 25 pounds are allowed in a pet-friendly room for $125 per stay. Additionally, service dogs are permitted.

Activities

Croquet players decked in white stand out against the green grass court.
Croquet players at the Boca Raton Resort and Club wait their turn. (photo by dorothyadele)
Bocce ball court flanked by chairs and palm trees.
Guests of the Boca Raton Resort and Club can play bocce. (photo by dorothyadele)

Boca Raton Resort Tennis

Tennis Magazine has labeled the Boca Raton Resort and Club #5 on their list of “The 50 Greatest Tennis Resorts in the United States.”  In addition to camps, round robbins and private lessons, tennis great Jimmy Connors, who is considered by some the greatest tennis player ever, is on location and offers the Jimmy Connors Experience.

The Boca Raton Resort golf course offers a nice view of the pink Boca Raton resort.
The Boca Raton Resort and Club boasts two golf courses. (photo by dorothyadele)

Championship Golf and Health Clubs

The Boca Raton Resort and Club boasts two golf courses, and one of them is on the resort property, and the other is a short drive away. If you don’t want to play golf, guests can get in shape at Boca Raton and Resort Health Clubs located in The Cloisters and The Boca Beach Club.

Water reflects on a white immense yacht at the Boca Resort and Club.
Many yachts dock at the Boca Raton Resort and Club Marina on Lake Boca. (photo by dorothyadele)

Boca Raton Resort and Club Watersports

Flow House

Kids ride the wave simulator Flow House located near the Tower. Additionally, guests can enjoy the ocean or Intracoastal watersports like stand up paddle boarding, jet skiing, fishing charters, sailing, tube rides, parasailing and more.

Serendipity Frrrozen Hot Chocolate
We enjoyed a Serendipity Frozen Hot Chocolate topped with whipped cream. (photo by dorothyadele)

Boca Raton Resort Restaurants

The Boca Raton Resort and Club offers a selection of casual and elegant dining. Among my favorite restaurants include the Palm Court that serves a delicious brunch. Also, you can’t go wrong with the Chef’s Combination at Morimoto Sushi Bar. Moreover, 501 East Kitchen and Bar offers casual dining with a selection of traditional American specialties. Plus, Serendipity is our place for a frozen hot chocolate; and at the blue, you can gaze at the sweeping scenery while dining on seafood and steaks.

Bars

Apparently, Mizner had an affinity for monkeys, and one of my favorite bars is Monkey Bar that is accessorized with monkeys and monkey paintings. Also, we like the blue and Ocean Bar.

Getting Around the Boca Raton Resort and Club

Boca Raton Resort and Club Shuttle

The Boca Resort offers a daily shuttle that runs between the Cloisters, Bungalows, and the Boca Beach Club. Shuttle service runs every 15 minutes from 6 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.

Boca Raton Resort & Club Courtyard
Mosaic tile and fountains design the Boca Raton Resort and Club Courtyard (photo by dorothyadele)
The manatee is a victim of pollution.
The manatee emerges for air next to Mizner’s Dream shuttle boat. (photo by dorothyadele)

Boat Transportation

The boat shuttle, Mizner’s Dream, runs Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and transports passengers between the Yacht Club and the Boca Beach Club. The boat ride takes about six minutes, and the crew stops for a lunch break between 12:40 and 1:40.

Walking From the main building to the Boca Beach Club

If you prefer to walk, you can enjoy a scenic stroll crossing over two drawbridges from the Cloister to the Boca Beach Club. It should take you about 20 minutes.

Getting to Boca Raton, Florida

Coming from the North, the best way to get to Boca Raton is through  Palm Beach International Airport, PBI, or through Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport or FLL. I prefer Palm Beach International Airport because it is smaller than Fort Lauderdale and easier to access and navigate.

Jelly Baby Family at the Boca Resort & Club
The Boca Resort and Club displays The Jelly Baby Family. (photo by dorothyadele)

Boca Raton Resort and Club Celebrities

Over the decades the Boca Raton Resort and Club has attracted, presidents, royalty, and celebrities like George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Elton John and Robert Redford.

The Boca Raton Resort and Club
The Boca Raton Resort and Club in Boca Raton, Florida offers activities for all ages. (Photo by dorothyadele)
Pink, yellow, and tan mansions line the Boca Resort golf course.
Colorful mansions line the Boca Raton Resort and Club golf course. (photo by dorothyadele)

Boca Raton Resort and Club Tips and Tricks

Though you can use your Hilton points for upgrades and amenities, American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts program takes precedence.

If you book through American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts program, not only can you book with American Express points, but if available you qualify for a room upgrade, late check-out, early check-in, plus daily breakfast for two, and $100 to spend at the resort. For more information dial American Express at 1-800-525-3355.

Another Resort Tip

The front desk agent can determine your room and package. Treat him or her kindly and with respect.

Players dressed in white converse at the Croquet Court at the Boca Raton Resort and Club in Florida.
Players dressed in white converse at the Croquet Court at the Boca Raton Resort and Club in Florida.

Conclusion

I am not typically a resort person, but I can’t resist a yearly visit to the Boca Raton Resort and Club because of the location, ambiance, restaurants and the option to participate in activities. Though Mizner lost all of his money before he died, to this day, I have to wonder what he would think about the lasting impact of his luxury hotel.

What do you think about Mizner and the Boca Raton Resort and Club? Please comment below.

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32 thoughts on “Boca Raton Resort and Club Reviews

  1. I love your writing style – I felt transported to Florida and the Gatsby era as well! Florida is definitely one of my favorite winter vacation spots to escape New England winters, but I haven’t been to Boca Raton in forever! I think I’ll have to check it out the next time I get down there.

    1. Thank you very much for your comment. I love the Boca Raton Resort and Club because there is so much to do.

  2. What a fabulous place to stay! It reminds me a lot of a hotel I stayed in in Havana – I wonder if it was influenced by it! I love the photo of the jelly baby family too 🙂 so cute!

    1. The architecture is Spanish influenced so I’m not surprised that a hotel in Havana resembles the Boca Raton Resort and Club. thanks for your comment.

  3. I love Florida and I am pretty sure I stayed here when I was a teenager, traveling with my parents and another family (although I DID not get one of those sundaes!). That was the only time I went to “Boca” as us up north call it! I love how you integrated the history of the builder and resort in your post. Seems like there are many options for rooms and also for points options!

    1. Thank you very much, Serendipity may not have been there when you visited, but those frozen hot chocolates are amazing. Also, points definitiel​y help save on travel. Thanks again.

  4. This seems pretty luxurious for sure! Aside from the activities offered by the resort, are there other things (besides the beach) to do in Boca Raton? It never stuck out to me as a destination itself.

    1. There is great shopping and restaurants and it’s a beautiful venue to go for a run or walk or to take an exercise class. Also, and you can drive to Ft. Lauderdale or South Beach Miami for a change of venue. There are also some interesting museums or you can rent a bike. What type of activities are you looking for?

  5. OMG! Look at that Serendipity frozen chocolate! Did you really finish that??? The resort looks stunning and I can see how you felt like you were transport back to the era of the Great Gatsby! And there is a pet policy??? Love that….

    1. We split the frozen hot chocolate and we worked out first. The Boca Raton Resort and Club is worth checking out, thanks for your comment.

    1. Thank you for your comment. I saw Jimmy Connors, who is considered by some to be the greatest tennis player ever. He was giving a lesson at the Boca Raton Resort and Club while I was taking a tennis clinic.

  6. I love hotels with old world charm! Thank you for your very thorough review. The Boca Raton Resort looks like an excellent choice. The bungalows sound ideal and I love that they allow dogs (too bad at a high fee).
    I think my favorite part is reading that they have a Serendipity there!! 😊

    1. Louise, thank you for your comment. Yes the Bungalows seem like the perfect place for a long term stay since they have a kitchen etc., plus you can bring your dog.

  7. This review cannot be more detailed! Wow, the place is incredible. I would stay at any place that looks like a Spanish Castle. Plus, it is pink! Love that! It is incredible that you were able to see a manatee while taking the boat shuttle. #WanderfulWednesday

    1. Ruth, thank you for your comment, we lucked out seeing the manatee because it’s only a six-minute trip. #WanderfulWednesday

    1. Vanessa, thank you for your comment, the blue restaurant at the Boca Raton Resort and Club offers a panoramic view. Plus you should check out their packages.

    1. Sharon, thank you for your comment, I also love the old photos and I especially like the ones hanging in the hotel. One of them depicts guests arriving on horses. Thanks again

  8. I’m normally skip the resorts but once in a while I will treat myself. Never been to Boca Raton, but that Tennis Resort sounds like a place I would love to hang out at. Tennis 🙂
    #theweeklypostcard

  9. Wow, the architecture is just gorgeous! And the lobby, and the tile work in the garden! And that giant tower of whipped cream on the hot chocolate! Heehee. Seriously, it is wonderful that it has been preserved. It sounds like a fabulous place to stay. Only thing, I would put the bathroom scale out in the hallway to be taken away by room service. Really enjoyed your photos and post.

    1. As always, thanks Cynthia, if I was thinking, I should have hidden the scale under the bed. Next time I will…

  10. Wow, it looks lovely! I love all the palm trees and the fact that the resort is close to the beach. Plus, seems like there are plenty of activities to keep you busy! Pinned for future reference. Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard

    1. Thank you for your comment, I highly suggest that you visit The Boca Raton and Resort, I am sure that you would love it.

    1. We split it after a long walk, and we had that instead of lunch. The frozen hot chocolate is difficult to resist.

    1. Thank you for your comment, it’s not overwhelming, you can choose what works best for you. Depending on your preference, I recommend the Boca Beach Club, The Cloisters, or the Yacht Club.

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