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    Playa Linda vs Hilton and checking and checking to get the best price

    I have the Hilton reserved for 5 nights. I check prices every few days to see if they drop - they have gone up! I am glad I booked when I did so that should settle that. Nope! I also browse the other hotels and found that the Playa Linda has opened up for the same dates. Much cheaper. It would be great to save money but, I don't want to save if I am giving up anything. This is our first trip in a long time. We are viewing it as the tester trip. Keep things convenient and then sort out what we like and plan the next based on this experience.

    There is a Playa Linda disclaimer that we may have to change our room during the stay. I won't find that out until we get there. With a 5 night stay and 5 people's stuff, that feels like a potential hassle.

    If I had to say one thing that has me concerned about the Hilton, it would be the beach. I picture bobbing, weaving and stiff arming my way to the ocean.

    This is the downside of shopping around even after reservations are made. Does anyone have any thoughts on these two resorts?

    I envy everyone that has their "home" and no longer has to wonder! Does anyone still price shop, hotel compare, etc. right to the very end?

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    My first question would be are we comparing similar rooms types (minus the kitchen of course) are you getting much more room at the Playa? If it was a big savings I would move knowing that it will be a bit of a pain to pack up 5 peoples things and move but the savings would make it worth it. The good thing it would only be a move within your hotel.

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    if i had to stiff arm to get thru the crowds on the beach to get to the water, i would be so angry.

    there is a problem with beach vendors renting lounges and umbrellas in that hilton area of palm beach and not leaving much of a walkway/entryway along water's edge for folks to get thru.

    imo, i would look into a 2 bedroom at playa linda and a 2 bedroom at costa linda (on eagle beach), a 2 bedroom at divi dutch on druif beach, a 2 bedroom at marriott ocean or surf (both on palm beach)

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    The Playa Linda does come with more space. It would be a two bedroom with living room (and kitchen). One of the bedrooms has two twin beds which would be for two big college kids. My daughter would sleep on the sleep sofa in the living room. King bed in the second room for DH and I.

    The Hilton is two separate rooms with a connecting door. 2 Doubles for the college boys, King for us and a rollaway for my daughter.

    Both have balconies but I suspect the Playa Linda is much bigger based on the generic pictures on the website.

    CPJones gave me palapa hints for the Hilton to keep me out of harms way of the vendors. Does anyone know the beach situation at the Playa Linda? I know its a first come first serve for palapas based on the reviews and even complaints by some of the owners. Not everyone gets up at 4:00AM But, is the beach itself less crowded? Can chairs be used on the beach as our chances of getting a palapa would be slim? We aren't all day beachers anyway.

    We definitely want to stay on Palm beach this time because of the age of our kids. These two places on palm beach are the only ones at this time that can accommodate us. The Ritz maybe, but ouch! The price is too much.

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    You will most likely only have to change rooms at Playa Linda if your stay includes a Sunday night, unless Sunday is your first day. That is the change over day for their timeshare so, Sunday would be the room change if you were in a room where the owner was coming in that Sunday. The change is easy there, you get everything together and they move it for you,but for 5 days I wouldn't want to change.
    We have stayed at both properties. The beach is better at Playa Linda, but the rooms, grounds, and pool area are better at Hilton. At Hilton you can reserve a palapa in advance, but Playa Linda they are first come first served. The front rows go very early in the morning, but shade is usually available and the back rows aren't bad, you can still see the water.
    7 trips in and still finding things to love. #8 will be great in November!

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    Having stayed at the Radisson (Hilton) numerous times.... I'd stick with the original plan. If you stay on the north end of the beach (by Gilligan's) you will probably not have to worry about 'bulling' your way into the water......and the Hilton has the biggest and nicest stretch of Palm Beach and is central to everything that that area has to offer. Just sayin'.....

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    To answer your question, the beach at Playa Linda did feel less crowded to me. There are plenty of beach chairs and shade shouldn't be a problem if you aren't set on being in the front row.

    But CPJones gives great advice and his recommendation at the Hilton Beach helped us a lot.
    7 trips in and still finding things to love. #8 will be great in November!

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    We leave on a Monday, so the Sunday change would be when we are settled in and savoring the final moments.

    Thanks everyone for the feedback. It helps to sort through. I am putting a lot of pressure on myself to make this a great vacay for everyone. It was so much easier as a couple and with a travel agent and nothing but a colored brochure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Susan&Sunshine View Post
    We leave on a Monday, so the Sunday change would be when we are settled in and savoring the final moments.

    Thanks everyone for the feedback. It helps to sort through. I am putting a lot of pressure on myself to make this a great vacay for everyone. It was so much easier as a couple and with a travel agent and nothing but a colored brochure.
    Stick with the 2 rooms at the Hilton,you won't be disappointed! Not worth changing rooms on such a short stay.
    7 trips in and still finding things to love. #8 will be great in November!

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    I am thinking the palapa will just be a home base. I am ok with whatever I get. A place in the sand is my only want. A home base for sipping and people watching.

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