If you’re from the Boca Raton, FL area, you are probably familiar with the old Bridge Hotel located at A1A and Camino Real. The hotel was there for a while and was definitely showing it’s age. But despite it’s outdated appearance, it still attracted a good many locals who enjoyed Sunday Brunch at Carmen’s located on the top floor or drinks and bar food at Watercolors, the only on-the-water restaurant in Boca.
Two years ago, the Bridge Hotel closed for extensive renovations under new ownership and a new name – the Waterstone Resort & Marina. When I say “extensive,” I mean it. Just walking through the front doors you will not recognize the place. Everything has been redone and all dining venues are now located on the main level and the top floor restaurant is now used for banquets and special events.
On-the-water dining is still there with Waterstone Bar & Grill in the same spot as Watercolors – just steps from the Intracoastal waterway with views of Lake Boca. On the other side of the hotel is Boca Landing, the hotel’s fine-dining restaurant that serves up seafood with both inside and outside dining available. An indoor bar is also part of Boca Landing.
As someone who frequented the Bridge, even though it was run-down, the Waterstone continues to be one of my favorite spots in Boca and you’ll usually find me there on Saturday’s enjoying a few dirty martinis and taking in the view of the boats passing by.