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On the beach in Hollywood, Florida
Founded in 1925, Hollywood offers a more relaxed, quiet version of a beach vacation, especially compared to neighbors Fort Lauderdale and Miami. The city experienced a revival in the 1960s and another resurgence, with the building of shops, restaurants, and bars, is in progress today. Visitors come for the soft-sand beaches, and the boardwalk (which recently underwent a $14-million renovation) is a popular hangout along the beach, with some great people-watching opportunities.
The Marriott's location is its main draw -- right by the boardwalk on a beautiful, white-sand beach that can be seen from the pool and numerous rooms. Not all rooms boast a spectacular view though, and those who prefer their privacy may not love the glass-door bathrooms, but the Marriott is one of the nicer properties in the area. The rooms are a good size with flat-screen TVs, and the marble bathrooms are sleek and sexy. Plus, the beach- and boardwalk-facing pool (with Jacuzzi), lovely day spa, and modern fitness center are additional perks.