Part Two - Florida Getaway - Seagate Hotel & Spa
by, 05-29-2013 at 07:02 AM (694 Views)
Next stop - part two of of quick sunny Florida getaway in early May - The Seagate Hotel & Spa in Delray Beach, another Luxury Link Preferred Property. Delray Beach Hotels, Florida Luxury Boutique Hotel, South Florida Luxury Resort Hotel, Luxury Hotel in South Florida | The Seagate Hotel and Spa).
I had not been to Delray Beach previously and I ended up loving this cute little village by the sea, and the Seagate Hotel. The hotel location was on Atlantic Ave, right in the midst of all the shops, galleries and restaurants in this cute town.
Although our reservation was for a basic room, we were upgraded to a huge deluxe "smart" room with a fabulous bathroom and a large balcony overlooking Atlantic Ave. A nice touch in the bathroom was the lighted makeup mirror and fresh orchids in a vase. Everything about Seagate is well designed.
The beach, the restaurants, galleries and shops are in walking distance. Additionally, there are two free transportation services that go throughout the community, one a free shuttle bus operated by the town and the other was an independent golf cart type service that one could call in advance or wave down on the street. Delray Beach is proudly known as the "most fun small town" according to a 2012 USA Today/Rand McNally contest.
While the hotel is not on the ocean, there is the awesome Seagate Beach Club a few blocks away, for private club members in the community and for hotel guests. When the hotel is busy, they have a trolley to transport guests back and forth. Otherwise, hotel guests are transported in a white Mercedes Benz SUV which is what was used during our stay. It's also available to take you to shops and restaurants in town - so handy, but really everything is within walking distance. The property has two pools - one at the hotel and one at the Beach Club. There is also access to the Seagate Country Club.
Some interesting touches and amenities at the Seagate - a couple of huge aquariums - in the lobby and the lounge, with a shark tank. There was live entertainment in the lounge the nights we were there. The Seagate has a full service restaurant, along with an ice cream and sandwich shop. The spa looked lovely although we did not have time to use it.
The Beach Club was gorgeous, a 2 story building with fine dining upstairs and casual dining downstairs, inside and outside. There were soooo many beach chairs with hardly anyone there. We felt like we had the beach to ourselves. And there are beach attendants who set up beach chairs, umbrellas and deliver drinks. The beach was very wide because there was a large scale sand restoration project recently done after Hurricane Sandy blew by this past year.
The first part of our Florida visit was at The Palms Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach. Quite a contrast between the two locations! All in all, we enjoyed our sun and beach time at both locations during our quick getaway in Florida.