Lawrence Welk

Diplomat resort drops Westin, joins Hilton

Diplomat resort drops Westin, joins Hilton

The storied Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa has taken on a new name. As of Thursday, the 998-room resort, Broward County's largest, is known as the Diplomat Resort & Spa Hollywood. The resort has switched from the Westin brand to Hilton Worldwide. The Diplomat's new owner, Thayer Lodging Group, held a ceremony Thursday to mark the conversion and discuss massive renovations down the line. Thayer, a private hotel investment group based in Annapolis, Md., plans a $100 million, multiyear renovation that should begin soon, although no timetable was announced. "This hotel is in great shape. The previous owner maintained it well," said Shai Zelering, Thayer's...