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Historical Traveler Reviews Breakers Express Sandusky
Stayed here for the past 3yrs. and will be here a 4th
My family and I have stayed here for the past 3 years and we will be back this year(2004). It is not a "fancy" hotel, but keep in mind you are really there for the amusement parks and other attractions. We have two children,9 and 6, and we love the hotel. It is close to the parks, on the lakeside, and has I think 3 pools. There is something here for everyone to enjoy, so relax and have fun!!!!!!
Paying for Convenience
I have stayed at the Hotel Breakers three times now. The condition of the rooms is poor (it is a very old hotel) and most of the restaurants are subpar (exception: the TGI Friday's is ok for lunch/dinner).
Overall, the quality is far below the price being charged. However, the hotel is "on property" and you can gain early admission to the park.
This hotel is worth staying at given the convenience and if one is trying to maximize their time in the park.
Cedar Point Hotels & overall
We visited Cedar Point this past July'03, and had been anticipating this trip for 2 years. It certainly met our expectations. After seeing this resort on the Travel Channel, we wanted to go there for vacation. We stayed at the Hotel Breakers, and had a 2 room suite in the newer section(much recommended). Pretty pricy for that time of the year ($285 or so a night), but I think it was worth it for a one time vacation. Right on the lake & very beautiful. TGI Fridays in the hotel. The hotel was beautiful. Rooms very clean, and we were right by the hotel exit, so it was convenient carrying our luggage, and also very close to the snack bar & one of the the outdoor pools. I think there was 1 indoor pool, and 2 outdoor. We were also within a 1 minute walk of the park entrance, which was very nice! Otherwise, they provide shuttles anywhere not within a close walk.We stayed for 3 days, and this allowed us to go to the amusement park one day, the waterpark the next, and then whatever we wanted to do the 3rd day. We frequented the amusement park in the evenings from 8-9 pm when most of the crowd was gone. When you stay on the resort property, you have special in & out priviledges that others don't have. When we went to the amusement park, we took advantage of the early entrance, and went straight to the Millenium Force. We only waited about 15-20 minutes, versus what normally would be 2-3 hours later in the day!Lots to do there, and most of the restaurants had great food. Went to two retaurants right there on the lake (one more fancy & the other more nautical casual), and both were great. The fancier restaurant had excellent steaks!We did not have a bad meal while we were there. Everything was just as expected, which is probably why they were on the ultimate vacations on the Travel Channel. If you have the cash to fork out, you will be pleased. Could easily spend $2,000+ with cost of hotel, waterpark & amusement park, along with meals & any souvenirs. I would suggest purchasing the combo amusement-waterpark pass. Will save you a couple bucks, and allows you to go in & out of the parks at anytime during your stay.Overall, I would rate our vacation at a 9 (out of 10)
Loved the Place
We had a wonderful stay. All the employees were friendly and very helpful. We are looking forward to staying there again next year. A little high priced for a family but worth the money.
The Hotel Breakers-an experience
The Hotel Breakers has stood on the beach of Lake Erie for decades, and the old girl shows it. But charm and architecture only reminds the guest that this building has watched flappers to hippies to yuppies come and go. She is a rough cut diamond in a world of modern cement and glitzy lights and screaming rides. She is elegant and does her job. She houses the guests that rush off to ride the 120 MPH rides, get tipped upside down and soaked. She offers little more but safe haven, close and ready. I do not go to Cedar Pointe to eat at 5 star restaurants or rub sand into expensive carpets. I go to the park to ride 120 MPH rides, get tipped upside down and get soaked. And if I get tired, or need some privacy, the Hotel Breakers waits for me a few steps away. The room was outdated but quiet. Parked the car for two days and didn't need to move it. Loved watching the lights of the rides, the quiet of the park in early morning, and the rush of people as the park opened. Safe and convienent. The beach was refreshing, the pools comfortable. Staff was pleasant and professional considering they have a bunch of short wearing amusement park guests that are not likely here for a hotel experience. My only critical point? Wished the windows in the room opened and the ice machine worked. Charming and graceful- the old girl is never likley going to be a 5 star hotel with
fancy 5 star service. And if she ever becomes that- I won't find her
half as charming regardless of price.
Fancy,expensive, and a bunch of stealers...
The hotel is beautiful, but expensive. Everything closes in the hotel just in time for you to get back from the park. So if you want to enjoy the hotel, you have to either spend more money and stay another night or spoil your fun and leave the park early. I had left my phone charger in the room. I got out of the room..and onto the highway to head back home. I called them under 30 min of leaving my room, and my charger was gone. The housekeeping supervisor informed me she was performing an investigation and she would check into it and call me back. My phone call was never returned. For how expensive this hotel is...I would think they could replace my phone charger. They denied this to me.
All About the Location
We stayed at the Hotel Breakers during early August, on a Tuesday/Wednesday. The rooms are outdated and the restaurant/food services are inadequate. Long lines and waiting times of 1--2 hours for a table appear to be the norm. Most guests do not elect to leave the resort complex, however, and are willing to wait it out.... No question, the walking distance to the park makes the stay tolerable.
Unfortunately, Cedar Point has become too popular and the Hotel Breakers is always booked to capacity. Plan to wait in lines for food-- just like the most popular rides!
My husband and I met at Cedar Point when we were teenagers and have gone back almost every year since. In twenty five years we only missed going when our kids were babies. This is their favorite vacation and they don't know how lucky they are that we stay at the Hotel Breakers every year. It adds so much convenience to the trip. It is very close to Soak City and the Cedar Point entrance at the back of the park. This makes it easy to run to the room and change clothes before and after water rides or going to Soak City. We also take food and drinks in a cooler and save money by eating at least one meal in the room. The outdoor pools, hot tub and beach are very nice for a break from the parks. The rooms aren't anything special - but the conveniences definitely are!
Breakers is Awful!
We stayed at Breakers Hotel last summer; it was the worst vacation I have ever had in my life. The rooms are over-priced, dark and cheaply decorated. The lobby was tacky and dirty. There were long lines everywhere, from checking in, to using the few, slow elevators to the breakfast buffet (which served dirty plates). The indoor pool was small, stuffy and packed with loud children. Worst of all, all guests were awakened in the middle of the night by a false fire alarm, forced to walk down a crowded stairwell and wait outside in the cold night air clad in our pajamas. Once we were allowed back into the hotel, there was total chaos. And by the way, the hotel never apologized or even offered a partial refund.
Return every year
Every summer our family takes a trip to Cedar Point and we stay at Hotel Breakers. It's a bit pricey for the small suites and you have to book well in advance to get a lake view, but it is worth the money. Not to mention, guests of the hotel get into the park an hour before the general public. And to be able to leave the crowded park at mid-day and take a nap or sit poolside/lakeside is a blessing, especially with small children in tow. Oh... before you go...check with the hotel to see when may flies come inland. For those two weeks, they are EVERYWHERE.
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