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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Pets under 25 pounds are allowed in a pet-friendly room for $125 per stay. Additionally, service dogs are permitted.
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.
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.
Boca Raton Resort and Club Watersports
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.
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.
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.
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.
Boca Raton Resort and Club Celebrities
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.
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.
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