We spent our last two nights in Florida at the BWUI. I could easily have stayed longer. Despite it being right on the N Federal Highway, once you walked through reception and through to the other side, it was like a tropical paradise. Any road noise soon faded into oblivion. But if you are particularly sensitive to noise, you should mention this in your reservation, just in case. We were given room 107 on the ground floor not far from everything and it was absolutely perfect and very quiet! I appreciated the window in the bathroom as it provided extra light but I am told not all rooms have these. We were warmly greeted by Alex upon check-in and provided with all necessary orientation and the car parking permit. We parked on the front side but there seemed to be plenty of parking in general, including at the back and sides.
Our room was very large, even with four people in it. It was extremely clean and the beds were very comfortable. The fridge was larger than any I have seen in a hotel room and a microwave was placed discreetly in the furniture under the flat screen tv. I really appreciate it when hotels have a vanity area separate to the bathroom/toilet, even if some may consider it dated. It was accessible without having to go around the beds, i.e. free space from the door to the vanity area and was like a small dressing area. There was plenty of space for toiletries/cosmetics, even when the coffee machine was lifted to the bench from its' space below. Four coffee bags were provided, including decaf. The shower was in a bath and with great pressure. On the side opposite to the bathroom, there was a sliding wardrobe complete with a laptop-size safe (and iron, etc.). All in all, plenty of space.
There were wooden benches between the rooms where you could sit and enjoy the lush, green surroundings. There was also a large undercover area where you could sit and relax/read/write or even eat breakfast as it was just steps away from the Palm Room where breakfast was served.
The Palm Room was very pleasant for breakfast and the food on offer was surprisingly good, including DIY waffles with two big bowls of jam and cream, eggs/omelettes/small meat patties and all the usual cereals, breads, etc. It set us up really well for the day.
The pool area was kept as meticulous as the gardens. This is perhaps where the street noise may be noticeable. The pool was large and 8 feet deep at one end. There was a rope across the pool at the 5 foot mark. The jacuzzi was one of the biggest I have ever seen and would seat about 15 people. Both the pool and the jacuzzi had a disability seat, which I have never seen before. How thoughtful is that! There is access to a pleasant one toilet restroom near the lift behind the pool area, using your cardkey. A guest laundry is located on the second floor.
We walked two sets of lights to Spanish River Boulevard then turned right for the pleasant stroll to the beach. It avoided the need to find parking, which is limited in that area but not impossible. We passed a Walgreens halfway, perfect for buying cold drinks on the way back. There are plenty of restaurants in the area around the BWUI and there is a Publix store a short walk away and they have fantastic fresh salads. Upon departure, we were able to print out our boarding passes in a private room off the lobby. Fresh coffee is available in the mornings.
I would definitely return to the BWUI and highly recommend it to anybody. You would also feel comfortable staying here as a single woman. All staff were very pleasant and you could not imagine that there was such beauty behind the facade. Enjoy the photos and see if you can spot the chameleon in the bush!