By Robyn A. Friedman
The 11-story Waterstone Resort & Marina, a Doubletree by Hilton hotel, has officially opened, replacing the old Boca Raton Bridge Hotel at 999 E. Camino Real. The 139-room resort overlooks Lake Boca and the Intracoastal Waterway and emphasizes its water location throughout its design and amenities.
“It’s not every day that you find the opportunity to reinvent a hotel on the water,” says Matthew Lane of The Lane Organization LLC, the hotel’s majority owner. “Every single room has a balcony, and every single room has a water view, whether of the Intracoastal or the Atlantic Ocean.”
Lane says that the hotel was “undervalued” when his organization and AWH Partners LLC purchased it. “The hotel’s previous ownership groups had some issues with upkeep, and with the financial downturn it became tougher and tougher to upkeep the hotel.”
“It was a diamond in the rough,” adds Russell Flicker, managing partner of AWH. “We are very proud of it.”
The goal of the transformation was to create a resort that delivers luxurious touches but with a casual and inclusive vibe, Lane says. Amenities include waterfront dining at Boca Landing, which features locally sourced seafood, and the poolside Waterstone Bar & Grill. Boaters can anchor along the 280-foot seawall or may order ahead to have food delivered to their vessels.
A private shuttle transports guests to the beach, or there’s a variety of aquatic activities right at the hotel, from kayaking and paddle boarding to jet skiing and fishing.
Rates for a standard king room range from $169 to $300 depending on season. There are 11 suites, including a Presidential Suite available for $700 to $2,000.
“The Waterstone is in a prime position to do well in the luxury hotel market,” says Sonny Maken, a hotel broker in West Palm Beach. “It offers a funky South Beach vibe, and having the sole public waterfront restaurant in Boca will also help immensely with the food and beverage revenue. That is a saturated market but they have a niche product.”
Waterstone Resort & Marina, 999 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton, 561-368-9500, waterstoneboca.com. See more photos of the hotel, and the ribbon cutting, at https://www.facebook.com/CityAndShoreMagazine