If you even end up in Hollywood, FL you have to stay at the Westin Diplomat! The hotel was rebuilt in 2002 and is spectacular. It is pure luxury. The minute you enter the hotel you are amazed at the size of the lobby/sitting area, it is huge. The hotel is definitely modern and has all the amenities you'd expect. The rooms are larger than most and have great bedding. The room was also very clean. The best part of the rooms was the view. We were lucky enough to get a room facing the ocean, which was amazing, especially since we were 25 stories up.
The pool area is truly unique. Outside you will find a double decker pool, which is essentially two pools layered over each other. There is also an outdoor restaurant / bar which serves up some tasty snacks. Be warned, the food and drinks are not cheap. Just past the pool area is the beach, with some loungers that can be rented.
If you're looking for some nightlife, Nikki Beach is located right across the street, within walking distance. Or you can venture down to Miami Beach which is only a 20-30 minute drive.
In the Summer of 2009 several girlfriends and I spent three weeks in North Beach, Hollywood Florida. At the time we were just a bunch of friends looking to travel and to get out of Nashville. Once we arrived in Hollywood, FL we never expected to see the beauty that our eyes saw. Hollywood is truly held up to its name sake the view from our hotel "The Riptide Patio and Tiki bar" on North Surf Rd. The view was absolutely breath taking. We went to North Beach Park there was a small cost to get in but worth the eight dollars for all of us. We did have a little trouble locating an affordable restaurantnear the beach. Taverna Opa was the first place we tried; the food was not all that great and the prices could have been more reasonable. The Second night we found a place named "O'Malley's Ocean Pub". This Hollywood restaurant was a hit and we enjoy the Oysters especially. Great deal too, they were only about $1/each.
At night we ventured out to Nikki Marina for some late night dancing. The atmosphere was good but the music was a little out date, and not in a fun 80's good way. After we found a place called "Purgatory" the fun meter really shot up, the music and atmosphere was great. It is a bit of a cab ride but it's worth it.